Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 5 November 2021

| 08 November 2021
Headmasters Newsletter, Friday 5 November 2021

Dear Parents

This week our theme of the week was Anti-Bullying, and how we tackle this at Dumpton. In a school that so openly values kindness and promotes emotional intelligence, there is not much more important than getting this right, and our work here never stops. In assembly on Monday, I spoke about 'Being Upstanders, Not Bystanders' whenever we witness unkindness at Dumpton. Mr Nye also spoke eloquently about Anti-Bullying on Tuesday, exploring the definition with children, and explaining how we investigate and tackle bullying if it ever appears, and what we should do if we are ever worried about someone being bullied. Thankfully, it is a rare occurrence here at Dumpton - and anyone who has the pleasure of spending time at Dumpton at the moment will tell you what a lovely warm, kind, positive start to the academic year it has been. The children have been utterly superb, and to use Mr Nye's phrase - "kindness has become a natural part of life at Dumpton". Long may that continue!

On Monday 15 November, along with many others across the country, I have challenged all Dumpton pupils to wear odd socks to school to show their support for Anti-Bullying. It should be a fun and colourful day

RULER - The Mood Meter
As we know, when children are unkind to others, this can often be traced back to their own confused emotions: frustrations, sadness, or lack of self esteem. It is just another reason why we are so excited about the introduction of RULER, and becoming a more emotionally intelligent school. We are already reaping the rewards, and at our staff training on Wednesday, there was so much positivity and some wonderful examples of the difference this approach is making: children who can identify their emotions, express them, and regulate them, and form stronger and kinder relationships with their peers as a result. Lulu will be running her second parents' session on the Mood Meter next month (Tuesday 7 December), and how you might use this tool in your family too - I do hope many of you can make it along.

School Council
The School Council met this morning. The meeting was chaired by the Y8 prefects, who also came up with an agenda and took minutes, and attended by all the School Council Representatives from Y3 to Y7 who had been voted in by their form. There were some fantastic ideas, particularly focusing on food and drink, as well as break times, lunchtimes and Hobbies. The Y8 prefects will take their ideas to the School's management team next, and we hope to put in place some of the excellent proposals. At least democracy is alive and well here at Dumpton!

PEDSSA Cross Country (Sandbanks) - From Mr Loe
After just two races there is a real unity developing in the cross-country team. They are an absolute delight to take to races and are a credit to themselves and our school. At Sandbanks where we had 24 runners, seven of them made their debuts and all did remarkably well. Notable results were a victory for Seni P in the Year 7 and 8 girls race, with Elsa C and Grace T following quickly to finish 8th and 9th respectively. Phoenix W once again led the senior boys home finishing 8th with Ethan Y just behind in 9th.  Olly P finished 20th and Ethan C 21st. In the Year 5/6 girls race Chloe W finished 2nd - the only way is up! In the Year 5/6 boys race all of the team finished in the top 20.  Marni P romped home in 3rd, Indy W was 11th with Nathan S and Zac W coming home in 17th and 19th respectively. Everyone who ran really does deserve a mention as once again they all ran hard and supported each other brilliantly.

Year 1 – from Miss Goodhew
The children, Mrs Smith and I have had a lovely return to school this week. Our trip to Wimborne Minster was fascinating and the children excelled themselves. Their behaviour was impeccable. They were genuinely interested in all Reverend Ruth had to say and fascinated by the wonderful facts they learnt about the building itself. An opportunity to hear the organ play was certainly a highlight. Please watch out for the video (on Tapestry) where the organist demonstrates playing only with his feet - he wears special dancing shoes so that he is sure to only touch one pedal at a time! 

Purple Book
The FODs Purple Book is gaining lots of interest from parents wishing to advertise their business to the Dumpton community. There is still time if you are interested - please email fods@dumpton.com to find out more.

All parents from Nursery through to Y3 are now benefiting from the Tapestry online learning journal, with teachers sharing pictures and updates from the week through the Tapestry App. If any parents have not yet accessed their Tapestry account and would like to, please get in touch with your child's class teacher.

Planned Term Time Absence 
If you wish to request absence from school during term time please complete our ‘absence request form’ which can be found on the parents’ area of the website.  If your request if for longer than two days, please put this in writing to myself to further explain the circumstances.  All requests will be reviewed as soon as possible.

We look forward to our Remembrance Service next week at 10.45am on Thursday 11November - always a poignant event. All parents are able to join us on Zoom if they wish to.

Shoe Box Collection
Mrs Kelly Webb, who is Mayor of Wimborne, has launched a campaign to support local women in need. Please see the flyer attached. If anyone is keen to support this worthy cause, we are happy for shoeboxes to be dropped off at the school office for Mrs Webb to collect.

Christian Saenger