Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 8 February 2019

| 08 February 2019

Dear Parents

Scholarship success
Congratulations to Charlotte K (Yr8) on winning a Music Scholarship to Canford for September 2019.  Good luck to all of the other pupils who are waiting for news of their scholarships, or who are busy preparing for the assessment days to come.

World Book Day – Thursday 7 March
As you will have seen from the online Calendar, we are celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 7 March. As usual, various book-related activities and competitions will be taking place on World Book Day and throughout that week in English lessons (Miss Fox will write under separate cover). We look forward to a special week of celebrating reading, great books, brilliant authors and the art of story-telling!

Visiting Author – Ali Sparkes
We are very excited about Ali Sparkes’s visit on Friday 1 March. Ali will be speaking to the children and running workshops across the day for Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.  Her books include The Shapeshifter series, Out of this World, Unleashed, Dark Summer,  Frozen in Time, Wishful Thinking, Destination Earth, the Monster Makers series, and S.W.I.T.C.H.  She has won two Blue Peter Book Awards: "Book I Couldn't Put Down" and "Book of the Year", for ‘Frozen in Time’.  Many of her books are available in the school library, should the children like to read ahead...

Cross Country@Canford: Mr Loe writes:
We had a very enjoyable afternoon at Canford on Tuesday.  In the Year 6 Boys race Harrison B, Theo G and Max H came in 14th, 15th and 18th. Grace F continues to go from strength to strength, finishing in 7th place in the Year 6 Girls race. Adam D, in his first appearance in Dumpton colours, finished in 10th, followed closely behind by George G in 12th in the Year 7 Boys race. In the Year 7 Girls race Wynne R ran well to finish 16th overall and Georgia W finished with a huge smile on her face as she crossed the line in her first ever competitive race.  Once again everyone supported each other brilliantly. Although it is an individual sport our Dumpton runners always behave like a team.  It also gives us great pleasure to announce that Iris C has been selected for the U14 Dorset squad at the National Cross Country Championships. 

Sporting Success 
We had another very busy sporting week with around 30 teams representing Dumpton.  Congratulations to the girls, particularly the seniors for their long list of wins against Castle Court and also to the boys for their many successes against Forres Sandle Manor.

Year 2 – Food Week!  Miss Goodhew writes:
We were very grateful to Year 2 parent Mrs Roden for bringing in a host of Chinese artifacts and lovely food to celebrate Chinese New Year.  The children sampled the pomelo, steamed char siu buns and noodles out of a traditional takeaway box and even used chopsticks! This was followed today by World Food Day – our annual celebration of food from around the world.  We looked at the medicinal uses of herbs and spices and tried Chinese noodles, Indian rice, lotus root, and black fungus.

Mock Common Entrance 
Year 8 pupils will be sitting their mock CE on the Monday to Thursday after half-term. There are a few additions to the revision lists currently on the website which will be updated shortly. The Year 8 pupils preparing for scholarship exams will follow a separate timetable. Timetables will be given to Year 8 pupils and published on the website before the end of next week.

Parents’ Evenings
Next Tuesday is the Year 5 Parents’ Evening from 4.30pm to 7.45pm. Letters will be sent to parents with pupils in Years 6, 7 and 8 at the end of next week with details of how to book appointments for the three parents’ evenings in the second half of term. 

Lunchtime Concert
Just before half-term, we look forward to a packed Lunchtime Concert next Friday (15 February) from 1.30 pm in the Recital Room.  Parents are all welcome, as ever.

And finally…
Please, can we ask you all to respect the Drop off Zone in the mornings.  Once again, we have had complaints from parents about cars blocking this important area, which facilitates the free flow of traffic.

With best wishes for the weekend.

Andrew Browning