Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 8 June 2018

| 08 June 2018

Dear Parents
Open Afternoon
I would like to start by saying a really big thank you to Steph Jones and her team in the kitchens and Simon Ward, Keith Randle, Adam Hargreaves and Peter Dearlove on the grounds for their hard work in preparation for Open Afternoon.  Thanks also to Mrs Watkiss who organised all the music.  Congratulations to the boys and the girls who beat their parents comfortably in the cricket and rounders matches and well done to Polly and Annabel C (Seniors) and Tim and Massimo B (Juniors) who won the Parent and Child Tennis Tournament.  
South West Eco Winners!
This year Dumpton School has won the prestigious South West of England Environmental Youth Award, having already won the Dorset prize earlier in the term.  Children from six schools, all county winners from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire respectively, gathered together at the Royal Bath and West Show on Friday 1 June to await the final result. The committee of judges were particularly impressed by the Dumpton pupils working independently on the extensive school allotments, along with a wide range of eco-schemes around the school. 
I am delighted that so many pupils have been involved with the various eco-projects around the school. They have built an impressive environmental awareness, and it is lovely that all their hard work has been recognised in this way.  Thank you to all the parents and pupils who attended the Dig for Dumpton earlier in the term and to those who could then support us at the Royal Bath and West Show on the day.
Leavers’ Course 
We are now bracing ourselves for arguably the busiest four weeks of the school year. Mr Loe has been building the much-awaited Leavers’ Course, providing Year 8 with probably the most educationally varied time of their school careers to date.  They will soon be under canvas on an Adventure Camp, and will progress through an impressive range of activities including Business Enterprise, Dragons’ Den, self-defence, scuba diving, CSI Dumpton, along with a French Day and visits to the Tate St Ives, the Eden Project, the Minack Theatre and Surf School. 
French Exchange 
I would like to thank all the families who are supporting the French Exchange by hosting one of the students.  Their arrival always adds a new dimension to life at school and I must thank Madame Tulodziecki for her organisation of the project again this year.
Year 4 and 5 Gospel Day 
Next Tuesday we welcome Ken Burton back to Dumpton. After his successful visit last year, he will once again be preparing Year 4 and 5 pupils for concerts here at Dumpton.  The Year 5’s will perform at 1.30 pm in the Recital Room, and the Year 4’s later at 4.30 pm, in conjunction with the Year 4 pupils from Hampreston School.  These events were very warmly received last year and again parents are welcome at either concert (or both)!
Prep School Sports Day: Message from the Director of Sport (a.randle@dumpton.com)
Our Prep School Sports Day is scheduled for Wednesday 20 June and it is now time for children to choose their events using the form on our school website.  For those who are new or currently in Year 3 children are asked to choose either 2 track events and 1 field event OR 1 track event and 2 field events that they will enter on the day. 
The form can be found in the Parents’ Area of the school website within the Parents' Bulletin Board. Children can only enter once so should think carefully about their choices. Please would parents add their email address to the form so they can receive an email reminder of the choices entered.  Any pupils who miss the interactive deadline (Sunday 10 June) can complete a paper version of the form whilst at school.  As we get closer to the day we will advise on all other details about how the afternoon will run.
Speech Day
I would like to give advance notice of Speech Day at the end of term.  As there are many amongst you who will not have attended this day before, I should start by saying all members of the school community are invited.  This makes for a very full marquee and a considerable age range, but you should be reassured that formal proceedings should be over before noon.  We hope to see you all there.
Children generally sit with their parents, apart from Year 8 and the musicians who will sit as two groups towards the front. There are no buses on that morning and no lessons - the day begins at 10.00 am for all.  This year we have James Shone, the well-known educational speaker as our guest. He is always very good value! There will be a glass of Pimms available thereafter, courtesy of FoDS, and then there will be drinks for leavers and their parents on the Front Lawn.
Road Closure 
Just to warn parents that Smugglers Lane will be closed (between Furzehill and Colehill Lane) from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm sporadically between now and the end of term.  This slot should have minimum impact on the school run but there may be variations in start and finish times.  Fingers crossed…
And finally …FoDS Calling!
Further to the letter before half term, please look out for a letter from the FoDS Committee in school bags at the start of next week…
With best wishes
Andrew Browning