Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 8 November 2019

| 08 November 2019

Dear Parents
I spoke about Anti-Bullying Week during Monday's Prep School Assembly. At Dumpton we are fortunate that children of all ages enjoy such positive relationships, but maintaining this ethos, and reinforcing the importance of kindness and empathy for others is something that never stops. I spoke to the Prep School about being 'an upstander, not a bystander' - and shared some of the small words and deeds that can make a huge difference to a peer who is ever upset or unhappy around school. Developing this 'Emotional Intelligence' - the ability to understand and regulate our own emotions, and build positive relationships with those around us - is a huge part of any child's personal development. You could certainly argue that it is this quality, rather than a string of impressive exam results, that will have the biggest impact on a child's future success and happiness.  It always has - and will continue to be - a significant aim of Dumpton School to nurture this in our pupils.

Sporting Updates
There are few better places to see pupils' personal development than the sports' pitches, and the rugby and hockey on display this week was a pleasure to watch. When we play sport we of course want to win - but as Mr Randle and all our coaching team reiterate to the pupils on a daily basis, there are other more important outcomes: resilience, team work, leadership, humility, determination. Anyone who watched the sports this week, particularly the U13A team's heroic efforts as they were narrowly pipped at the final whistle by FSM, will have seen all this on display in spades. 

Richard Martin - School Bursar
As many of you may already be aware, our school Bursar, Mr Richard Martin, is in his final year at Dumpton after years of outstanding service. The Governing Board and I are hugely grateful that he agreed to stay on to support me during my first year in post. There will be plenty of opportunities further down the line for us all to thank Richard for the huge contribution he has made to Dumpton in his time here. In the meantime, the recruitment process to find Richard's successor is already in full swing, and we will be advertising this post within the next few weeks.

ISEB Pre-Test
A huge well done to the 28 Y6 and Y7 pupils who sat their Pre-tests on Tuesday morning for Canford, Bryanston, Winchester College and Wellington College. As I told the pupils beforehand: "you are all fantastic, regardless of the results - you just need to do your best!" A huge thank you to Mrs Rielly for all her organisation and support for the pupils here.

Best of luck to the Y8 pupils going for Scholarships at Clayesmore next week. We have some very strong candidates for Drama, Sport, Academic and All Rounder Scholarships.

FoDS Events
It was lovely to see so many parents and staff for the first FoDS Coffee Morning in the Dining Hall today.  I am grateful to the Committee for putting together such an exciting programme of events for the year ahead, which you will find attached to the email.  FoDS have asked me to highlight that there are still spaces available for the Zim Steak Night on Thursday 21 November.  Please contact fods@dumpton.com if you would like to book.

New Arrangements for Early Pick-up for Years 4-8
Mr Nye would like to thank parents for their support with the change of system for Prep children leaving before the end of school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. We are still ironing out a few things but it has been a very successful start.  Just to confirm that Wednesday remains unchanged as the day ends at 4:15pm. Children will depart from the gate on Wednesday as before with “Stay Back” operating as normal until 5:45pm.

News from the Pre-Prep
Reception celebrated Diwali just before half term.  The story of Rama and Sita was shared and they explored how Diwali is celebrated.  They tasted a variety of Indian foods at snack time and made Mango Lassi.  The children celebrated by creating Rangoli patterns, making clay Diyas, threading paper and pasta flower garlands, making Diwali cards and Indian Dancing.  The second half of term is off to a wonderful start with rehearsals for the Christmas production in full swing. Year 1 had a wonderful day out at Beaulieu Palace. They practised their posture and cleared the cobwebs. When all the jobs were done, they dressed up and went for a ride in a Victorian car. A lovely day out! 

Rotarian Shoeboxes
Thank you, once again, to everyone who contributed to this initiative.  The boxes were collected earlier today and will soon be winging their way to orphanages in Albania, Montenegro, Moldova and Romania.

Christmas Concerts
My family and I are very much looking forward to our first Christmas season here at Dumpton.  All key dates can be found on the School Calendar.  Please note that the Junior Gala Concert on Friday 29 November will now commence at the slightly earlier time of 4.30pm.  As always, we have many children that are keen to play and we hope that you will be able to join us.

With best wishes,
Christian Saenger