Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 8th October

| 11 October 2021
Year 2 at Old Wardour Castle

Dear Parents

Our Theme of the Week was Charity this week - an important concept for young children to understand, and very much in keeping with our 'treat others as you would like to be treated' ethos. It is so heartening to see that the children at Dumpton are passionate about helping others, and understanding that kindness is not just about being nice to people you know - some of the most powerful and meaningful acts of kindness are aimed at people we don't know or may never even meet. Thank you to 5P whose excellent Junior Assembly this morning highlighted this brilliantly, and also thank you to all the families who made a donation to Wimborne Foodbank - the Assembly Hall is brimming with produce which will make a real difference to people's lives. We will continue to play an active role in supporting our community this year, and I have tasked the School Council with selecting the charities we will support this year as a school. More announcements on this in due course.

On the topic of Kindness and Empathy, thanks to all the parents who joined the RULER talk last night. We're so excited about becoming a more emotionally intelligent school community. The slides from last night, and a guide to the Family Charter are attached. 

News from the Pre-Prep and Nursery
I enjoyed seeing lots of Pre-Prep parents at the coffee morning today - thank you so much for attending. I know many parents also enjoyed their visit to the Y1 and Y2 classrooms yesterday. As well as having more opportunities to keep you up to date in person, we are continuing to roll out our use of Tapestry in the Pre-Prep, and I hope parents have enjoyed logging on to see some updates, pictures and videos from this week.

Year 2 had a fantastic day on Thursday at Old Wardour Castle in Wiltshire. They explored the different rooms around the castle, many of which were still intact, such as the great hall, the kitchen, the store rooms and various chambers, as well as the grotto in the woods. They learnt about the history of the castle being built in the late 14th Century and how it was destroyed by mines in 1644. They also conducted a knighting ceremony on one another using a wooden sword, coming up with their own regal name. The children were a credit to the school with their behaviour on the day.

Reception had a wonderful morning at Streets Meadow Residential Care Home.  It was lovely to see the residents albeit from a distance. The children excelled in their singing and it was delightful to see the joy they brought to the residents.  If you haven’t already seen the video please do take a look at our social media feed https://www.dumpton.com/school-news . The EYFS statutory requirements for 2021 requires all EYFS settings to ‘promote the good health, including the oral health, of children attending the setting.’ We are delighted that next Thursday Dumpton parent and registered Dentist, Sade will be talking to all of our children in the EYFS about dental hygiene.  Follow up information for all parents will also be provided.

Should anyone be having a sort out over the half term break and be looking to recycle any old toys the Nursery would be very grateful for any contributions.  Toys that will develop the new small world play area in the Nursery Garden would be particularly welcome at the moment such as small figures, knights, glass pebbles, small trees, plastic animals, fir cones, log slices, baskets, shells, dinosaurs, castles and dolls houses.  Please take any recycled items to the Nursery patio door.

Prep School Geography Quiz 
Well done to the Y7/Y8 pupils who headed to Canford for the annual Geography Quiz. We were delighted to again come top out of 17 teams - a big well done to all involved, and to Mrs Cox who so inspires our geographers to reach the heights they do. 

As parents may already know, with LAMDA (Speech and Drama qualifications) growing in popularity, we became a LAMDA Examination Centre this year. Our first round of Exams in the Summer saw some quite remarkable success. Out of 23 pupils, all of them passed with flying colours, and a record 19 received Distinctions. Huge congratulations to all those pupils, and a big well done to our LAMDA teachers too.

Some brilliant fixtures against Castle Court this week. Dumpton seemed to come out on top in most of the games, but as Mr Randle and his excellent team of coaches always say, it is the performance and attitude that is just as important as any results. On this front we were so very pleased to see how well the pupils conducted themselves before their games, their sportsmanship, their teamwork, their determination, and their manners. It was so good to have so many parents watching from the side-lines too - tea and cake on the Sportshall Balcony has been most enjoyable!

FoDS News
Another call for the FoDS Quiz next week. We hope that a few teams are being organised, and remember, even if you don't yet have a team, sign up for the evening and the FoDS will ensure you are matched up with a team.

The FoDS are also embarking on another fundraising initiative for this year: The Purple Book. For a very affordable price, members of the Dumpton community can have an advert for their business which will be printed and shared with the whole community. Hopefully a lovely way to support lots of local businesses, and of mutual benefit to us all. Look out for a flyer next week.

Y3/Y4/Y5 Online Parents' Evenings
Mr Morgan has been in touch with parents in Y3, 4 and 5 about the online Parents' Evenings next week. A lovely chance to touch base quickly with your child's key teachers, ahead of a full parents evening in the Spring Term. The online system worked well last year, but if you have any issues at all do contact Mr Morgan in the first instance.

With best wishes for the weekend.

Christian Saenger