Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 9 February 2018

| 09 February 2018

Dear Parents

World Book Day – Thursday 1 March
As you will have seen from the Programme of Events, it is World Book Day on Thursday 1 March. As usual, various book-related activities and competitions will be taking place on World Book Day and throughout that week in English lessons (see separate letter from Miss Anson and Miss Fox). We look forward to a special week of celebrating reading, great books, brilliant authors and the art of story-telling!

Visiting Author – Ross Montgomery
We are very excited about Ross Montgomery’s visit on Friday 2 March. Ross will be speaking to the children and running workshops across the day for the Pre-Prep and Years 3, 4 and 5. His debut Alex, The Dog & The Unopenable Door (2013) was nominated for the Costa Children’s Book of the Year and the Branford Boase Award, and selected as one of The Sunday Times “Top 100 Modern Children’s Classics”. The follow-up The Tornado Chasers (2014) was chosen for the nationwide Booktrust BookBuzz scheme, and his third book Perijee & Me (2016) was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Award. His new book, Max and the Millions, will be released the day before his visit. Many of his books are available in the school library.

Dumpton Debating
Three pupils, Leo B (Yr8), Charlotte K (Yr7) and Louis P (Yr7), represented Dumpton last week at Milton Abbey’s annual prep schools’ debating competition. They were given a short workshop, and then opposed the motion, ‘This house believes that allowing the use of performance enhancing drugs would not damage the spirit of sport,’ against a team from Castle Court. After some intense preparation and eloquent debating on both sides, the Dumpton team was judged the winner.  Well done.

Lunchtime Music Concert
Well done to all the musicians who entertained us so royally at the Informal Concert at 1.30 pm today.  It was a full and varied programme, with some virtuoso performances from children right through the Prep School.

PEDSSA (near) Perfection
The Year 7 girls performed very well at the U12 PEDSSA tournament on Tuesday, winning all eight of their matches, beating Parkstone Grammar in the final on golden goal. Meanwhile, the Year 8 girls battled through to the final in their competition, losing in extra time to the same school.  As a result both sides have qualified for the County Championships at Bournemouth School for Girls on Saturday 3 March. Well done to all.

U13 IAPS National Finalists
Well done to the 1st VII hockey boys who battled hard at the South West Regional IAPS Tournament at Millfield, winning through to the final, before losing to Barrow Hills, Godalming.  As a result they have qualified for the IAPS National Finals at Millfield.

Sports Round-up
In the busiest of sporting weeks, with 30 teams competing in a host of competitions, there is only space here to congratulate the senior boys’ hockey teams on their four wins out of four against Forres Sandle Manor, and the senior girls’ netball teams on their 23-7 and 23-10 wins against Castle Court.

Summer Club
Mme Tulodziecki would like to give all parents advanced warning of her plans for the Summer Club this year.  It proved extremely popular last summer, with numbers growing as the weeks progressed.  It was full for many of the days, suggesting that advanced booking would be advisable.  The dates will once again include the first two weeks of the summer holiday (Monday 9 July – Friday 13 July and Monday 16 July - Friday 20 July).  The sessions will be open to pupils from Year 1 through to Year 8, and will be an exciting mixture of cooking, bushcraft skills, tie-dye, mountain-biking, tennis, pétanque, swimming, programmable toys and more.  Mme Tulodziecki has posted a form in the Parents’ Area of the website with more information and booking procedures – the link is detailed below. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0g95f1nh9dN1MJcaD1Kw3pPOIy74ckf4si3PNX9hwGkrDGQ/viewform

And finally …
Two members of the Dumpton community will be appearing on the stage of the Tivoli Theatre next week in Terrence Rattigan’s classic play The Winslow Boy. This gripping and moving drama follows the fortunes of a family whose son is wrongly expelled from school for theft. Oliver B (Year 8) plays “The Winslow Boy” and Mr Moulton plays the barrister who is hired to defend him. Performances are 7.30pm Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th, with a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday….

With best wishes for the half-term break.

Andrew Browning