Headmaster's Newsletter, Thursday 23 May 2019

| 23 May 2019

Dear Parents

I am writing a day earlier than usual with details of the Open Afternoon tomorrow. The start time is staggered to avoid gridlock in the Colehill area.  For the Prep School, Open Afternoon starts at 2pm, the Year 2 parents are expected at 2.30pm and for Year 1, Reception and the Nursery parents, the start time is 3pm.  This will hopefully give everyone the opportunity to walk around the school informally with their children, enjoying the displays and meeting the staff.  

Car parking tomorrow
Due to the ongoing construction of the Sports Hall, car parking on the Top Field will not be so straightforward.  We have to enter and leave at the same point, which may require some patience – apologies in advance.  To ease traffic flow, could we ask that parents who are only dropping off or picking up remain in the Main School Car Park and do not go through to the Top Field.  Those who are coming to stay should then, in theory, all arrive together in year groups, and leave together after tea….

Open Afternoon
The weather forecast for Open Day tomorrow looks hopeful, so we will have a big Parents’ Tea on the Front Lawn from 3.45pm and all other activities should run as planned.  In the (currently unlikely) event of inclement weather, we will retire to the Dining Room and Music School for tea. We hope you enjoy the afternoon.  

Displays and classrooms will be manned where possible in both the Pre-Prep and the Prep School.  Do take a stroll through the allotments and woodlands to see the Forest School, a short walk from the ponds and campsite, where you will find Mrs Welch cooking by the fire.  

Throughout the afternoon, Mr Loe will be directing artists upstairs in his garret, and the scientists will be hosting an interactive display looking at problems with plastics.  Meanwhile, Miss Barman, Mrs Hudson  and pupils will be life-saving in the swimming pool, Mr Ashworth will also be showing new and exciting developments in school computing and Mrs Brown will be in the Food Technology Department, while the Pre-Prep, Year 3, Learning Support, Library, English, Maths and French areas will also be manned by teachers.

Parents and Sons Cricket will be over the road as usual and the Parents and Daughters Rounders in the lower field.  The Tennis Tournament will proceed from 2.00pm, with the Juniors and Pre-Prep followed by the Seniors at 3.00pm.  Mrs Watkiss, Mrs Bolter and Mr Sissons will be with the Music groups who will play in the Recital Room from 2.00pm with the individual performers continuing from 2.15pm.

Christian and Hattie Saenger
Christian and Hattie will be joining us for the Open Afternoon, with their daughter, and will be wandering around the site, enjoying the sunshine and hoping to meet as many of you as possible.  Please do say ‘hello’ if you get the chance.

Year 2 Swimming Gala
A big thank you to Mrs Katie Hudson, and the Year 2 staff for organising such an enjoyable Swimming Gala on Monday afternoon, along with the Year 8 pupils who made such excellent lifeguards in the pool.  The children did us proud and were very grateful for the support of so many parents poolside.  

Sports Roundup
It was good to see so many positive performances on Wednesday afternoon, including wins for the 1st XI boys cricketers against Sandroyd and the 1st VIII girls cricketers against Clayesmore Prep – and congratulations to George G, who is currently averaging 117 for the 1st XI!

Sport and Sports Day
Mr Randle has asked me to remind you that we have many matches on the Wednesday following the break and the teams will be on the website as usual.  He will e-mail all Prep School parents in the week after half term asking pupils to select their events for Sports Day on Wednesday 19 June.

Message from the FoDS Committee
Just a reminder that we will be holding a silent auction in aid of Awake Mercy at the Summer Farewell Ball.  This charity looks after a large group of destitute and orphaned children in southern India, providing a safe home, care and education.  Offers of auction lots would be most appreciated to help raise funds for this worthwhile cause.  All offers would be amazing!  Please email fods@dumpton.com if you are able to help.   

And finally…
Two of our Dumpton Mums (Paula Henley and Emma Burke) have launched the #kickupchallenge – with the help of local football celebrities Harry Redknapp and Tyrone Mings.  This initiative is designed to raise awareness of mental health issues in young people and publicise the related charity YoungMinds. All you need to do is film yourself doing ten keepy-uppies and follow instructions on the website – and there is plenty of time to practise over half-term …

With best wishes for the Bank Holiday and half term break.

Andrew Browning