Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 4 November 2016

| 04 November 2016

4 November 2016

Dear Parents

Dumpton Parliament
Today I welcomed the thirteen school MPs to the Meeting Room at lunchtime to discuss the year ahead.  The children came up with some impressive ideas and questions, and we will look to respond to as many of them as possible over the coming terms.  They have also now gone away to prepare their presentations to the FODs Dragons’ Den, which will take place next term.

Strings at Canford
Thank you to all the pupils who represented Dumpton at the Canford Strings Afternoon today.  It is always a very worthwhile event, and I hope that some of you have been able to attend the concert this afternoon.  We had a delightful Music Assembly on Thursday too, with the string players providing us with an excellent mini-concert to start our day.  Thank you to Mrs Dando (violin) and Mr Palmer (‘cello) for preparing the pupils so well.

Remembrance Day at Dumpton
This is always a special day in our calendar, as we meet around the War Memorial in the centre of the school at 11 am, on Friday 11 November. Pupils will play the Last Post and Reveille – parents of musicians are welcome to support, of course.

FODS Christmas Party & Christmas Fayre: from the Chair of FODS
The tables for the Christmas Party have all but sold out with just a handful of tickets remaining.  If you would like to snap these up, please put envelopes with guest names and a cheque made payable to ‘Friends of Dumpton School’, in the FODS box in the front office please by 18 November.

The Christmas Fayre on Friday 25 November is set to be an exciting whole school event for pupils, family and friends.  Workshop bookings (for child free shopping time!) and Santa’s Grotto bookings will be taken from Monday (7 November) by the Front Office.  Both activities are £5 per child.  

In the Pre-Prep the children have been busy drawing self-portraits to personalise Christmas gifts such as key rings, decorations and coasters.  Order forms will be in book bags this afternoon if all goes to plan.  Please return the completed forms by Wednesday 16 November. Similarly Design-a-Mug forms will be in all book bags (including the Prep School) from Monday if children would like to be involved.  

Just a reminder that all proceeds from these initiatives and the Christmas Fayre go to local charity Julia’s House.

House Football
Congratulations to Kent, who triumphed in the whole school House Football tournament the day before half term.  It was good to see everyone playing with such spirit and purpose.

News from the Sportsfield
Well done again to all the pupils for some committed performances on Tuesday and Wednesday on the rugby pitch, football pitch and astro. We had a particularly busy day here at school, with Steph feeding over 260 pupils at Match Tea after the fixtures.  Thank you also to all the parents for their support.  The U13 rugby side started their season well with a win and a draw against Sunninghill and Clayesmore respectively, while the U12 boys had encouraging wins in their corresponding triangular. Meanwhile, the U13 and U12 girls hockey teams both had close games away at Chafyn Grove, a narrow loss and a draw, in preparation for their trip to Millfield for the IAPS Regional Tournament on Monday (7 November).

Children in Need
On Thursday 17 November, we have the annual Children in Need celebration.  The stalls will be set up in the Sports Hall and ready from 3.30 pm for the Pre-Prep, 4.15 pm for Years 3, 4 and 5 and 4.45 pm for Years 6, 7, and 8.  Parents are, of course, welcome, and I would like to thank you in advance for your contributions to the stalls.  Each form in the Prep School will come up with ideas for their own money-raising ventures and we hope to build towards the totals of recent years.

Toy Story
Once again we are very grateful for the number of  toys donated this year for Children in Need.  Thank you very much for your offerings so far. Any last minute contributions will be welcome right up to the morning of the sale.  Last call also for donkeys, shepherds, angels and any other Christmas production costumes or indeed any other fancy dress items which can be traded on the day ...

Rotary International
Thank you to those who have supported the Rotary Shoebox appeal so far. We have a neat pile of brightly wrapped shoeboxes in the Front Hall and a final collection date planned for Tuesday 8 November.  

With best wishes

Andrew Browning