Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 11 November 2016

| 11 November 2016

11 November 2016

Dear Parents

Remembrance Day
After an excellent assembly on the history of the Victoria Cross from 4P on Tuesday, Year 8 pupils led our Remembrance Day Service today at 10.45 am. The Senior Choir sang a beautiful anthem in assembly and we then observed two minutes silence at 11 am, when pupils in the Prep School placed a wreath of poppies by the War Memorial.  Annabel K (Yr8) and Niamh T (Yr7) played the Last Post and Reveille – a very moving experience for all.

Music Concerts
Well done to our string players who represented the school at the Canford Strings Day last Friday, taking part in a delightful concert to close the occasion.  Thank you also to the drummers who performed in School Assembly on Thursday.  We now look forward to our Singers’ Recital next Friday at 1.30 pm.

U12 and U13 Girls IAPS National Hockey 
The senior girls’ hockey teams travelled to Millfield on Monday, for the South-West U12 and U13 IAPS Hockey Championships.  Both teams battled hard against some very strong opposition, recording some impressive victories and winning through to their respective finals on the day.  Both teams fell at the last hurdle to Millfield Prep, but both qualified for the National Finals next week at Clifton and Millfield respectively nonetheless. Very well done to all the girls involved and a big thank you to parents for travelling such a long way to support. 

Other Sporting News 
There were some encouraging results elsewhere on the sports field this week, with all 220 Prep School pupils selected to represent the school at either football, rugby or hockey on the same day.  Well done to the U11 girls’ hockey team and U11 boys’ rugby team who were mentioned in dispatches from their tournaments at Bryanston and Canford respectively. 

Cross Country Championships
Good luck to the team of six Year 8 boys who will be competing in the English Schools’ Regional Cross Country Championships at Taunton on Saturday.  Once again, a big thank you to parents for supporting another long distance event.

Sports Kit from Kukri
We source our Prep school tracksuits, hoodies and house t-shirts from Kukri online. We are aware that there have been some concerns about the service offered and have been working with the company to address these. As a result, Kukri have agreed to holding stock in their warehouse in the UK, calculated on previous annual sales.  We have also agreed an 8 week lead time for delivery of orders that need to be airfreighted.  In addition, Dumpton will hold a stock of new kit in the Second-Hand Uniform Shop that will be used for sizing purposes and emergency sales, and which we will keep topped up accordingly. I hope this reassures you, but please keep the feedback coming.

Rotarian Shoeboxes
Thank you, once again, to everyone who contributed to this initiative.  The boxes have been collected and are already winging their way to orphanages in distant lands.

Children in Need
Once again, we are bracing ourselves for all the fun of Children in Need.  Thanks should go, in advance, to Mr Moulton (i/c organisation here at school) and Dumpton mum Sam Dean and her team who have spent countless hours sorting and pricing toys for the Pre-Prep Second Hand Toy Sale. We will see you all there next Thursday!

FODS Christmas Fayre
A poster has appeared on walls and doorways around the school and has also been attached to this letter.  This details all the exciting things happening at the FODS Christmas Fayre this year - do please remember to book Santa’s Grotto and the children’s workshops at the Front Desk.  Tombola donations are being collected in the Front Hall.  Thank you also for your part in some very generous raffle prizes.  Could I also thank the whole FODS Cmmittee, led so ably by Sarah Schiel, for approaching this huge task with such energy and commitment. 

Headmaster’s Breakfast
I am looking forward to the first Headmasters’ Breakfast on Tuesday morning.  Should you have any last minute contributions the year group representatives for this term are: Rachel Wolfenden (Nursery), Licia Watson (Reception), Tim Rourke (Year 1), Leanne James (Year 2), Hayley Taylor (Year 3), Vicky Turner (Year 4), Kelly Webb (Year 5), Saskia Stephenson (Year 6), Natalie Steele (Year 7) and Mel Taylor (Year 8).

And finally ….South Sudan Appeal
You may remember Bishop Samuel who came to speak to the school in April 2015.  Former Chair of Governors Dr Robin Sadler is planning to visit South Sudan later this month and would like to take some good quality clothes (lightweight children's or adults) to share with those in need. Please send these into school by Monday 14 November with your name in the bag in case they have to cancel at the last moment due to security issues. Many thanks in advance.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Browning