Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 2 December 2016

| 02 December 2016

2 December 2016

Dear Parents

FoDS Charity Christmas Fayre 
Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to the FoDS team for organising such a successful Christmas Fayre last Friday, another in the line of very successful events under the stewardship of Chair, Sarah Schiel, and her indefatigable committee.  Thank you also to all the parents and pupils (including the Carol Singers) who supported the event. The final figure for funds raised for Julia’s House will be with us soon.  I hope you all enjoy the FoDS Christmas Party this evening at West Beach in Bournemouth.

Twelve Days of Christmas
The Christmas tree and decorations are up as we countdown our own twelve days to Christmas (including the weekend) at this very busy time of year.  This list is not exhaustive, but will hopefully add a few useful details:

Monday 5 December         6.00 pm Governors’ Meeting    


Tuesday 6 December         8.45 am Coffee and festive refreshments for Nursery Parents (Green Room)
                                        9.15 am Nursery ‘Christmas Singing Concert’ (Recital Room)
                                        9.45 am Coffee and festive refreshments for Reception Parents (Green Room)
                                        10.15 am Reception Christmas Play ‘Fishing for Stars’ (Recital Room)
                                        4.45 pm Senior Gala Concert for Year 6-8 (Recital Room)

Wednesday 7 December   2.00 pm Full set of sports fixtures in the Prep School
                                        3.45pm EYFS Parents’ Evening

Thursday 8 December      2.30 pm Year 1 and 2 ‘Are We Nearly There Yet?’ for Year 1 Parents (Assembly Hall)
                                        3.00 pm Coffee and festive refreshments for Year 1 Parents (Dining Hall)
                                        Associated Board Music Examinations (Recital Room)

Friday 9 December          2.30 pm Year 1 and 2 ‘Are We Nearly There Yet?’ for Year 2 Parents (Assembly Hall)
                                       3.00 pm Coffee and festive refreshments for Year 2 Parents (Dining Hall)
                                       Associated Board Music Examinations (Recital Room)

Monday 12 December      8.30 am Year 3 Play Rehearsal Assembly 

Tuesday 13 December     8.30 am Year 3 Christingle Assembly (Prep School)
                                       9.00 am Year 2 Outing to Aladdin (Lighthouse, Poole)
                                       2.00 pm Reception Visit to Streets Meadow
                                       2.30 pm Year 3 ‘Scrooge’ (Assembly Hall)
                                       3.30 pm Coffee and festive refreshments for Year 3 Parents (Green Room)

Wednesday 14 December 9.00-11.30 am Carol Service Rehearsal in Wimborne Minster
                                       Lesson 4 as normal. Lessons 1,2 switch to 2.20 – 4.15 pm.  
                                       School finishes at 4.15 pm

Thursday 15 December   11.15 am Presentation of Pre-Prep Cups  
                                       11.45 am Christmas Lunch
                                       4.15 pm Form Christmas Parties in the Prep School (Year 3-8)

Friday 16 December       8.30 am Presentation of Prep School Cups
                                      9.30 – 11.30 am Rehearsal in Wimborne Minster 
                                      9.30 am Visit of Jigsaw to the EYFS
                                      9.30 am Father Christmas may be dropping in …
                                      12.30 pm Term ends for Reception/Year 1 (Nursery open until 4 pm)
                                      12.30 pm Year 2 children to be collected
                                      1.00pm Year 3–8 children to be collected
                                      2.30 pm Carol Service, Wimborne Minster 

Gala Concerts
Well done to all the pupils who have prepared for the Junior Gala Concert this evening.  We are looking forward to a range of instruments on show with some impressive ensembles and solo pieces.  Thank you in advance to the peripatetics and Sue Watkiss, the Director of Music. 

Sports Reports
Despite the frosty ground we still managed to get most of our fixtures played on Wednesday. Well done to the U13A and U12A  rugby sides who won 50-10 and 50-5 respectively against Castle Court.  Congratulations also to the senior girls’ hockey teams, with the 1st VII , 2nd VII and 3rd VII recording positive 3-0, 5-2 and 3-3 scorelines (respectively) against Sherborne Prep.  Good luck now to the senior boys cross country runners who are already travelling to Formby, Lancashire to run in the English Schools Cross Country National Championships on Saturday.  We will report back next week.

Filming Christmas Plays
Due to popular demand we have again made plans to film all five Christmas performances with Curtain Call Productions – allowing everyone to sit back and enjoy the show.  Order forms should be with you already but please let us know at the Front Desk if you need any more details.

Yours sincerely
Andrew Browning