Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 13 January 2017

| 13 January 2017

13 January 2017

Dear Parents

Happy New Year!  
I hope you all had an enjoyable festive season and that your batteries are recharged.  The pupils have certainly returned full of energy and we are looking forward to another busy and productive term.

Carol Service
A big thank you to all the pupils and staff who made the Carol Service such a success.  I would like to make special mention of Mrs Watkiss who put her heart and soul into the occasion.  Thank you also for contributing so generously to Julia’s House and Wimborne Minster in the retiring collection.

Reading Revolution in the Prep School!
The English Department writes: Next Tuesday (17 January) there will be a Parents’ Seminar in the Recital Room from 4.45 pm. The topic will be the Reading Plus scheme, now being used at various levels in the school. This is already having some transformational results, building even higher levels of enthusiasm and confidence in many of the pupils - we have never seen a new initiative make such an impact in such a short space of time.  Do please come along next week and find out more – parents from all year groups are welcome.

E-Safety:  Pupil and Parent Seminars
Once again we will be running an E-Safety Day this year, on Wednesday 1 February.  This will involve members of the local Safer Schools Team speaking to every pupil from Reception to Year 8 in a total of nine different presentations.  Last year the message was once again very powerful, but also reassuring and left us all with a clear way forward.  We are very grateful for their expertise and look forward to the visit.  In addition, in association with FoDS, we have arranged a talk for Parents from 7.30 – 9.00 pm in the Recital Room (please see flyer attached).  This will be given by Gooseberry Planet, a firm who specialise in such presentations.  I hope many of you will be able to attend to support 

Prep School Hobbies
For those in Years 3 to 8 the hobbies sheet has already been accessed by the pupils here at school to allow us to start on the first Thursday evening.  The list includes ventures such as Cookery, Animation, Movie Making, Funtime Science, Easter Crafts, Board Games, Golf, DT Club, Ultimate Frisbee, Felt-tastic Crafts, LAMDA, Gymnastics, and Growing from Seeds - along with some Academic Extra Time activities, and scholarship sessions for the senior pupils.  We would be grateful if last minute choices or changes could be made by Monday to allow a final list to be published. 

News from the Pre-Prep
From next Thursday we will be continuing Lunchtime Hobbies for Year 1 and Year 2, including, Art, Hamabeads, ICT, Library Time, Music, Traditional Playground Games and Football.  Just to note - if the temperatures continue near freezing you may wish to send your children to school in their tracksuits.

FoDS Football
Just a reminder that all parents are invited to the Friday Night FoDS Football played under floodlights from 6.00 – 7.00 pm.  All playing standards are welcome – it is designed to be an enjoyable way to end the working week for anyone with a pair of trainers...

Parents’ Evenings
Once again, Prep School Parents’ Evenings will be using an appointments system this term to try to minimise queuing.  This year Mrs Sharp will again oversee a paper-free online booking system.  Parents will be able to book slots for teachers they would like to meet, on a first come, first served basis.  You should have already received a separate e-mail with more information on how to use the system.   Meetings will begin at 5 pm, allowing some parents to attend while their children are still at school, making for a neater end to their day.  Meetings will continue through to 8 pm.

Looking ahead
We have a very busy Monday in stall with the Pre-Prep Children and Year 3 attending the Life Caravan here at school, which continues on to Tuesday.  Also on Monday, Year 6 are heading to Winchester Science Centre and Year 8 are completing Geography Fieldwork in Wimborne all day.  We then have a team attending the Bryanston Year 6 Maths Challenge on Thursday afternoon and an Informal Lunchtime Concert on Friday, taking place in the Recital Room from 1.30pm.

With best wishes for the week-end.
Andrew Browning