Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 9 June 2017

| 09 June 2017

9 June 2017

Dear Parents

Open Afternoon
I would like to start by saying a really big thank you to Steph Jones and her team in the kitchens and Simon Ward, Adam Hargreaves and Peter Dearlove on the grounds for their hard work in preparation for Open Afternoon.  Thanks also to Mrs Watkiss who organised all the music.  Congratulations to the boys and the girls who beat their parents comfortably in the cricket and rounders matches and well done to Natalie Steele and Henry W who won the Parent and Child Tennis Tournament.  

FoDS Big Top Ball
Another huge thank you is due to Sarah Schiel and her indefatigable committee who have spent countless hours preparing for this biennial event.  The fun started on Monday with some circus skill workshops for all in the Pre-Prep and Years 3-5, and continued with an exhibition of artwork from the Pre-Prep children, inspired by their experiences in the Big Top.  The focus has now shifted to Saturday night, where we all look forward to an enjoyable evening, complete with circus entertainers.  The marquee is already looking the part and I look forward to seeing many of you on the night.

Leavers’ Course 
We are now bracing ourselves for arguably the busiest four weeks of the school year. Mr Loe has been building the much-awaited Leavers’ Course, providing Year 8 with probably the most educationally varied time of their school careers to date.  They will soon be under canvas on an Adventure Camp, and will progress through an impressive range of activities including Business Enterprise, Dragons’ Den, self-defence, scuba diving, fossil hunting, CSI Dumpton, along with a French Day and visits to the Tate St Ives, the Eden Project, the Minack Theatre and Surf School. 

Summer Outings
Each summer every year group has at least one day out of the classroom, either experiencing an Activities Day here at school, or venturing off-site. Year 6 pupils have already enjoyed a weekend trip to Normandy and a Roman Day on home ground earlier this term and Year 4 children have enjoyed their Activity Day at Sandbanks. Similarly Year 2 pupils have had an Environmental Day and an Orienteering Day before half-term. Year 7 visited the Olympic Park last month, and have completed two afternoons filming at Tyneham. Year 5 are enjoying their day at Avon Tyrell as I type and Reception will spend the day at Kimmeridge Marine Life Centre on Monday 12 June. The following week Year 1 are off to Compton Acres with the Nursery heading for Farmer Palmer’s and Year 3 to Brownsea Island on Friday 30 June.  In the last week of term, Year 1 and Year 2 are off to Sandbanks (Tuesday 4 July). Just some of the activities planned in the next four weeks…

International Equestrian
Many congratulations to Henry C (Year 5) who has been selected to represent Great Britain in the Home International Competition being held in Scotland on the 15 and 16 July.  Another Dumpton international! Good luck and best wishes.

French Exchange 
I would like to thank all the families who are supporting the French Exchange by hosting one of the four students.  Their arrival always adds a new dimension to life at school and I must thank Madame Tulodziecki for her organisation of the project again this year.

Year 4 and 5 Gospel Day 
Next Tuesday we welcome Ken Burton back to Dumpton. After his successful visit last year, he will once again be preparing Year 4 and 5 pupils for concerts here at Dumpton.  The Year 5’s will perform at 1.30 pm in the Recital Room, and the Year 4’s later at 4.30 pm, in conjunction with the Year 4 pupils from Hampreston School.  These events were very warmly received last year and again parents are welcome at either concert (or both)!

Speech Day
I would like to give advance notice of Speech Day at the end of term.  As there are many amongst you who will not have attended this day before, I should start by saying all members of the school community are invited.  This makes for a very full marquee and a considerable age range, but you should be reassured that I will not talk for too long and that formal proceedings should be over before noon.  Children sit with their parents throughout, when not collecting prizes or performing, apart from Year 8 and the musicians who will sit as two groups towards the front.  There are no buses on that morning and no lessons - the day begins at 10.00 am for all.  There will be a glass of Pimms available thereafter, courtesy of FoDS, and then there will be drinks for leavers and their parents on the Front Lawn.

Last Call for the Algarve!
Following the huge success of this year's Easter Tennis Tour to the Algarve, 12 months ahead there are only a few spaces remaining on next year’s tour (for Years 6 – 8).  Please could names and deposits reach Mrs Cox as soon as possible if you would like to take part (m.cox@dumpton.com) 

And finally … Summer Club!
Madame Tulodziecki is still taking bookings (on our website) for the first two weeks of the Summer holidays (10 July – 21 July). There will be the usual diet of bike riding, pizza-making, tie-dye T-shirts, racquet sports, swimming, campdraft and sublimation printing, plus many other activities, new and old. The link is below for all those interested.