Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 18 March 2022

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Headmasters Newsletter, Friday 18 March 2022

Dear Parents

Spring finally arrived this week, and just in time for a wonderful Support for Ukraine Day. The coffee morning, raffle and other activities have raised £2,425.00 already, and all proceeds will go directly to Unicef. My huge thanks to all who donated so generously, and particularly to the Y2 parents who sprang into action to organise the day so well. It was a lovely community event - and the outpouring of support for those affected by the Ukraine crisis is so in keeping with our 'Be Kind' ethos. There is no better way to encourage kindness in our children than modelling it to them ourselves. As James Baldwin brilliantly said: “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” 

It appears to be rubbing off! The pupils have been so passionate about 'Being Kind' this last week, particularly in terms of how we are kinder to our environment and our planet. After the brilliant Earthshot day, a large number of 'pledges' have been collated from all the children - and we are going to work as a school community towards keeping them. Furthermore, today I was part of a panel who heard some groups of pupils pitch their ideas - from growing a living roof on the Science Lab, solar panels on the sports hall, to moving the school's milk supply to a local dairy. The presentations were incredibly well researched and professional. Mrs Cox and I are so heartened to see the children taking such a level of responsibility here, and we are certainly committed to supporting them so that fantastic ideas are put into action. I am really proud of the children, and how powerful and enlightening it must be for them to see and feel themselves being listened to and making such a tangible difference to the planet.  

Finally, please take a look at our Earthshot video which I think captures the magic of the children's efforts last Friday: https://vimeo.com/689624528/9c25c29759

Parent Survey
Thank you to the parents who have so far completed the survey - I know how busy you all are, but it would be lovely to get as much feedback as possible so if you have yet to take a look, please click on the link below. I am assured it only takes 5 minutes to complete! https://forms.gle/WAHM7evfnHd63Gmt9

Huge congratulations to our 41 music exam candidates who all passed their ABRSM exams this week. They all showed true resilience and inspiring confidence and we are hugely proud of all of them. Results for the exams will be available on the parents’ area of the website early next week and we look forward to celebrating and presenting the pupils with their certificates when they arrive. Big thanks to our team of peripatetic music teachers who inspire and encourage our pupils to truly ‘Aim High’.

Spring Spectacular and House Music
As we celebrate the performing arts and Shakespeare week, next week is full of fun for our prep school pupils. Please see the arrangements attached for the Spring Spectacular on Tuesday and the House Music Festival on Friday. Please note that all prep pupils are involved and parents are invited to all of the events on Tuesday, but due to the number of performers, we need to make a limit of two members of each family. If you have any questions about either of the events, do please email Mrs Mudd at s.mudd@dumpton.com. If you need to make any changes to your end of day arrangements (such as buses) please do so in the normal way.  We are so looking forward to welcoming you.

LAMDA exams 
These will be taking place on the 5th and 6th April. Parents of candidates have been emailed and the timetable for which will be released in the next few days. Please keep an eye on the parents' area of the website for dates and timings. Thank you for supporting your children with their practice at home as they get closer to the exams. Parents will also be invited to attend the LAMDA sessions in the final week of term so that you can meet the teachers and enjoy some fabulous performances.

Headmaster's Book Club
Some lucky Y6 and Y7 pupils who have been excelling in their English lessons were sent to me for the inaugural 'Headmaster's Book Club'. We read and discussed the opening two chapters of Mark Haddon's superb 'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' - I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I hope the children did too! Alongside the always very busy weekly book clubs in Y5, Y6 and Y7, it is great to see so much enthusiasm and passion for reading in the school.

We're very proud of all our sports teams for their success this season and all the progress they have made. Our commitment to playing sport every day sees them make such brilliant progress, not only with their technical ability, tactics and fitness levels, but their team work, determination and leadership qualities. All the teams have done brilliantly this term, but a special mention today to our U8 Girls, who in their first Netball season for the school went unbeaten in all their games! 

Scholarship Success 
Huge congratulations to Brooke J who was awarded both a Sport and Drama Scholarship to BCS, and Mairi S who has won a Humanities Award as part of the Bryanston Academic Scholarship process. That takes us to 13 scholarships awarded so far this year, and we still await news from Canford on the Academic and Drama scholarships front. 

Prep School Hobbies
Please be aware that there will be no Prep School Hobbies on the last Friday of term - pupils can be picked up at Early Pick-Up, but there will be wrap around care until 5.45pm as usual.  

With best wishes for a lovely weekend.

Christian Saenger