Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 24 September 2021

| 27 September 2021
Headmasters Newsletter, Friday 24 September 2021

Dear Parents

I do hope you found the time to read Miss Goodhew's letter yesterday regarding RULER. This is an incredibly important development at Dumpton, one that I think has the potential to have a profound impact on our school, our pupils, and our wider community. In a school where we so highly value kindness and empathy, RULER is there to help us grow emotionally intelligent children. We firmly believe that children who understand their own emotions and those of others, and can therefore build brilliant personal and professional relationships, have the best chance of finding happiness and success in their futures.

But RULER will help us grow emotionally resilient children too. However brilliant and inspiring the response has been to the challenges of the last 18 months, what we have faced has undoubtedly taken its toll on our collective 'mental health' - and I would include staff and parents in that as well as pupils. A recent national NHS survey concluded that, sadly,1 in 6 children are experiencing a mental health disorder of some kind. As a Headmaster, but also a parent, this is a frightening statistic. But RULER allows us to be proactive: it will help arm our children with the tools to cope better with any struggles, and prepare them to be able to successfully tackle any challenges and setbacks they might face in their future years.

I will not cover the same ground as Miss Goodhew's excellent letter - please do take a read it yourself - and I do hope to see a number of you at our first 'Dumpton Talks' of the year, where Lulu Luckock will present to parents.

It has been superb to see so many trips this week. We had Y1 visiting Wimborne Model Town, Y3 over at Stonehenge, and throughout the week our brave Y8 have been having the adventure of a lifetime in Scotland. The photos, the scenery, and their achievements, have been quite staggering! To keep track of all these events and trips, and lots of other news and pictures from Dumpton, do make sure you follow either our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feeds. We really love having your interactions and support so thank you for all your positive engagements. And for those a little more wary of social media, remember that all our posts can be found on the front page of the school website https://www.dumpton.com/school-news.

Author Visit
Today we had the pleasure of welcoming author Keith Hatton to our school. Keith held a Junior Assembly in which he inspired the children with his stories about how he became a published writer. He then held workshops for Years 3, 4 and 5, encouraging them to use their imaginations to produce and share some fantastic creative writing; finally, he paid a visit to Year 2 to read from his books and share his enthusiasm for stories. A great way to end the week!

You will notice a number of Assemblies in the School Calendar. These Assemblies are all being broadcast live via Zoom, something that we began during Lockdown but continues now as a lovely way to allow you some insight into life at Dumpton. We love having you there, and they can be accessed by the usual Dumpton live broadcast link. If your child is performing in an assembly (either a class assembly, or perhaps a performing arts performance), you are more than welcome to attend the assembly in person. Please just head to the Assembly Hall for 8.30am, and there will be some seats for you at the back of the room. Next week we have 7T presenting an assembly on 'European Day of Languages' on Monday, our weekly Performing Arts and Sports Assembly on Thursday, and a Pre-Prep Celebration Assembly on Friday.

Y2 Harvest Festival - Date Change
The Y2 Harvest Assembly has been moved to Monday 4 October. We look forward to seeing many Y2 parents there. We can't wait to see Y2 perform for us all, and we also look forward to seeing as many pupils as possible bring in items for Wimborne Foodbank that day - more to follow on this one soon.

Future Schools
I look forward to seeing parents at this event on Tuesday (28 September). In true 'post-covid' style, we're going to trial this evening being either attended in person, or attended remotely via Zoom. I hope to see many of you there for the full experience, but at the same time that the broadcast allows some of you who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend to do so.   If you are planning to attend in person, it would be helpful if you could just let us know.

Parents Evenings
Mr Morgan will be writing to parents next week with an update on plans for Parents Evenings this term, whilst also outlining a slight change (and we hope an improvement!) to how we stay in touch with you about your child's learning. We firmly believe that regular, timely and personal communication is the best way of us all working together to support your child's education. As well as hearing updates from us, we are always very happy to hear from you - so please remember that we can be contacted at any time if you have concerns about your child - no matter how big or small.

FoDS Quiz Night – Saturday 16 October
This fun and light-hearted evening is open to parents, staff and friends/family.  Teams can be any size up to a maximum of 10 people and tickets are priced at £10 per head.  FoDS have produced the attached flyer containing further information.

School Email/Communication
As previously mentioned, we have been busy working to improve our communication systems and over the next few weeks you will start to see some changes designed to make the flow of communication easier for our busy parents. As ever, should you have any questions at all please do just ask. 

Thank you to all parents for being vigilant at the moment for symptoms or your child feeling generally under the weather.  If in doubt, taking a test is probably the best course of action.  As ever, please keep the Matron team up to date. 

Dumpton Stroll – Sunday 26 September
At the last check we had at least 73 attendees for Sunday's stroll which is lovely. Do come along if you are at a loose end - the weather is set fair and we can't wait to see many of you there.

With best wishes
Christian Saenger