Headmaster's Newsletter, 13 November 2015

13 November 2015

100% Pass Rate at Grammar School

Many congratulations to Daisy B, George G, Mimi H, Elliot H, Oliver M, Piers M, Fergus O, Hugo P, George S and Alex T on passing the local grammar school entrance tests earlier this term. Ten out of ten!

The Visit of WWII veteran Roy Massey

We were delighted to welcome 94 year old Roy Massey and his wife Peggy to the Prep School Assembly on Tuesday. With the help of his daughter-in-law Sue, Roy shared his war-time experiences with the whole Prep School and staff. As a member of 84 Squadron RAF, he was captured by the Japanese in March 1942. Roy spent the next three and a half years at the notorious Changi Jail, working to clear the jungle to build the Changi Aerodrome. Roy answered pupil questions about his experiences, the work he had to do and what he ate, and he then laid a wreath at our War Memorial with his great granddaughter Brooke J (Year 2). Roy’s infectious humour, wonderful manner and unerring capacity for forgiveness, was an inspiration to us all.

Remembrance Day

After an excellent assembly on the Battle of Britain from 4P on Monday, Year 8 pupils led our Remembrance Day Service on Wednesday at 10.45 am. The Senior Choir sang a beautiful anthem in assembly and we then observed two minutes silence at 11 am, when the oldest and youngest pupils in the Prep School placed a wreath of poppies by the War Memorial.  Finn R (Yr8) and Niamh T (Yr6) played the Last Post and Reveille – a very moving experience for all.

Music Concerts

Well done to our string players who represented the school at the Canford Strings Day last Friday, taking part in a delightful concert to close the occasion.  Thank you also to the singers who performed in School Assembly on Thursday and at the delightful Lunchtime Concert today.  Thank you, as ever, to Mrs Watkiss and Miss Attfield for their support.

We now look forward to the first of our Gala Concerts this term.  Next Friday (20 November), we have a selection of pupils from Years 3-5 performing from 5.30 pm.  All parents are welcome.  Please note, performers will not be able to travel home on the School Buses – please contact Mrs Watkiss if there is a problem.

IAPS Hockey

The senior girls’ hockey teams travelled to Millfield on Monday, for the South-West U12 and U13 IAPS Hockey Championships.  The U13s battled well against some strong opposition, recording an impressive win and a draw in their group.  The U12 girls also impressed with some convincing wins, missing out on qualification for the National Finals on goal difference – so frustrating!

Other Sporting News

There were some encouraging results elsewhere on the sports field this week, with the boys’ 1st XV winning well against Forres Sandle Manor (5-0) and drawing with West Hill Park (7-7) and the girls’ 1st VII hockey side winning away at Clayesmore (2-0). The cross country runners were also put through their paces at the PEDDSA Meeting at Canford School on Thursday, in fields of 50 or so runners. Top ten finishers included Esther B (1st; U11), Joe W (3rd; U12), Alexandra S (6th; U11), Alicia H (8th, U12), Madeleine H (8th, U13/14), Dominique H (9th U11), Rosie I (9th, U12) and Eloise W (9th U13/14).  Well done to all.

Operation Shoebox

Last call for Christmas shoe boxes!  They are being collected very first thing on Monday morning.  Thank you, once again, to everyone who has contributed to this ever growing pile of gifts.

Children in Need

Once again, the children took great delight in organising their own stalls (with a little direction from staff!), but none of this would have been possible without your support.  In particular, thanks should go to Mr Moulton (i/c organisation here at school) and Dumpton mum Sam Dean and her team who have spent countless hours sorting and pricing toys for the Pre-Prep Second Hand Toy Sale.  Thank you also to 6A for their impressive School Assembly this morning, explaining how children all over the country benefit from all this hard work. The grand total collected will be published in next week’s letter.

FODS Christmas Fayre

An information guide will be sent by email next week detailing all the exciting things happening at the fayre this year. In the meantime please remember to book Santa’s Grotto and the children’s workshops at the Front Desk.  Tombola donations are being collected in the Front Hall.  Could I thank both the outgoing committee led by Liz Fowley for providing the excellent blue-print from last year, and the new committee, led by Sarah Schiel for approaching this huge task with such energy and commitment.   There are still 15 Dumpton Christmas Cakes left for pre-order at the FODs Christmas Fayre – they are all Mrs Brown’s special recipe so we anticipate them selling like the proverbial …

PS Please see letter attached from the Bursar regarding proposed roadworks next year.  Poole Council are inviting feedback so please do have your say!

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