Headmaster's Newsletter, 04 December 2015

04 December 2015

We are almost there now, but I have just a few more details for forthcoming events and snippets of news before I can formally wish you all a Merry Christmas next Friday.

Charity Christmas Fayre

Could I start by saying a huge thank you to Sarah Schiel, Chair of FODS, her entire committee, and the countless other Mums and Dads who supported preparations on the day. With 30+ stalls to marshal, children’s workshops to oversee and raffle tickets to sell, there was a great deal to attend to, but the day ran incredibly smoothly, raising important funds for our chosen charity Julia’s House.  We were also very grateful to the many families who stayed on to support the event.  It was all a great success, whether measured in funds raised, footfall or fun!

Pre-Prep Plays

We are still smiling after four big dramatic productions in one week.  Congratulations must go to all those involved in the hours of patient preparation required, including the parents who had a hand in the wonderful costumes.  The Year 1 and Year 2 production ‘A Lawfully Good Nativity’ was an interesting take on the traditional story, with all pupils on stage throughout, performed twice for Year 1 and Year 2 parents.  There was an outstanding mix of dancing, singing, humour and some very strong acting.

Mrs Browning and I were very sad to miss the Nursery and Reception performances as we were banned from the premises for 48 hours (!) recovering from a nasty sickness bug.  However, Mr Nye tells me that the Nursery performance of  ‘Little Robin Red Vest’ was very entertaining and included Christmas songs from the Nursery children who were dressed in wonderful costumes – an assortment of frogs, moles, rabbits, laundry men, a hedgehog, squirrels and Christmas mice.  Thank you to the Bursar for playing a very jolly Father Christmas and to Miss Goulding who played the part of Little Robin.    

This was followed by Reception’s ‘A Miracle in Town’ with beautiful costumes and confident acting.  Thanks must go to all the staff involved and the talented children for their energy at this stage of term.  

We have again organised for all productions to be professionally photographed and filmed.  Anyone wishing to buy stills should go to the DE Photo website.  Any late orders for the DVDs should be directed to Heather Millward from Curtain Call Productions at hmillward@btinternet.com.

In the final week we have the Year 3 Play ‘Hansel & Gretel’ to look forward to on Tuesday (8 December) at 2.30 pm.  

Other Pre-Prep News

This Tuesday (8 December) Year 2 will be enjoying the Christmas Pantomime ‘Snow White’ at The Pavilion, Bournemouth.  Then on Friday it will be Reception and Nursery’s turn as they welcome the entertainer ‘Jigsaw’ to Dumpton.  I believe Father Christmas may also be putting in another appearance at some stage in the week……

Christmas Lunch

More advanced warning – Steph and her team will be serving our Christmas Lunch on Thursday (10 December), with Form Parties in the Prep School to follow, so your children might need a little less sustenance than usual that evening.  

Carol Service

Meanwhile, plans for the Carol Service at 2.30 pm on Friday 11 December are right on track and we are all looking forward to a rich and varied programme. This year we will once again be assigning seats to the parents in different year groups – Mr Nye has written to you already with details of this, but please see the plan attached in case it has gone astray.

Senior Gala Concert

I look forward to seeing many of you later this evening at the Senior Concert from 5.30 pm.  There is a long and varied list of performers, so we thank them in advance for their hard work in preparation.

Sports Roundup

We closed another long and eventful sporting Autumn Term on Wednesday with some outstanding performances and very close matches.  Just room to say well done to the boys’ 1st XV rugby side on their 55-5 win against Castle Court, and congratulations to the U13 girls’ hockey on their 4-1 win against Sherborne Prep.  In addition, the U11 boys came an impressive 3rd=/24 teams at the prestigious Bryanston Rugby Sevens Tournament.

Nut free policy

Finally, could I just add that, while Christmas is undoubtedly a time for chocolate, we continue to observe a strict nut free policy here at school (including food which may have come into contact with nuts).  I thought I would mention this as early as possible in an attempt to avoid cries of ‘bah humbug’ ……

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