Headmaster's Newsletter, 10 December 2015

10 December 2015

Merry Christmas to you all and best wishes for the holiday period.  It has been another very long, eventful and busy term, and Jo and I would like to thank you all for your support over the past fourteen weeks.  Jo has written a Christmas card to every Dumpton family – I only mention this here in the hope that they will all arrive safely home in the school bags!

Walking Home for Christmas

A group of Dumpton Mums were so inspired watching the Pride of Britain awards they decided to organise their own event to raise money for the charity ‘Walking with the Wounded’.  Last Monday morning the group set off from the Front Lawn in their high viz jackets and santa hats and walked 11 miles to the Sandbanks Yacht Club.  They set themselves a target to raise £500 which they have already exceeded. Well done Gemma Puzas, Katey Mackenzie, Lucie Allen, Kathryn Parker, Annette Coe and Anamika Shah. However, it is not too late to support their venture by making a donation at www.justgiving.com/dorsetdollies

Carol Service

Perhaps a little prematurely, this is the last chance this term I will have to thank Mrs Watkiss and the other staff involved for the countless hours they have spent preparing for the Carol Service.  We are all looking forward to reaching the end of term in style, and if the rehearsals are anything to go by we will not be disappointed.  With around 250 pupils invited to sing in various choirs (plus 25 staff) it should be a real celebration of Dumpton choral music.  

Senior Gala Concert

We were treated to a lovely concert on Friday evening, as the senior musicians put on an excellent show.  There were around 40 musicians involved, playing a range of styles, as individuals and groups, with some real show-stopping moments.  Thank you to Mrs Watkiss and the hard-working peripatetics for their support, as well as all the very talented pupils for their efforts. 

Hansel and Gretel

Congratulations to Year 3 for their performances this week.  After leading school assemblies on Monday and Tuesday they then performed their Christmas Play ‘Hansel and Gretel’ to a full house and rave reviews.  Well done also to Mr Edmonds, Mrs Williams  and Miss Hammick (and Mrs Watkiss) for their direction (and piano playing) and to Mr Hampton-Brown and Miss Best for their support.  

Pre-Prep Christmas

It has been a busy week in Pre-Prep.  Year 1 had a lovely Victorian Christmas on Monday, and Year 2 an enjoyable trip to the pantomime in Bournemouth the next day.  Reception visited Streets Meadow Care Home to sing to the residents on Tuesday afternoon. Reception and Nursery now look forward to the visit of their Christmas entertainer, Jigsaw, tomorrow.  I hope Year 2 parents enjoy their jars of Christmas Granola, complete with sparkles, lovingly made by their children (with guidance from Sue Brown in the Food Tech Department) earlier in the week.

FODs Christmas Fayre and Christmas Party

I have just been informed that the very successful Christmas Fayre raised an amazing £3000+ for Julia’s House.  Very well done to all involved.  A big thank you to all parents who supported the FODs Party at the Branksome Beach Restaurant.  It was a very enjoyable evening, I am told.  Particular mention should go to Sarah Schiel who set up theses events and to the FODs Committee for their faultless organisation and attention to detail. 

E-Safety Day for All

Planning ahead, early next term there will be another E-Safety Day for parents, staff and pupils on Wednesday 20 January.  A member of the Dorset Police will spend the whole day here at school and will talk to each year group in turn, right down to the Pre-Prep.  They will then complete the day with a talk to all staff from 4.30 – 5.30 pm. The day will include a drop in session for interested parents from 3.30 – 4.15 pm in the Pre-Prep Hall.  

Photographs 

A reminder that photographs taken at each of the Christmas plays and also a selection of sports photographs are available to purchase online www.dephoto.biz.  

Salvete et Valete

We are sorry that Matron Gaffney will be leaving us over the Christmas period to move to a new job at Bryanston School.  I am delighted to announce that the new Matron will be Jeanette Clayden and she will start with us next term.  We look forward to welcoming her to the team.

End of Term Reports

We have started sending Autumn Term reports today and will continue after the weekend if necessary.   However, please let us know on Wednesday (secretary@dumpton.com) if you have not received your child’s report.  

Happy New Year

Finally, for those who have next year’s diary to hand, the Spring Term starts on Monday 4 January 2016. To stagger the demands on the car park on the first day back we would be very happy if the Pre-Prep parents dropped off their children a little later at 8.45 am.  Of course those with siblings in the Prep School will be welcomed at the usual time.  Just trying to think ahead - Happy New Year!

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