Headmaster's Newsletter, 26 February 2016

26 February 2016

Top scientists!

A number of our Year 6 and 7 pupils participated in the Bryanston Science Essay Competition this year, with titles inspired by Tim Peake’s exploits on the International Space Station.  We were delighted that, with over 70 entrants, a number of our pupils received commendations for their efforts including Jasmine D, Lucy H, Rosie I, Annabel K, Charlotte M, Rebecca M and Molly T in the Biology Section, and Niamh T in Physics.

In addition, Will B wrote very creatively to be placed second overall in Biology with an essay entitled "The effects of long-term space travel on the biology of the body".  The overall winner of the competition, across all three science sections, was Bella H, with her very impressive Chemistry essay "Types of rocket fuel for space flight".  Well done to all who took part. Essays will soon be available in the Front Hall for those who would like to know more!

News from the Pre-Prep and Nursery

The Reception children enjoyed a delightful day in the sunshine at Moors Valley Country Park yesterday and, rather optimistically, were telling me that summer has finally arrived.  Well done to the Year 2 pupils for their excellent Drumming today – I hope the parents enjoyed the impressive concert at the end of the day staged by Noah and the children.  

Music at Dumpton

A big thank you to all the musicians who took part in the Informal Lunchtime Concert in the Recital Room today.  It was a pleasure to watch the full-range of talents on show, from beginners to extremely polished performers, and such a variety of different instruments.  We had a full house too!

Book Fair

From Monday we have the Book Fair in the Library for the whole of the week.  Miss Fox has sent home a letter with details of when your child will be visiting the fair and how to purchase books.  

Sports News

We have had a very successful week with 20+ fixtures against a host of other schools, and a very busy day here at school.  Of particular note was an impressive 3rd place for the senior girls at the Farleigh Netball Tournament, and a competitive 4th place at the West Hill Park Tournament for the 1st VII  boys’ hockey side. A big thank you, as ever, to Steph and her team for the excellent match teas. 

Parents’ Evenings

Thank you again for your positive response to the Year 5 Parents’ Evening this week. The Year 7 evening now follows next week on Tuesday 1 March, the penultimate meeting in the series. A big thank you should go to Mrs Sharp again for her faultless organisation.

Summer Club - Monday 11 to Friday 22 July 

Mr Ashworth has sent us the following link for those who are interested, which will take you to our website… bookings are already being taken! Click here.
 

From the Chair of FODS

Just a few reminders!  The Limewood Lunch on Friday 11 March is set to be a lovely event with parents from all year groups attending.  Please sign up with money to the Front Desk by Friday (4 March).  Thank you.  As previously advised the FODs Summer Party will take place at the Italian Villa, Compton Acres on Friday 10 June.  Do please start to organise your tables because summer is just around the corner!  Lastly, plans are being finalised for the Easter Egg Hunt/Easter Egg Competition on Thursday 24 March.  Details for Pre-Prep parents will be in book bags shortly.

Also coming up next week we have …

Book Fair in the Library all week

Monday 29 February

EYFS Parents’ Afternoon

 Book Fair (all week)

Year 6 Science Trip to Winchester Science Centre

Tuesday 1 March

EYFS Parents’ Afternoon

Year 5 outing to Streetwise 

Visiting Author – Alec Williams

U9 Boys’ Hockey / U13 & U12 Netball fixtures 

5 p.m. Year 7 Parents’ Evening

Wednesday 2 March 20 fixtures against 6 different Prep Schools
Thursday 3 March

World Book Day

U11 Netball IAPS Regionals at Port Regis

Year 7 and 8 Cross Country Relays at Bryanston

Friday 4 March

U12 and U13 Netball IAPS Regionals at Port Regis

1.30 pm Clarinet and Saxophone Concert – Recital Room

Saturday 5 March U12 and U13 Netball County Championships at BSG
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