Headmaster's Newsletter, 22 April 2016

22 April 2016

Welcome back to the Summer Term.  I hope you have all had a sun-filled break and that your children are rested and ready for a very busy term.

BBC Young Musician of the Year

We were all very proud to watch Polly Bartlett (Old Dumptonian, 2013) on the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year last weekend, where she played ‘L'oiseau du Bois’ by le Thière. Many of you will remember her standing ovation on Speech Day and it was good to see that she is still impressing at the highest level!  For those interested, the BBC iPlayer link is and is still available.

Music Results

Many congratulations to the Dumpton musicians who produced a very impressive set of Associated Board results last term.  All 32 pupils passed with something to spare.  Particular congratulations should go to Ruby K, who achieved Grade 6 in both her violin and singing examinations.  Well done to all the musicians and peripatetic teachers involved.

Senior School Scholarships Meeting For Parents

There will be a meeting aimed at Year 7 parents at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 3 May in the Assembly Hall to discuss scholarship applications to senior schools next year.  However, parents from other year groups are also welcome if they would like to plan further ahead.  Please contact the office if you would like to attend (secretary@dumpton.com).

FODs Summer Party

Plans for the Summer Party later this term are all in place and the committee reports that 130 tickets have now been sold.  There are places still available so please do send in your cheques payable to ‘Friends of Dumpton’ if you would like to reserve anything from a single place to a table of ten.  Details are still available at the Front Desk.

Sunhats for All

Please could I ask you to ensure that children have their own school baseball caps or sunhats for games sessions and break times in the summer months.  They should also use sunscreen before coming to school in the morning, if appropriate, and keep spare sunscreen in their games bags.  Could I also ask you please to check that the sunscreen does not contain any type of nut oil (coconut is not counted as a nut).  Thank you.

Prep and Pre-Prep Hobbies

For those in Years 3 to 8 a hobbies sheet is in the Parents’ Area of the school website. Hobbies already started this week on Thursday afternoon as usual and included outdoor ventures such as Allotments, Pop Lacrosse, Tennis, Volleyball, Golf, Giant Mural Painting and Photography and a few indoor activities too.  Please do encourage your children to sign up if they have yet to do so.  Hobbies in the Pre-Prep will recommence on Thursday lunchtime with the usual menu of activities.   

News from the Pre-Prep

Sadly Mary McMillen, Reception Teaching Assistant and member of the After School Club team, will be away from school with illness for some time.  Luckily we have Elana Visser, Mel Taylor and Georgia Jones on hand, all recent or current members of the Dumpton team, to cover for Mary until further notice.

St George’s Day in Pre-Prep

Once again Reception celebrated St George’s Day, with stories, country dancing and shield making.  Steph was on hand to bake a delicious Victoria sponge cake to complete the celebration.

Next week ….

The summer sports fixtures start in earnest with 16 cricket, rounders and tennis matches next week.  The Junior SATIPS Orchestral Course takes place at Bryanston on Tuesday and a UK Maths Challenge for Years 7-8 on Thursday.  Thirty five members of Year 6 and five staff set sail to Normandy early on the Friday. Just a reminder that there will be no school on the Bank Holiday Monday.

And finally

Good luck to any Dumpton parents running in the London Marathon on Sunday – I have heard that Year 1 is well represented again this year with Anna Gregory (Mother of H and O) running for Diverse Abilities, a local charity that enables children and adults with disabilities to live life to the full. If you would like to sponsor Anna please visit www.justgiving.com/Anna-Gregory4/Runners. Best wishes from us all for perfect running weather …

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