10 June 2016
I would like to start by saying a really big thank you to Steph Jones and her team in the kitchens and Simon Ward, Adam Hargreaves and Peter Dearlove on the grounds for their hard work in preparation for Open Afternoon. Thanks also to Mrs Watkiss who organised all the music. Congratulations to the boys and the girls who beat their parents comfortably in the cricket and rounders matches.
We are now bracing ourselves for arguably the busiest four weeks of the school year. Mr Loe has been building the much-awaited Leavers’ Course, providing Year 8 with probably the most educationally varied time of their school careers to date. They are already under canvas on an Adventure Camp as I write, and will progress through an impressive range of activities including Dragons’ Den, self-defence, scuba diving, triathlon, fossil hunting, playing the FTSE, CSI Dumpton, along with a French Day and visits to the Tate St Ives, the Eden Project, the Minack Theatre and Surf School.
Each summer every year group has at least one day out of the classroom, either experiencing an Activities Day here at school, or venturing off-site. Year 6 pupils have already enjoyed a weekend trip to Normandy and a Roman Day on home ground earlier this term and Year 4 children have enjoyed their Activity Day in Moors Valley today. Year 2 pupils had an Environmental Day before half-term and now look forward to their Orienteering Day next Friday. Similarly, Year 3 visited Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard earlier in the term, and now await their visit to Brownsea Island on Friday 1 July. Having visited the Olympic Park last month, Year 7 will be heading for the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday (14 June). Then later that week on Thursday (16 June) Year 1 are off to Compton Acres and Year 5 look forward to their visit to Avon Tyrell on Friday 17 June, with the Nursery at Farmer Palmer’s on the same day. Reception will spend the day at Kimmeridge Marine Life Centre on Monday 20 June and, in the last week of term, Year 1 and Year 2 are off to Sandbanks (Tuesday 5 July). Just some of the activities planned in the next four weeks…
Pre-Prep Street Party
Sadly one of the Queen’s Ladies-in-Waiting wrote to the Pre-Prep to let us know that, due to a previous engagement, her majesty had declined an invitation to the Dumpton Street Party, held in her honour today. Undeterred, the children in the Pre-Prep celebrated the day in fine style. Children from Nursery to Year 2 had been baking with Mrs Brown since Tuesday – and the children have created bunting at home over half term for decoration. Lunch was fish and chips followed by jelly and ice cream, with afternoon tea of scones and cupcakes. Well done to all and Happy (Official) 90th Birthday Your Majesty!
I would like to thank all the families who are supporting the French Exchange by hosting one of the six students. Their arrival always adds a new dimension to life at school and I must thank Madame Tulodziecki for her organisation of the project again this year.
Tennis and Skiing
Well done to Tim J who won an international tennis competition in Belgium before half-term, a 64-draw U13 event with players from all over Europe. He came back from a set down four times - in the first round, the third round, semi and final!
And well done to Niamh T who has been selected for the Great Britain Ski Cross Home Nations Squad. This is a new Olympic discipline which is a combination of giant slalom and jumps – having seen some footage, it is clearly not for the faint hearted!
I would like to give advanced notice of Speech Day at the end of term. As there are many amongst you who will not have attended this day before, I should start by saying all members of the school community are invited. This makes for a very full marquee and a considerable age range, but you should be reassured that I will not talk for too long and that formal proceedings should be over before noon. Children sit with their parents throughout, when not collecting prizes or performing, apart from Year 8 and the musicians who will sit as two groups towards the front. There are no buses on that morning and no lessons - the day begins at 10.00 am for all. There will be a glass of Pimms available thereafter, courtesy of FODs, and then there will be drinks for leavers and their parents on the Front Lawn.
Last Call for the Algarve!
Following the huge success of this year's Easter Tennis Tour to the Algarve, 12 months ahead there are only a few spaces remaining on next year’s tour (for Years 6 – 8). Please could names and deposits reach Mrs Cox as soon as possible if you would like to take part (firstname.lastname@example.org)
And finally … Summer Club!
Mr Ashworth is still taking bookings (on our website) for the first two weeks of the Summer holidays (11 July – 22 July). There will be the usual diet of bike riding, pizza-making, tie-dye T-shirts, racquet sports, swimming, campdraft and sublimation printing, plus many other activities, new and old. The link is below for all those interested.