Headmaster's Newsletter, 15th June 2015

15 June 2015

Common Entrance Results

Congratulations to all the Year 8 pupils who have worked so hard for their entrance exams to senior school.  They have all been successful in winning a place at their chosen school.  Excellent news for all!  As a result, from this cohort, we will have 8 Dumptonians heading for Bryanston, 18 to Canford, 5 to Clayesmore, 2 to Millfield, 1 to Milton Abbey, 3 to Queen Elizabeth’s and 1 to Talbot Heath.  Very well done.

Pirates of the Curry Bean

This term Year 6 pupils have been preparing for their performance of ‘The Pirates of the Curry Bean’ next Friday (19 June) from 5 pm.  The play will last around an hour, finishing by 6.15 pm.  All are welcome, and no tickets are required.

Junior and Senior Wessex Athletics

Well done to Morgan B who triumphed in the hurdles at Junior Wessex and also won a bronze medal in the long jump, along with Dominic H who picked up a bronze medal in the high jump.  There were also fourth place finishes for Tom H in the high jump, Dominic H in the hurdles and Alex S both in the long jump and high jump.   It was also very pleasing to see two of our four sprint relay teams qualifying for their respective finals.

Similarly, congratulations to all the senior athletes who have qualified for the IAPS National Finals via the Senior Wessex Meeting on Wednesday.  The impressive list includes, in no particular order, Oliver H (1st javelin), Martha T (1st javelin with new Wessex Record), Charlotte B (1st shot), Charlie C (1st high jump), Jessica K (1st shot) Beanie C (2nd hurdles), Joe W (2nd 800m), and William B (2nd hurdles). A total of 8 athletes, are now selected to travel to Birmingham in the penultimate week of term – all excellent achievements.

We also had medal winners in Tommy M (2nd high jump), Martha T (3rd 100m), Oscar W (2nd 800m), Adam P (2nd both discus and shot), Jessica K (3rd discus), Beanie C (3rd 200m), Charlotte B (3rd discus), Eloise W (3rd javelin) and William B (3rd 100m).  Bad luck to Tommy M, who ran the fastest 200m in the heats but could not compete in the final due to injury.  Alongside these 18 medals we had 4x100m teams in 4 out of the 6 finals. Again, all the more impressive when there are 26 schools taking part!

Pre-Prep

The children had a captivating talk from visiting speaker Nick Williams this week, about the ‘Living World’ enjoying an amazing array of wildlife shots.   Looking ahead, we are keeping our fingers crossed for a warm, dry afternoon for the Nursery and Reception Sports Day Tuesday (16 June) from 2.15 pm.  We are then looking forward to the Nursery and Reception Summer Concerts on Monday (22 June) from 9.00 am for Nursery and from 9.30 am for Reception – both in the Assembly Hall.

News from the Music School

Thank you to all the senior musicians who put on a delightful concert on Tuesday evening.  There were the usual virtuoso performances from a range of instruments and some really special vocal pieces.  Thank you also to Mrs Watkiss and the peripatetics for all their preparation with the pupils.  If you are attending the Wimborne Folk Festival on Sunday please do not miss one of the main attractions - the Dumpton Steel Band - playing from 12.30 pm on Willow Walk…

Staff Summer Serenade – Tuesday 16 June

A rare chance to see the Headmaster on stage, supported thankfully by many more able musicians.  The Summer Serenade has been a great success over the past years as a showcase for the talents of Mrs Watkiss, Mr Nye and the peripatetic music teachers, but also the less well-known musicians on the staff such as Mrs Gray, Mrs Browne, Matron Stokes, Mr Price, Miss Zeal, Miss Newland, Mr Moulton and members of the staff choir.  Light refreshments will be provided in a café style setting, and the evening will run from 6 pm for about an hour.  Pupils, parents and staff are all welcome.

Sports Day – Saturday 20 June

Another sunny day will soon be with us, we hope, as all 200+ pupils in the Prep School compete in a minimum of three events each (plus relays) on the Prep School Sports Day.  Mr Randle is in the process of preparing his biggest spreadsheet of the year accommodating all those taking part.  Please do let him know directly if you are unable to attend as this will simplify his task a little.

Summer Ball

Thank you to all the parents and friends of the school who are supporting this biennial event – and a huge thank you to the FODs Committee who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes in preparation.  The marquee looks stunning and I look forward to seeing you in all your finery on Saturday evening from 7 pm – please check your e-mails for the guest information.

Andrew Browning
Headmaster

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