Headmaster's Newsletter, 5 June 2015

05 June 2015

Dear Parents,

Open Afternoon

I would like to start by saying a really big thank you to Steph Jones and her team in the kitchens and Keith Randle and his team on the grounds for their hard work in preparation for Open Afternoon.  Thanks also to Mrs Watkiss who organised all the songs and music.  Congratulations to the boys and the girls who beat their parents comfortably in the cricket and rounders matches and well done to Mr Stalker and Gil, Mr Sax and Freddie and Mr Korner Jr and Alex who won the Parent and Child Tennis Tournament.  

Leavers’ Course

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 Geocaching, self-defence, scuba diving, triathlon, sign language, 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.

Summer Outings

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 1 have already spent the day at Hengistbury Head, Year 2 pupils had an Environmental Day and Year 3 visited Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.  Today Reception has spent the day at Kimmeridge Marine Life Centre and Year 5 enjoyed their visit to Avon Tyrell where they learnt to build a giant catapult!  Year 4 are looking forward to their Activity Day in Swanage.  next Tuesday (9 June) when Year 1 also head to Compton Acres.  Later in the term on Friday 19 June Year 3 visit Brownsea Island and Nursery will enjoy Farmer Palmers.  Year 6 will be going to the Chalke Valley History Festival on Monday 22 June.  On Monday (29 June) Year 7 will be having an Archery, Golf and Snorkelling Day on site. Finally, Year 1 and Year 2 are off to Sandbanks on Tuesday 30 June.  Just some of the activities planned in the next four weeks…..

French Exchange

I would like to thank all the families who are supporting the French Exchange by hosting one of the seven students.  Their arrival this weekend always adds a new dimension to life at school and I must thank Madame Tulodziecki for her organisation of the project this year.

Awake Mercy and Nepal Earthquake Appeal

Thank you very much to everyone for supporting the India and Nepal Day before half term.  A combination of the mufti collection, staff cake sales and the DECA Year 5 cake sale raised a total of £645.96.  The overall total is enough to sponsor the education, clothing, food and well-being for one child at Awake Mercy Children’s Home for one year and make a £400 donation to the Nepal Earthquake Fund.  A big well done to everyone involved in this.  

Sports Results

Congratulations to Charlotte B, Sabina C, Millie D, Dominique H and Martha T on their first places at the recent FSM Athletics Meeting.  We now look forward to Junior Wessex tomorrow and Senior Wessex next Wednesday.  There were lots of other successes on the sports field on Wednesday with good wins for our senior boys’ cricket side against Clayesmore Prep and our senior girls’ rounders  team against Durlston Court.  Well done to all involved.

Tennis, Trampolining, Show Jumping, Swimming…

Good luck to Tim J next week as he sets out for his first National Tennis Training Camp in Roehampton.  Congratulations to Archie H who has just won a bronze medal representing the South West at the Regional Trampolining Finals in Norwich – effectively third in the country!  Well done also to Annabel C who came third in a South Dorset Show Jumping Competition including a clear round and won the cup for the best South Dorset Pony Club member.  Finally, Jessica K won two silver medals in the South West regional finals in 200m and 400m freestyle last weekend at Millfield, resulting in her qualifying for the National Championships in these events (top 10) to be held in Sheffield in the summer.  

Speech Day

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 who will sit as a group.  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 3 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 (m.cox@dumpton.com)

And finally … Zumba!

Dumpton parent, Caroline McKenzie will be starting a Zumba class on Thursday mornings in the Sports Hall from 8.20 – 9.05 am.  The first class will take place on Thursday 11 June.  The first three classes will be free.  Mums and Dads welcome.  Please contact Caroline for further details carolinemckenziezumba@gmail.com

Yours sincerely
Andrew Browning

PS There will be a Senior Soloist Concert next Tuesday from 4.45 pm.  All are welcome.

Andrew Browning
Headmaster

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