Headmaster's Newsletter, 18 September 2015

18 September 2015

 

 

FODs Autumn Stroll

Could I start with a really big thank you to Liz Fowley, Elana Visser, Hon Leung, Caroline Kersey, Hayley Piercy, Mel Haskell and 

the whole FODs Committee for doing so much to prepare for the FODS Stroll. The weather was near perfect, the company was 

excellent and the tea was delicious. Well done to the 100 or so who made it such a successful event. 

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning – Message from the Chair

This year FODS, along with many others around the country, are hosting a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer 

Support. Please join us from 8.30 am on Friday 25 September for coffee and cake, in the Front Hall in support of this very 

worthwhile charity. Committee members will be on hand for anyone who would like to know more about the role of FODS within 

the school. If you are interested in joining the committee please come along for a chat. The next event is the FODS Quiz Night, 

which takes place on Saturday 17 October. If you would like to come along and join the fun, please return the booking form 

(attached) to the FODS box next week. We have also sent home hard copies of this form with the children today.

 

Philosophy for Children

We were delighted to welcome Jason Buckley to Dumpton on Monday. He is a well-known author and speaker on thinking skills 

and philosophy for children. He set out to challenge every pupil in the Prep School, both at assembly or in smaller groups, to 

develop their critical thinking skills. This was followed up very successfully on Tuesday’s assembly by Charlotte Sharp, our 

Director of Studies, and will be developed further in PSHE and RS lessons in the coming weeks.

 

Harvest Festival

The Pre-Prep and Prep School will celebrate Harvest Festival, with the Assembly on Tuesday 29 September led by Year 2, as is our 

tradition. Harvest gifts will be collected for the Wimborne Food Bank, a relatively new project based just off Leigh Road. We are 

inviting each pupil in the Pre-Prep and Prep School to bring no more than one can of food or similar into school from Monday next 

week. 

The suggestions for donations on the website include tetrapak fruit juice (made from concentrate), squash, tinned macaroni, tinned 

spaghetti, porridge oats, tinned fruit, tinned custard, powdered potato, packets of rice, washing powder and washing up liquid. Any 

gift will be gratefully received, of course, and will be collected by the class or form teacher from Monday morning. Thank you, in 

advance, for your contributions. These will be boxed up and presented to Reverend Robert Jones, who oversees the project, on 

Monday 28 September. This is an important local charity touching the lives of many. In 2014 they have fed 652 people (including 

243 children).

 

Future Schools

Thank you for your positive response to the request for future schools information. Can I now draw your attention to the Future 

Schools Presentation on Thursday 1 October, where I will be attempting to unravel the mysteries of Year 6 and Year 8 transfers to 

senior schools in the local area. I will ask for likely numbers next week.

 

Sporting News

Amid the inevitable cancellations, I wanted to pass on my thanks to the pupils, staff and parents who braved such dreadful conditions 

to allow many of the Wednesday fixtures to run roughly to plan. There were some excellent performances in the rain, including 

encouraging results at the Canford tournament for the 1st VII girls. Fingers crossed for a sunny afternoon next week ...

Parents’ Curriculum Seminar (Literacy – Years 3-5) – 5 p.m. Tuesday 22 September

Miss Anson, Head of English will lead a discussion on our approaches to Literacy teaching at Dumpton in the Assembly Hall from 

5pm next Tuesday. We would be grateful if you could give an indication of your likely attendance to Lerryn 

(secretary@dumpton.com) so that we can arrange seating. The timing (5.00 – 5.45 pm) is designed to coincide with pick-up time in 

the Prep School.

 

Early Years Foundation Stage Parents’ Evening – 7.30 pm Wednesday 23 September

We are looking forward to welcoming many of you to this popular evening next week. The Early Years team will be on hand to 

outline aspects of the EYFS curriculum, including numeracy, literacy, phonics, Forest School and learning support. Do please raise 

any further questions with Miss Monaghan, Mrs Morton and Mrs Goodwin as the weeks proceed.

 

Parents’ Fitness Classes

We now have two classes running here at Dumpton. Firstly, the Pilates Class with Lucy Purrier (Chartered Physiotherapist and 

Certified Pilates Instructor) especially for those with back problems, in the Dumpton Sports Hall on Mondays at 4.30-5.30pm. Please 

email lucy.p@me.com to book. Secondly we have a Zumba Class with Caroline McKenzie (Licenced Zumba Instructor) in the 

Dumpton Sports Hall on Thursdays at 8.20-9.05am as advertised on posters in the parents’ area. Please email 

carolinemckenziezumba@gmail.com to register an interest.

 

And finally...

We have recently completed a Dumpton Development brochure, which reflects on recent projects in the school, outlines current 

developments and discusses future plans. We hope you will find it somewhere in the depths of the school bag – if not it will also 

appear on the website soon.

 

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