Headmaster's Newsletter, 8 May 2015

08 May 2015

Dear Parents,

Fun on the slopes

The Dumpton Dry Slope Ski Team did us proud! At the Southampton Area Ski Association event on Bank Holiday Monday our Junior Team came second overall – with the three fastest times from George Williams, Will Bickford and Niamh Thompson and George the fastest junior overall. The senior team had a tougher time, skiing against a field of much older racers but came a creditable 6th nonetheless. Well done to all involved, and thank you to Nicole Thompson for driving the event.

Green Flag

Well done again to the Dumpton Eco Leaders who have kept us all up to the mark, resulting in another award of the Eco Schools Green Flag of Excellence. Pupils from Year 7 showed the external assessor around the campus, explaining the various initiatives that are in place, both old and new. The verbal report that followed at the end of the visit was glowing. Thanks also to Mrs Cox, who oversees the group.

Dumpton Mock Election 2015

Congratulations to Nuala Dyball who successfully fought off the four other candidates to win our Mock Election on Thursday 7 May. Her strong presentation as the International Amusement Party saw her polling 28% of the vote ahead of the Party Party, the Sports Party, the All-in-One Party and the Food Party. Their choices, not ours …

News from the Pre Prep

Year 2 are looking forward to their outing to Kingston Lacy and the bluebell wood at Pamphill next Thursday and on Friday (15 May) Reception will be holding their Pet Show in the Nursery Garden - we anticipate lots of entries! Reception children should collect entry forms from their class teacher.

Wednesday Sport

There was another long list of fixtures and encouraging results on Wednesday against Walhampton, Stroud and BCPS – particularly well done to the 1st XI boys for their impressive win against Walhampton. Sadly, the big athletics meeting for senior pupils at Clayesmore was cancelled, but this did not stop the athletes being put through their paces, with several Dumpton School records under threat. The boys’ high jump has been broken four times this week, with Harry Claremont, Tom Parker and now Tommy McClafferty (twice) holding the record which now stands at 1.46 metres – and Martha Taylor has also broken the girls’ javelin record! I am sure more will follow over the coming weeks. Well done to all.

Year 4 Camps

Do spare a thought for the pupils of 4C who will be under canvas, or its modern day equivalent, at Dumpton this evening. The weather looks set fair(ish) and the campfire is being built as I write. We look forward to handing the children back to their parents (reasonably) well rested at 9 am tomorrow - it is 4P’s turn next Friday…..

Other news

We have had a busy week with Year 6 returning from France last weekend, and Year 7 leaving for London today. They will be staying at a Youth Hostel near the Olympic Park, and returning later on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, Year 6 enjoyed an extremely enjoyable Roman Day yesterday – there were togas and gladiators at every turn. And to finish the week, Year 3 had great fun at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth today.

India (and Nepal) Day – Friday 15 May


Just a reminder that the whole school will be involved in an Indian subcontinent-themed Mufti Day next Friday. We will be splitting funds raised between the sponsorship of our pupil at Awake Mercy Children’s Home in Tamil Nadu and the recent Oxfam Nepal Earthquake Appeal.


Wimborne For Nepal Earthquake Appeal

  There will be a charity event at Deans Court Estate on Monday 18 May (7-11pm) in aid of the Nepal Earthquake victims. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy the beautiful grounds of Deans Court right in the centre of Wimborne, whilst enjoying Nepalese food in the Marquee next to the pond. Tickets are £25 per person and £12 for under 12s which includes food and drink on arrival. Sponsorship is being sought to cover the cost of the food - if you know of a business that would like to support this, please get in touch with Dumpton parent Kelly.webb@sky.com or Nepal@deanscourt.org. For further details and tickets, please visit the website www.deanscourt.org

Gatsby Summer Ball

Tickets and wine pre-order forms have been sent via the children today, so do check bags for your Gatsby envelope. Please return wine forms by next Friday at the latest. Tickets are still on sale, so if you would like to join us please let us have your booking form as soon as possible.

Next week

There will be Class Photographs on Tuesday (12 May), which will involve all pupils in the Prep and Pre-Prep school – but not in best uniform, as it will be an informal shot. There is also a Parents’ Curriculum Meeting later that day at 5 pm in the Assembly Hall for Year 3 – 5, outlining approaches to the teaching of Mathematics here at Dumpton. Then there is an Informal Lunchtime Concert on Friday 15 May with Effort and Attainment grades published for the Prep School at the end of the week.

 

National Swimmers

And finally, good luck tomorrow to Katie McKenna (Yr8) and Jessica Kelleway (Yr7) who will be swimming in the IAPS National Finals at the K2 leisure centre, Crawley.

Best wishes


Andrew Browning

Andrew Browning
Headmaster

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