Friday, 4th May  2018

Upper School Newsletter

Upper School News

#DwightTV - Episode 3

Another great episode from our Media Club, we hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did!


London Challenge

Our pastoral team is organising an exciting event which will take place in London on Wednesday, 23rd May. All students from M1 to M5 will go around London on a big quest! They will follow six different trails and while they are finding clues and answering questions, they will also develop leadership skills and get to know more other students from their House.

M4 students will be the leaders of the day and they will, together with their peers, be part of a big competition. Each of the 12 House teams will be judged by two accompanying teachers who will be taking into account various parameters such as team spirit, leadership skills, time management, health and safety as well as the number of correct answers given. There will also be a up to ten bonus points for displaying some attributes of the Learner Profile.

Students, on the day, will need to bring water, a packed lunch, a pen, their Oyster card and some sunscreen or a waterproof jacket depending on the weather conditions.

More details and a reminder will be sent closer to the date of the event.


Oxford University Tour

Our D1 students who are keen to apply to Oxford University next year enjoyed a personal tour from two of our Dwight London Alumni last Friday. Nick and Gakuto who both graduated last year showed our students around the University Campus and their Colleges. Nick is studing Law at Somerville College and Gakuto is studying Engineering at St. Catherine's College. Our students really enjoyed their day and were very grateful to Nick and Gakuto for giving up their time.

Mandarin Cooking School

On Monday our Mandarin students had a great day at the Fun Healthy Chinese cooking school. Throughout the day they were quizzed on their Chinese food vocabulary! With recipes written in Chinese, everyone (teachers included!) cooked their own healthy Hoisin Chicken stir-fry. It was some of our students' first time using a wok and cooking a meal of their own. Everyone took home a goodie bag full of Lee Kum Kee sauces and a pair of special chopsticks.


M3 French Trip to the Museum

On Wednesday, 2nd May the M3 French students went to the National Gallery where they were engaged in a French activity. They had to answer questions about the different impressionist paintings they could see in three rooms of the gallery.

For lunch, they went to Covent Garden to eat savoury or dessert pancakes at La Creme de la Crepe. They had to wait a while but it was worth it. The crepes were delicious. After lunch, the sun came out and they went for a brief visit to the Phoenix Garden where the students were asked to take pictures which could be a good subject for an impressionist painter. What would Monet have chosen to paint from this garden? It was a lovely day and this visit will support the students in their coming French-speaking assessment: the description of a French Impressionist painting. - by Mrs. Rodrigue and Ms. Villatte

The Kiss of the Spider Woman at the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre
Last friday, some of the D1 Spanish A students went with Mrs. Marquez to see The Kiss of the Spider Woman, an adaptation from the novel by Manuel Puig at the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre. We had already studied the novel in class but we were really surprised with the theater adaptation.
The main actors Declan Bennett and especially Samuel Barnett were excellent and did a great job. The set was really well done as it incorporated a prison cell and corridors in a very innovative way. It also featured projections and major lighting and sound effects.
This experience was very enjoyable because we got to see a novel we studied in class brought to life in a major production. - By Dario D1


Celebrating World Book and Copyright Day

Over the past week, during tutor time students from M1 to D1 have been discussing issues related to academic integrity and information literacy. It was a very rewarding experience to see the oldest students discussing with the youngest ones about why we cite sources, what plagiarism is, how to evaluate sources and the importance of acknowledging others' work.

To continue celebrating World Book and Copyright Day (23rd April) and as a closure on this topic, on Thursday of this week, there was a workshop for the M1 students based around academic honestly. The first part of the workshop consisted of a session through Skype in which the students had the opportunity to talk to the PhD Candidate at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Mathilde Regent, from Paris, who told us a lot of interesting things about the journey of researching a topic through many years.


In the second part of the workshop students learned how to create a booktrailer. We had a lot of fun while planning and gathering content online but being very meticulous about acknowledging others' content!

Geography Field Trip
This week the D1 Geography group went on a four-day field trip to Dorset in Southern England. The small pioneer group of three girls (Orabella, Maria and Chantelle) had been preparing for the trip for some time, having chosen the location and the farmhouse to stay in. With lots of technical equipment for measuring river characteristics they set off in search of data for their Internal Assessment report for the IB. 


They chose the funnily named River Piddle which they visited from its source in Alton Pancras to the river mouth in Wareham, a distance of 30 kilometers. Choosing six different sample sites, the girls intrepidly entered the growing river to measure its dimensions, velocity, gradient and load sizes. In the later sites the girls were up to their waists in freezing water! In one hilarious moment the girls nearly lost six hours of results floating down the river but they ran downstream and retrieved them. Being well prepared with laminated tables and permanent ink, we breathed a sigh of relief. Further adventures in the school vehicle involved being saved by a farmer with jump leads and we discovered how friendly rural folk are as they passed by with their dogs and asked us lots of questions. Ms. Guerin came with us an ensured we were well looked after back at the cottage with extra food and treats. We celebrated her birthday on Thursday in style! The weather was kind to us with gorgeous sunshine although one morning we were in the cold river under driving rain – all building resilience. The girls were very committed and worked until 9pm in the kitchen tabulating results, carrying out scientific experiments, drawing maps and writing the report. We returned exhausted on Friday but pleased the trip was a success!


ISA London North Music Festival
More than 600 children from over 20 schools in North London formed a joint choir to sing at the Union Chapel in Islington for the inaugural Independent Schools Association (ISA) London North Music Festival. This ambitious collaboration was a huge success with the children in the choir clearly enjoying the opportunity to sing together under the direction of Scott Stroman, an American composer and professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 

Tess and Mira, two of our talented M5 students were invited to document the day in photographs and video. The organisers of the event were delighted to have their creative input and were very grateful for the mature and professional way they conducted themselves at the event.

IT Safety
Using computers is a great way to support learning. We also are aware that it is great for gaming too and that a lot of our students play games to have fun.

The website National Online Safety gives parents and schools advice about the games some of our students play. It is especially useful for those games that are interactive and involve live internet conversations at the same time. They can also provide information about cyber bullying, helping students avoid risks. Most computer based safeguarding incidents occur outside of school hours. If parents and carers want to complete an online safety course they can through this link:

Have a lovely weekend everyone!


Andy Atkinson
Upper School Principal

Dwight Parent Association Events.


May Out and About ~ Italian Home Cooking Demo with Mariella


Ever wanted to make your own pasta? Know the tips for making the freshest pesto? Think making Tiramisu from scratch is too hard? Well, you're in for a treat!


Join us for a delicious afternoon with Dwight parent, Mariella Castelli, who will treat us to a 'hands-on' Italian cooking demo. We'll all get to take part learning how to make tricolor salad, fettuccini with pesto and tiramisu and then we'll celebrate our hard work by sitting down to a 3-course meal!

Date: Friday, 11th May, 2018

Time: 10:30am-2:30pm
Place: Lam-Po-Tang Home – Finchley Central
Cost: £15 Рplease bring cash on the day

Space is limited, so please RSVP to


June Dwight Out and About – Swingers Miniature Crazy Golf

Join us for the last Out and About of the year, a special Friday evening outing at Swingers!


Swingers West End takes crazy golf back to its seaside roots in a venue that reimagines the faded glamour of the 1920's English Riviera.  We'll have a few drinks, play some crazy golf and celebrate the end of another great year at Dwight. This is open to all Dwight parents, so make it a date and bring your partner!

Date: Friday, 29th June 2018

Time: 7pm meet at the venue

Place: Swingers West End – 15 John Prince's Street – W1G 0AB


Cost: £13 per person for golf Рplus whatever drinks/food you want to order. Please bring cash on the night.

Contact to reserve your space or for more information.


Saturday - May 5, 2018
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Sunday - May 6, 2018
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Monday - May 7, 2018
All day

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