Friday, 14th October 2016

Upper School Newsletter

Dwight Netball


Dwight Netball is back for the 2016/2017 academic year!


Last Thursday, our M3/M4 team played away at the Kings School and found themselves up against a fast and tall team. After managing to stay with the other team for the first half, unfortunately some excellent shooting from the Kings School increased the lead, the end result 8-29. Tamar was named best on court for her tireless work through the mid court.


On Wednesday, the M2/M3 team hosted the Kings School at the field. After a slow start in the first half, the girls started working well together and some accurate shooting helped us to decrease the lead. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to get the win, with the end result 12-15. Reika created plenty of opportunities for the team with her many intercepts, earning her best on court.


The M3/M4 team will host St John's School at the field for a game next Thursday 20th October.


Development Tuesday

October 18th is Development Tuesday across both the Lower School and the Upper School. The schools will close at 2.40pm and there will be no clubs that evening as all staff will be involved in professional development. All buses will run an hour earlier so parents should ensure they are home to meet them.


Open House

Yesterday the Upper School had a record number of families visiting at our annual Open Morning. A team of M1, M3 and Diploma students supported the morning as greeters, hosts and guides. They did a fantastic job and were wonderful ambassadors for the school, many of the parents commented how impressed they were by their enthusiasm for the school and their warm welcome.


Interim Report

Teachers have been entering data for the interim reports this week, and these are to be sent to families in advance of the consultation evenings which will take place after the mid-term break.


The dates of these meetings are:

  • 1st November - M1 to M3
  • 3rd November - D1 and D2
  • 8th November - M4 and M5 and e-assessment info evening

These events take place in the Jubilee Hall and they provide an opportunity for families (hopefully including the students) to speak with the teachers about progress.


As many of you will be aware, schools use various methods to structure these evenings, but we have found that it works best if we do not make appointments. Some teachers are always busier than others, and queues do develop, but parents have always been very patient and understanding.


The intention is to be able to offer a little more detail to what has been entered on the interim report. This report provides an early snapshot of what has gone on in the first few weeks - a grade on a scale of 1 to 7, and an indication of the effort being made.

On November 8th we shall also be offering a meeting to M5 families about the e-assessment.


We do hope that you will be able to attend, but if not, may I please remind you that teachers are available to meet with you - please drop them an email directly, or go through the school office, and an appointment can be organised.


EAL for parents

We are going to launch EAL classes for Parents after the half-term break. These will be led by our Lower School EAL teacher Mrs. Kendal. They will take place in the Lower School library every Thursday from 10.30-11.30am. The sessions are to help parents learn English as an additional language and they will cost a total of £10 for 5 sessions. Please look out for more details next week.



London Young Ambassadors Programme

On Tuesday, 11th October the Lower and Upper School's Student Council attended The Youth Conference organised as part of the London Young Ambassadors Programme and hosted by Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  The event was an excellent opportunity for passionate young people to come together to hear inspirational stories of volunteering, learn about the importance of character education, and build on confidence and leadership skills. 

Upcoming Trip Information

"The Day of the Dead" trip. Monday, 31st October - M3 Spanish Students

The Spanish Department is organising a  day out  in order to engage our students in some of the Day of the Dead celebrations.  Students will learn about Hispanic festivals during their third unit. Therefore, this activity is strongly linked to the M3 Spanish Curriculum.

Before the trip students will learn about the history and traditions behind the Day of the Dead  festival as well as the main artifacts displayed in the rooms dedicated to Mexico in the British Museum.

Activities included on October, 31st:

  • Students' presentations  about Mexico and the Day of the Dead  at the British Museum
  • Traditional Mexican lunch at Mestizo restaurant.

 The students will depart from the school at 8.40am to the British Museum using the public transport.  Lunch has been already booked for 1.00 pm. The arrival time back at school is expected to be 3.40pm.


Wednesday - October 19, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday - October 21, 2016
8:40 AM - 3:40 PM
Tuesday - November 1, 2016
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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