Friday, 11th November 2016

Upper School Newsletter

Upper School News


Cognitive Ability Tests

Having completed these tests with each of our M1 and M5 students, we are now ready to begin with the students in M2 M3 and M4. These tests will take place on Monday and Tuesday of next week in the school library. No specific preparation will be done, as that is not the intention of the tests. As with M1 and M5, detailed reports will be compiled, allowing parents and staff to understand the results.

Model United Nations

As a part of our IB Diploma Programme CAS requirement, Aaron, Elias, Zaki, Maya, Jack, Slim and Kurt are hosting a one day Model United Nations on 14th December. The last Wednesday of term.

Model United Nations (MUN) is an activity where students engage in political debate using the UN format. The school currently has an MUN club and this conference will serve as an introduction to younger students and those who are interested in joining the MUN experience.

The conference will consist of four sub-committees of between 15 and 20 student delegates during the committee sessions. These will specialise on a relevant global issue, relating to our theme of Moving Africa Forward. The topics focus on the Western Sahara, piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, rural infrastructure and access to healthcare. Full details are available - Aaron - D2 Student

If your son or daughter would like to participate, you can register here. Please note there is a £10 registration fee.


Picasso Portraits - MYP4 Curator Session

The MYP4 Spanish students are currently studying a unit called What and When? and we are discussing how our past has an impact on who we are and how we approach others. With the global context of "Identities and Relationships" in mind, we have learnt about relevant Hispanic personalities and  some facts about the Spanish Civil War. We have particularly been looking at  Pablo Picasso's work and life in detail.

On Tuesday the M4 students held an introduction presentation of a Picasso Portraits exhibition currently displayed at the National Portrait Gallery. Some students role played the curators by sharing their analysis and interpretation of one portrait thorough research. All students displayed a wonderful attitude and interest. Their teachers were very impressed with their professional approach and hard work. We all benefited from their presentations making this session a fantastic preparation to our visit to the exhibition next week.

M3 Art Trip

During M3B's trip to the Tate Britain they took part in a workshop with a performance artist looking at art and using sounds, words and mixed media installations to describe the art pieces.


Basketball Win for M1 & M2 Boys

The M1/M2 basketball team had their fist game of the season against King Alfred School. Our youngest Lions team came out with a big 'roar' winning 25-18 and dominated almost the whole match. Excellent rebounds and points 'in the paint' from Valentine (M1) Beco (M2) and Manguru (MJ - M2), as well as very good ball-handling from a surprising performance from both Drake and William. An outstanding round of applause to Finley who came to support his team despite being out with an injury, a true reflection of School Spirit at Dwight. More matches to come for both M1 - M2 boys and girls, please keep an eye on the website. Let's go Dwight!!

International Evening

On Wednesday, 23rd November we will be hosting our annual International Evening from 6-9pm in Jubilee Hall.

This is a fantastic community event where we celebrate the internationalism of our school and sample foods from around the world.


This year, due to extensive feedback, we have changed the format slightly. All families are asked to donate a dish from their home country which would serve approximately 8-10 people. If you have decorations or memorabilia from your home country to put on display, that would also be gratefully received, and of course, returned. If you have a national costume, we would love you to wear it, even if it is just your national football team top!


There will be no cost to sample food this year, there will, however, be a donation box at the entrance that will be given to the Upper School Student Council's chosen charity.

If you are able to donate food or decorations for the event, we would be grateful if you could let us know what you will be providing and from which country, so that we can set up accordingly. If you would like us to connect you with families from your country, you can also indicate that on the form. Please click here to complete the form

We look forward to celebrating the internationalism of our community with you soon.

Choir Festival
We will be hosting a choir festival for schools on Thursday 17th  and Friday 18th November. The Dwight singers and musicians will be joined by a choir from the German School in Richmond and a group of keen and able singers from our Lower School - overall we will form a choir of approximately 50 students. Following a series of workshops and rehearsals during regular school hours on Thursday afternoon and Friday, we will then perform the songs that we have learned in a showcase on Friday (18th November) from 7-8pm at Jubilee. We are very excited as this event will not only strengthen our links with other local schools including our own Lower School but also showcase Dwight London as an inspiring and unique place for education both in curricular and extracurricular terms.
Access to Britannica School - Online Edition

A reminder that the school is subscribed to Britannica School which is a fantastic resource available to students from within school as well as at home and can be accessed on any device!


Britannica School supports the core subject areas: English, Mathematics, Science and History and will enable your child to access thousands of articles, videos, images and games in all subject areas for free. Most importantly, you can be confident that the material is from a trusted, unbiased, and reliable source – all within a safe and age-appropriate online learning environment.

To access Britannica from home simply use the following URL and ID Number:

Student login ID's are in the following format:
DS + student surname

Ex: DSMarquez

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this or other online resources provided by the school contact

Upcoming Trip Information

D1 Safe Drive Event
D1 Students will be attending the Safe Drive Stay Alive Event on Thursday, 17th November. Students will need to bring their Oyster Cards but will be back at school in time for lunch. Go to for more information.

D1 and D2 Psychology Trip
On 22nd November, the D1 & D2 Psychology students will be visiting Imperial College as part of their work on Cognitive Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Sport Psychology. Students will need to bring an Oyster Card as well as a packed lunch or money to buy lunch.

M4 Spanish Trip
On Tuesday 15th of November, the M4 students studying Spanish are visiting the National Portrait Gallery as part of their unit about Pablo Picasso. They will need to bring a packed lunch or enough money to buy lunch.

IB DP Biology Trip
On Wednesday, 16th November, the Biology IB Diploma students are visiting UCL as part of their current research, discoveries and issues in biology. Students will need to bring an Oyster Card as well as a packed lunch or money to buy lunch.


Thursday - November 17, 2016
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday - November 22, 2016
All day
Friday - November 25, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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