Friday, 27th January 2017

Lower School Newsletter


Learning in the Lower School

Swimming Celebration
On Saturday, five Dwight students represented the school at the Independent Schools Association (ISA) National Swimming Championships at the London Aquatic Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Our swimmers all swam extremely well, taking home two medals! Well done to Josh H on this gold medal for the Year 4 Boys Freestyle Relay and Marika J for her silver medal in the Year 5 Girls Freestyle Relay. Sterre B finished 6th in her individual breaststroke event and Ben D and Alexander J also finished 6th and 7th in their relay races. Thanks to Mr. Williams and the parents and staff who supported the swimmers. We are very proud of their fantastic results!

Class trips 

This week I know that the Kindergarten and Reception children and staff had an enjoyable trip to the fire station. Their highlights were finding out all the different things that firefighters do and they learnt about the 3 different sounds that the fire engine sirens make!


Year 5 enjoyed watching an interactive 3D show about space walks at the Science Museum on Wednesday. They learnt more about the ISS (International Space Station) and what happens there.


Year 4 went to visit the replica of the Golden Hinde ship on the River Thames this week. They thoroughly enjoyed finding out what life was like back then in the time of Sir Francis Drake. They found out it was dangerous to be an explorer. My favourite fact they shared with me was it was bad luck for a woman to go on board a ship in the sixteenth century!

Dwight Lions Football Competition Report - by Ben D Y5  

On Thursday, 19th January the Dwight Lions Lower School football team travelled to the Powerleague in Friern Barnet to take part in the ISA Under 11's Football Tournament. Twenty eight teams entered and were put into four groups of seven. The top two teams from each group qualified for the quarter finals. The first game was against Knightsbridge and the Lions were very impressive with a 5-0 win with Kazuki scoring a hat-trick and Josh with two goals. The next two games were both won 2-0 against Avon House and Windrush Valley with Josh scoring in both and Shion and Jake opening their accounts. A tough game followed against St James and the Lions went down 0-1 in a close game. The team got back to winning ways in the next game as they beat Snaresbrook 2-1 with goals from Josh and Jake. It was all on the last group game as the Lions needed to win or draw against Gateway to go through to the quarter finals. In a close contest against the eventual winners of the tournament the Lions lost out 0-2. After conceding an early goal the Lions had the better chances, but couldn't find the back of the net and were undone in the last minute by a second goal. This result meant the Lions missed out on qualifying by goal difference. Well done to everyone who took part.

Sculptor at Dwight

Mrs. Boughton invited a local artist and sculptor into the school this week. She was called Anoushka  and she  showed the children some of her work. She explained what it was like to be a sculptor and how art can be large as well as small. Angad from Y5 commented that he found the presentation really interesting. Who knows she may have inspired some of our children to take up sculpting in later life.


  • It is getting colder and we still have some children who do not wear a coat to school, please ensure your child wears a coat to school. 
  • School finishes at 3.40pm and children who are not involved in after school clubs must be offsite no later than 4.00pm. 
  • Please do not park on the yellow zig-zag lines outside school at any time. It is illegal and could result in a fine and penalty points on your licence.
  • If you arrive late at school, please bring your child to the office to register, we will then ensure that your child gets to their class.

The Week Ahead

  • We are having an Assembly for our students who are taking lessons with peripatetic teachers and who wish to show off their talent. The theme will be Bass, Drums, Ukulele Guitar and Drama.  It will take place in Woodside Hall this Wednesday at 2.15pm. You will be contacted by the school office if your child is taking part. There will be an additional Peripateic Assembly on Tuesday,  7th February at 9.00am 
  • At 9.00am on Friday, 3rd February Year 1 will present their Sharing Assembly. Parents from Year 1 are invited to join us.
  • On Saturday, 4th February Lower School students will be joining several Upper School students, staff and parents as they attend the Dwight Ski Trip in France - We wish them well . 

Updates and Key dates for 2017

  1. The deadline for the reciprocal Year 6 New York trip is this week. Please click here to register if you haven't already done so.
  2. Mid-year Reports will be sent out during the week ending 10th February.
  3. Ace Time takes place on 9th and 10th February.
  4. Year 5 have their 3-day & 2 night residential trip in Suffolk from 22-24th March - There will be a meeting for parents on Friday, 24th February at 9.00am regarding the residential trip to Flatford Mill. 
  5. Year 4 have their 2 day & 1 night residential trip in Greater London from 23-24th March - more details to follow.
  6.  Dwight Lower School International Fun Run and Breakfast takes place on Friday, 31st March.  

Super Question and Language of the Week

Last week we asked the children What will happen at noon on Friday, 20th January in Washington DC? The correct answer was that a new president of the United States starts his job. well done to Saranya who gets a sparky for the right answer and to Zachary in Y3 who knew that the process was called an Inauguration.
We are looking at South American countries as part of learning languages and Peru will be our chosen country and therefore our language of the week will be Spanish.

Matt Parkin
Lower School Principal

Dwight Parent Association Events


Quiz Night

Come join us for a fundraising evening of fun and games as you and your team (10-12 people) go up against other Dwight staff and parents for a night of trivia! There will be a variety of questions ranging from sports, to history, to art, to music, to pop culture, so everyone can participate!

As this is a major fundraiser for the Dwight Parent Association, there will also be some other games and a raffle with great prizes!

Sign up on your own or get with your friends or year group and put a whole team together!

We also need your help in procuring our raffle prizes! Did you get a gift for Xmas that you'd like to donate? Do you know the owner of a great shop/or service that would donate a gift certificate?? You can bring any prize donations to the school office. Thanks so much! - Dwight Parent Association

Dwight Parent Association Coffee Morning 

Upcoming Date: 3rd February 2017
First Friday of every month at 9.30am
Cafe Nero's
9QH, 776 Finchley High Rd, London. N12

We look forward to seeing you there!


Upcoming Out and About Events
February Out and About event – A tour of Chislehurst Caves in Kent

Date: Thursday, 23rd February
Meet: West Finchley tube station 9am – or Charing Cross rail station ticketing area at 9:45am – We will take the 10:06 Southeastern Train from Charing Cross to Chislehurst (30 min ride) 
We will plan to take the 11am caves tour.
Cost:  £6 to enter the caves and approx £11 for train ticket

March Out and About event – Tour the Old Operating Theatre and lunch at Borough Market
http://oldoperatingtheatre. com/

Date: Friday, 17th March
Meet: 10:30am Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
9a St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY

We will tour the theater and then have lunch at Borough Market

Cost: £6.50 + your lunch costs

Please let Michele – if you are interested in joining or for more information.  


Monday - 30 January 2017
All day
Tuesday - 7 February 2017
All day
Friday - 10 February 2017
All day

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