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Friday, 27th January 2017

Upper School Newsletter

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Upper School News

M5 Alzheimer's Assembly
During our Spanish unit our students enquired into how health issues, in particular Alzheimer's, affect personal relationships.

As part of their service action, the two classes, led by Teodor, raised awareness about this important issue by discussing the implications of this condition for the patients and their families, presenting this before all the Upper School students.

The M5 Spanish and Technology students created and sold some beautiful magnets with powerful images connected to memory in order to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society. These magnets are still on sale, so please contribute to the cause by purchasing them. This can be done in the following ways:
  • Approaching one of the M5 Spanish students.
  • Purchasing them online through the Dwight School London website. They will be on sale soon.
As part of our assembly on Tuesday, we had the privilege of having three experts on the field of Alzheimer's disease from two prestigious and leading organizations on dementia research. Our speakers (Julia Hill, Research Associate at Alzheimer's Research UK Drug Discovery Institute, UCL; Georgie Lines, Research Assistant at UCL; and Becky Gathercole, Clinical Trial Manager at the KCL Memory Research Team, Kings College) did a fantastic job and generated a real interest in our students who asked many pertinent questions. We would like to express our gratitude to them for being so generous with their time and so professional and engaging in the presentation of their work.

We would like to encourage everybody in the school community to support our cause by buying magnets or considering volunteering. Some links and contacts that can be useful:

http://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/
https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/
https://www.protectstudy.org.uk

Memory Research team at Kings College: memory.research@kcl.ac.uk

As a start, we would like everybody to download the application Seaheroquest on their phones  http://www.seaheroquest.com/en/. By playing the games in this application you will be contributing to help scientists fight dementia. This is a fun way to carry out research at a large scale.


Finally, a massive thank you to Teodor and his team in M5: Morgan, Kiana, Juju, Portia, David, Rooshil, Sasha, Hyuga, Lily and Anna.  You truly exemplify the spirit of Dwight and the attributes of the learning profile. What a great example to us all!

Let's continue to support Alzheimer's research!

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M4 Spanish visit to the National Gallery

Our Spanish students visited the National Gallery to see paintings by famous Spanish artists, such as Velazquez, Zurbarán or Murillo. This was an activity linked to their previous visit to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Picasso exhibition. Students learnt about artists and their biographies and they had the opportunity to learn about and discuss the works of some of the most iconic Spanish painters. Thank you to all the students who took risks and stood in front of their peers to express their views on these wonderful artworks. Well done!

M3 Art visit to the Saatchi Gallery
On January 26th M3F went to the Saatchi Gallery where they had an introductory talk about the artworks found in the gallery. After their talk they produced their own artwork based on the artist Dexter Dalwood who creates large collages with images from famous art pieces, photographs and pictures from magazines.

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Mandarin Trip to China Town

The Year of the Rooster is coming! Would you like to try some yummy Chinese dim sum, crispy duck with steamed bun and roast barbecue pork noodle? The Mandarin students in M1, M2 and M5 said yes and joined Miss Lee for a savoury lunch and some great shopping rounded off with a trip to the Chinese library, an oriental supermarket and a patisserie in China Town. Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Model United Nations
For the 19th time, Dwight is sending a delegation to The Hague International Model United Nations. This year we will be representing Jamaica with students working to solve issues of security in the middle east, protection of cultural identities, overpopulation, human rights, and borders in a globalised world. Delegates have been preparing since the beginning of the academic year and are looking forward to a week of lively and productive debate. More information about the conference can be found at http://thehague.thimun.org/


Additionally, we also have a D2 student that will be going to Boston next week to attend Harvard Model United Nations. Nic has been preparing for the conference since the 2016 summer term and will be participating as a member of Angela Merkel's Cabinet where they will discuss issues of foreign and domestic economics as well as refugees and national security. More information about the conference can be found at http://www.harvardmun.org/

Sports News

Welcome to this week's sports' newsletter. This week's sports newsletter is about some fundraising events that have happened recently and some fundraising events that will happen later in the year.


Last week a few of the M3 students organised a fundraising event for their Spanish project on teamwork. They had a bake sale and raised over £60 which was great! There were some delicious beautifully decorated cupcakes. The money that was raised will be used for a student led initiative for the basketball team. Soon the basketball team will be provided with some new jerseys and some other new supplies.


Dwight will have another fundraising event on the 10th February which is the last Friday before half term. This is an event where students will have to wear sports inspired-clothing. All the money that will be raised will also go towards further boosting the sports department. It's £1 for sports-inspired clothing and £2 for other non-uniform. Students can, of course, wear regular uniform for no charge.


We hope you have a good weekend and we will keep you updated with some more letters to come. Stay tuned for the next sports' newsletter. - Haya Adams M2

Mobile Phones
The use of phones in schools continues to be an issue of discussion. I thank the PTA for their research, which revealed how there is still no generally accepted norm in schools (international or otherwise) concerning the use of phones, and there is also a wide range of opinions among our own families.



In the meantime, we have refined our policy, which you can view here, and I encourage you to go through it at home with your child. You will note that there are few changes from existing procedures - the most notable change being the lunchtime arrangements.

Dwight Parent Association Events

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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!

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

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Upcoming Out and About Events


 

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


http://www.chislehurst-caves. co.uk/index.html

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 – michele@seanoneill.com if you are interested in joining or for more information.  

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday - February 9, 2017
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Friday - February 10, 2017
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Monday - February 20, 2017
All day
 

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6, Friern Barnet Lane. N11 3LX

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