Thursday, 23rd March 2017


Dwight Parent Association Newsletter



Dear Parents,

Welcome to this month's Dwight Connect Newsletter, brought to you by the Dwight Parent Association. In this edition you'll find information about upcoming events and activities, activities for the kids this Easter break, and information about support for expat parents looking at going back to work. We hope you enjoy it!

Wishing you all a fun and restful break this April.

Warm regards,

The Dwight Parent Association

Upcoming Dates


IB Middle Years Programme Workshop

Date: Thursday, 23rd March, 6-8pm

Meet: Jubilee Hall, Upper School, 6 Friern Barnet Lane, N11 3LX

This workshop is a chance to meet Andy Atkinson, the new Upper School Principal and find out all about the curriculum and learning approach at the Upper School. It promises to be an interactive and practical workshop that will give you a chance to see the work in years M1-M5. Parents are welcome to bring their children. Please register if you are planning to attend by completing the form here.


Quiz Night

Date: Saturday, 25th March, 7-10pm

Meet: Jubilee Hall, Upper School, 6 Friern Barnet Lane, N11 3LX

Our Quiz Night takes place this Saturday, 25th March. Parents, staff and friends are welcome to attend! At £15pp including dinner and a lot of laughs, it's good value for a night out. You can book a ticket here, or buy your tickets at the door.


This is a fundraising event and part of the proceeds will be donated to MacMillan cancer research in honour of the late Julia Watson.


With a range of international questions, plus picture and music rounds, there's something for everyone. So grab your friends and book a table or come along and make some new friends. Just make sure you don't miss all the fun this Saturday night!


Lower School Fun Run and International Breakfast

Date: Friday 31st March,

Meet: Lower School, 8.45-10.20

Our annual Fun Run takes place Friday 31st March. Children and parents are encouraged, but not required, to get sponsorship for the Fun Run. Forms are available to download here or can be picked up from the Lower School Office. The money raised will be split 25% to each of the charities we support, The North London Hospice and Warchild. The other 50% will go to the Parent Association to support activities and additional resources for the Lower School children.


After the run, please join us at the International Breakfast. We'd love it if everyone could bring a plate to share of what you would usually eat for breakfast. Please fill in the online form here by Monday, 27th March to let us know what you can contribute.


We would like to remind you that we are a nut free school and it would be helpful if you could attach a label to your food stating whether it is vegetarian and contains pork or beef. If you have any concerns please speak to your child's teacher or provide a snack/breakfast for your child.


Out and About Club – all welcome

April - Petersham Nursery and Ham House

Date: Thursday, 27th April

Meet: 9am West Finchley Tube station or 9:45am Waterloo Rail station ticket area

We will take a Southwest Train out to Richmond.

Cost: £10.80 House entrance + your train and lunch costs


This will be a BIG day out in SW London! Starting with a visit to Petersham Nursery for a browse and lunch and then we head over to tour Ham House – a grand, 17th century Stuart House!


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


May - Brixton Market food and history walking tour

Date: Friday, 26th May

Meet: 9am West Finchley Tube station or 9:50am in Brixton (exact details later)

Tour is from 10am-1pm

Cost: £20 + lunch costs


Join us for a 3-hour guided walking tour of the Brixton Market area. John, from Liquid History, will give us an overview of the history of the area and the eateries. Afterwards we will grab lunch.


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


Arts Depot performance

Friday 30th June 6.30-8.30pm

The students of Dwight will be putting on a song and dance performance to showcase their incredible talents at the Arts Depot in North Finchley.  Tickets are on sale now!


News from the DPA

Whole School DPA Meeting - all welcome

Date: Friday 5th May

Meet: 9am, Lower School library

On the agenda is planning for Staff Appreciation Day at the Upper and Lower Schools, and planning for our annual Summer Fair. We always need extra help and volunteers so please come along if you are interested in lending a hand with the DPA.


Whole School DPA Meeting – All welcome

Date: Wednesday 7th June

Meet: 9am-10:30am, Upper School Library

The focus of this meeting will be on finalising plans for the Summer Fair, succession planning for next year, and setting key dates for the next year's calendar.


**Our DPA Chair is stepping down at the end of this year, and we need to find a replacement. If anyone is interested in getting involved in the DPA committee, as the Chair or in one of the other key posts (Deputy Chair - Lower School, Deputy Chair - Upper School, Secretary or Treasurer) please come along to our meetings or contact us at


FOCUS events – A community by expats for expats

Career Development Programme

For partners seeking work in the UK


Interested in going back to work but not sure how to take that first step? You might find these workshops offered by FOCUS of interest.



Wednesday, 26th April

11.00 - 12.30

Whether you are looking to explore a new career while in the UK or to pursue an established one, this introduction will help you kick start your search. It will provide detailed information about our Career Workshops, one-to-one coaching and career-related seminars. This is the perfect opportunity to meet our career coach, network with other FOCUS members and start sharing your own career narrative.


4 week career workshops

Tuesdays, 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd May

Explorers - 9.45 - 11.45

Fast-trackers - 12.30 - 14.30

A comprehensive 4-week programme (2hr/week with homework between sessions) where participants are split into one of two groups 'Explorers' and 'Fast-Trackers' depending on their career goals. Presented by FOCUS career development consultant, Denise Donoghue, this programme has an outstanding track record of providing job seekers with all the practical knowledge and a network needed to successfully find a career in the UK. 96% of previous participants would highly recommend this programme. Attendance to all four sessions as well as the Introduction on the 26th April is required. 

To register or for more information RSVP:


Easter break ideas

Kids Art Easter Holiday Programme

Where: KidsArt Studio, 7 Westbury Road N12 7NY

Everything from street art to pop art to illusionism and impressionism with a little Celtic and Medieval thrown in for good measure. Suitable for children aged 5-13. Click here for more information.


Centre for Computing History

Where: Cambridge, CB1 3EW

The Centre for Computing History in Cambridge has a range of workshops and activities on over the April break. Learn to bug your room, build an electronic dice, or build your own adventure game. Suitable for ages 10-14. For more information, click here.


Danceworks – Free Easter Workshop

Where: 16 Balderton Street, London W1K 6TN

13 April 2017 5pm-6.30pm

Free to all young people aged 13-18 years old, places are limited.



Sparks Ignite –Make a thriller movie in the Easter holidays! 

Where: Highgate Primary, Storey Road, North Hill, Highgate, N6 4ED

Over three spine-tingling days, members on this movie-making course will be crafting a suspenseful thriller. As well as camera skills, directing and acting for the camera, they'll also explore suspense and plot twists and create gripping action sequences to rival the likes of James Bond or Jason Bourne. 

Places available for ages 7 – 11, Monday 3rd - Wednesday 5th April (9am - 3pm each day). £175, includes DVD (sibling discounts available). Courses running at Highgate Primary School, Storey Road, North Hill, Highgate, N6 4ED. For more information, visit: or call 020 7101 9329.


Dwight School London

6, Friern Barnet Lane. N11 3LX

+44 208 8920 0600