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Friday, 28th April 2017

Upper School Newsletter

Upper School News

We extend a warm welcome to Andy Atkinson who joined the Dwight London team this week. As you will know, I shall be leaving Dwight in July, moving to Canada with my family. My successor as Upper School Principal is Andy who will be working alongside me throughout this term for a smooth transition. Many of you have had the opportunity to meet him already, and I know that he will be pleased to meet as many of you as possible over the coming weeks at school events. Any parent who would like to make an appointment can do so by contacting Javier Dominguez Reguero.
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ISA Skiing
On Monday, our skiers from M2 and M3 had the opportunity to compete in the ISA Indoor Skiing Championships at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead. The standard of competition was incredibly high with our students competing against nationally ranked and sponsored skiers, but we were proud of their efforts. A big thank you to Miss Mills and Mrs. Miley for accompanying the team and a special mention to Liza in M2 who was our fastest racer on the day.

House Swim Gala
A reminder to parents and students that the House Swim Gala will take place next Tuesday, 2nd May (after the bank holiday) at Southgate Leisure Centre from 12.00pm to 3.00pm. Students are encouraged to wear their Dwight PE kit with a house coloured t-shirt and will also need full swim kit for the event, including swimsuit, goggles, cap and towel. Parents are welcome to come and support. A programme for the gala can be downloaded here.

IB Assessments
We wish our M5 and D2 students well in the IB assessments. D2 begin this week on 28th April, and continue for the next three weeks.


M5 begin on 9th May, and will have a series of assessments during the two weeks that follow.


As usual, students will only be expected to attend for the assessments. Those students in M5 who are not taking the on-screen assessments will not be expected in school for this time, although room will be made available to them should they wish to attend. The same applies to the D2 and M5 students who are taking the assessments.

Reading
Students from M1 to M3 will be taking part in a READ and TALK session from May. Each student will be assigned to a reading review group which will meet for 15-20 minutes once a month during one lunch time slot. The aim is to develop a culture of greater social communication through discussion of books read. We would like parents to support us on this endeavour and encourage your child to attend, just one 15-minute session each month during a lunch time slot. Please continue to familiarise your child with the Dwight school reading list ( M1-M3 ), which can be found on the school website here.


The school is also looking forward to hosting a visit by an illustrious author on the 9th of June and the Upper school book fair on the 23rd of June.

More information on the book fair will be sent nearer the date .

Would you like to help us?
In our knitting activity we knit squares to make cot blankets for the baby wards/units at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. Even in Africa, keeping (premature) babies warm can be a challenge. The blankets will be used to help these little babies in the hospital and, if needed, will be given to parents to take home with their baby.


We are asked to knit 20cm x 20cm squares that will be joined together in Malawi to keep mailing costs low.


Would you like to knit a square for us? That would be great!
You can knit them in any colour and any yarn-weight but we do prefer double-knit (the yarn you use with 4-5mm needles) and in a yarn that is easy to wash and that is safe for babies (no beads, ...). Please leave a 50cm end of yarn attached to your square for joining.
You can ask you son/daughter to deliver it to either the Lower or Upper School office. Thank you!

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Arts Depot Concert
Tickets are now available for the Lower and Upper School Concert at the Arts Depot in June. Click here to book your seats!

A word of Warning
The local police have been in contact recommending us to share information about a very concerning development called 'The blue whale game'. It is also known as 'A silent house', 'A sea of whales' and 'wake me up at 4:20am'.


The game uses social media to target vulnerable children through self harm and suicide websites. The children are then given 50 tasks to do over 50 days and to 'win' the game they commit suicide on the 50th day.

We're being informed that there have been over 100 deaths linked to this is Russia and that a few cases have now occurred in Europe.


Safeguarding our students is our priority and we therefore think it is important that we all remain vigilant. We will not be directly speaking to the students but all staff are now aware of its existence and will follow our safeguarding procedures should a student mention one of these names.


More information can be found online. Please get in contact if you have any concerns or would like to ask any questions.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday - May 1, 2017
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Tuesday - May 2, 2017
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Wednesday - May 3, 2017
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