Friday, 16th June 2017

Lower School Newsletter


Learning in the Lower School

Year 6 and their fabulous IBPYP Exhibition
We had the most fantastic IBPYP Evening on Thursday, as Year 6 presented  their IBPYP Exhibition work. This was the culmination of the students' experiences working over a number of years within the IBPYP.  The evening provided the opportunity for our Year 6 students to bring together all the subject disciplines and utilise the transdisciplinary skills they have been developing during their time at the Lower School. The focus this year is on one of the five essential elements of the IBPYP: Action. Working in collaborative groups, students have conducted independent inquiries into issues of local and global importance in an attempt to affirm the Central Idea: Individuals and groups take action to make a difference in the world.


Congratulations to the following students who we are proud to say did a fabulous job of sharing their learning during our Exhibition:


Alice, Ella, Haruki and Kiran - Society has been shaped by people who share beliefs and ideas.

Ido, Josh, Jake, Yasmina - The choices we make when buying products can have a global impact.

Ines, Iria, Jasim and Shira - Technological inventions have improved and transformed the way we live our lives.

Ines, Moritz, Rione and Saihaj - Individuals and groups throughout history have taken action to promote or deny human rights.

Freddy, Clara, Rony - Organisations benefit humans and animals in many different ways.

Rebecca, Sara, Shion, Tamar - Individuals and groups use political systems and policies to change and shape the world.

Alexander, Auva, Igor and Yuri - Scientific experimentation has changed and improved our lives in many different ways.


To view a video taken live during the event, please check out our Facebook pagePhotos from the event can be found here.


Year 4 support The Upper School Fashion Show

Throughout the last few weeks Year 4 students have been helping some Upper School classes with their Recycling Fashion Show. On Thursday they visited the Upper School to help with the final preparations for the show and on Friday they took part in the event. Mrs. Sen (Upper School teacher) was particularly impressed with the enthusiastic Year 4 dancing that she said was creative and enjoyable. She also liked the hats that the Year 4 students had made out of various recyclable materials. You can view the video taken live during the event on our school Facebook page. Photos from the Fashion Show can be found here.


Art Attack !

On Tuesday Mrs Boughton launched our Art competitions, called Rock Around. The objective is to get the children to paint a rock that reflects them. The stimulus for this idea came from this website. The children need to bring in their rocks by Tuesday, 20th June and they will be displayed in the main corridor. Each child that takes part gets two House Points for their house.


Mrs. Boughton also wanted to share the fact that we will be displaying some of the artwork that our students have completed throughout the year. These will be on display during our 3-way conference day. Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 work will be displayed in the Art Room and art work from the Lodge will be displayed in the children's classrooms.  We hope you get a chance to see some of our wonderful art work during your visit here on June 20th.

It is at this time of year that we often have to say goodbye to some of our students who may be returning to their home countries. It is also that time of year when we are also saying goodbye to some members of staff too:

Mrs Bamberger-Hayim has been with the school for just over two years. Most recently she has taught French across the Lower School, and supported children with English as their second language. She is a very enthusiastic member of staff who organised some fantastic French Days.

Ms. Christodoulou has been with us for over 15 years. She has been based in the Lower Primary section of the school and has also taught Reception and Kindergarten. She always has time for everyone and many of the children she has taught have progressed all the way through the school.  

Mrs. Sutton who has been with us for over 25 years (I'm not allowed to say exactly how many!) She too has been based mainly with the younger children and recently she has been our French and Eco teacher. She has enjoyed her time here and has many good stories about the school. 

We wish all three of them the very best of luck with their next adventures. They will always be a part of our successful school and they are always welcome to pop in and say hello.

Teaching Exchange
We are proud to be part of a Teaching Exchange Programme, between state and Independent schools. Over the next few weeks Mr. Rehman will be teaching in a school in Hendon and Miss Ciapryna from the Hendon school will be teaching in Year 4 in his place. Miss Ciapyna joins us on Monday, 19th June, having already visited us. She is very excited about the opportunity to be working with Mrs. Brooks.

Summer Fair Preparation Reminder
As part of the Summer Fair preparation we will be having a Non-Uniform Day on Friday, 23rd June. We ask that the children bring in donations that are in good condition and could be sold or raffled. These could include: books, CDs DVD games etc.


Used Uniform
Please bring in any clean unwanted school uniform to the school office next week so that we have plenty of stock to sell at the Summer Fair! Thank you in advance for your support.


Summer Fair Dog Show

We are excited to announce that this year we will be holding a dog show at the Summer Fair. The show will start at 11.30am and will include the following categories:


  • Best female
  • Best male
  • Best mixed breed
  • Best pedigree
  • Waggiest tail
  • Best in show


Entry into each category will cost £1 and the overall winning dog will get to take home a lovely dog hamper! Money raised will go towards Friends of the RSPCA Southridge.

Holiday Camp and Science Camp

We are often asked by parents if we are running camps over the summer break. It may interest you to know that we run a Holiday Club for children aged 3-6 years. For further information or to enrol your child, please check the website here. We will also be hosting a Science Camp this summer for children aged between 7 and 11 years. These weekly camps will take place from Monday, 17th July until Friday, 25th August. If you think you may be interested please check out their website



Come and join the fun at the Dwight Community Choir, the social singing event for parents & staff at Dwight Jubilee Hall.

Upcoming rehearsal dates: June 20th and 27th, always from 5 - 6.30pm at the Jubilee Campus, 6 Friern Barnet Lane, N11 3LX. Text or ring for details: 07941 078674

Arts Depot

We have started our rehearsals for the Arts depot Performance taking place on Friday June 30th. Tickets are still available for the event that will feature all of the children from Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 as well as the students from the Upper School. It should be a great occasion and we hope to see you there.


  • Safety:  It is particularly important to remind parents to be safe when dropping off their children in the morning. Please ensure that you park in a safe place and that you are aware of other drivers, neighbours, and pedestrians in the area.
  • Holidays: If you are spending some time away from school with your child, you do need to ask permission, and can do so by emailing Mr Parkin.
  • Late for school: If you arrive late at school, please take your child to the office to register, we will then ensure he/she gets to their class. You can also email the school at

The Week Ahead

  • Shakespeare visits Year 5 on Monday, 19th - (not the real one!) to run a drama workshop.
  • The 3-way conferences take place from 3-6.30pm on Tuesday, 20th June.
  • Kindergarten and Reception Assembly on Wednesday, 21st June at 9.00am.
  • Sports Day for UPPER school is on Wednesday, 21st June.
  • Year 3 assembly is on  Friday, 23rd June at 9.00am.
  • Non-Uniform Day is on Friday, 23rd June.
  • Our Summer Fair is on Saturday 24th June. 

Key dates for Term 3

  1. Our Arts Depot Show is on Friday, 30th June from 7.00pm 
  2. Our Lower School Sports Day is on Wednesday, 5th July from 9.00am - 2.30pm
  3. Our Prizegiving Day is on Monday, 10th July at 9.00am
  4. Tuesday, 11th July  is Development Tuesday and the last day of the academic year; school will close at 2.30pm on that day. 

Super Question and Language of the Week

This week our Super Question was Who won the General Election ? Noy in Year 4 correctly explained what happened and that the Conservative Party now need to form an alliance with the DUP to get a majority government.  It was a very impressive answer and it meant that he earned a  sparky for being so knowledgeable.


Next week we want to know : Which country won the ICC Champions Trophy? 


Have a good weekend

Matt Parkin
Lower School Principal


Room for an IB student from France
Dwight Upper School has offered a place to Eleonore from France who will be coming to London independently to do her IB Diploma at Dwight. She and her mother visited us in May to have an interview and meet Mrs. Cobbin and Mr. Atkinson.


Eleonore will need a place to stay, a commercial homestay organisation is one option for her, but she has said she would much prefer to live with a Dwight family.  If you have a spare room you can rent to her, please read her letter here. She has younger siblings and would be happy to help out and particularly to help Dwight Lower School students with their French!


Please contact Mary Langford in the Admissions Office if you would like to be in touch with Eleanore.

Dwight Parent Association News and Events

Summer Fair

Our Summer Fair is approaching quickly. It takes place on the school sports field on Dale Green Road from 11.00am until 2.00pm on Saturday, 24th June. It is run by the school community and led by the DPA (Dwight Parents Association.)


On Friday. 23rd June we will holding a non-uniform day and we ask in return that students bring in unwanted books, DVDs, toys, games and good bric-a-brac.

It is a time when we come together as a school community. I hope you can keep Saturday free and I look forward to seeing many of you there.


June Out and About event – A re-scheduled tour of Chislehurst Caves in Kent (due to Storm Doris cancelling the last!)
Chislehurst Caves is a 35 km long series of intersecting tunnels used for chalk and flint mining from the 13–19th centuries.

Date: Thursday, 29th June
Meet: West Finchley tube station 9.00am – 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 11.00am caves tour.
Cost: £6 to enter the caves and approx £12 for train ticket

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


Monday - 19 June 2017
All day
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Tuesday - 20 June 2017
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Dwight School London

6, Friern Barnet Lane. N11 3LX

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