Friday, 16th June 2017

Upper School Newsletter


Upper School News

Summer Fair and Non-uniform days

We shall be holding another non-uniform day on the 23rd of June in order to collect items for the upcoming Summer Fair on the 24th June.  Please send in unwanted books, dvd's, toys, games and good bric-a-brac.  


We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, 24th June for a fun-filled day!


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.

Upcoming Events

Monday, 19th June - School Dance

  • Venue: Jubilee hall
  • Time: 6-9pm
  • Cost: £2 per ticket - Can be bought on door
  • Please note:No external food or drink will be permitted


Tuesday, 20th June - Arts Depot Rehearsal

  • Venue: Jubilee Hall
  • Time: AM


Tuesday, 20th June - M5 Celebration

  • Venue: Jubilee hall
  • Who is involved:  All M4 and M5 students and M5 parents
  • Time: 1.40-3.40pm

Wednesday, 21st June - Upper School Sports Day

Next Wednesday 21st June, the annual Upper School Sports Day will take place at the school field from 9.00am- 3.30pm. This is an opportunity for M1-M5 students to represent their house, whilst displaying their athletic and sporting ability. Students will compete in a variety of track and field events throughout the day. Please see a brief schedule for the day below.

  • 9.30am – 800m & 400m events
  • 10.30am – Field events begin
  • 12.30pm – Lunch break
  • 1.30pm – Track events
  • 3.00pm – Closing ceremony


Students will need to wear a house coloured t-shirt with their Dwight PE shorts. It is important for students to also pack a water bottle and snacks for the day.


Parents are more than welcome to attend. We looking forward to seeing you there.


Friday, 23rd June - Upper School Book Fair

Venue: Jubilee Hall

Time: 2.00-4.00pm


As with many international families who come and go from our school, we know that every year we will also say farewell to some staff members. We will in the coming days and weeks  show our gratitude and wish fond farewells to the following people. John Hopkins, Principal of Upper School, he is leaving for Canada this summer. Paul Johnson is moving with his family to China. Justin Lowry, our Dean of Students, is moving on as well as his colleague in the PE department, Ashleigh Goddard. We also wish Bascia Lasocka, our laboratory technician, all the best for her return to Poland. You will have read in Ms. Cobbin's newsletter about our new staff for next year and we are pleased to be fully staffed and ready.

Author visit

On 9th June, Dwight Upper school had the opportunity to welcome Suzanne Leal, an Australian author of several books, a lawyer, commentator and also an interviewer and judge at literary events. Ms. Leal has recently published her book titled the Teacher's Secret in the UK.


She presented an inspiring writing workshop to our M1 -M3 students of how hidden stories and secret lives of people drives her writing. Our students responded with rapt attention and took every opportunity to ask questions and fully participate in the session with the author. Ms Leal's book will be on display at the school book fair on Friday, 23rd June.


Community Project and Bushcraft
To celebrate the end of the assessment week, some M5 students are enjoying three days of doing something a little different.

Mr Dacanay and I are currently away on the Bushcraft trip with 11 students. As well as survival techniques, such as fire starting, shelter building, trap setting and knife handling, this time the students are also experiencing some water-based survival activities such as fishing, raft building and canoeing.


As you will see by the photos at the top of this newsletter, the rest of the year group have been working at school, along with M1 and Year 4, in a recycling project, which culminated in a fashion show today. Thank you to Ms. Sen for organising this. You can view the video taken live during the event on our Facebook page. Photos from the Fashion show can be found here.

Student Achievement
Ahaan Saini, in M2 has dedicated many hours to swimming training. His dedication has already paid off in terms of results and achievements but he has now risen to even greater heights, having been invited by Swim England to compete in the National Open Water Championships at the end of July, in the 1.5km category for 13 year olds.


This is a fantastic achievement, and it could well open the door to the next stage of qualifying for either the English or GB Nationals at the end of July in his main event - 1,500m free-style.


Congratulations Ahaan for your success and well done to your parents for their encouragement.


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 call Jan Kraft for details: 07941 078674.


Arts Depot Concert
Only a few tickets are still available for the Lower and Upper School Concert at the Arts Depot in June. Click here to book your seats!

CAS News

Creativity, Action and Service (CAS)

M3 Update

In Action Service in M3 we do things to help our communities. During the school year we have had a variety of opportunities to help the diverse groups we are a part of.


In Individuals and Societies we did an Action Service activity as a part of one of the units we studied. We were asked to give up one thing that we buy and to give the money we save to Oxfam. This taught us to be more aware of what we spend our money on and what that with a small change we can help other people. -  Theano and Andrei


D1 Update

The D1 students have been actively involved in CAS activities. Besides helping out in short term activities, we have also completed many big projects. Examples include Young Voices, Eco Council, Pink Day and an Oxfam project.


  • As part of the Eco Council, Oliver, Gabriel and Keir are working hard to get Dwight a green flag.
  • As part of Young Voices, Ani trained M1-M2 students to join the Young Voices festival at the O2.
  • Pink Day, initiated by Judy, was a project to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.
  • The Oxfam project was a project involving clothes and financial donations to Oxfam initiated by Asive and Petros.


We have chosen activities that allow us to combine our passion and enthusiasm with our willingness to help. All of these activities have improved our collaboration and organisation skills and made us more creative and engaged in our school life.


Besides helping us to grow as individuals, they have also helped Dwight as a community. We have been motivating the younger students, making them more aware about the problems of the world, as well as serving as role models. - Ani

Dwight Parent Association News and Events

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.



Wednesday - June 21, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday - June 23, 2017
All day
Monday - June 26, 2017
All day

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