Friday, 15th September 2017

Upper School Newsletter

Upper School News

It's been a busy week in Upper School and I am delighted that the students have settled into a good rhythm of learning and activities again. M1 are not getting lost every day! The newsletter highlights some of the activities this week but let me start with a very important event next Tuesday.

Parent Information Evening – Tuesday 19th September 18.30 – Jubilee Campus

This evening is traditionally an IB programmes information evening for new families to the school but we hope all families will wish to attend what we have planned for Tuesday. The evening will provide an overview of what your child will be studying this year as well as the developments in the IB programmes. Please click here to view the programme so that you can plan your attendance.

Tuesday Activities

Tuesday activities got off to a flying start this week as students went to their allocated choices. From Jewellery Design to MUN Debates and Basketball to Philosophy there was something for everyone!

House Assembly

Our Artists, Pioneers and Visionaries gathered on Thursday morning in the café, library and hall to start to develop their House Spirit and plans. Vertical tutor groups are deciding iconic names, captains elections announced and students were told about upcoming school and House activities. Well done to Mr. Wynter, Mr. Dacanay and Mr. Turner for inspiring the Houses.

Student Council Elections

The students, led by Gabriel of D2 and Mr. Turner, are being informed of plans to vote for their House & year group representatives in the Junior and Senior Councils to be held at lunchtime. Student voice is a big priority this year and students are encouraged to stand for election to represent their peers and influence the future of the school. Do encourage your child to consider standing for election as campaigns get into full swing.

M1 into Vertical Tutor Groups

M1 have had a special start under the watchful eye of Ms. Delgado who handles the transition into Upper School. They have settled so well and so quickly we have decided that next Thursday they will meet their new vertical tutors. These tutors will write to you soon to introduce themselves as they have with all other year groups.

Hidden Talent Spotlight!

This week's hidden talent spot highlights Akhil of M3 who revealed this week he spent the summer building his own computer from scratch and earning a certificate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The computer runs on machine language rather than Java or Python and is part 1 of a course. His next step is to take part 2!


ITN Visit

A reminder that we have ITN visiting us on Wednesday, 20th September. 


I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.


Mr. Andy Atkinson

Upper School Principal

Upcoming Trips

Residential Retreat Trips Form Completion Reminder for M1 through to M4 and D1

A reminder that all students will be involved in a residential bonding trip later this month. M1 and M3 are on Bushcraft to Hatfield Woods, Hertfordshire led by Mr. Dacanay. The M2 trip is to Normandy, France organised by Ms. Villate and Ms. Rodrigue. M4 will be on a PGL trip to Osmington Bay in Dorset led by Ms. Mills. The D1 trip to the Kingswood Centre in Norfolk led by Mr. Lucas. M5 and D2 students will have a special week at school on their Personal Projects and Extended Essays amongst other important IB work.  If you have not done so already, please click on the relevant links to complete dietary and medical information for your child by no later than Wednesday, 20th September. The trip leaders will be present at the Parent Information Evening on Tuesday to answer any questions.

M4, M5 & D1 Design Students Trip

Mr. Turner is leading a Design trip to Design Frontiers Exhibition in Somerset House this Tuesday, 19th September for the M4, M5 & D1 Design students. They will encounter works from 30 international designers pushing the frontiers of the design world.

Students will need to bring their Oyster cards, and either a packed lunch or money to buy food. There is no charge for the trip and students will be back in time for the end of the school day.

M3 English Trip

Mr. Dickenson is taking the M3 students to Dr Johnson's House on Thursday, 21st September. There is no charge for this trip, however students will need to bring a packed lunch or money to buy food. Oyster cards are not required for this activity.

Dwight Parent Association News and Events

Back to School BBQ Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to a poor weather forecast for the weekend, we have had to make the decision to cancel the Welcome Back BBQ this Saturday. We will dicuss an alternative event at next weeks AGM and update you all accordingly.

The Dwight Parent Association (DPA) is here to support the school, and to foster a sense of connection and community among parents, students, staff, and our wider community. We organise a range of events and activities throughout the year, and fundraise to support the school's chosen charities. Our fundraising also helps finance extras that are above and beyond the school's remit. Here is a DPA guide, which outlines how we work, and what our roles are.

The DPA offers a great way to make new friends and be part of our fun, diverse international community. Whether you're brand new to London or have lived here all your life, the DPA has something for everyone, so do join us!
Every parent from both Upper and Lower School are invited to come along, and hear about our work. It's your DPA and we'd like to know what you think. We'll be voting in the Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer and Secretary roles (you can find descriptions of their responsibilities in the DPA Guide)

When: Wednesday 20th September, 9am
Where: The Jubilee Hall, Dwight Upper School Jubilee Campus
6 Friern Barnet Lane
London N113LX
We're always on the look-out for fresh ideas and new people to join us and help out. You can join us at any point in the school year, and there's a wide range of opportunities.
Do come along to the AGM if you'd like to:

  • Apply for a Upper or Lower School DPA Committee role
    Be a Class Representative for your child's class
    Help plan a Dwight social event
    Contribute to an International Food event

If you've got any questions about the Dwight Parent Association, drop an email to Acting Chair Kate Hicks Beach.

Out and About Events for Parents

Petersham Nursery and Ham House
Date: Friday, 22nd September
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 south west 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 – know if you are interested in joining or for more information. 

East London Food Tour

Come with us as we explore the food history and culture of the East End. Wander down the 'curry mile' while you sample samosas and Indian sweets; learn the history of the pie; taste the fish and chips voted as "Best in London" year after year; peruse the hippest food trucks in town; nosh on a salt beef beigel and finish with a sweet American import. This food tour of London is completely unique in that you design your own menu.  Your guide will bring you to the best cafes and shops in East London and explain their history and specialties - but you decide and purchase what you would like to eat.  Sites and topics covered on the tour:

  • The history of the East End
  • French immigration and influence on food
  • The history of British classics like fish & chips and pie & mash
  • The 'Curry Mile' and the UK's love of Indian food
  • An overview of the high end dining options in the area
  • The hot new trends of food trucks and craft beer
  • Jewish immigration and the local love of salt beef beigels-Modern American influence on tasty treats

Date: Thursday, 12th October

Meet: 10:15am at McDonalds, Liverpool Street Station, London EC2M 7QH

Tour lasts about 2 hours

Cost: No upfront costs for the tour. Suggested sampling costs £10-15 and a tip for the tour guide.

Tickets: Reservation REQUIRED. Click the link below to reserve your spot. Click on 12th Oct, find the 10:30am East London Food Tour, and book! Book early to avoid disappointment.

http://www.freetoursbyfoot. com/london-tours/book-online/


Please let Michele – michele@seanoneill. com know when you book so she can look out for you! 

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion Exhibit @ the V&A Museum

Discover how Cristobal Balenciaga's exquisite craftsmanship and innovative designs shaped modern fashion. The exhibit examines the work and legacy of the influential Spanish couturier with over 100 pieces crafted by the master of couture, his protégées and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative tradition.

Date: Friday, 10th November

Meet: 9:00am West Finchley tube station or 9:45am at the V&A Museum main ticketing entrance – Cromwell Road London SW7 2RL – for a 10am timed entry into the exhibit.

Cost: £12 for tickets

Tickets: Pre-booking is essential. Click this link to book your own ticket for the 10am entrance on 10th November. exhibitions/balenciaga- shaping-fashion


After the exhibit we can peruse more of the museum or have lunch as a group.


Please let Michele – know when you book so she knows who is joining.



Tuesday - September 19, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
2:45 PM - 5:00 PM
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Dwight School London

6, Friern Barnet Lane. N11 3LX

+44 208 8920 0600