Friday, 22nd September 2017

Lower School Newsletter


Learning in the Lower School

Year 5
Year 5 really enjoyed their visits to a temple, a mosque, a church and a synagogue over the last few weeks. This has been part of their Unit of Inquiry about Beliefs and Values. They have made their learning even more meaningful by interviewing guests in their classroom. They have interviewed the Upper School Principal, Mr. Atkinson and archaeologist. Mrs. Angliker to find out more about their values and about Greek religion. The photos show Year 5 on their visits.


Next week as part of their transition to Upper School Year 5 will visit the Upper School, sample some lessons, eat at the Dwight Cafe and meet with more of the Upper School staff. 



Visits, trips and interviews are a big part of our school culture. They give our students an authentic and real insight into what they are learning. If the learning is more meaningful to them then it is more memorable too. Year 2 will be on a trip next week to Borough Market as part of their work on How Choices Affect Wellbeing, one of the key things they will be inquiring about will be how food choices affect wellbeing, and there is a lot of different food to choose from at Borough Market! They will also get to practice their maths skills when buying some of the yummy food.



This week we announced our football team squad, our Eco Rangers, Digital Leaders and Student Council members. I will be sharing more information about these groups in the future. A key role was also announced on Friday that of Head Boy and Head Girl. These roles are available only to students in Year 6, they have to be applied for and a job description details the need for them to be ambassadors for the school and to reflect the IB Learner Profile. I am proud to say that we again had some good applications and the staff voted for Ori as Head Boy and Miya as Head Girl - Many congratulations to them both. 



We had a visit from ITN this week. They came in to film at Dwight London as part of a film commissioned by the International Baccalaureate to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the IB. They were really impressed with the behaviour of our students and with the feedback they received about the school. Thanks to all the children, staff and parents that were involved.


Jeans for Genes Day

Many thanks for encouraging your children to wear jeans to support a very worthwhile charity this week. We showed the students a short video about genes that is on the website and it is good that our students want to support the children and their families, who are less fortunate than ourselves.


Learning is what drives us and what inspires us. If you click here you can see an overview of what learning is taking place over the year via our Programme of Inquiry

Expectations: Taking Action
During the last 3 weeks I have been sharing the expectations of the school. We have shared the Learner Profile and the IB attitudes which we feel are the cornerstone of our school ethos. A final expectation is that we encourage all of our students to keep learning beyond the classroom and to take action upon what they have learnt - here is our Action Cycle.


Activities and LAMDA
Our After school Activities and LAMDA sessions have now started this week. It was good to see the Cartoon Drawing Club with students creating cartoons on their laptops. I also got to visit the Dwight Radio Club. We have our own radio station here at the Lower School next to the library. We will be helping to train our students at Dwight Radio Club to become DJs.

Football Teams. 

This week our boys football team has their first match of the 2017 - 2018 season against Southbank at home. Our girls football team have their trials set aside for Monday, 2nd October from 3.45-4.45pm on the Lower School playground. Good luck to both teams for the upcoming season.

Dwight Mic Week

We started our Dwight Mic week this week. Several of our students have been selected to share their work on our radio and we will be broadcasting it once all of the recordings have been completed, hopefully by the end of this half term. Once this has been completed you will be able to listen to our radio show any time, any place, anywhere in the world!

Holiday Club Dates

You can now click on our Holiday Club site to book the December Holiday Club here.  

The club runs from 9am - 4pm and is for children under 7 years of age.
The dates for this academic year are:

  • December - Monday, 18th - Friday, 22nd
  • January - Wednesday 3rd - Friday 5th
  • February - Monday, 12th - Friday 16th
  • April - Tuesday, 3rd - Friday, 6th, Monday, 9th - Friday 13th
  • May - Tuesday, 29th - Friday, 1st June
  • Summer holidays:
    • Monday, 23rd July - Friday, 27th
    • Monday, 30th - Friday, 3rd August,
    • Monday, 6th - Friday, 10th
    • Monday, 13th - Friday, 17th August

Year 6 Bushcraft Trip
Year 6 are getting ready for their trip to Hertfordshire as part of Bushcraft at the end of next week.  They will be travelling to the site with Ms. Dunaway, Mrs. Becci and Mrs. Tainsh. Whilst they are there they will be joined in part by Upper School students and teachers. We wish them well.


  • Parking: We have noticed that some Parking signs around the school have changed. Please be aware of this if you are parking before walking your child into the school . It is getting busier so please take care crossing the roads.
  • Buses: If you wish to register your interest for an after school bus service please either visit the Lower School office or contact
  • Contact: If you are running late, have a transport issue, or your child is ill, you should  contact our Lower School Office by email
  • Breakfast Club and Opening time - Our school officially opens at 8.20am. We have noticed that some students are arriving far earlier than that. For your information we do run a Breakfast Club from 7.45-8.20am which is a paid for service for those children who arrive earlier.  Bus children are exempt from this and can join the Breakfast Club free of charge as and when their bus arrives. If your child needs to arrive early and would like to join the Breakfast Club please inform the Lower School Office.

Key dates for this term

Useful diary dates for the half term ahead 
  1. For this half term Settling in Reports will be sent out in the week beginning Monday, 16th October.

Useful dates for next week

  1. 26th September Football Team match vs  Southbank ( training is on the Monday) 
  2. 27, 28, 29 September Year 6 visit Bushcraft they return to Upper school to be picked up from there on Friday afternoon
  3. 28th September Year 2 have a day trip to Borough Market 
  4. 28th September, Year 5 visit Upper School and return to Lower School 
  5. 29th September Year 4 Assembly to parents 9-9.30am.

Super Question and Language of the Week

Our Super Question last week was: What did Ryan Yasim invent this week? He invented a material that stretches as children grow. He won a Dyson prize for his brilliant design. Ethan in Year 5 correctly found the information He wins a sparky for his House: Visionaries.


Our Super Question this week is to find out Which city will host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games?

The first student with the correct answer on Monday will get a sparky!


We also introduce our Language of the Week next week. It will be Hebrew - I know I will have many students help me with Hebrew next week and hope many enjoyed the recent Rosh Hashanna celebrations


Have a good weekend.

Matt Parkin
Lower School Principal


Dwight Parent Association News and Events

Dwight School London Parents on Facebook!

Did you know that the parents of Dwight have their own closed Facebook group? If you are on Facebook, it's another way to be connected to the Dwight community of parents. Parents use it to ask questions, sell items, or recommend events coming up, school related or otherwise. Just another way to stay connected. If you are interested, search for Dwight School London Parents and ask to join.

Out and About Events for Parents


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 - 26 September 2017
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday - 27 September 2017
All day
Thursday - 28 September 2017
All day

Dwight School London

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