Friday, 29th September 2017

Lower School Newsletter


Learning in the Lower School

Learning Outside of the Classroom
Year 6, Year 5 and Year 1 have all spent time out of their classrooms this week. Year 6 joined M1 and M3 on a residential trip to Hertfordshire. They learned about several things such as camping skills, survival skills and basic first aid. They enjoyed making pancakes this morning out in the open!

Year 5 spent a "brilliant" day in the Upper School on Thursday. They visited both the Dwight site and the Jubilee site. They spent time with different teachers and even got to meet the Upper School Principal, Mr. Atkinson. They experienced a range of lessons. ate at the Dwight Cafe and met some diploma and middle years students too. You can view some more photos from their day here.

Year 1 walked to the park and the high street as part of their work on the local community. Next Tuesday, Miss Larragy will take them to the railway station at High Barnet where they will look for signs and other features that help create communities with their rules and routines.


Online Safety

In our Tuesday assembly this week, we spoke to the students about online safety. With the older students we discussed what good online behaviours we should adhere to and who to speak to if you are anxious. The Digital Leaders shared their top tips with students in Years 3 to 6.
With the younger students we shared a video produced by CEOP. You can view the video here; it gives good information and tips such as:

  1. People that you don't know online are strangers.
  2. People should be nice to you online.
  3. Keep your personal information private.
  4. Check with a trusted adult if you feel uneasy about something.

Online resources are a fantastic resource providing excellent learning opportunities that are age appropriate. However it is important to monitor its use, to use it in a balanced manner and to remind your child to talk about it, if they see something unusual online.


Year 4 Assembly

This week Year 4 shared some of their experiences of celebrating World Nations Day. They followed this up with a lovely assembly on Friday in front of their parents that shared their learning and was both fun, informative and full of questions. They demonstrated skills such as good planning, research, time management and cooperated very well together.



Well done to our boys football team. They played Southbank on Tuesday and won 7-4. Mr. Williams was impressed with all of the boys for their positive impact on the game. We wish them well in their next match which is on the 6th October. We also have a Girls Football Team Trial taking place after school on Monday, 2nd October.


Jeans for Genes Day Total

Many thanks for encouraging your children to wear jeans to support a very worthwhile charity last week. We raised £174.26 - Thank -you!


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: Settling In 

Over the last few weeks I have been sharing what aspect of the school life are key expectations: The Learner Profile, the IB Attitudes and Taking Action. I'm pleased to see that already many of our students have responded and had praise or even Sparkies for demonstrating these key areas. We have been pleased with the way our new students and parents have settled into their new school with its new routines and expectations. Following on from this Mrs. Cobbin, Mr. Atkinson and I will be meeting with new parents over the next two weeks to discuss settling in, what went well and what we need to look at in order to improve the transition to Dwight.


Activities and LAMDA
Our After school Activities and LAMDA sessions have started. It was good to see the Origami Club last week. I watched our students making their cats, dogs and bags out of paper. It was even better to see that the club was run by four of our students from the Upper School - many thanks to Ran, Megumi, Mikiyo and Kie for helping run the Origami Club , I hope it doesn't fold! (Ho ho)

Dwight Mic Week continues....

We continued our Dwight Mic week this week. Several more 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


  • 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. 2nd October Girls Football Trial 
  2. 3rd October Year 1 trip to High Barnet station 
  3. 6th October Boys Football Team match vs  St Johns 

Super Question and Language of the Week

Our Super Question last week was: Which city will host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games? Josh in Year 5 correctly informed us that it was Paris. 


Our Super Question this week is to find out Who is on the back of the new £10 note?

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


We also introduced our Language of the Week: Hebrew - Yoni in Year 4 helped me learn and pronounce hello and goodbye in Hebrew. Learning a new language can be challenging, I'm very impressed that our students often have learned two or three different languages by the time they leave the Lower School. Next week our language of the week is Italian ! I wonder if someone can help me?


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.


Friday - 6 October 2017
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday - 10 October 2017
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday - 12 October 2017
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Dwight School London

6, Friern Barnet Lane. N11 3LX

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