Friday, 13th October 2017

Upper School Newsletter

Upper School News

Is it really a week away from half-term already? We've been flat out at school this week but lots of great things are going on in and out of school to tell you about.

Before we get onto the fun stuff I would like to flag up a change in the way we are going to be reporting and giving feedback to students and parents about progress in learning. A full cover letter explaining this will be coming with your child's interim report at the end of next week. This early report will provide some grades by IB assessment criteria and/or some holistic achievement grades by IB subject descriptors. Also, alongside these grades, there will be a classification of whether your child is meeting the level in some key IB approaches to learning (ATLs) i.e. how well they are learning how to learn. Being only interims, the reports will not be complete for all areas nor final judgments yet but rather an indication of how they have started the year. The reports will not have comments from teachers and tutors as this we believe is best delivered verbally in a student-teacher-parent conversation. To make this feedback more meaningful this year we are not holding three different short evenings for Upper School (previously scheduled for the 1st, 9th and 16th November by year group) but rather one full evening and one entire collapsed day on the 9th and 10th of November. Please note these in your diaries. Students will accompany their parents to school by appointment and have a chance to talk about their progress in situ of their own classrooms and a chance to meet the tutors too. The appointment system will be launched after half-term and we will be holding a workshop soon for parents to understand IB reporting.

This week let's start with sports news for a change! Ms Mills, our new Head of PHE has been taking the department forward successfully with Mr. Dacanay, Mr. Masilungan and Mr. Williams. This week we had our first volleyball game of the season for our Lions against the International School of London. Dwight unfortunately lost, but both sets were quite close 21-25 (First Set), and 20-25 (Second Set). Good hits at the net by Pivilas and strong serves by Sterling with 3 aces! Some outstanding performances as well from Tara. Volleyball is really growing at Dwight, and look forward to more joining. Go Lions! and thanks Mr. Dacanay!


Dwight travelled to West London on Tuesday to take on Halcyon School in a 7 a side football fixture. The senior boys put in a committed, hardworking and industrious performance but were on the wrong end of a 3-0 loss. In what was a tight game of few clear cut chances, a couple of defensive errors cost the team. The attitude couldn't be faulted & it was pleasing to see the younger members of the side not look out of place playing against older boys. Stand out performer was Luke (M5), who was calm & composed on the ball and showed great defensive qualities. The boys will look to bounce back next Thursday against ISL!

As you are aware the students have been realigned into three whole School Houses. This week elections were held for House Captains to lead each house after some campaigning. Sterling and Jules are the new House Captains of Artists, Mira and Teodor are the Captains of Visionaries and Orabella and Ion will lead the Pioneers! Well done to them and all the strong candidates who stood for election which were tight races.

Next Friday is our whole school house spirit day arranged by Ms. Veschi and her Heads of House. We plan to transform learning by having students come to school not by age group but by house all the way from Year 1 to DP2. The Artists will be at the Jubilee Campus, Pioneers at the Dwight Campus and the Visionaries at the Lower School. The day will be devoted to House identity activities, House service and action campaigns before we all travel to the school field for some physical inter-house challenges. As this will be a complex day, please check the email received from Mrs. Cobbin today. 

Last week when the bulletin went to press we were in the final rehearsals of the Dwight Choir Fest. Did you come to the Saturday performance? If you didn't, you missed a real treat with amazing performances by five choirs and a live band. By the end of the performance the room was rocking. Mr. Kraft deserves a medal for pulling off an international event with such style. Thank you to all who took part and helped out. Watch this space with our evolving music programme, we have heard rumours this week of a new student country band and a chamber group!


Diploma theatre students took part in ISTA workshops held in London this week as we told you about last Friday. They returned to school on Thursday with stories of great performances, inspiring workshops and they had a great time with students from all over the IB world. Thanks to Jacob Done for accompanying them and taking some photos of the physical workshop.

My hidden talent spot of the week goes to Luke in M5 who was selected to participate at half term in a GSK (Glasco Smith Kline) career experience event. This three day event is a brilliant STEM opportunity and is unique as it talks about molecule discovery to formulation, drug development, safety, clinical trials, regulatory statistics all the way to branding and marketing. A panel reviewed the student applications and it is known to be highly competitive. Luke must have impressed them with his application and we wish him well at half-term. Many thanks to Marium Qaiser, a parent, for bringing this opportunity to the school.


Two day trips are planned for students next week.
On Thursday, 19th October M5, D1 & D2 art students will be traveling to Walthamstow to take part in a 3-hour screen printing workshop at the Inky Cuttlefish studios.  Students will need to bring a packed lunch and some pocket money.  M5 students will need to bring an old shirt or t-shirt and diploma students need to wear old clothes they do not mind getting messy.  They also need their books for P1/6 & 7  for their first lesson and when they return to school.


Also on Thursday, 19th October there is an M3 Maths trip to Greenwich Royal Observatory. Travel will be with Little Bus Company mini bus direct to venue/return. Packed lunch, spending money and water are required. Please note that students must wear school uniform!


We also have a career workshop in Spanish arranged by Ms. Navarro for this Monday, 16th October from 8.30am in the Hall at the Jubilee site. This workshop has taken place in the past, and it appears to have been very successful with M3 students currently studying a unit on the world of work. The key MYP concept is communication and they are exploring what type of information they have to provide in the context of job interviews and job applications and how to present this information to suit their purpose. Three parents have kindly agreed to come to speak informally about their job and what it involves, work life in general, job search and preparation for job applications, as well as answering some questions the students will ask on the day. Enjoy!


One the same theme of parent workshops there is an important workshop next week arranged by Ms Cobbin and Ms Veschi around the theme of Sex and Relationship Education of teenagers. I would strongly encourage parents to attend this workshop as it ties in with our efforts during tutor time. See the reminder link below for details.

We have had requests for more photos of the retreat trips from this term so please see the links below. These photos are for families personal use only and should not be published online.


To view photos from Bushcraft, please click here

To view photos from PGL, please click here.

To view photos from the Retreat, please click here


Biometrics forms: if you have not completed the permission form for the the new Upper School Cafe cashless system, please click here.

Reminder of workshops -  sex education and action (LS), to sign up, please click here.

Please click here for the programme of study for Sex and Relationships education for M1 to M5 students.

Ski Trip - please contact if you would like more information regarding the annual ski trip.


Wishing everyone a great weekend!

Kind regards,

Mr. Atkinson
Upper School Principal



Monday - October 16, 2017
All day
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Thursday - October 19, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Dwight School London

6, Friern Barnet Lane. N11 3LX

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