Friday, 17th November 2017

Lower School Newsletter


Learning in the Lower School


We all supported the Children in Need today and we were Spotacular! We are proud to announce we raised over £160 for this great cause. You can tune in to BBC this evening to find out more about the charity.

It has been a great week for learning this week!


Year 5 visited the Design Museum, Kensington on Monday. They attended a workshop about designing chairs. They tried sitting in different chairs before designing their own for a target audience. They asked some good questions and learnt specifically about  design. They saw how advertising and marketing can impact a product and its longevity too.


Year 5 presented their assembly on Friday and shared more of their understanding about advertising. They demonstrated the use of persuasive language, they shared facts about different religions, and they finished with a song, that they wrote with Mr. Mastoridis about Beliefs and Values.


Learning should never stop and this is certainly the case with our parents too, several of whom visited the school on Tuesday to take part in their second lesson learning English with our EAL teacher Mrs. Kendal. Many of them are helping us translate the Learner Profile into 24 different languages. We appreciate your help!

This week I went to the Sewing Club run by Miss Pitts. She and her group have been sewing several things from book marks with names on, to small decorated hand puppets. I was helped by Lizete in Year 2 and Kana in Year 6 as I tried to make a mug coaster with an initial on it, using the running stitch.

Year 2 have taken Action and they are collecting 100 examples of things to recycle. If they are successful they will plant a tree to celebrate - what a great way to make the world a better place! Here is a photo of what they have recyled with a tree target in the background


Maths Updates 

You may recall that last Thursday we entered a Maths Team for an inter-school competition. Our team of two boys and two girls: Miya, Yu, Yoni and Theo have now found out that they did so well in the competition they have qualified for round 2. We wish them well and please check for more details about our Maths Team next week.

Maths Day and Book Fair

Next week we have two big events scheduled!

Maths week starts on Tuesday. We have several Maths activities taking place about tesselation, shape, measuring and number. We have a Maths Workshop for Years 3 to 6 and are entering children into a maths challenge  competition. The children will move around the school to take part in a variety of maths activities. They will be split into groups according to their House (Artists, Pioneers and Visionaries). We ask that the children wear their House colours that day please.


We also start our Book Fair next week. The books will be housed in the ECO 1 classroom for children to visit during the day and for parents to purchase after school. Please note that 60% of the Book Fair takings go directly back to the school to spend on more books for our Library!

Football Updates

Our girls football team have their second match next week on Wednesday and our boys football teams play on Friday. Good luck to you all!


Swimming Updates

Our Lower School swimming team took part in their first inter-school competition on the afternoon of Thursday,16th November at Barnet Copthall pool. They worked hard and tried their best. They have an ISI competition on Monday and I will share all of the results in the newsletter next week.

Christmas Show

It is that time of year when our Kindergarten, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 students start to practice their Christmas Show. This year the show is called Penguin Pete. The students have lots of words, songs, dances and directions to learn over the next few weeks. They will be performing on Tuesday, 5th December and Wednesday, 6th December from 9-10am in our hall. Tickets are limited to two per family. You may also be keen to know that straight after both performances we are running a Phonics workshop from 10-11am that will provide an oversight of the phonics programme and how you can support your child's progress in this very important area, To reserve tickets for the show, please click here. To reserve seats for one of the workshops, please click here.

Dwight Parent Association Events for Lower School

The DPA is organising the Winter Fair which due to popular demand is going to be a little different this year. We are going to be risk takers and run the event on Thursday, 14th December from 2-4.30 pm in the afternoon rather than on a Saturday. We think that by having it during the school day it will mean that more children will have the opportunity to be involved and hopefully more parents will come and join us too. Some of the activities include: Meeting Santa , Bric a brac store , second hand uniform, international food and many many games for the children to play. Tickets will  go on sale next week!!!


Student Council Shop

Our school shop opened on Friday, 17th November selling fruit snacks, Rice Krispie squares, rice crackers and water.  All of the profits will go to our neighbours: The North London Hospice. We will be selling snacks every Tuesday and Friday until the end of term.

Upper School International Evening! 
It is the Upper School International Evening on Tuesday, 21st November.

What: This is a fantastic community event where we all celebrate the internationalism of our school and sample foods from around the world.
When: Tuesday, 21st November, 6-8.30pm
Where: Jubilee Hall, Upper School, 6 Frien Barnet Lane, N11 3LX
Who: Families in Years 5, 6, and all Upper School Families
Cost: Donation at the door for the Upper School's Nepal Service Project


To register, please click here.

Dwight Radio

Our radio show has more new contentClick here to visit our Dwight Radio page and tune in.


  • It is now getting darker and colder. please ensure your children bring labelled coats, hats and scarves. We do expect children to play in the rain unless it is torrential.
  • Parking is at a premium and the end of the school day can be a bit of a rush. Please check that you can park where you have parked and be aware of children crossing the road in the dark.
  • PE will still take place on the field and on the playground so we ask that tracksuits are brought in, in case the weather is cold.

Key dates for this term

Useful diary dates for next week
  1. Swimming competition is on 20th November
  2. Maths Day is on 21st November 
  3. Book Fair starts week of 20th November 
  4. Football Matches : girls 22/11/17 - boys 24/11/17

Useful dates for the remainder of this half term

  1. Year 6 have their First Aid WOW lessons on 27th and 28th November
  2. Flu jabs are on 28th November 
  3. Lower Primary students visit Willows Farm on 30th November
  4. Christmas Shows for Lower Primary students will be on 5th & 6th December
  5. Christmas dinner is on Wednesday, 13th December - this is also Christmas jumper day and we will ask for donations for the Winter Fair 

Useful dates for Next  term 

  1. Young Voices has started every Tuesday in preparation for their concert in January 2018. For those of you who have joined please click here for more details and to formally sign up for Young Voices.

Super Question and Language of the Week

Our Super Question last week was: Who is the leader of the EU?  ..and no one knew! Therefore, I will give you a clue - He is the president of the European Commission and his initials are JCJ.


Our Language of the week was Polish, we learnt to say good morning in Polish thanks to the help of Maciej!


Have a good weekend.

Matt Parkin
Lower School Principal



Tuesday - 21 November 2017
All day
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday - 22 November 2017
All day

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