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Friday, 8th December 2017

Lower School Newsletter

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Learning in the Lower School

This week, one of our major events has been the Lower Primary performance of Penguin Pete. It is the story of a young penguin who always receives a fish as his present each Christmas. He decides that he wants to talk with Santa about it and so he sets off from the South Pole to the North Pole to meet with Santa. On his way Penguin Pete meets several interesting animals: kangaroos, camels and monkeys. They help him, point out their differences, particularly his yellow webbed flippers and they help direct him further North. As he nears his destination he meets Jack Frost and several snowmen. Eventually he takes a sleigh ride with Rudolph and Blitzen before meeting Santa and the elves. It is a long journey for Penguin Pete, and Santa has a perfect gift for him that is really useful and sensible. It is a pair of furry flip flop slippers for Penguin Pete's flippers!

Many thanks to the cast of children (they were brilliant), to the staff in the Lodge who made it all happen, and to you for making it such a lovely event!  To view more photos, please click here.

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Year 5 shared their products by presenting them in the foyer this week Their products had to have an exciting name, a logo, a jingle and attract a specific audience. I liked the Moon Crisps and the Fruitmania Fruit Juice.

Last week we shared some football team news and some photos. I did not add the Girls Football team so here they are. Not many schools have a girls team so we are very proud that they have been so enthusiastic and positive. I hope they all go on to play in the 2023 Women's World Cup!

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Phonics

During the week we also hosted a Phonics workshop for Parents. The teaching and learning of phonics is a key skill especially with younger children as they build up their vocabulary and they  learn to read and write.  Please click here to view the Phonics Workshop Presentation. 

WINTER FAIR is almost here 

The DPA is organising the Winter Fair for next Thursday, 14th December from 2-4.30pm. Some of the activities/stalls  include: meeting Santa, second hand stall,  international foods, football competition, hoola hoop, skittles, basketball competition, cake decorations, nail painting, name the bear, bauble stall, glitter tattoos, more cakes, bouncy castle, and we have a second-hand uniform shop that you can donate to if you wish or just purchase an extra item of clothing for the winter weather!

Tickets cost £2 per person including children over 3 years old and will include a programme, one entry into the raffle worth £1 and 4 tokens to spend worth £2. Raffle prizes are hampers full of Christmas goodies.

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By asking parents to buy these in advance we can provide the children with tokens so they can take part in the many activities planned. Please click here to go to your WisePay accounts to book your tickets now. For more information, please click here.

 Volunteers are welcome to join us and help at the Winter Fair. We will start setting up at 1pm 

Reminders

  • 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.
  • After school we have noticed that several families stay in the playground - This is fine if they are accompanied by an adult until 4pm. If not we suggest moving to Swan Lane Park for more outside activities.
  • Parking is at a premium and the end of the school day can be a bit of a rush. Please check that you are parked legally 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.
  • We have detected several viruses recently in the school. It is our role to ask parents to take their children home if they are displaying symptoms of viruses in school to protect others from catching it. 
  • Reminder, please use the side gate to enter and exit the school at drop-off and pick-up and not the car park gate.
 

Key dates for this term

 Useful dates for the remainder of this half term.

  1.  Upper School Winter Concert is at 7pm on Monday, 11th December.
  2. Kindergarten and Reception go to visit the Postal Museum on 12th December.
  3. Development Tuesday is on 12th December (school closes early at 2.30pm).
  4. Christmas Show for Years 2 to 6 is on the morning on 13th 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.
  6. Our new clubs for 2018 will be sent out in the last week and will be available for parents to register during the break.
  7. Winter Fair Thursday, 14th December 2.00-4.30pm in the Hall, Eco 1 and Art room.
  8. School closes at midday on Friday, 15th December. We return on Monday, 8th January 2018.

Useful dates for Next  term 

  1. Young Voices has started rehearsing every Tuesday in preparation for their concert in January 2018. 
 

Super Question and Language of the Week

Our Super Question last week was: Who will play Russia in the first match of the 2018 World Cup? Elisa in Year 4 correctly informed us that it is Russia vs Saudi Arabia. She gets a Sparky for being so knowledgeable

 

This week we asked: -  Which country celebrated its independence on 6th December?

 

Have a great weekend and I'm looking forward to seeing you at the Winter Fair on Thursday.

 

Matt Parkin
Lower School Principal

Dwight Parent Association News and Events

Used Uniform Reminder

Uniform donations can be handed in at any office, for our second-hand uniform store. They are very handy for new Dwight families!

December Out and About

Dennis Severs' House and Holiday Lunch at Blixen

Join us for a holi-day out in Spitalfields! We'll start with a walk through the Dennis Severs House and follow with lunch at Blixen. 

 

Dennis Severs' House is more than just a time capsule. It is both a breathtaking and intimate portrait of the lives of a family of Hugenot silk-weavers from 1724 to the dawn of the 20th century. As you follow their fortunes through the generations, the sights, smells and sounds of the house take you into their lives. It was Dennis Severs' intention that as you enter his house it is as if you have passed through the surface of a painting, exploring with your senses and imagination a meticulously crafted 18th Century world. 


We'll follow with lunch at Blixen


Date: Monday, 11th December

Meet: 10.50am West Finchley tube station or 11.45am at Dennis Severs House – 18 Folgate Street – E1 6BX.

Cost: £10 to tour the house and then your lunch costs

Reservations: PLEASE contact michele@seanoneill.com asap if you can make it, so she can make the lunch reservations.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday - 12 January 2018
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
 
Wednesday - 17 January 2018
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
Thursday - 18 January 2018
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
 
 
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