Friday, 26th January 2018

Lower School Newsletter


Learning in the Lower School

Year 6 went on  two trips this week. On Thursday, they visited the Upper School for the day. During their time at the Upper School they got to meet more of the specialist teachers including Art with Ms. Ross, Music with Mr. Kraft and Design with Mr. Brown. They had a great time and above are some of the pictures of their experiences.


They also visited the Imperial War Museum on Wednesday. They found out what the Blitz was like and how rationing affected lives. It is always a great experience to discover history first-hand and Year 6 had a fantastic opportunity to meet and talk to a lady and a gentleman who were children during the Second World War. They told them of their experiences, one as an evacuee who was sent to the countryside, while the other remained in London throughout the Blitz. The students were fascinated by their very moving stories, and were able to ask them thoughtful and relevant questions. Year 6 then visited the Family in Wartime galleries to experience how ordinary civilians lived during those difficult years. Year 6 are now expert World War II historians!


Year 2 enjoyed their trip to the Natural History Museum on Wednesday. They got to wear sets of binoculars and safari hats and they went around the museum to discover more about mammals and dinosaurs. They even got to meet a huge robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex! 


Year 5 tell me they are getting excited about their Space Exhibition. Their mini exhibition will be presented on 8th February in the Year 5 classrooms. Throughout this half term the students have been setting questions, researching themes and working collaboratively to demonstrate their learning. They have been looking at the Earth's position in the Universe, the exploration of space and the impact of space technology on our day-to-day lives. Their mini Space Exhibition will be a great way for them to develop skills they can use for their Year 6 Exhibition next year.


Young Voices

Have you ever performed in front of a crowd of 10,000 people? That is exactly what our Young Voices Choir will be doing next week. They will be at the O2 rehearsing several songs before their performance in front of 10,000 people.  Good luck to Miya, Sofia, Freya, Oliver, Charlie, Kana, Saranya, Bruno, Yu, Emma, Tamar, Alex H, Josh H, Rayaan and Ronika. They will join up with the Upper School Young Voices Choir and I hope they  enjoy the experience of performing together in front of such a large audience.


Sport Update

The conclusion of both the boys and girls football teams occurred this month. I want to thank Mr. Williams, Mr. Rehman, Mr. Shew, Mr. Nyanhi, and Mr. Aguilar for helping facilitate all of the matches. I also want to thank all of the players in the teams: Alex H, Takuya, Eliza, Noam, Gloria, Ido, Ava, Antoni, Emma, Ori, Nolen, Oliver, Josh, Tamar, Amit, Sofia, Kana, Karina, Yoni, Miya, Yu, Haruki, Tess, Nicholas, Sam, Ellis, Lola, Sachin, Gali, Lorenzo, Reina, Bruno, Koutaro, Audrey and  Stefan. They all represented Dwight well and demonstrated good skills and attitudes. The highlights were the goals the girls team scored last week and the boys team demonstrating good teamwork.


Finally, well done to Josh and Elisa who represented Dwight with great honour and dignity at the Aqua Olympic stadium last weekend. They did not get any medals this time but they thoroughly enjoyed their day.

Safety Week 

During the week 5th-9th February we will be focusing even more on safety by hosting a Safety Week. We have three scheduled  activities that will be taking place during the week:

  • We will be joined by some staff from the NSPCC who will talk to the students about being safe. They will be delivering a programme called Speak out. Stay safe. that focuses on staying safe from abuse. This will take place across all year groups on Monday, 5th February. We have also arranged for Year 5 and Year 6 to attend a workshop. This will further empower them to speak out and stay safe. A letter has been emailed today with further details.
  • On Tuesday, 6th February it is National Safer Internet Day. This provides further opportunities for our students to take the lead in making the Internet a better place. Here are two websites we would like to recommend: and that focus on Internet Safety. Our Digital Captains will be reiterating good habits, throughout the week. We also have a section on our school website with E-Safety News and Information.
  • We will have a visit from our local police constable: Community PC Wapshott will be visiting us on Wednesday, 7th February. She will talk to classes about stranger danger and the law.

Throughout the week we will be reminding the students about being safe in school and  at home. 


  • SAFETY CONCERN - Please use the side gate by the Eco Building when entering and exiting the school whenever possible. We are concerned that some unescorted children are entering and exiting the school via the car park gate when cars are moving.
  • We still have a lot of lost property. Please do check if you think your child may have lost something. The (full) lost property box is by the side of the Music room. Items that are not labelled or claimed may find their way to the Dwight Parent Association Second Hand Uniform shop on Friday, 2nd February.

Key dates for this term

 Useful dates for next week.

  1. Year 5 visit the Wallace Collection, Monday, 29th January
  2. Peripatetic Concerts are on Tuesday, 30th January and Friday, 2nd February.
  3. Young Voices Concert is on 31st January.

Useful dates for this term 

  1. Safety Week: 5th - 8th February.
  2. ACE Time takes place on Thursday, 8th February for Kindergarten, Reception, Years 1, 2 and 5.
  3. Year 5 Exhibition is on Thursday 8th February
  4. ACE Time takes place on Friday, 9th February for Years 3, 4 and 6.
  5. Mid Year Reports are sent out on 9th February.
  6. Language Day is on 22nd February.
  7. Year 5 go to Flatford Mill on 21st-23rd March.
  8. Year 4 go to Moat Mount on 22nd-23rd March.
  9. Year 3 have their class Residential Sleepover on 22nd March.

Super Question and Language of the Week

Our Super Question last week was:   Which member of the royal family is going to get married this year and to whom? The answer of course was Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who will get married on Saturday, 19th May. Congratulations to Chris in Year 3 and Haruki in Year 4 who won a Sparky for being knowledgeable

Next week we want to know Which Prime Minister has just announced that she is pregnant!?


Our  Language of the Week  was  Gaelic! and Mr. Slane helped us learn to say good morning in Gaelic. Next time it will be Korean! 


Have a great weekend 


Matt Parkin
Lower School Principal

Dwight Parent Association News and Events

Dwight Quiz Night
7-10pm Saturday 24th February
Upper School Jubilee Hall

£17 per person entry fee
Dinner included/Cash Bar

Come and join us for a fundraising evening of fun and games, and a delicious Indian dinner, at Dwight's Quiz Night on Saturday February 24th. Teams of 8 or 10 people go up against other Dwight parents and staff for a night of trivia! Since we come from all over the world, our quiz is really international. There's lots of picture quizzing, sport, music and pop culture questions so that everyone can have a no-pressure good time. It's a really fun evening of games and socialising with the Dwight community.


This is a major fundraiser for the Dwight Parent Association, this year supporting the Dwight School's very own Dragon's Den for students - the Spark Tank Project.


Sign up on your own, or get your friends and year group together and put together a team!


You can sign up via Wise Pay


Contact with any questions, or to co-ordinate which table you'd like to join.


We look forward to seeing you there !

Dwight Parent Association

February Out and About

Date: Thursday, 8th February, 2018

Meet: 10:00am at West Finchley Tube station or 10:45 at the entrance of Fortnum and Mason, 181 Piccadilly London W1A 1ER

Cost: £ 40


The 311-year-old story of Fortnum & Mason is one that's full of surprises. Join the Fortnum and Mason archivist for a tour of the building (with tastings), to hear the fascinating tales behind one of Britain's most loved icons, ending up with – what else – a cup of Fortnum's famous tea. Tour is from 11 - 12.45pm and we can decide to stay for lunch after.

You will need to pre-purchase your own ticket via this link. Tickets are extremely limited, so don't delay!

Please let Michele know when you book your ticket so she knows who to expect -


March Out and About – Eltham Palace

Join us for an outing to visit Eltham Place in SE London. Experience the decade of decadence as you are transported back to the 1930's! Created for millionaires, Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, Eltham Palace is part showpiece of Art Deco design and 1930's cutting edge technology, and part medieval royal palace!


Date: Friday, 16th March, 2018
Meet: 9am West Finchley station or 10:30am at Eltham Palace, Court Yard, London SE9 5QE
Cost: £14.40 – we will purchase our tickets at the entrance


Please let Michele know if you plan to join!


Tuesday - 30 January 2018
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Friday - 2 February 2018
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Thursday - 8 February 2018
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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