Friday, 2nd February 2018

Lower School Newsletter


Learning in the Lower School

Learning in the Lower School

We have been sharing and celebrating our learning over the course of this week.


Year 6 have continued their work on World War II. They reflected upon their interviews with evacuees last week, and they want to share photos of the artefacts they gathered as part of their unit on Conflict. Next week they will be starting their Unit of Inquiry on Governmental Systems by visiting Parliament on Tuesday, 6th February.


Our after school clubs are full of fun activities  Last week I spent time in Mosaic Club run by Mrs. Hornshaw helping Tess in Year 3 complete her tile plan on the computer. I also spent some time in Chess Club run by Mr. van den Bosch watching Eliza and Elina battle out a hard fought match that ended in an amicable draw. Clubs give our students a chance to take risks and to try something new, a chance to demonstrate their commitment, and of course a chance to learn in a new setting with a new group.


The Year 5 students have continued to work this week on their mini exhibition that will take place next Thursday between 9.00am and 10.00am. They also thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Wallace Collection on Monday where they looked at a variety of art that linked some of their mathematical inquiries. They responded very sensibly when there was a fire alarm at the venue.


Year 2 have been sharing their videos of science experiments. I was particularly impressed with Kade's experiment that demonstrated his knowledge of magnetism and gravity. Great stuff!


ACE Time
We are inviting Parents into school  next week for ACE time - ACE time stands for Adult Child Evaluation time, and it gives parents the opportunity to spend time with their child in class and to specifically share the learning that is in their books, on their google sites and displayed on the walls.
We hope to see you there - Kindergarten, Reception, Years 1, 2 and 5 are invited in on Thursday, 8th  February between 9.00am and 10.00am. Years  3, 4, and 6 are invited in on Friday, 9th February between 9.00am and 10.00.


Young Voices

Congratulations to our Young Voices Choir who performed very well at the O2 on Wednesday. Well done to Miya, Sofia, Freya, Oliver, Charlie, Kana, Saranya, Bruno, Yu, Emma, Tamar, Alex H, Josh H, Rayaan and Ronika. Thank you to all of you for representing the Dwight School so well and to Mr Mastoridis and Mr Deneux. Please click here to view some fab photos of their time at the O2, and a wonderful blog from Saranya's sister in D1.


Sport Update

The Boys Football team shared a recent report with us here.

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 safer 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 ( It is a particularly busy one) .

  1. Year 1 got to St Albans to celebrate a Victorian school day on Monday, 5th February. Costumes are available unless your child has his/her own.
  2. Safety Week: 5th - 8th February.
  3. Year 6 visit Parliament on Tuesday, 6th February.
  4. It is DEVELOPMENT TUESDAY on 6th February and school closes early at 2.30pm.
  5. ACE Time takes place on Thursday, 8th February for Kindergarten, Reception, Years 1, 2 and 5.
  6. Year 5 Exhibition is on Thursday, 8th February.
  7. ACE Time takes place on Friday, 9th February for Years 3, 4 and 6. ( Year 3 and Year 4 parents are also invited to attend a meeting about the residential trips on Friday 9th).
  8. Mid Year Reports are sent out electronically on 9th February.
  9. We have an Inter-House event scheduled for the afternoon of Friday, 9th February, please encourage your son/daughter to wear their House coloured top on this day.

Useful dates for this term 

  1. Language Day is on 22nd February.
  2. Book Week is from February 26th to March 2nd
  3. Book Week School Disco for Years 3-6 is on 2nd March  from  6.30-8.00pm please register via WisePay.
  4. Year 5 go to Flatford Mill on 21st-23rd March.
  5. Year 4 go to Moat Mount on 22nd-23rd March.
  6. Year 3 have their class Residential Sleepover on 22nd March.

Super Question and Language of the Week

Our Super Question last week was:  Which Prime Minister has just announced that she is pregnant!? It was of course Jacinda Ardern, well done to Ali in Year 3 who got it right.

We set the following topical Super Question for next week which is - What right did women gain in the UK, 100 years ago? 


Our  Language of the Week  was  Korean and many thanks to Andrew in Year 3 who helped us to learn some new Korean words. 


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 WisePay


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!


Thursday - 8 February 2018
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Friday - 9 February 2018
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

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