Friday, 9th February 2018

Upper School Newsletter

Upper School News

It's been a productive and intense week at school for staff and students as we move towards half-term. February in Dwight is a month of international trips with the Model United Nations students returning from The Hague last weekend and the music students heading out on the Carnegie trip to New York this week. With the ski trip departing at the weekend to the French Alps it does make me reflect on how privileged our students are to be getting out into the world and experiencing academic, sporting and cultural life. If the week wasn't busy enough, throw in a visit from three Independent Schools Inspectors and it makes for a hectic schedule! Thank you to so many parents who took time to fill in the ISI surveys this week.

You can follow the New York Carnegie Hall trip via their blog here. Look out for posts on Facebook and Instagram from the ski slopes, we will also have a blog on the website here.

The week kicked off with a celebration of international costume and food with an event organised by Ishani and Teodor in D1 to raise money and awareness of their Wings of Hope charity to help schools in India and Malawi. Many staff and students got into the spirit of the day and they raised over £230 in one day! Well done to all involved.

International Trips

Model United Nations is a great experience and the club by Ms. Murnaghan this year had a very intense week of diplomatic debate and UN simulation in that most international of cities, The Hague, in the Netherlands. They met so many students from all over the world and I am told represented the views of our chosen country Saudi Arabia with great skill.

Mira from M5 summed it up, 'Participating in The Hague International Model United Nations was a wonderful and enriching experience. To visit a new city, and to be a part of a gathering of more than 3,200 students from all around the world, dressed in suits and ties, and solving global problems was incredible. It is something that builds learning, but also determination and character. It broadened my horizons to adopt views and attitudes other than my own, and instilled skills and insights that cannot be found elsewhere. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity.' Thank you to Ms. Murnaghan, Ms. Trautman and Mr. Lucas for their support behind this great experience. You can view photos from their trip here.


So our singers and musicians headed off under the watchful eye of Mr. Kraft and his team to New York and we have heard they arrived safely and had a first full day of rehearsal. It was great we got to hear and see a full dress rehearsal last Sunday which showed they are ready for the big venue Carnegie Hall experience. How smart they all looked! More news and photos will be up on the blog over the holiday.

Film Skool Premiere

Last Saturday we had our Film Skool premiere. Film Skool is an after school activity where children of all ages write a short script, gather props and costumes, direct and act in a five minute short film. Everything is done by the students from acting, filming to editing. This year we showed five different films.


I acted in a film about a love triangle where the story has some sneaky plot twists. It was so much fun seeing ourselves on the big screen of the Mayfair Curzon, where our films were shown. I can't wait to do it again this year! - M5 correspondent - Sterling

House Spirit grows and grows at Dwight and this week we had the pleasure (and pain!) of the inter-house cross country fun run.


House Fun Run Gets the Whole School Running

First off we want to say a big thank you to all the students for participating, everyone was fantastic! We also want to thank all the teachers and the PE department (especially Miss Mills) for making this such a successful event because without them this event wouldn't have been possible! All the students had a time of fifteen minutes to run and each time they got to the checkpoint, the teachers would check off their cards with how many laps they did. It was a wonderful team event and there was so much house spirit! Students will collect their sponsor money during the half term and all our money will go to the house charities! Well done to everyone who ran and all the students who won medals for fastest racers! - M3 correspondent - Haya - M3 Correspondent

Our M5 and D1 Physicians headed to London for a series of lectures, read Ishani's report here.


I want to mention a classroom learning item which delighted me last week. Our IBMYP courses are always inquiry-based and hands-on but it was wonderful to see two of our new and younger members of staff running an interdisciplinary maths-science lesson in MYP. Ms. Sincheva in our maths department and Mr. Al-Obaidi from the science team got together to simulate avalanches to study the mathematical areas of avalanche spread with the variable of different combinations of materials. An authentic context with hands on science for maths outcomes! The students loved it and it's very much what we are aiming for with our MYP classes.

In Spanish we also have an item from guest correspondent - Andrei in M4

This term in Spanish, M4 and M5 pupils are learning about Alzheimer's. The unit is called El hijo de la novia (The son of the bride), which relates to the movie we are watching, dealing with health issues affecting personal relationships. In the unit, we will explore this statement of enquiry: We must understand how health issues affect relationships between people in order to promote awareness , empathy and care towards others. As part of our action we are using a mobile game to contribute towards research on alzheimer's.  This game is called Sea Hero Quest, and the aim is to drive a boat through a series of buoys. However, you can see the map with all of the buoys' locations only once, so you have to remember them. Moreover, the game collects research on Alzheimer's, to help affected people. We would like to encourage the whole school community to try this out! You can download the app or game for free on your devices. Overall, I am really enjoying this unit, as are my classmates. It incorporates a fun aspect, in the form of a movie, and also a new key concept in the Spanish language.


So international mindedness and house spirit have had a big boost this week. Have a lovely half-term break everyone whether you are staying home or travelling overseas.


Andy Atkinson

Upper School Principal

Upcoming Trips

M5 and DP1 Spanish: Flamenco Festival

Thursday, 22nd February 7:30pm. Sadler's Wells.

A group of students will attend the Flamenco festival on Thursday, 22nd February. The show, Gala Flamenca, will take place at 7.30pm and is expected to finish after 9.00pm. All students will receive their tickets the day of the event and they will meet their teachers at Arnos Grove station at 6.15pm.  Students need to have enough credit on their Oyster cards. Latecomers will have to make their own travel arrangements to the theatre. We are expected back at Arnos Grove station by 10.30pm. Parents, please be there before this time. Should you wish your child to make their own way to/from the theatre, please let us know in writing via, unless you have notified us already using the trip form.


Venue address:

Sadler's Wells Theatre & the Lilian Baylis Studio

Rosebery Avenue

London EC1R 4TN


By Tube

Angel (Northern Line City Branch) is a 250-metre walk from Sadler's Wells.


Please note that if your child is absent from school the school office should be notified:

MYP: Deirdre Guerin

DP:Nora McCormack

Upcoming Events


 Dwight School Parent Association 

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

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!


Saturday - February 10, 2018
All day
Sunday - February 11, 2018
All day
Monday - February 12, 2018
All day

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