MYP Residential Trips... a student’s perspective

My experience of Bushcraft

Margot (M1)

Being new to the school, I was a bit nervous going on Bushcraft. It turned out to be a terrific experience! I think it was a great opportunity to get to know my new classmates. I also learned new skills and ways to survive in the wild. The highlight for me was the campfires every night. It was very nice to be with everyone surrounding the warmth of the fire.

Something else I really enjoyed was learning first aid. We were on a nature walk and suddenly we saw a ‘plane crash’ and our teachers were pretending to be unconscious. We had to use the skills we had learned to save them. It was a great activity and taught us a lot. One more thing I also relished were the fun games out in the woods. They were so fun and taught us camouflage skills.

Overall I think Bushcraft was a fantastic opportunity to get to know everyone and a great start to the new year at the upper school.

Julian (M1)

When we arrived, we found the friendly and enthusiastic staff already waiting and waving for us outside. As we stepped out of the bus we were all talking intently to each other, wondering how our trip would be! We didn’t know what to expect, but we were all instantly laughing together as soon as they told us we could go and set up our things.

When we all gathered around the campfire shortly after, the fun began! We learned many useful skills; from basic first aid (when we had to save our teachers from the burning wreck of a plane!) to how to light our very own fires with a flint and steel (which was easier than I thought) where we later cooked our delicious lunch and dinner!

Each new day was packed with fun activities I didn’t even know I could do, like making camping pegs out of twigs and sticks we found in the forest, which we later used for making small animal traps of our own (we did have to take them down so we didn’t hurt anything though).

By the end of our time at the camp I was sad to go. I was left with a sense of happiness and excitement from toasting marshmallows in the night, and my voice hoarse from talking and laughing. Although I had arrived a bit uncertain, I left feeling I had gained great friends and looking forward to a year with them.

M2/3 Residential Trip - Kingswood Activity Centre

Malinee (M2)

I thought Kingswood was a good bonding experience. Jacob's Ladder was a good lesson in working together, and the seesaw was scary but exciting. The 3G swing was great as well, and I loved sharing rooms. My friends and I got to see each other at night and in the morning, even if we were in separate groups. The food was also good, and I enjoyed my visit very much.

Dren (M3)

The Kingswood trip was exciting and fun. I had a very good time and we did a lot of fun activities. My personal favourite was the equilibrium, which was a see-saw in the air and we had to balance it out. It was very fun and enjoyable.

Another great activity was the 3G swing which was when there was a swing with a harness and we had to work together to pull the swing into the air, and once you were up there, you had to pull a green cord to release the swing. There was a moment of shock which was very fun. Overall the trip was very good, the food was good, the staff were friendly and an overall good experience.

Yaku (M3)

We went to Kingswood. I’ve never been to another place with classmates as a school trip, so I was so looking forward to it.

We did so many interesting things, but the most interesting thing was dorm room time. Actually I went to another student's room in the middle of night, we were singing and shouting there. That was one of the most fun things in my life. 

Through this school trip, I made new friends and got good experience.  Everything was great. I want to go on a school trip one more time.

M4/5 Residential Trip - PGL

Liri (M4)

Last week I went on the M4/5 residential trip to Surrey! We were at a PGL site, which offered a large range of enjoyable activities. It was a great bonding experience, not only between the students but with the teachers as well.

I personally enjoyed Problem Solving, as well as Jacob’s ladder the most! They both involved a lot of team work, and offered challenges we had to overcome! The Sensory Trail was also extremely enjoyable, we played games such as Marco and Polo before attempting to go on a trail with many obstacles. It allowed us to experience what it might be to lose our sight, so it was also very ‘eye-opening’ in a way.

I also enjoyed the amount of free time we got, it gave us the opportunity to have fun without having a specific task to complete. One of my favourite highlights of the entire trip was the impromptu M4 water fight we had in the dark! Overall, I really enjoyed the trip and I’m sure it will be one that sticks in my memory forever!

Sofia (M4)

The PGL residential trip this year was an overall amazing experience. PGL offered a whole range of brilliant activities, but I especially enjoyed the big swing, the obstacle course and Jacob's ladder. Even when it started to get difficult on Jacob's ladder, each team persevered and tried their hardest to get to the top! Both the obstacle course and Jacob's ladder were team activities that really made me get to know my new classmates better!

One of the highlights of the trip was the sensory trail. We had to walk through a trail together blindfolded, while holding a rope and each other's shoulders to guide us. We had to dodge and go around obstacles while communicating with each other! It really made me put my trust in the rest of my class!

The food at PGL was much better than I expected and the desserts at dinner were delicious! I really appreciated the amount of free time we got, it allowed us to bond with everyone on the trip and explore! During our free time, a few of us had a spontaneous water fight that ended in us being soaked with water from head to toe. I had a lot of incredible experiences at PGL and I hope that everyone else enjoyed the trip as much as I did!

Jasim (M5) 

Where do I start?

PGL was one experience to remember! I had a great time bonding with new people and getting to know a little bit more of my capabilities too! I was able to test my skill against different activities such as my accuracy in rifle shooting, or challenging my fear of heights in climbing!  Every day and night was an event to cherish as I shared great times with my roommates and activity group!

I remember each morning waking up at 6:30am and seeing everyone meeting outside talking about how tired they probably were, it was funny as I myself wasn't always tired.

I also remember co-inventing a mini game with Hugo in M4 which is a cricket and tennis hybrid style game. That is something we share our pride upon and enjoy doing to pass the time!

The staff at PGL were funny and great to talk to, they helped us whenever we were confused and made the overall experience better.

I will definitely miss PGL and I hope that in the future, I may someday return and make a grand arrival!

Dan (M5)

The camp overall was very good. We had a lot of fun and all of the instructors and teachers were really nice. Everyday, the day was full of activities. We didn't get much rest during the day but we got all of the lost energy back during night time. We had to wake up super early to clean ourselves and fill our stomachs. All of the free time we got, we boys spent on playing more sports like football and basketball. The most fun we had was probably on the Giant Swing which was really scary but fun at the same time. The scariest activity was the Jacobs Ladder, it was still really fun to do. I would definitely recommend the next M5's to visit the same camp.

IB Continuum transitional moments

As we begin the final term at Dwight, we begin the process of previewing and forecasting towards the next year. Part of this process involves discussions, activities and initiatives aimed at preparing students for the next phase of their IB learning journey.

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Science Week

We had a brilliant Science Week in the Lower School this week, touching upon everything from building our own electrical circuits to burning crisps!

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Listen to the music

After a fantastic celebration of musical talent at Dwight as part of our global concert, this week saw our M2s having fun with samba music in the park!

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Celebrating the spirit of Autism Awareness Week

M5 student James has been a tireless campaigner for autism awareness. This week, he brought in his own self-created board game, "Spectrum", to help introduce students and staff to some new information on autism.

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Clubs and extended day

We are excited to be getting back to our normal routines. After the Easter break, the Lower School will be restarting clubs and activities, as well as trialing an extended day.

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Welcome from the Head of School - 26/03/21

At this week's Careers Evening, one message was clear - there is an exciting future awaiting for those who follow their passions and keep an open mind to where their path may lead. We look forward to seeing all the M5s, D1s and D2s who attended taking their next steps in their careers.

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After school offerings return

One of the ways we cultivate the Spark of Genius in every student is through our after school clubs. These allow students to explore their own passions. We are excited to announce the new opportunities available after the Easter Break.

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Healthy bodies and healthy minds

Our Lower School students pushed their body and mind to the limits in our House Fitness Competition. Between burpees, star jumps and the bleep test, they showed remarkable resilience and perseverance!

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Take a leaf out of their book...

Our young students have been redesigning old diaries, breathing new life into pages that would otherwise have gone to waste. Not only are they encouraging people to save paper, but the money raised by selling the diaries will be supporting our school charity!

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MYP Personal Project Evening

Yesterday, our M5 students finished their year-long project. Their talks showcased a real breadth of causes that they care about, and the commitment and self-management skills to work towards making a difference.

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Planting seeds for the future

Our students are learning to understand nature. Earlier today, they had the opportunity to give life by planting trees through our Global Tree Twinning project.

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International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by women. This week, the focus was 'Women in Science'. We highlighted some amazing female scientists, as well as inviting students to join the STEMettes programme next month.

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Year 5 Mini Exhibition

Year 5 presented a wonderful assembly today, demonstrating their creativity and collaboration skills. Their unit on migration was presented in a way that mirrors the big Year 6 Exhibition, preparing them for their final year in the Lower School.

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A Global Music Collaboration

Being part of a global network of Dwight schools means we can work together to form powerful collaborations. Next month, the Dwight family of schools will come together to create an incredible worldwide concert, featuring performances by some of Dwight School London's music students.

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Welcome from the Head of School - 05/03/21

The signs of spring have been perfectly timed to coincide with our return to school next week. A bit more time under the duvet during the cold February mornings was welcomed, but now that the days are getting warmer, we are excited to be heading out of lockdown.

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Books books books!

During our World Book Day assembly, "Wonder Woman" spoke to a whole host of characters, including Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the Christmasaurus! We also had an interview with a published author from our very own Lower School!

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M5 Spotlight: anti discrimination work

Students in our M5 French class campaigned for diversity in a range of formats - from a letter to FIFA, to a speech to school students - as a way of applying their French writing skills while taking action.

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Welcome from the Head of School - 26/02/21

Next week is our Language and Literacy Week - but our students aren't the only ones getting their heads into a book! Yesterday, the Upper School teachers were having their very own book club meeting...

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Middle Years Programme - Personal Project

On the 18th March, we will showcase the great achievements of the M5s Personal Project. We have had a range of brilliant projects this year that the students have done and cannot wait for you to see them. They are diverse, exciting, innovative and powerful examples of students using their Sparks of Genius to impact learning.

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Upper School House Competitions

Over the last few weeks our latest house competition, House Photography, has been alive and kicking with submissions from all over the Upper School. Students have been capturing some quite remarkable images under the theme of ‘Black and White’.

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Celebrating languages

On Friday, we had our Language Acquisition Assembly, announcing the winners of our 5 language challenges: around the world, sports, cooking, songs and poems. It was very difficult to choose the winners - as the quality of their entries clearly shows.

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Upcoming events at the Lower School

We have several exciting events on the horizon, including the Literature and Language Week activities and the possibility of wraparound care for Lower School students.

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LGBTQ+ Month

It is LGBTQ+ History Month! Over the next few weeks at Dwight, we will be showcasing the talents and achievements of individuals from the LGBT+ community, like singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama and Captain Hannah Graf, the highest ranking trans person in the British Army.

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Year 4 was born to explore

Lower School has had two special guest speakers recently: explorer Josiah Skeats and mum Mrs Pandeli. Take a peek at some of what they've been learning - including some fabulous explorer costumes!

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A fond farewell

This term, Mr Goulding will be retiring from his teaching career. We wish him a happy retirement, and we hope you will join us in welcoming his replacement, Mr Lewis. We are hugely excited for the expertise, passion and energy Mr Lewis will bring.

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Welcome from the Head of School - 05/02/21

Where would we be without the internet? How different our current lockdown lives would look without access to the internet, which we rely on for learning, shopping, family and friends. However, it does not come without its risks.

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Personalised learning at the Upper School

One of the three pillars of Dwight's mission is personalised learning, which can take many forms. One of the ways we differentiate teaching is with our extracurricular enrichment opportunities.

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Welcome from the Head of School - 29/01/21

I confess I made a small sigh of disappointment when I heard that the current lockdown would be extended until at least 8th March. However, there have been many positive experiences during our current remote learning.

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Adventurer to visit Dwight (remotely!)

Lower School students have an exciting chance to meet the inspirational Josiah Skeats - also known as the "Adventure Storyteller". He has braved the Arctic, cycled round the world, and sailed the Indian Ocean.

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Community at the Upper School

One of the three Dwight pillars is 'Community', and this is a huge part of who we are at Dwight School London. As you can imagine, the need for this sense of community is now more pressing than ever.

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Welcome from the Head of School - 22/01/21

Making choices can be hard - but at Dwight we don't believe our students can't handle it. By supporting children's agency from a young age, we prepare them for making bigger choices later in life.

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Outdoors selfie challenge

While we are all in lockdown, it is easy to find yourself sitting in front of a screen all day. We are challenging everyone in the school to take 15 minutes everyday to reconnect with nature in the Outdoor Selfie Challenge.

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Student Council's Tasty Treats

The Student Council have taken the initiative to put out a weekly bulletin while we can't be in school together. From recipes to Netflix recommendations, we are proud to see our students keeping their community spirit alive.

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Welcome from the Head of School - 15/01/21

I think it is fair to say we could never have expected the surprises of 2020. As the year is drawing to a close there is time for reflection on the challenges and celebrations of the past year.

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University DP Spotlight

One of the joys of my role is working with our oldest Upper School students in their future journeys post-Dwight. Just this term we have had some exciting news regarding university admissions.

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EAL - leaders of the future

Our EAL programme was recently praised by the International Baccalaureate who asked our Head of Department, Lucineh Danielian, to present about the work she does and the progress our students make at the Global Conference.

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Peripatetic music lessons for 2021

As the new year is about to commence, several students may well be thinking about taking up an instrument. Music is well known for supporting independence, concentration, confidence and memory skills to name but a few.

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Welcome from the Head of School - 04/12/20

I think it is fair to say we could never have expected the surprises of 2020. As the year is drawing to a close there is time for reflection on the challenges and celebrations of the past year.

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Welcome from the Head of School - 27/11/20

Over the past few weeks, as I have been astounded by the variety and depth of knowledge students from both the Upper and Lower School have shown me in the Y6 exhibition, Personal Projects, and Mathematics investigations.

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Giving Thanks

This week we thought about gratitude and giving thanks, and this coincided with the American Thanksgiving Holiday. With COVID pandemic dominating much of the news cycle in recent times, the simple act of saying thanks may have been lost or buried amongst all of the other things that we are thinking about.

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International Day of Tolerance and Anti-Bullying this Week

This week our students talked about the International Tolerance Day, which is organised by the United Nations and works specifically with the intention of uniting the world (whatever your customs, religions or beliefs) through mutual understanding and respect.

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Community safety

Many of our students take public transit or walk home and, with the onset of winter, when the school day ends it is often dark when our students are going home. We are collaborating with schools in our local area to keep students safe after school.

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Tree twinning initiative begins

We have been working on a unique and pioneering 'Tree Twinning' project in collaboration with the schools in Nepal, by planting trees in Barnet. Our first tree planting last week has started life for 210 saplings.

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Invitation to Upper School virtual open day

We would like to invite our Lower School parents to learn a little more about life in Dwight Upper School from the perspective of our students and Upper School parents. Join us for our virtual Upper School open day on Tuesday 24th November at 12-1pm.

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Welcome from the Head of School - 13/11/20

Learning about identity and relationships is important in all the IB programmes. At Dwight, we want to educate students so that they understand the value of positive relationships and importance of respect for self and others in nurturing and maintaining relationships.

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Extracurricular life in the Upper School

Despite COVID-19 curtailing our after-school program, we still have a number of opportunities throughout the week and term for students to get involved with a range of activities that develop teamwork, collaboration, and out of the box thinking. 

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Welcome from the Head of School - 06/11/20

I am often asked about the difference between an IB education and a typical British education. On Tuesday 17th November we are hosting an evening event to unlock the mysteries of an IB education, helpfully called: IB Information Evening.

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House Competitions start in Lower School

We hosted our first inter-House competition yesterday. Year 3 and 4 took part in a football and hockey tournament and can now announce that Visionaries won the football and the Pioneers won the hockey tournament.

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