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Superhero Vehicles

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

At the start of assembly on Monday, it was my pleasure to commend a wonderful Art trip to St. Ives over the Exeat weekend. Mr Osmond reported the group of 32 Dragons drew compliments from the public for their skills and polite conduct. Next was an announcement to the School of our prefects from A Block. From the quality of their applications, I am confident that the girls and boys appointed will embrace this exciting leadership opportunity and seek to serve our school community with maturity and generosity. However, such was the impressive expression of interest from A Block children for the role, that we look forward to adding to our prefect number at the end of this term and again early in the Spring Term.

There was great enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit among our younger children at the D Block Fayre on Tuesday and judging by the number of cup cakes clasped in children’s hands, a generous total will have been raised for charity. I should like to thank all the parents who helped support this popular event with their extra baking sessions!

This week in the Pre-Prep I was most impressed to see some early Music lessons, as children start to learn different instruments, and there was also some expressive reading of classic fairy tales which captured the imagination.

On the Sports fields there were more impressive results for our hockey and rugby teams. Indeed our Under 13A rugby team are not only unbeaten this season, but have yet to concede a try. I am wondering if they might become as legendary as the 1952 Dragon side, who we will welcome back to the School this Saturday for a commemorative lunch.

We also had news of our VocabExpress entry. Placed in the “grande” category which pitted us against a very large number of schools from around the world, including many secondary schools, we were ranked a remarkable 15th overall, scoring points in over 14 languages. Congratulations to all who took part and thank you to all those staff who helped support our entry.

Finally, tomorrow evening promises to be especially exciting with two Spectrum events taking place simultaneously: for E Block and Middle School boarders, Deya Ward will be talking about Borneo, while children in the Upper School will be staging their much anticipated Variety Show in front of a full house in Lynam Hall. It promises to be quite an occasion! 

With all best wishes,

Crispin Hyde-Dunn


Spectrum Friday, 6 October – Boarding Houses

This Friday, we are delighted to welcome back Deya Ward (OD Pre-Prep 2003) to talk to the Middle and Lower School boarders. After completing her degree in Zoology at Leeds and spending a considerable length of time in Borneo studying orangutans and other primates, she has now begun a Masters in Wildlife Filming at Bristol University. The evening promises to be excellent.

Deya has asked if her talk can be filmed so that it can form part of her assessment. The filming will focus on her delivery and will be taken from behind where all the children will be sitting, it will be used by her personally and will not be available to the wider public.

If you would prefer you son/daughter not to attend this talk please can you let us know so that an alternative activity can be put in place.

Spectrum Friday, 13 October

Spectrum next Friday, 13 October, features photographer David Murray who will be sharing remarkable images and stories about air-lifting rhinos away from areas of poaching to the Okavango Delta. C Block will soon be raising money to support this initiative. Parents and day children are welcome to attend; please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are planning to do so.

A Block Forum

This is just a reminder that we are looking forward to seeing many A Block parents on Saturday morning at 11:15am in the Lynam Hall for the A Block Parents’ Forum. We hope this will be a very useful time to learn more about the academic approach in A Block, as well as showing you some ways in which you can support and encourage your child in their learning at home.

Saturday Morning Swimming

A reminder that Saturday morning swimming will start this weekend, at 7:00am.

Running Club

Parents should be reminded that there is no Running Club on Monday, 9 October (fixture for A/B Block Boys and Girls) and on Thursday 13 (fixture for C/D/E Block girls). Clubs will resume as normal week commencing Monday, 16 October.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any queries.

‘Local Vegetable Hero’

The Catering Department and Food Committee are very pleased to share that we have beautiful Chantenay carrots for this week’s ‘Local Vegetable Hero’. Originating from France, in the 1800s they were used in medicine. Today, we are all learning that colourful vegetables provide a host of nutrients vital to our health.

On the lunch menu today we have not only orange, but also indigo (or possibly violet depending on the depth of the purple carrots) or even yellow vegetables. From the salad bar, we also have an array of colours from mixed peppers- red, green and yellow. Cucumbers, spinach, greens and red tomatoes.

05.10.2017 Food Committee

Calling all Apple Tree Owners

If you are lucky enough to own one, or even several apple trees, and are wondering what to do with the surplus produce, the Eco Group at the Dragon would be delighted to use them to make our ever popular ‘Dragon Juice’ to sell at the Dragon Sale.

Please bring them to either Room 8 in the Forum (Ma Malcolm’s classroom) or to the Pre-Prep, and we will put them to good use. Windfalls are acceptable if not too damaged.

21.09.2017 Apples


Invitations and Reminders

Upcoming Open Mornings for Prospective Families:
Dragon Prep Open Morning – Saturday, 14 October
Dragon Pre-Prep Open Morning – Friday 17, November
London Drinks – Tuesday, 14 November

If you have any friends or colleagues interested to learn more about the Dragon at either the upcoming Open Mornings or London Drinks, please encourage them to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information and to book places.

Invitation: New York Drinks for the Dragon Community

Thursday, 26 October, from 6:30pm, Greenwich Village.

During the New York exchange trip over half term, we will be holding a gathering for the Dragon Community on Thursday, 26 October between 6:30pm and 9:00pm. The event will be kindly hosted by Old Dragon, Tim Luke, at his home in Greenwich Village. We would be delighted to welcome ODs, current, former and prospective parents, and former staff who may be based in, or visiting during this time. If you, or anyone you know in the Dragon Community would like to attend, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Marketing Manager, for further details.

Invitation: Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Community Networking, LAW

Monday, 20 November 2017, from 6:30pm, The Law Society London. Tickets £15 (Free for ODs 25 or under)

We warmly invite you to the next event in our Arduus ad Solem Dragon Community Networking series, which will focus on Law. We will be welcoming ODs, parents, and members of the wider Dragon community, along with nine ‘Industry Experts’ who will be on hand to offer tips and advice. The evening also offers a wonderful opportunity to build a strong network within our school community for those working in, or starting out in, Law. Click here to learn more about our Industry Experts. To book tickets please click here or send enquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We hope to see you there.


Build a Superhero

On Wednesday, Year 1 children were challenged to work together to make a vehicle for a Superhero. Armed with a straw and a balloon, lots of junk modelling materials, and assisted by willing parents and helpers, they created some amazing and truly imaginative models.  Whilst some managed to make their vehicles move with thrust from the deflating balloon, others required a little push down a slope to get them moving. Lots of discussion followed about why some vehicles moved and others did not, and how improvements could be made to their vehicles. It was a very busy, but fun, creative and thought provoking morning.

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Year 3 Cross Country

On Monday afternoon, Year 3 boys took part in the Cross Country Fixture held at the Prep School. They displayed all three Dragon Values in abundance: kindness to each other, respect, through good listening and sportsmanship, and finally courage to run the course at speed. They should all feel very proud of their achievements.

05.10.2017 Yr 3 CC

How to Catch a Star

Reception have kick-started their topic, Space, by making totally mesmerising ‘Galaxy Bottles’. Children carefully poured water into their bottles, stirred in food colouring, chose from a tantalising selection of glitters and sequins and then shook them vigorously to see the magical, swirling galaxies appear. Thank goodness for vacuum cleaners…

05.10.2017 How to Catch a Star


Dragons Continue to Soar on the Pitches

It has been a wonderful start to term for the Dragon Hockey and Rugby teams, with no fewer than 112 individual matches played to date, encompassing all levels and abilities. It is great to see so many Dragons enjoying their sport, with the results of our teams proving to be as equally impressive with 73% of matches finishing in either a win or draw for the Dragon. Leading the way are our senior teams in A Block, with both the 1st VII Hockey and U13 A rugby sides boasting a 100% win rate. Long may it continue.

05.10.2017 Rugby 

U13A Rugby boys enjoy their 55-0 victory. 

28.09.2017 1st VII Hockey 

Girls pre-season Hockey tour victory 5-1 against Cheam College Junior School.

Betjeman Poetry Competition

Sammy, A Block has been Highly Commended in the John Betjeman Poetry Competition. He was shortlisted (final 6) out of over 3,000 entries and attended the ceremony in London, where he got the chance to read out his poem. The competition was judged by Children's laureate Chris Riddell and Rachel Rooney.


Pizza Night

Last Wednesday saw the first pizza making night in School House. With dough at the ready and plenty of ingredients to choose from, a selection of B Block boys joined Mr Jedrzejowski and Ma Crook making tasty pizzas from scratch. The boys worked hard to pile on mountains of cheese, tomato, salami and mushroom toppings. With four pizzas cooking away, the more competitive boys were keen to see which pizza would be the best. Surprising the boys, the mushroom and salami combination was a winner, and a favourite to many. The boys were so impressed with their pizza making abilities, they have even considered going into business! It would be fair to say, that School House pizzas will not be competing with Mamma Mia's pizzas just yet, but give us until Christmas, and we may just be giving them a run for their money.

05.102.2017 Pizza Night 


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Diary Reminders

For all sports fixtures and the full calendar of events, please see the main School Calendar.

Friday, 6 October 2017

4:30pm: Year 5 & 6 Prep Schools' Quiz at MCS 6:45pm: Spectrum: Middle School & E Block -Deya Ward (OD) to talk about Borneo 6:45pm:Upper School Variety Show (in the Lynam Hall) -due to limits on space this event is for Upper School children and their parents by reservation only 

Saturday, 7 October 2017 

10:30am: Life in E Block -An Introductory Morning
11:15am: A Block Parents' Forum: A chance to learn about the A Block academic approach, including practical ways to support your child's learning in their final year
1:00pm: 1952 OD Rugby Reunion 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Please note that there is no Sunday Service today due to the Oxford Half Marathon (Banbury
Road is closed throughout the morning) 6:00pmMiddle School Formtakers' Introductory Meeting (in the Forum) 

Thursday, 12 October 2017

4:30pm: Informal Concert (in the Music  School)

Friday, 13 October 2017

3:15pm: Middle School Swim Relays (1st Round)
Spectrum: 6:45pm David Murray 'Rhinos Without Borders'(inthe Lynam Hall) 

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