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High School Musical. More photos will be available after the show.

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

The first school week of 2018 has been full of purpose and industry. On Saturday, we welcomed our Year 3 pupils and their parents from the Pre-Prep to learn all about life in E Block. Our current E Block children acted as excellent ambassadors for the school during the tours they provided and I am most grateful for their energy and enthusiasm in undertaking this responsibility.

On Friday evening, we enjoyed an inspirational Spectrum event, hearing about Guide Dogs from Dr. John Bradshaw and meeting his own remarkable Guide Dog ‘Sabre’. As well as seeing Sabre’s skills in action and observing the tremendous trust between Dr Bradshaw and his dog, the children were encouraged to recognise every challenging situation as an opportunity to be courageous.

In lessons this week, I have enjoyed visiting B Block, where I have observed children learning about long multiplication and decimals in Maths, and studying various tenses and noun endings in Latin. Among our younger pupils in D Block, Science lessons were focussed on understanding the movements of the earth and the sun. Meanwhile in A Block, I joined a highly informative lesson about the stomach and small intestine in Biology, learning all about the process of emulsification and adding the word ‘chyme’ to my vocabulary. Continuing on a food-related theme, the assembly I attended at the Pre-Prep this Tuesday was built around the topic of avoiding food waste and recycling materials.

On the sports field, our netball, football and hockey seasons are underway and the children have enjoyed a range of fixtures. Today and tomorrow, we look forward to the highly anticipated ‘High School Musical’ performances, for which children and staff alike have been working exceptionally hard in recent months. From my lunchtime conversations with the pupils, I know that we will be treated to an energising and uplifting evening. I do hope to see many of you there.

With all best wishes,

Crispin Hyde-Dunn


Oratory Prep Football Fixture Changes 24th January

Please could parents of C Block boys note that there have been some last minute changes to the venues of their football matches next week. U11A and U11C are now playing at the Dragon, and the U11B and U11D teams are now playing AWAY at Oratory.

School Office/ Reception

We are delighted to welcome Debbie Hillier and Ros Lewis who have replaced Sarah Bird in the School Office at the Prep. As either of these ladies could be on duty during the day please could parents emailing in remember to use the email address so that they are both able to field your emails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Running Club

There will be no running club on the following dates due to fixtures:
Monday 22 January (Spratton relays)
Thursday 8 February (Swanbourne)
Tuesday 20 February (Chandlings)

The New Invincibles

Rugby World magazine (December, Pg18) praised the Dragon U13A and their coach Hugo McNeile for an outstanding season ‘…conceded only two tries and every player scored. Full-back Basil Tuma bagged 38 tries – “an immense achievement, especially as he only began playing rugby in year 7”. The U13B team also won all 11 of their matches’.

Carol Service Collection

Thank you to all those who gave to the Carol Service Collection, £500.28 was collected for the Oxford Food Bank.

18 01 18 Carol Service

Dogs in the Grounds

Due to the threat of Toxocariasis from dog faeces, which can cause blindness in humans, as well to avoid bacteria in dog urine, parents are reminded that dogs are not allowed beyond the entrance by the crossing and so not in the playground or on the playing fields and astros at the Prep School. (There is a sign on the end of the Michael Cowan Lecture Theatre alerting parents and visitors to this fact). Please help us to maintain a safe environment for Dragons to play by refraining from bringing your dog onto the grounds and also politely making visitors to the school aware of this policy.

Swimming Pool. Mobiles and Cameras

Last term we drew parents’ attention to the introduction of staff identification through the use of Lanyards as part of the improved measures in place to manage the school site; we also reminded the whole community about the importance of using mobile devices in a responsible way so as to model appropriate behaviours for the children. The eagle eyed amongst you may have already spotted the much improved signage around the swimming pool, clearly stating that no cameras or mobile devices are to be used in or around the swimming pool, including in the gallery. This is both for safeguarding best practice and the comfort of the children. If you do need to take a call or be viewing a mobile device whilst you are in the pool area we would ask that you go outside before doing so.

Athletics and Tennis Easter Training Camp, Mallorca 4-10 April, 2018

The camp is open to A, B and C Block. The Athletic training will take place at the modern Calvia track with Jaume Mulet, one of the best athletics coaches in Spain; the tennis instruction will be provided by professionals from the Guillermo Vilas Tennis Academy in Palma, with four children per court per instructor.

For further information please visit Smaug Abroad website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

07.12.2017 Easter Camp


 07.12.2017 invitation

Invitation Reminder: New Parents’ Welcome Drinks – Saturday, 20 January 2018 at 12:30pm

A reminder that all parents of new children joining A-D Block since September 2018, are invited to Welcome Drinks with the Headmaster this Saturday at 12.30pm in the Staff Dining Room. If you have not yet responded, but would like to join us, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midday on Friday 19 January. Drinks and canapés will be served between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. This is an informal opportunity to meet members of staff, and other parents, so please do come along if you can. Please note that we are unable to offer childcare during this occasion and apologise for any inconvenience.

Marlborough Triathlon

Register now for the upcoming Marlborough triathlon!

The event is on the 20th May and open to children from Year 3 to Year 8. Full details can be found here and this video gives a good flavour of the event. On Saturday C Block will attend an assembly about the event.

Children take part in teams of 4 with their friends, with every team member doing all three disciplines (Run, Ride, Swim). The event does NOT require specialist equipment. In order to take part each child must commit to raising a minimum of £50, with a target of £100.

Each team needs to elect one parent to register. Deadline for completion is 27th January 2018. Due to high demand, a limited number of teams are selected at random. All teams will be notified if they have been successful or not in the week following the above deadline.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As there is an IAPS triathlon later in the year, this is a wonderful opportunity for children to try out the event or develop their skills. To enter your child please form a team and follow the link provided.


Pen Pal project with South African school launched

William in A Block has just initiated a project to support the Crags primary school in South Africa. He invited current B Block pupils to take part and 15 boys and girls have just written a letter to their new pen pals. The picture shows William with the parcel. William hopes to secure some funds from the Sale to support the school and buy stationery. We are looking forward to getting replies from the letters soon and furthering the relationship.

Pen Pal

William Posting from the School Office

Netball Coaching

On Wednesday, the U13A&B Netball squads were lucky enough to enjoy a training session taken by Tina Wood, Head of Netball at Bradfield College. The girls worked hard and were challenged to think about when and how to move, as well as which foot to land on! Tina was impressed by the enthusiasm of the Dragons and how well they listened and took on advice. Hopefully they will be able to put some of her tips into practice in the first matches of the season against Cheam on Saturday.


Tina Wood Coaching Netball


HMS Dragon

Last Sunday, Middle School boarders had a memorable trip to Portsmouth Naval Dockyard to visit HMS DRAGON. The trip was an opportunity for our Dragons to have a look around one of the Navy's newest ships, a Type 45 Destroyer. They were guided around some of the most interesting areas on board; saw some of the latest equipment, learnt how the ship operates and how the she defends itself. The children heard about the Ship's specific role and about some of her recent action and the wider work of the Royal Navy. The children asked great questions and an exciting time was had by all.

HMS Dragon

 What a Weekend!

The Cherwell Girls began their first in-school weekend of the term the only way they know how – a movie marathon! After a busy Saturday afternoon at Games, the common room was laden with pillows, duvets, teddy bears and 43 excited children ready to relax with a few movies.

On Sunday, the girls were well rested and ready for a huge morning of Sharky and George’s Scavenger Hunt, activities and giant inflatables. But of course this could not be done on an empty stomach…… After cereals, toast, croissants, beans, bacon, sausages and the infamous potato waffles, the girls were finally ready for a big morning of code cracking and clue finding.

As we made our way across the school, the girls split up into 4 teams with one common goal – uncover all the clues, crack all the codes, and complete all the activities in the fastest time. From running across the ovals to eating mealworms and finding letters in the dark, all 4 teams had a tight finish with Ma Stovold’s team emerging victorious.

Up next was the inflatables. Laughter and screams circulated the gym and the forum as the Cherwell girls competed against each other in laser tag, sumo fighting and obstacle courses. After a tiring hour the girls were well in need of showers and rest with many coming away with sore stomachs after a big day of laughter.

What a way to start the term! We are all very much looking forward to the term ahead.


All current and former parents, staff and ODs are members of the Dragon Community.

Save the Date – Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Community Networking – Technology Start Ups

Please save the date for our sixth Dragon Community networking evening, on Monday 19 March 2018 from 6.30pm, at Method in London. Further details, including our speaker panel, will be announced shortly but please make a note of the date. Our networking events are fun and informal gatherings that bring the wider Dragon Community together through industry. To read more about our previous networking evenings please click here. To register for this event, or to volunteer as a panel speaker please contact us, we look forward to hearing from you: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Diary Reminders

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

Thursday, 18 January 2018

6:45pm First Performance of 'High School Musical' (in the Lynam Hall) - seat reservations are required

Friday, 19 January 2018

Second Performance of 'High School Musical' (in the Lynam Hall) - seat reservations are required

Saturday, 20 January 2018

10:30am Parent Forum (in the Rink): 'Helping to Manage Anxiety'

12:30pm New Parent Welcome Drinks in the Dining Room (RSVP required)

Sunday, 21 January 2018

10:00am The Third Sunday in Epiphany; Robert Startin, Dragon School Lay Chaplain

6:00pm: D Block Parents' Meeting (in the Lynam Hall & Forum)

Monday, 22 January 2018

Reception Welly Walk to St Edwards Fields

3:00pm PTW visit to the Oxford Synagogue

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

9:00am Year 1 visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum

12:00pm 3P & 3S Take One Totem Pole workshop at the Pitt Rivers Museum

Thursday, 25 January 2018

8:50am 1C Class Assembly in the Gym

12:00pm Year 3 Take One Totem Pole visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum

Friday, 26 January 2018

12:15pm WEEKEND EXEAT begins for Middle School & E Block (until evening of Sunday 28th January)

12:30pm WEEKEND EXEAT begins for Upper School (until evening of Sunday 28th January)

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