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Roman Day 2017

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

The last few days have rounded off what has been a busy and highly productive first half of the autumn term. On Tuesday the children in D Block came to school dressed in togas and wearing laurel wreaths as they celebrated Roman Day, complete with a visit to the Ashmolean Museum. Later the same day it was a privilege to represent the Dragon, together with Bruce Anderson and Caroline Kerr, at a special service at Christ Church Cathedral, which recognised the important work of the Family Links charity.

Wednesday saw an excited school party leave for Japan, while another equally enthusiastic school party will travel this half term to New York. As half term progress reports were compiled, we celebrated the extraordinary efforts of children across the curriculum. In sport, there has been very impressive cross country running, some excellent times achieved in the swimming pool and our Upper School girls’ hockey and boys’ rugby ‘A’ teams have won all of their fixtures. Many of the children are now also engaged in musical rehearsals as they prepare for the upcoming “Battle of the Bands”.

At this time of year we have also been thinking about harvest, and especially considering how our food is produced. This theme was highlighted by our food committee in assembly on Monday and we were all encouraged to appreciate our food more and to waste less. Continuing the culinary theme, my conversations with the children at lunch times continue to be diverse and interesting – ranging from boats to Lord of the Rings. Earlier this week my wife Lucy and I very much enjoyed the hospitality and homely atmosphere of Number 14, our Day Boarding house, where we were made to feel very welcome indeed. No doubt the children are now looking forward to their half term break, but there is already a sense of excitement building for next half term, with many seasonal events to anticipate. May I wish you all a restful break and I look forward to seeing you and your children return refreshed in two weeks’ time.

With all best wishes,

Crispin Hyde-Dunn



There will be a fireworks display on Sunday, 5 November at 7:00pm. All children and parents are welcome. Please note the following:
- Keep behind all roped-off areas and keep off the cricket square
- Do not bring any sparklers or personal fireworks
- Children should wrap up warm and wear Wellington boots or similar if wet.

Battle of the Bands

The extremely popular ‘Battle of the Bands’ will be taking place on Friday, 10 November at 6:45 pm in the Lynam Hall. A reservation for this event is imperative.

Due to the popularity of this occasion the number of seats available is limited and there will be a strict cap of four seat reservations per family. In the first instance, it will also be necessary to give priority to the parents of children performing, though there will still be a limit of four.

Day Children performing may have supper before the performance, but there will be no such arrangement for those in the audience. The dress for Dragon children in the audience (not Pre-Prep) is normal school uniform.

Please reserve your seats before Tuesday, 7 November in order to avoid disappointment. Seats may be reserved by contacting Mr Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Dragon Ski Trip, 11-18 February 2018

The Dragon Ski Trip to Davos in February 2018 is still taking bookings! For all those Davos veterans please sign up in the usual fashion and for those who have never been on the trip come and discover why the Dragon has been visiting Davos for over 50 years and enjoy this unique Dragon experience. The trip is open to all levels of ability: seasoned, rusty, social and novice (even non-skiers have come to take advantage of the plethora of walking, cross-country skiing and sightseeing opportunities that the region affords). We welcome unaccompanied children aged 10-13 as well as family groups. Should you have any questions pertaining to the trip please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit their website.

Dragons Today

To read the latest issues of Dragons Today, Summer 2017 please click here. This issue explores the legacy of Headmasters at the Dragon, their leadership and values, which have helped make the School what it is today. Another article features a Junior Boarder talking about her experiences at the Dragon.

If you would like to request a hard copy of the publication please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the Publication Officer. 

Movember is Coming to the Dragon School - We Want your Help

For those of you new to Movember, it involves 30 days of gents growing a moustache to raise funds for men’s health. For ladies, and those gents who do not wish to grow a Mo, during Movember they can challenge themselves to be physically active and raise funds for the same cause. For more info, please click here.

During this November, a number of Dragon Staff will be growing a Moustache or getting active. If you are keen to donate, the official Dragon School team page can be found here. If you want to donate to a particular Mo grower or teacher, you can find their profile on the same page. We will be competing against other schools in the UK, so please help win the school some prizes while making a difference for men’s health.

Thank you in advance for your support, understanding and help during this month. If you have any questions about Movember, please feel free to get in contact with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 their ever popular ‘Dragon Juice’ to sell at the Dragon Sale.
Please bring the apples either to 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.


Open Mornings for Prospective Families

If you have any friends, family or colleagues who might be interested to learn more about the Dragon School at our upcoming Open Mornings, or London Drinks, please encourage them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information:
- Dragon Pre-Prep Open Morning, Friday, 17 November
- ‘Meet the Dragon School’ London Drinks - The Foundling Museum, London, Tuesday 14 November, 6:30pm 

New York Drinks for the Dragon Community

Thursday, 26 October from 6:30pm, Greenwich Village
A reminder that next Thursday, 26 October there will be a gathering for the Dragon Community during the New York exchange trip. The event will kindly be 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 New York 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.

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 our next exciting event in the Arduus ad Solem Dragon Community Networking series, which will focus on Law. The wider Dragon community are welcome to attend, including ODs and parents. Ten legal ‘Industry Experts’ will be on hand to offer tips and mentoring advice. The evening offers a wonderful opportunity to build a strong network within our school community for those working in, or starting out in, Law. Click to learn more about our Industry Experts. To book tickets please click here or send enquiries and RSVPs toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We hope to see you there.


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Personalised School Products

Looking for original Christmas and birthday gifts? Personalised school products can be ordered from Shipshape Promo. All orders for Backpacks, Sports bags, Holdalls, Boot Bags and other personalised school items can be made directly through their website.

Donation Banks after Half Term

After half term donation banks will be out near the boys' changers to begin collecting for the Dragon Sale. Half term is the perfect time to have a clear out! We are looking for the following good quality items:
• Fancy dress clothes
• Adult and children's books for the Second Hand Book Stall
• Children’s toys of any kind – puzzles, games, trains, cars, dolls etc….
• Ski-wear
• Sports equipment

Auction Prize Donations Needed

As the school community prepares for the Dragon Sale, the Auction team are looking for special auction prize donations, suitable for adults and/or children. Items such as tickets to sporting or art events, signed jerseys, work experience (for aged 16 and up), holiday homes, a lesson in a specialist subject, like acting, or anything special that money can't buy. Every penny from the Auction goes to charity. If you have something you would like to donate or discuss contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Bespoke Christmas Cards Ready to Collect

The children's beautifully drawn bespoke Christmas Cards are ready to collect from Ma Bird in the Lodge.

Dragon Sale Philanthropist Forms

A reminder that the Dragon Sale Philanthropist application form to run a pupil stall closes on the 6th November 2017. Forms to be handed to Mr Overend via Ma Bird at the Lodge. You can download a form here.  

Dragon Sale Programme Cover Competition

We are looking for a design for the front cover of the Programme given to people arriving at the Sale. You can enter a Drawing or a Short Poem (8 lines or less) that reflect the themes of the Dragon Sale: Philanthropy, the Dragon School and Christmas. You can collect a form from Ma Bird at the Lodge or download one here. The deadline is the first week back from half term. Please return to Ma Bird at the Lodge.



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Fire Service Visit

On Wednesday, the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service visited Year 1 at the Pre-Prep to talk about their role as real life Superheroes. The children learned about the fire service and discussed how to be safe around fire and even had the opportunity to try on the service uniform and hat. The fire engine itself was parked next door to the Pre-Prep in Richards Lane and all the children were given a tour around it and shown the equipment. It was a very memorable, not to mention exciting visit!

Empty Classroom Day

On Monday, 16 October, Year 3 and Reception had great fun taking part in Empty Classroom Day, a celebration of outdoor learning. Year 3 children led some activities in the morning for Reception children to join in. These varied from fancy dress relays to hula-hoop challenges. It was lovely to see the two groups working together to complete the challenges, practising their spatial awareness, motor skills and peer teaching across the year groups. The children were enthusiastic and supportive of each other and the playground rang with smiles and laughter.

Year 3 Tudor Tournament

On Monday, under an orange sun sky in windy conditions, Year 3 headed to St Edward's Fields to experience their first Tudor Tournament. The children showed their loyalty to the different Tudor Kings and Queens by competing in Tudor football, Blind Man's Bluff, 'Leaf Frog', Capture the Flag and Noodle Jousting. King Henry VIII was declared the victor and it was a great end to Year 3's Empty Classroom Day.

Brilliant Bendy, Brittle Bones

Year 3 had a couple of unexpected visitors this week; Dr Knowles and ‘Bones’, a full size skeleton. There were exciting discussions on the role of our skeleton and an early morning trip to the butchers meant we had hands-on experience of bone marrow and joints. Dr Knowles explained the role of calcium and collagen and brought samples for the children to handle. There were also bendy and brittle bones, where the elements and proteins had been removed to illustrate their nature. A truly exciting session, which the children were talking about well into bun break, bringing fascinating aspects of science to life.  

Year 3 Cross Country

Last Thursday was a perfect autumnal afternoon for Year 3 girls to experience their first cross country event at the Prep School. Ma Hatcher and her very able A-Block girls took the Pre-Prep girls through their warm ups and welcomed the competing schools. It was a great event, full of fun and enjoyment. For the girls it was an opportunity to show Dragon courage to experience something new.

Harvest at the Dragon Pre-Prep

When the gates opened at the Dragon Pre-Prep last Friday, the parents were greeted by cakes, pastries and other delicious baked goods for the Harvest Cake Sale. The pupils have been busy all week preparing for the event, creating posters and baking in their classes and at home. All children were involved in every aspect of the event. Thank you very much to all the parents who baked at home and to everyone for coming on the day. Extras were donated to the Gatehouse, a drop-in cafe for the homeless and vulnerably housed in Oxford, on Friday after school. Next week, pupils at the Pre-Prep will be nominating and voting for this charity to receive donations from proceeds of the Sale. Last week, pupils also brought in shoe boxes containing dry goods to donate to the North Oxfordshire Community food bank. It has been a very successful Harvest season at the Pre-Prep, which will result in the children showing kindness and gratitude to three different charities.  

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Umbrella Dance

Last week, because they were learning the sound ‘u’, Reception children brought umbrellas into school to perform an umbrella dance. Firstly, they watched a clip of Gene Kelly performing ‘Singin’ In the Rain’ then went outside to have a go themselves. They enjoyed twirling, balancing, stretching and skipping and worked in pairs to dance together with their brollies.

The Jolly Postman’s Post Bag

Year 2 children have designed, made and evaluated their designs for a postbag for the Jolly Postman as part of their DT learning. The children had imaginative ideas about what the bags should look like, as well as considering their purpose and used problem solving skills to turn their designs into reality. They demonstrated great maturity using junior hacksaws to cut wood to the correct length and enjoyed using a top trump system to evaluate their designs.


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Roman Day

On Tuesday, D Block dressed up for a whole day of Roman activities. They made mosaics, spoke Latin to each other, solved a Roman murder mystery, re-enacted the business and bustle of the Forum in Rome and even engaged in highly competitive chariot-racing. They were tremendous ambassadors as groups went to the Ashmolean throughout the day, showing respect to others visiting the museum and listening well to their guides. Well done, D Block! 

ESAA Cross Country Cup

Last Friday, U13 boys and girls teams competed in Banbury in the county round of the ESAA Cross Country Cup, a national competition of over 1000 schools.

Both teams ran superbly, comfortably qualifying for the regional round to be held next month, with the boys finishing 2nd and the girls winning.

Clover gave a typically strong performance just being pipped on the line, finishing 2nd, with Fenella in 3rd. The remaining girls - Maisie, Amelia, Rose and Anastasia - also ran with determination to finish high amongst 53 runners. Felix was the first home for the boys in 4th, with Rory in 9th. The remaining boys - Chris, Ben, Magnus and Eddie - also displayed similar spirit and grit.

Final mentions must go firstly to Magnus, who, despite sustaining an injury, ran on and finished the race for the sake of his team. No one was aware of just how courageous he had been until he had finished. The second thank you must go to AT, Mikey Nicholas for all he does with Dragon Cross Country. He has become a very important part of Dragon success during 2017 and will be hugely missed come 2018.

A huge well done to all the runners……next stop, Regional Final, Bedford, Saturday, 11 November. 

A Lesson in A/V

An A Block class were treated to a special lesson from Ma Lawrie, our A/V technician. They spent an hour learning about stage lighting, then had a go setting up stage sound equipment. It was a fascinating hour and nearly everyone has since volunteered to help Ma with the A/V at the next show.


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Letter from Royalty

A few weeks ago, Celeste decided to use her Sunday letter writing time to write to the Queen. She told her all about herself, about her friends and most importantly, about what she hopes to do for the Dragon Sale to raise funds for charity! Last Friday, Mr and Ma Jennings excitedly received a letter with the Buckingham Palace hallmark. Could it be? Yes, it was! The Queen had replied, commenting to Celeste how delighted she was to hear from her. It is no understatement to say that Celeste was overjoyed – her treasured possession now sits proudly on her locker. Her majesty is very interested in the Dragon Sale, so perhaps we should expect a Royal visit?

Halloween Activities

This weekend School House boys took part in Halloween activities. The boys decorated cupcakes: many neat, some exuberant, all equally impressive. Certainly the boys enjoyed eating them. On Sunday, they enjoyed ‘donut on the string’ competition, eating a donut suspended on a string without using their hands. Apple bobbing and pumpkin carving were also on the agenda. 

Day Boarding Excitement

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Day Boarding children have been enjoying themselves this term, taking part in baking, painting and enjoying the outdoors. As you can see in the pictures!

Cherwell Spanish Night

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Since the start of this term Cherwell girls, staff, and anyone who could spare a few moments, have been clocking up kilometres on an exercise bike to cycle around the world and celebrate where everyone is from.

Last Thursday we stopped in Madrid after cycling an amazing 1956 kilometres. We celebrated with tapas, churros covered in chocolate, piñatas filled with sweets and practiced Spanish as we learned the words of Despacito and the Macarena. Everyone involved had a wonderful night and were sad to say adios to Madrid. We head for Ibiza next.

The girls have been doing an amazing job, some cycling over 50 kilometres in a week, and it would be great if you could support them by riding the bikes anytime you are in Cherwell and helping us get around the world!

Goulish Gunga

This week the Gunga boys have been enjoying a selection of Halloween-themed treats in House. The Matrons prepared spooky bun breaks and teas, including: Ghastly Gingerbread men, Rice Crispie Cake spiders, Brain Balls, Franken-Furter-Steins, Zombie Teeth, Cheese Ghosties and Boo-nanas. Lots of fun was had by all in their making and Goblin' them up!


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Diary Reminders

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

Friday, 20 October 2017

12:15pm: HALF TERM begins for Middle School & E Block (until evening of Sunday 5 November)
12:30pm: HALF TERM begins for Upper School (until evening of Sunday 5 November)

Monday, 23 October 2017 

New York Exchange Departs (approx 9:00am - return on Tuesday, 31 October

Sunday, 5 November 2017

 7:00pm - Firework Display (on the fields)

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