01.02.2018 Main photo

'Explorer Dome' Event for D Block

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

On return from Exeat, our Prep assembly focus has been good manners and showing appreciation to others. We also learned about customs and forms of courtesy in other parts of the world, and strengthened our global perspective by watching a short pupil film on our New York school exchange trip.

Pupils in D and A Block were treated to an extraordinary celestial experience as they entered the inflatable “Explorer Dome” which took them on journeys to far off planets, stars, nebulae and black holes.

Returning to earth and inspired by Oliver Jeffers’ story, “Here we are,” the children in Year 2 have been thinking about how to look after our environment, while Year 3 have been sharpening their scientific skills of observation as they learn about light and make their own pin hole cameras.

With feet planted firmly on the ground there were some keenly contested football and hockey matches against St. John’s Beaumont and Abingdon School respectively, while girls in C Block produced some brilliant displays in the inter-form netball competition. There were also highly impressive individual medal winning successes for two Dragon girls (see seperate article) at the recent national Judo championships in High Wycombe.

Looking ahead to tomorrow evening, the girls and boys from Middle School (D and C Block) will be taking to the stage in their Variety Show and on Saturday the children from E Block will be hosting an Open Morning for their parents together with a Charity Challenge.

Finally our A Block pupils continue apace with their 13+ exam and scholarship preparations. Their teachers have been most impressed with their sustained focus and application whilst continuing to pursue a wide variety of extra-curricular activities.

With all best wishes,

Crispin Hyde-Dunn


FUNomuscia Family Concert

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra are hosting FUNomusica Family Concert in February and March. To watch a video about the concerts please click here.

01.02.2018 Funomusica 

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

The camp is open to A, B and C Block. 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.

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01.02.2018 Mallorca 

Young Art Oxford 2018

Any Dragons looking for a half-term project may like to enter Young Art Oxford 2018, an annual art competition open to all Oxfordshire children from any year between Reception and Year 9. Young Art Oxford is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring artists to have their work judged by well-known professionals and artists and exhibit at the prestigious Ashmolean Museum. All money raised goes to Cancer Research UK.

The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Journeys’ and guidance is available here. The deadline for submitting entries is 20 February 2018. All pictures should be delivered to the Art department by Monday, 19 February and accompanied by a £2 entry fee.

 01.02.2018 YAO

Latin and French Easter Term Courses

Dr Peter Norton, ex-Head of Classics and French teacher at the Dragon, is running an Easter revision course in Latin and French near Toulouse, France, for pupils who are intending to sit Scholarship exams for their senior school in 2018 (Eton or Winchester entrance). All details are on the Smaug Abroad website or contact us by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

16.11.2017 Easter Revision


Invitation – Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Community Networking – ‘Exciting Opportunities in Technology Today’

Please join us for our sixth Dragon Community networking evening, on Monday 19 March, 2018 at 6:30pm, at Method Industry London. Our networking events are fun and informal gatherings which bring together the wider Dragon Community. Click here to read more about previous networking evenings. To book tickets for this event please click here. Further details, including our speaker line up, will be announced shortly. We look forward to seeing you.


Totem Pole Trip

Year 3 had a superb experience exploring the Haida Tribe and Totem Poles in their visit to Pitt Rivers Museum last week. They relished the opportunity to handle and investigate an amazing array of Haida objects, including a Dance Cloak fashioned from puffin beaks, wild goat's wool, pure wool, deer hooves and cedar bark. They were intrigued to learn about the lives of the Raven and Eagle tribes and their Potlatch celebrations featuring striking masks, handmade musical instruments and memorable food. The children returned inspired and enthusiastic to continue their investigations into Native North American life.

Last week Year 1 also visited the Pitt Rivers Museum to learn more about the Haida Totem Pole as part of their topic Take One Totem Pole. After spending some time wandering around the museum looking at the strange and wonderful exhibits, they had the opportunity to draw this amazing pole and understand more about the story behind it. This visit has helped the children create their own family totem pole back at school.

01.02.2018 Yr 3 Pitt Rivers  


Success for Dragon Judo Girls

The annual girls’ National Judo Championships was hosted at High Wycombe Judo Centre last Saturday.

Representing the Dragon were Anisiya (C Block) and Catherine (D Block). It was Catherine’s first outing for a Judo competition, and she fought tirelessly through the rounds. She won enough contests to secure her place in the final of her weight category, which resulted in a well-deserved Silver Medal. For Anisiya, this was her second year at the same competition and she was absolutely delighted as she fought through and won in the final of her weight section. Anisiya was the proud recipient of her first ever Gold Medal for Judo. Well done to both the girls.

01.02.2018 Judo

Dragons on Tour

Excitement is really starting to build in preparation for the Idris Choir tour to Devon. The children have a fantastic few days ahead of them in the first week of the Easter holidays. There will be highlights such as a backstage visit to Exeter Cathedral, Buckfast Abbey, Kents Cavern, an Otter Sanctuary and fossil hunting on the beach at Lyme Regis. On top of all that there will, of course, be some wonderful music-making in some beautiful settings, not least whilst staying at the impressive Dartington Hall.

Dragon School Food Committee

This term, the School Food Committee has been involved in discussions about introducing some new dishes onto the menu including wholegrain rice, wholegrain pasta and salmon. They have enjoyed tasting a number of dishes and have learned about their health benefits.

Milly writes, “Wholemeal rice and pasta are good for the digestion and the heart, and much healthier than white rice and pasta. We tried plain rice, rice with sweet and sour sauce and with chilli. The pasta we tasted was served plain, with pesto and feta, tomato sauce and bolognese. We rated each one on a survey. Salmon is one of those foods you either love or hate! Oily fish contains Omega 3 which is good for concentration (definitely need that!) We tried salmon covered in a mild salsa and a sweet chilli sauce. Both were absolutely delicious and will hopefully be on the menu soon.”

The children have enjoyed voting for their favourite dishes and look forward to seeing them on the menu after half-term.

01.02.2018 Food Committee 


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Diary Reminders

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Friday, 2 February 2018

3:00pm: GPC Meeting
6:45pm: Middle School Variety Show (in the Lynam Hall) N.B. this performance is for Middle School children and their parents only
6:45pm: Spectrum for Upper School: Paul Mahoney - 'Out of Chaos'

Saturday, 3 February 2018

E Block Open Morning & Charity Challenge

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Sculling: South of England Indoor Rowing
10:00am: The Second Sunday before Lent; Mrs Julia Hodgson, Director of Admissions, Marlborough College
6:00pm: C Block Parents' Evening (in the Forum & Lynam Hall)

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

3:00pm: Sports Photographs to be taken

Thursday, 8 February 2018

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

Friday, 9 February 2018

11:15am: C Block Greek Plays (in the Forum)
12:15pm: HALF TERM begins for Middle School &E Block (until evening of Sunday 18 February)
12:30pm: HALF TERM begins for Upper School (until evening of Sunday 18 February)

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Dragon Ski Trip Departs for Davos, Switzerland (return on Sunday 18 February)

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