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From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

The second half of term has resumed with purpose and vigour, inspired perhaps by the spirit of the Winter Olympics, which was the theme of our assembly on Monday. Pupils in our A Block are preparing for their mock Common Entrance exams, with Spanish oral assessments being completed this week. In other subjects children have been studying the effects of forces in Physics and learning about the use of primary and secondary sources in History. It has been pleasing to celebrate a number of 13+ senior school awards in Music and Sport in assembly this week, with several more A Block pupils having recently achieved awards which will also be shared in upcoming assemblies. Likewise there has been an impressive number of pupil ‘pluses’ earned across the curriculum.

Beyond the classroom many of our pupils are representing the school in football, hockey and netball fixtures and on Saturday our 1st XI football team host the Oxford and Bermondsey Under 13A Club - a fixture with a longstanding school tradition. After the match, all the players will enjoy sitting down to a well-deserved match tea.

On a similar food-related theme, Mr Palmer and his catering team have been introducing some changes to our lunchtime menu this week, with a salmon lunch option proving especially popular. Before Saturday’s fixtures and match-team teas, there is a Spectrum talk on Friday evening delivered by Amy Parker. She will kindly explain about the work of AfriKids, a charity which provides education and supports community projects for children and families in Ghana. Meanwhile, on Saturday morning, the children from E Block will be perform their “play in a day.” The first week back is rounded off by a boarders’ Sunday morning service at which Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, Headmaster of Stowe will be coming to preach.

I am sure you will join me in wishing all the pupils sitting 13+ Scholarship and mock exams this half-term all the best in their endeavours. Although sometimes children and their parents might feel like this is a stressful phase, where they are ‘sprinting for the line,’ it has been explained to the pupils that a comparison with the current Winter Olympics is perhaps more appropriate. Just like Olympians, it takes our pupils many hours of hard work to reach the exciting point of being able to demonstrate their skills to others under testing conditions. This in itself is an achievement from which they can draw confidence. Finally, of course, just like the Olympic and Paralympic athletes, the children can be assured of a whole team of enthusiastic supporters at home and in school, cheering them on, celebrating their efforts and achievements along the way.

With all best wishes,

Crispin Hyde-Dunn


Raising Awareness for the Felix Project

On Sunday, 4 March  Ma Dawes and her son Tommy (OD) are running in the "Big Half" to raise awareness about the Felix Project. Felix Byam-Shaw tragically died from meningitis only a year after leaving the Dragon in 2014. Felix was a compassionate boy who had a heart for disadvantaged people. His parents, Jane and Justin, have set up the Felix Project which collects good quality food from suppliers and delivers it to charities to enable vulnerable people to have food. Ma Dawes has set up a JustGiving page. Any support, either in London at the event or financially would be very much appreciated.

More Fun with Dragon Polo Club

The Dragon Polo Club will be taking part in their first ever friendly tournament this coming Sunday, 25 February, 3:00pm at Holbrook Farm. Three Dragon teams will practice their skills against three Summer Field teams. This will be valuable practice, sharpening their talents for the 4 March when SUPA Arena Polo National Championships will be played at Rugby Polo Club. Everyone welcome! For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

22.02.2018 Dragon Polo

OYSCA - Oxford Youth Strength and Conditioning Academy Athletic Development Camps

These camps are designed to teach aspiring athletes to move correctly, efficiently and safely. They show athletes how to fuel themselves with the correct nutrition, and instil a mindset for happy, positive and successful lives and sporting careers.

The camps are run over 2-3 days and are open to both boys and girls from any sport, age 9 years and up. The camps are based at the prestigious Oxford University Rugby club and the Roger Bannister running track at Iffley road and cover:

· Fundamental movements (running, crawling, jumping, landing and throwing)
· Breathing, flexibility and mobility
· Sprinting technique and agility
· Working on visualisation and a positive mindset within in the game and life
· Sport specific catching, passing, throwing and kicking
· Nutritional awareness and recovery strategies (breakfast options, smoothies, juices and flapjacks)
· Weight training and body weight training (U’15’s+)
· Talks from England and premiership players, on how to become a successful athlete

· February half-term (2 day) 12-13 and 15-16
· April Easter (3 day) 2-4 and 9-11
· May half-term (2 day) 28-29 and 31-1 
· Summer (3 day) 30 July - 1 August and 6-8 August
· October half-term (2 day) 22-23 and 25-26

Cost: 3 days £130, 2 days £86 and 1 day £50.
For all enquries please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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@dragons4rhinos Invite Your Likes!

Rhinos could be extinct in the wild by 2025. A group of Dragons hoping to raise awareness about rhino conservation have shared memes, images and video @dragons4rhinos.

Please support them by liking, re-tweeting and following the twitter feed. Also, they would be thrilled if we could break the £3,000 barrier of money raised for the C Block swim, which was in aid of Rhinos Without Borders.

22.02.2018 Dragons4rhinos


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

Monday, 19 March 2018, 6:30pm

Booking is still open for our Dragon Community Technology networking evening, on Monday, 19 March 2018, at Method London. Our networking events are fun, informal gatherings which bring together the wider Dragon Community through industry sectors. Our speaker line-up will be announced next week. Book tickets now. We would be delighted to see you there.

SAVE THE DATE – Mothers’ Breakfast

Saturday, 12 May 2018, from 8:15am

Please save the date for our second Mothers’ Breakfast by the River. Booking will open nearer the time.

SAVE THE DATE – Old Dragon Reunion

Monday, 21 May 2018, 6:30pm

If you have any Old Dragons - aged 18 and over, or know other Dragon families with older children - please let them know that we will be holding an OD Reunion for all OD age groups (aged over 18) at Stationers’ Hall in London on Monday, 21 May, from 6:30pm. Further details will follow, and booking will open nearer the time.

SAVE THE DATE – 100 year Remembrance Weekend – Service and Lunch

Sunday, 11 November 2018, from 10:30pm, Dragon School

We will be holding an anniversary memorial service on Sunday, 11 November 2018 for the Dragon Community to mark 100 years since the guns fell silent. Following the service we will be holding a special anniversary lunch for ODs and Dragon families who have served, or currently serve, in the forces. We will also welcome all Dragon families who had relatives who fought in the war, as well as families of former Dragon staff or ODs who were at the Dragon between 1914 and 1918. Please note that the lunch will be only for those aged 18 and over. More details will follow, and booking will open nearer the time. For any questions or to suggest names of those we may have lost contact with, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., OD Representative.


What Does it Take to Build an F1 Car?

Year 3 were thoroughly mesmerised on Tuesday morning when Joshie's father David talked to the children about the people and processes involved in building a racing car: from the 100 people who work on the design, to the 50,000 drawings used in production, to over 200 people who put together the 70,000 individual parts for a car that will only last 2 weeks. The children were inspired to think about how they will create their own cars during DT WOW day, and how they will need to show attention to detail, perseverance, determination and team-work.

22.02.2018 F1 Car


Swanbourne Chase

Just before half-term, 40 Dragons took on the mighty Swanbourne Chase; a course considered by many Dragons tougher than Malvern! Very muddy in patches and hills that seem to go on forever, this was not an easy challenge.

The U11 boys were first out of the gates and were brave in their obvious attitude to compete well. Monty, an U10 demonstrated what a huge talent he is, running at the front for the majority of the race. He was 2nd home, with Nathaniel not far behind in 8th out of 80 runners. Julian and another U10, Charles completed the scoring runners.

Not long after, the U11 Girls took to the course and they too ran courageously towards the front. Ava, an U9, was first Dragon home, just missing out on a medal in 4th place with Tilly and Araminta close behind in 7th and 8th. However, the most impressive feat from these U11 girls (many performing against girls a year or 2 older) was that all 9 of them were home by 23rd place out of 70 runners.
The Senior boys worked tirelessly when it was their turn and packed together superbly, led home by Harry in 9th place. Alex, an U12, was close behind in 12th place.

Lastly, the Senior girls ran off spiritedly. Clover ‘enjoyed’ a close fought battle with the leading runner from Spratton, but true to form, emerged victorious for the 3rd year running. Fenella, Amelia and Beatrice all ran with determination to finish in the top 10.

After the runners had been suitably rewarded for their endeavours with hot dogs and doughnuts, the presentations took place. The children had indeed run well and everyone was keeping fingers crossed when the announcements were made. The U11 Girls and boys came extremely close to victory, both securing 2nd place with the girls only 4 points away. The Senior boys also came ‘oh-so-close’ with a 4th place overall, only a handful of points again behind the 1st placed school. The senior girls however did manage to finish on top emerging victorious for the 3rd year in a row….

Overall, a fantastic afternoon’s racing with many encouraging performances heading towards the Chandlings event this week and Malvern just 3 weeks away. Well done to all the runners.

22.02.2018 Swanbourne

Rowing Championships

On Sunday, 4 February, the Sculling squad competed at the southern England indoor rowing competition in Abingdon. The team consisting of Isobel, Romilly, James, Colin, Freddie, Maggie, Duncan, Alexander, Theo and Alexander competed against schools and clubs in timed challenges. A big congratulations to Isobel who placed 4th in her division, missing out on Bronze by only one meter, and to Maggie who placed 3rd in her division, taking home the Bronze. Well done to all who competed.

 22.02.2018 Sculling


Bowden’s International Evening

Last night Bowden’s House celebrated the many nationalities which make up our multi-cultural boarding house. From Switzerland to Kuwait, China and Australia we had an amazing 28 nationalities represented in the room. This was followed by a few boys doing presentations which they had put together about their countries. We had posters, traditional outfits, traditional food and PowerPoint presentations. This evening brought us all together and the boys educated one another about their countries and cultures. It was a chance to understand and appreciate one another more deeply as a house community, and the boys all showed true Dragon values of kindness, courage and respect throughout the evening.

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Diary Reminders

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

Friday, 23 February 2018

6:45pm: Spectrum: Talk by Amy Parker, CEO of 'Afri Kids'

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Sculling: Avon Spring Head
11:00am: E Block Plays (in the Lynam Hall)

Sunday, 25 February 2018

10:00am: The Second Sunday in Lent; Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, Headmaster of Stowe School

Monday, 26 February 2018

A Block Exam Week

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

9:15am: Group of selected D Block children to visit St Catherine's College (with Blackbird Academy pupils)

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

5:00pm: ABRSM Theory Exams

Thursday, 01 March 2018

World Book Day (Donate a Book)
2:00pm: Demosthenes Public Speaking Competition (for four selected B & C Block pupils)

Friday, 02 March 2018

5:00pm: Governors' Meeting
6:45pm: Spectrum: Jane Byam Shaw to talk about Hedgehogs

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