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Netball v St Hugh's

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

Last Thursday and Friday we enjoyed two wonderful performances of High School Musical. With a cast drawn from pupils in our Upper School (A and B Block), it was a really colourful and enjoyable production, no doubt several future stars of the stage are in the making.

Turning attention to our playing fields, this term our sports fixtures focus upon netball, football and boys’ hockey. In all three team games, the children have enjoyed some impressive results, including many sharp shooters scoring hat-tricks. In addition this week, several of our pupils have been involved in swimming and judo competitions.

Remaining with Sport, sadly for us, Emily Hatcher will be leaving the Dragon at the end of the academic year as she relocates to Kent. Emily has contributed enormously to our sports provision and in due course we look forward to thanking Emily formally for all that she has done for the Dragon. Before then I will be sharing with you, in the near future, news of Emily’s successor in our Sports Department, to ensure continuity of provision.

In lessons, for our older pupils there have been unit tests in Geography, reviewing both physical and political topics, whilst in Music the children have been analysing the ways in which musical scores are used in film to communicate emotion and meaning. The girls and boys in the Pre-Prep have continued to focus on environmental issues, expanding their understanding of how resources can be recycled. Reception have also enjoyed engaging with nature on a muddy ‘welly walk’ whilst Year 1 have been inspired by a visit to the Pitt Rivers museum.

Remarkably, February is almost upon us, and for the first time since the shortest day in late December, I have noticed the nights beginning to become a little lighter. With Spring just around the corner, the children and Staff now look forward to a well-earned exeat weekend, before progress resumes, with typical Dragon energy, next week.

With all best wishes,

Crispin Hyde-Dunn


Marlborough Triathlon

A reminder that the deadline to register teams for the Marlborough triathlon is this Saturday 27 January. Open to children from Year 3 to Year 8, this fundraising event is on Sunday 20 May. Full details can be found here and this video gives a good flavour of the event. 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. Please register for the ballot by clicking here.

Changes to Netball Fixtures

The U10 netball matches v Pinewood (U10A, B and Linton/Norham) will be on Wednesday 7 February, not Wednesday 28 February as stated in the calendar.

On Wednesday 21 February, all girls in B Block will be needed to play the U12 matches against Bromsgrove (all 5 teams are playing). Please can you email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in advance if your daughter will not be available to play.

School Coats Reminder

Quite rightly this term, many of the the girls and boys have been coming to school wearing coats, hats, gloves and scarves. In assembly this morning, they were reminded that they each have a peg in their classrooms where they can hang these and where they will be able to pick them up again at the end of the school day. On our compact campus, it is not expected that they would wear them during the school day. In cold weather the children should also be wearing school jumpers to keep warm.

The children were also reminded that coats should be dark blue or black and should not have large logos on them.

As always, we appreciate your continued support in these matters.

Pyrenean Adventure

This Summer, we will be heading back to the Pyrenees Mountains for a week of adventure; staying in the village of St Pé de Bigorre in the Pyrenean foothills, exploring the forests and mountains surrounding the Gave de Pau. Staying at a lower level than previous trips, we will also have the opportunity to try white-water rafting and caving in the local area. The trip is suitable for children in D Block and above, and is physically demanding: daily walks can extend up to 20km and beyond, including significant ascent, so prospective adventurers must be robust enough to tackle the challenge. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Smaug Abroad website for more information, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

25.01.2018 Pyrenees 


Invitation – Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Community Networking – Technology Start Ups

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.


Reception Welly Walk

Reception started Week 3 with a Welly Walk to St Edwards fields. It was very soggy underfoot and there was much excitement as we made our way through the mud and puddles to the small wood to the north of the playing fields. Once there, we sat on mats, munched on BunBreak snacks and listened to Ma Mullineux as she read the wonderful story of Where the Wild Things Are. As the sun came out from behind the clouds, the children re-enacted the story; setting sail in their boats to another land, meeting the stomping Wild Things with their terrible teeth and terrible claws, taming them to become King of the land, joining in a wild rumpus, swinging from trees and stomping on the ground and, finally, realising that home is the best place to be.

25.01.18 Reception Welly walk 


High School Musical

Last week, over 50 members of the Upper School took to the stage for High School Musical. High octane singing and dancing was accompanied by some moments of reflection and poignant acting, the pupils should be incredibly proud of what they achieved.

If you would like to see some photographs from last week’s performance please click here

25.01.2018 HSM 


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Diary Reminders

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

Friday, 26 January 2018

12:15pm WEEKEND EXEAT begins for Middle School & E Block (until evening of Sunday, 28 January)
12:30pm WEEKEND EXEAT begins for Upper School (until evening of Sunday, 28 January)

Saturday, 27 January 2018

IAPS Girls Judo Championships, High Wycombe

Monday, 29 January 2018

LAMDA Exams (throughout the day)

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

LAMDA Exams (throughout the day)
8:30am: Astrodome - A Block will learn all about the stars in this interactive mobile planetarium.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

LAMDA Exams (throughout the day)

Thursday, 1 February 2018

3:00pm: Anthropology Activity trip to the Pitt Rivers Museum (return by 4:30pm)

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'

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