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Poetry Event with Allie Esiri

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

As half-term approaches, it has been a busy final few days at school.

In the Pre-Prep, children in Year 1 have been developing their skills of addition and in doing so have enjoyed being allowed to write (albeit in removable ink) on the School desks - see our twitter page for a photograph.

Meanwhile Year 3 have been using Lego to construct some innovative and ecologically friendly ‘wheel-free’ transport for the future. On Wednesday there was a popular visit from the author Allie Esiri who read from her anthology of poems. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience of hearing a variety of poems read out aloud and Allie very kindly signed some books for the children.

Among the Upper School pupils this week, we have been delighted to celebrate some richly deserved 13+ Academic and Sports Awards. I look forward to sharing even more A Block pupil 13+ achievements immediately after half-term.

There have been a host of sports fixtures played in netball, football and hockey this week, with some prolific scoring highlighted in assembly. Four of our Middle School pupils performed exceptionally well in the recent National Real Tennis tournament hosted at the Oratory School.

Elsewhere, among the other activities pursued enthusiastically by our pupils, our Anthropology club goes from strength to strength and its members were further inspired by a visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum. No doubt our budding anthropologists will also be talking about the fascinating re-creation of the face of ‘Cheddar Man’ from 10,000-year old DNA which has been in the news this week.

May I wish you all a restful half-term break, whether you are staying close to home or travelling further afield, and I look forward to seeing you and your children when term resumes.

With all best wishes,

Crispin Hyde-Dunn


Internet Safety

Please can we draw your attention to the 'Internet Matters' website. They are working in partnership with EE to support parents keeping children safe online. With half term starting at the end of this week, they offer simple and practical advice on how to keep children as safe as possible. 

Additional Netball Fixture

Please can parents note that in addition to the already published fixture v Headington School on Monday, 19 February, the 10B team will also be playing. Please can parents notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in advance if their daughter cannot play. 

Oxford Junior Rowing Course

The OJRC is a non-residential 5 day summer course designed for 12-18 year olds (plus a 2 day course for 10-11 year olds) which focuses not only on rowing but also introduces course members to crucial life skills including communication, leadership, and time management. They will be running courses on the following dates:

5 Day Course 12 - 18 year olds
30 July – 3 August
6 August – 10 August.

2 Day course for 10 - 11 year olds
2 and 3 August
9 and 10 August

If you would like to find out more please contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

08.02.2018 OJRC 

Donate a Book Day

We would be very grateful if all pupils would take a look at their book shelves over half-term and choose a book or two (or more!) which they have enjoyed and which they think another child of their age might also enjoy. Mr. Gill will send the donated books to children and schools who are not as fortunate as we are. This year, Donate A Book Day has been arranged to coincide with World Book Day, Thursday 1 March, but we are happy to receive donations before and after the day. Please bring them to the Prep School Library. Thank you very much.

Summer Revision Courses with Dr Norton

There are places available on the summer revision courses with Dr Norton in July and August 2018. Each course is limited to 10 pupils who are intending to sit scholarship exams for their senior school in 2019 and pupils who are sitting Common Entrance in 2019. Dates and details on courses’ contents can be found by clicking here. You can register your interest byThis 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’

Monday, 19 March 2018, 6:30pm

Booking is now open for our sixth Dragon Community 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. Further details, including our speaker line up, will be announced in the next couple of weeks. Book tickets now. We would be delighted to see you.

SAVE THE DATE – Mothers’ Breakfast

Saturday, 12 May 2018, from 8:15am

Please save the date for our second Mothers’ Breakfast by the River. Invitations will follow in due course, and booking will open nearer the time.

SAVE THE DATE – Old Dragon Reunion

Monday, 21 May 2018, 6:30pm

If you know Old Dragons aged 18 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 for only those aged 18 and over. More details will follow, and booking will open nearer the time. For any queries, 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.


Outdoor Learning

Year 2 children braved the elements on Wednesday for their termly Outdoor Learning Day. The nature of our topic ‘Take One Totem Pole’ lent itself perfectly to working outdoors and the children enjoyed a morning of painting totem poles and constructing native North American houses from natural materials including sticks, moss and feathers. The children worked in small groups and were assigned roles including architect, builder, resource manager and peacemaker and proved themselves to have excellent communication and design skills. The afternoon was spent at St Edwards Fields trying out lacrosse and a forgotten sport called double ball, before assembling for a pow wow and traditional dance. Great fun was had by all despite the variety of weather including sunshine, rain and even hail, proving that there really is no such things as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.

08.02.2018 Outdoor learning Yr 2

The winter sun was welcomed by Year 3, as they spent Friday making memorable learning experiences in their outdoor classrooms. The children explored fractions of objects, music - through whole body movement and tempo - played French boules and finished their fun-packed day with Games in the afternoon. Throughout, the children demonstrated their Dragon Values and showed increased team work, cooperation and curiosity in their learning.

 08.02.2018 Outdoor learning Yr 3


Poetry Event

On Wednesday, Allie Esiri visited the Prep School, leading classes and signing books throughout the day. Allie has enjoyed a delight in poetry since childhood and is the editor of two of the English department's favourite poetry books: A Poem for Every Night of the Year and A Poem for Every Day of the Year (Macmillan). From the Owl and the Pussycat to the Charge of the Light Brigade, from blank verse to haiku, Allie shared a great variety of poems, the children discovering for themselves the types of poetry they enjoy.

08.02.2018 Poetry Event2

Not so Creepy Crawly

Last Saturday, E Block had a visit from a friendly tarantula called Lizzie. Her friend the corn snake was unable to visit as it was shedding its skin.

The children learned some amazing facts from Victor, Lizzie’s handler, such as her diet, habitat and climate preferences. They also held Lizzie and some even had her crawling up their arms!

A big thank you to Victor and Lizzie for an informative and exciting visit which dispelled arachnid fears for most.

08.02.2018 Not so Creepy Crawly

Voting for Philanthropy

Voting is underway across the School today, Thursday, to choose which charities will benefit from the funds raised by the Dragon Sale. In assembly Mr Overend explained the importance of philanthropy, ‘love for humanity’, and in form time the children learned about the work of specific local, national and international charities, before casting their votes to select this year’s beneficiaries.

For more on the Dragon's approach to philanthropy, read the article 'Educating for Global Competence'.

08.02.2018 voting for philanthropy

Shrunken Heads

Mummies, totem poles, rifles, robes and – of course – shrunken heads were among the endless variety of extraordinary exhibits that captivated the Anthropology activity on its visit to the Pitt Rivers last Thursday; an Oxford museum sui generis, much beloved of Dragons.

08.02.2018 shrunken heads

IAPS Swimming

Last Friday, the Dragon hosted eight schools for the IAPS qualifiers. Boys and Girls swim teams from A-D Block competed with the aim to qualify for the national final, to be held at the Olympic swimming pool in London.

The swimmers produced many outstanding performances, posting times that put Dragons in a strong position to qualify, both for individual and relay events.

All swimmers competing for the team produced performance above themselves; a true example of discipline, courage, and respect.

08.02.2018 IAPS

National Schools Real Tennis Doubles U13

A very good day was had by all on Sunday, from their opening match, when the two Dragon pairs played each other.

Three of the Dragons were giving away two years of age to their opposition; Max was giving a year away. All four tried hard, were very well mannered, and both won and lost with equal good grace.

Max and Freddie improved enormously as the day went on. They have played relatively little real tennis, yet they competed in a tournament and did well.

Merlin and Henry ground it out, played some really good tennis, and managed to get to the tournament final, where they lost to a very experienced pair from Christ Church Cathedral, School, 5 games to 2. Merlin served consistently well, and Henry made the opposition play a lot more balls than they would have probably liked!

With thanks to Mike S-C for finding the players and Katie, James, Lucy and Zac for supporting.

08.02.2018 Nation Schools Real Tennis Doubles U13

Visit to the Oxford Synagogue

Earlier in the term a group of A and B Block children visited the Jewish synagogue in Jericho where we were introduced to many aspects of the faith including its newly constructed Ark which holds Torah Scrolls. We learnt about the Jewish people and their worship, and we were told that the Synagogue is not just a place of worship, but a place of study and a meeting place for the community. 

Dragon Music Success

Dragon Musician Daniel (B Block) has had a successful weekend at the Oxford Music Festival this week. He came first in both the 13 years and under Descant Solo Class and Treble Solo Class. He also entered the 15 years and under Recorder Recital Class playing amongst others the Sammartini Concerto for Recorder and Strings. We have recently heard that based on this performance he has been awarded the Sybil Whitman Cup. Well done Daniel.

Rangoli Patterns

After learning in FPE (faith, philosophy and ethics) about Hindus welcoming the goddess Lakshmi with beautiful rangoli patterns, D Block took their chalks outside and created their own rangoli patterns. Despite the cold they worked together to produce some vivid and colourful creations.

08.02.2018 Rangoli 


Wilson’s International Evening

Last week the Wilsons held an International Evening. Some boys showed great courage in talking to the house about the countries that they are from and the gourmet delights that they had bought, whilst the others respectively listened and asked questions. The boys then tucked into treats such as Guernsey Gosh, Bratwurst Sausages, Vegemite Sandwiches, Anpan pastries, S’mores, Pretzels, Iberico ham and typical Pakistani biscuits. The boys all had a great time and are now getting excited about their sushi making evening in a couple of weeks.

08.02.2017 Wilsons International

Stringers’ Pasta Making

This weekend we have been making Spaghetti Bolognaise. Ma and Sir got all the ingredients ready and we mixed everything together with our hands. Then Sir got his pasta making machine and we made pasta by putting the rolled dough through the machine and holding the middle of the pasta, before flouring it and putting it on the tray that would be put in the pot. Afterwards, we watched a movie and had a great time.
By Halyna, Boarder

 08.02.2018 Stringers Pasta 


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Diary Reminders

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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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