Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Community Networking brings together the whole community through industry focused events held in Oxford and London. Led by Old Dragons, these gatherings are open for community members to attend - including former staff, former, current and prospective parents, and Old Dragons. Our industry events provide opportunities to build invaluable business relationships at all stages of career, in a relaxed and informal environment.
“That was the most varied and fascinating panel I have ever been on… It really felt like a room full of Dragons - full of life and not afraid to be different and unconventional.”
Dan Caunt, Old Dragon panel speaker
Upcoming Networking Events
Arduus ad Solem: Finance
Christmas Term – details to follow
These occasions are relaxed and informal, and although free of charge booking is required for catering purposes. Please spread the word and we look forward to seeing you.
14th June 2018 - Arduus ad Solem: Property
In the final event for this school year, we welcomed five OD and Parent experts in the field of property to give their insight into a variety of areas from Proptech and Blockchain, to local and international real estate, Eco builds and large scale global developments. Questions from our audience sparked some lively discussions including Brexit, interest rates and the future of the property market. Our panel also offered advice to recent OD graduates, as well as our young Dragons… “Think creatively, get stuck in and learn the business bottom up, build good relationships and if you want to do things your way, start your own business!” That certainly seems to sum up our phrase ‘Once a Dragon, Always a Dragon!’
20th November 2017 - Arduus ad Solem: Law
Following a drinks reception held at the Law Society in London, our speakers took to the floor to give their entertaining, insightful and refreshingly honest accounts of their careers – including how they got there and the challenges encountered on the way. It was an inspiring evening and we thank everyone who came to support us. One of our OD speakers said “It really felt like a room full of Dragons - full of life and not afraid to be different and unconventional”. We couldn’t agree more!
21st - 25th May 2017 - Arduus ad Solem: Old Dragon Art Exhibition
The Old Dragon Art Exhibition was held at the School in conjunction with Oxford Art Weeks. The exhibtion was opened by Jenny Saville RA and featured 35 OD artists and staff. The image on the left is by Theo Harman-Francis, a Junior Old Dragon. Read more about the exhibtion at this news story.
January 2017 - Arduus ad Solem: Insurance & Risk – Anything But Boring!
Over 40 Old Dragons attended our latest networking event hosted by David Howden (OD 1977), CEO of Hyperion Insurance, and Andrew Barnes (OD 1973), Chairman of Lloyd’s of London. As well as a drinks reception and presentation, the evening included an exclusive tour of Lloyd’s of London for Old Dragons interested in a career in insurance. Our industry leaders explained why insurance is a crucial part of the world’s economy and how insurance facilitates innovation across all industries, shaping the world’s financial systems and helping economies to grow – the evening was indeed ‘anything but boring!’. Read more
November 2016 - Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Digital Future Forum
Old Dragons Guy Gadney and Robin Wong led a fascinating evening in the Lynam Hall on the ‘Digital Future'. Guy and Robin are at the forefront of thinking - about how technology is shifting our experience and strategies for life and their presentations were thought provoking and wide ranging. Ibe Akoh, (Head of Curriculum ICT) spoke on the impact of ICT on education, and our very own ‘Digital Dragons’ showed an entertaining video reporting from their time-travel into the future. Over drinks there was a chance to meet ODs in the industry to discuss new ideas. We hope to hold another event on this topic in the future. Read more
March 2016 - Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Entrepreneurs on Fire
A panel of Old Dragon entrepreneurs held current parents, ODs and staff spellbound at the Arduus ad Solem: Entrepreneurs networking forum. Held at stylish, retro-inspired The Trampery in London, the evening buzzed with stories and anecdotes of bold risk taking and inspiring success. Our OD host, Ted Mott (OD 1956) introduced our four speakers: Lucy Eaton (2001), theatre entrepreneur, Lucius Cary OBE (1960), founder and MD of Oxford Technology Management (OTM), Mark Esiri (1978), founder of Venrex Investment Management and Roger Mavity (1956), author and advertising entrepreneur. John Baugh, Headmaster, explained that the spirit of creativity and individualism was still alive and well at the Dragon.A lively debate and discussion was followed by sharing memories over drinks.
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