From Remembrance Sunday Service to the Centenary Match against Summer Fields, Dragon QUEST activities to the first event in this year’s Arduus ad Solem series, there were many moments to enjoy this term at the Dragon.
Below is a selection of highlights from the first term of this academic year.
Dragons in the Community
The Power of Partnerships
The Dragon is proud to have continued to join Oxford Mutual Aid’s (OMA) efforts in supporting vulnerable people in the local community, the NHS, key workers, and local aid organisations this term. We were delighted to welcome Nabila and Muran, two directors at Oxford Mutual Aid, this October. They met with Ellie King, Director of Social & Environmental Impact, and Emma Goldsmith, Head, to talk about how we can provide support throughout the Christmas period.
Saturdays, during Summer Term 2021
Module 2 of Dragon QUEST took place this term with Bushcraft Dragons exploring the great outdoors, whilst Dragon Putters developed their golfing game. Manga Dragons entered the world of anime, while others entered the world of Dungeons and Dragons, working together to search for legendary treasures. Aquatic Dragons developed their water confidence and competence, whilst Dragon Lifesavers developed self-rescue techniques, rescue awareness and lifesaving sport skills. Dragon Racquets played Henry VIII’s tennis game, Dragons Rock took part in band sessions coached by industry professionals, and our Dragon Signers learnt the basics of British Sign Language.
Remembrance Sunday Service
Sunday 14 November
Remembrance Sunday Service was held on Sunday, 14 November and welcomed parents, children, colleagues, and ODs to the School. The service began on the playground and moved to the Memorial Cross where readings, poems and the laying of wreaths commemorated the heroic efforts and sacrifices of those who had served in past wars, including members of our Dragon community.
Forest School for Reception
This continues to be a real highlight for our youngest Dragons, providing them with a brilliant and regular opportunity to explore the outdoors.
Centenary of the first match between the Dragon and Summer Fields
Wednesday 24 November
2020 was the centenary of the first match between Summer Fields and the Dragon, but COVID-19, unfortunately, put a stop to that taking place. We were so pleased to have the match happen this year, instead, taking 20 teams from A to E Block to play at Summer Fields. It is 101 years since the first group of Dragons made the same journey for the first rugby match between the two schools, which the Dragon won. To mark the occasion, the U13A match was played with a vintage leather ruby ball and the Dragon presented Summer Fields with a plaque to commemorate the long association between the two schools. The Dragon archives contain a photograph of the 1st XV Dragon team from a century ago which includes Bernard Gadney who went on to play scrum-half for Leicester Tigers and the British Lions. He won 14 England caps between 1932 and 1938 and was captain on eight occasions. His brother, Cyril Gadney, was an international rugby referee and President of the RFU. In a lovely turn of events at this year’s match, Bernard Gadney’s great-grandson scored on the first team pitch in his final year at the Dragon.
[Pictured: Hugo McNeile, the Dragon Head of Rugby, who was a boy at Summer Fields, 1986; A plaque to mark the occasion gifted by the Dragon to Summer Fields; Dragon boys walking to the match; The match]
Takes place on Saturday 11 December
In 2019 over 200 industrious Dragons came together to run an incredible 70 Dragon pupil stalls at the Sale raising £206,000 for over 120 charities. In 2020, COVID-19 changed the landscape of energetic, industrious, bustling Dragons to one of the virtual world. Despite the challenging circumstances the Dragon community rallied and came together, as always, to raise an incredible £44,000.
This year’s Dragon Sale promises to be an exciting day and we hope to welcome many of our local community on Saturday 11 December. Visit the Dragon Sale website for more information and to enter this year’s silent auction.