Christmas Term Round-Up

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From our Remembrance Sunday Service, and B Block performance of Journey’s End, to the Pre-Prep Nativity and Dragon Sale, there were many moments to enjoy this winter at the Dragon.

Below are a selection of highlights from this Christmas Term.

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Remembrance Sunday Service
Sunday 8 November 2020

On Sunday, 8th November 1920, the Dragon welcomed the Bishop of Oxford and previous Headmaster of Winchester College, Dr Hubert Burge, to preside over a service of dedication of our Memorial Cross. 100 years ago to the day, on Sunday, 8th November 2020, we acknowledge 100 years since the dedication of the Cross.

Read more about the history of our Memorial Cross.

Although this year’s arrangements were different, the Dragon community came together in their own communities and kept the spirit alive one hundred years on. On this Remembrance Sunday, 8th November 2020, we remembered the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and acknowledged 100 years since the dedication of the Cross. Current pupils Solomon and Olivia, alongside Deputy Head Clare Strickland and Group Captain Martin Johnson RAF (Ret’d) lay wreaths.

Click here to watch this year’s Remembrance Sunday Service.

Remembrance Sunday 2020

 

Journey’s End
Saturday 7 November 2020

Every year, B Block work to stage our version of R.C. Sheriff’s Journey’s End, a poignant and honest story of life in the trenches during the First World War. Their intention, each November, is to add context and deeper understanding to the Remembrance Sunday Service. This year, students, teachers and parents were invited to watch the play being performed in Lynam Hall underneath the portraits of past Headmasters, online.

 

A Christmas Carol
Friday 4 December 2020

A Block’s festive production of ‘A Christmas Carol’, adapted by Richard Kidd and Conor McReynolds, saw the Lynam Hall stage come alive with set, props and costumed Dragons this Christmas Term. On Friday 4 December, 28 A Block children streamed their live performance to parents, family and boarders. ‘A Christmas Carol’ was performed without a live orchestra, however there was music throughout in the form of live solo and pre-recorded singing. One scene even included an ‘elbow touch’ in place of the traditional handshake. A recording of their performance was thoroughly enjoyed by the staff and children in the final week of term.

Congratulations to the talented A Block cast, and huge thanks to Mr Dickson, for such a memorable and special production.

 

Pre-Prep Nativity
December, 2020

All three Reception classes performed The Nativity as class groups, as opposed to their whole Year group, this year. The children’s joy-filled and confident performances were recorded, and made available for parents and families to enjoy on Firefly. On the afternoon of each performance, the Pre-Prep was alive with wonderful music, and the energy and commitment from each child was evident. The children sang songs including: ‘Clip Clop’, ‘Knock, Knock, Knock’, ‘Warming Our Toes’, and ‘Jesus is Born’. Well done to both Reception children and staff on three memorable and high-spirited productions of this year’s Nativity.

 

Dragon Sale
Online, 2020

The Sale is deeply rooted in the Dragon’s long history. Every year, since 1944, our community has come together and raised tens of thousands of pounds on Sale day. Archivist, Gay Sturt, has compiled a list of the many Guests of Honour the Sale has welcomed over the years.

Sadly, we were unable to hold a physical Dragon Sale this year, and there will be no gathering at Bardwell Road on Saturday 12th December. However, the Sale Committee devised a way for the Dragon School community to mark the 77th annual Sale with the values of philanthropy, enterprise and creativity.

The hub for their fundraising efforts this year is the Dragon Sale website. Every week until the end of Christmas Term new and exciting offerings were announced on the page, including customised Dragon hoodies & onesies, Dragon-branded gifts — from mugs to hats, and platters to pinnies, wreaths and gingerbread houses, ‘Author’s Corner’, and pre-loved bikes (lovingly restored by Dragon QUEST students). Although the shopping period ended on 4th December, it is still possible to visit their website and make a donation.

The School planned many festive activities for the students throughout the term, that instilled a sense of the Sale-spirit both at School and virtually.

Click here to watch a short video from the Headmaster, Dr Hyde-Dunn.