Welcome to your Easter Term update. The term began in January with a UK Government announcement of a third national lockdown. While this meant we were unable to have Dragon children in School, except for those who were part of the key worker provision, our live teaching virtual classrooms and extensive remote learning curriculum immediately launched into action. This included online inter-school sports challenges, instrumental music lessons (an impressive 716 a week on 25 different instruments), Friday evening Spectrum talks, Saturday lessons and Disco talks, plus our innovative Dragon QUEST Saturday morning curriculum enrichment programme.
Our young Dragons embraced this challenge of remote learning with characteristic commitment, enthusiasm and resilience. Alongside this, we are very grateful for the generous support received from parents and guardians, affirming the strength of partnership between home and School. After seven weeks of remote learning, we were delighted to welcome back boarders and day pupils for the resumption of face-to-face teaching and learning from Monday 8 March. For those Dragons who remain overseas, our ‘blended learning’ provision ensures that these families remain connected.
Within this Easter Term edition of Community News, we take a walk down Dragon Lane with OD father and son, Tony and George Munsey (OD 1973, OD 2006). We dive into the Dragon archives with our School archivist Gay Sturt, looking back to the first Ma in recognition of Women’s History Month, and enjoy Bun Break with two young Dragons taking a current staff member down ‘memory lane’. We join Rick Mower (OD 1981) as he reflects on the power of connection, and we share some Deliciously Ella (OD 2004) lockdown lunch inspiration.
You will also find the ever-popular Old Dragon updates, Congratulations, OD Bookshelf sections, plus a selection of featured articles. In addition, I do hope you will enjoy the gallery at the bottom of this page, sharing a few selected highlights from this Easter Term at the Dragon.
As we reflect upon these challenging times, I should like to commend our young Dragons for their truly impressive application and unstinting commitment to their Dragon Education. Looking ahead, we hope this term’s reintroduction of face-to-face teaching really will mark the return of uninterrupted onsite provision, as the Pre-Prep and Bardwell Road now resonate again to the lively sound of happy Dragons. Furthermore, as we anticipate the safe lifting of national restrictions, we look forward to the day when we can welcome you back to the Dragon in person, too.
I do hope you and your families keep safe and well in the weeks and months ahead.
With all best wishes,