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THE Od

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EvEnTs & rEuniOns

A wonderful time was had

meeting Old Dragons and

guests at the Roger Smith Hotel

in New York on Wednesday

22nd October. Over 30 guests

shared fond memories and

renewed old friendships over

wine and canapés. The ODs

spanned a wide range of year

groups from Matthew Southern

(OD 2004) to Professor John

Hedley-Whyte (OD 1947) and

his wife Tessa, who travelled

from Boston to attend the

occasion.

Matthew Hickman (OD

1977) is our new Dragon

Community representative

in New York with the aim of

creating a more supportive

network for all Dragon

Community members working,

living or studying in the New

York State area. He talked

to guests about the planned

Music facility. Many ODs were

interested in the project and

others pledged their support to

help make it a reality.

Every year in June, ODs and members

of the Dragon community who have

pledged legacies to the Dragon are

invited to attend the Skipper Society

Day – an annual event which welcomes

them back to the school.

This year was no exception and

on Saturday 7th June Skipper Society

Members and their guests returned to

the Dragon for a morning’s musical

entertainment in the Lynam Hall.

Fifty children, including pupils from

our Dragon Pre-Prep: Lynams and

Years 4-7, performed songs from

‘Annie Get Your Gun’ and ‘Pirates of

Penzance’. The Year 2 Lynams children

playing their violas and violins

received rapturous applause for their

wonderful efforts and there was not

a dry eye as the Dragon School Choir

sang John Rutter’s, The Lord Bless You

and Keep You.

A delicious lunch with the

Headmaster followed the concert

and enabled Skipper members an

opportunity to hear about the School’s

future plans and latest achievements.

skipper society

day

2014

Think like an artist

a new Creative Class is evolving out of the

technical revolution and therefore nurturing

creativity will become essential for our

young Dragons’ future success.

Think Like an Artist will be published on

16 July 2015 and Will be selling and signing

copies at the next Dragon Sale.

150 parents, former parents and Old Dragons

attended the Dragon London Lecture on

Thursday 30 April. Will Gompertz, the BBC’s

charismatic Arts Editor, entertained Old

Dragons, parents and staff with his thought-

provoking talk based on his forthcoming

book, Think Like an Artist, in the elegant

Art Deco lecture theatre of the Royal British

Institute of Architects, London.

A drinks reception was held in the

theatre foyer which was decorated with a

creative display of spring flowers. Two brief

performances demonstrated Dragon pupils’

creative progression and set the tone for

Will’s talk: The E Block Horn Trio played

a hymn tune and March for Three Dragons,

specially composed for them and The

Dragon Saxophone Quartet played three

challenging pieces.

Will’s very witty and entertaining talk

focused on the lessons we can learn from

great artists as diverse as Rubens, Picasso,

Bridget Riley, Damien Hirst and Theaster

Gates. He concluded that great artists are

entrepreneurial, focused and continually

seeking out inspiration. They take ideas from

the past and rework and reinvent them to

create something new. Will hypothesised that

new York drinks,

22nd October 2014