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2015 · issue 4

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CONTENTS

Contents

OD Achievements

2-5

Bookshelf

6-7

William Pye

8-9

Skipper’s War

10-12

Dragon In Burma

13

Dragon

14-15

Development

OD Events

16-18

and Reunions

OD News /

19-20

Announcements

Obituaries

21-23

OD Merchandise

24

Contact Us

OD & Development

25

Events Diary

Headline

News

A selection of highlights from 2014-2015…

More news of Dragon happenings can be found on the School

website at

www.dragonschool.org

and our

Facebook page

Dragon School, Oxford.

Oxford and Cambridge

University Boat Race

Two ODs made history by heading

up the Oxford University boating line

ups in April 2015. Anastasia Chitty (OD

2007) was elected OUWBC President

last year to make the Challenge, and

rowed in the 2 seat on the day.The

Oxford Boat had a superb race and

won the day by a considerable margin.

Will Geffen (OD 2008), the youngest

at 19, lined up in the bow seat

amongst a host of postgraduates.

The Oxford Boat played a very tactical

race, stealing a significant lead on

Cambridge which turned the race

into a clear win for his boat.

Grand National 2015

SamWaley-Cohen (OD 1995) rode as

the jockey for Oscar Time in the Grand

National. Riding a 20/1 outsider, Sam

finished in a highly respectable 15th

place to cap his 6th Grand National

appearance to go with his Cheltenham

Gold Cup victory in 2011.

Dragon Polo

Three Dragon teams won the national

title and second position in the Novice

division in the SUPA National Junior

Schools Championships in May 2015.

Skoll World Forum 2015

Two Dragon pupils, plus a current

and a former pupil of the Blackbird

AcademyTrust, were guests at the

Skoll World Forum in April, the largest

gathering of Social entrepreneurs in

Europe.The pupils met with Archbishop

DesmondTutu and his daughter, as well

as Jeff Skoll, co-founder of eBay and

the Skoll Foundation.

IAPS Swim Finals Success

In May 2015, 31 Dragons competed

at the IAPS National Finals in Crawley,

with Dragon finishing the day as the

3rd best ranked Co-Ed Prep School

in the country for the second year in

a row.

Blue Plaque Unveiling

In March 2015, the Dragon hosted

the unveiling of a new blue plaque,

sponsored by the Society of Biology,

to the famous Biologist and Polymath

JBS Haldane (OD 1905) who

contributed so much to the field of

Genetics in the 1900s.

Dragon Pupil to Perform in

National Youth Musical Theatre

An A Block pupil is to be cast in this

year’s NationalYouth MusicalTheatre

production of ‘Pendragon’. The

production will be staged in August at

theTheatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.

Judo IAPS

The Dragon entered a dedicated eight

man team into the IAPS Judo in March

2015. Seven of our competitors won

medals, enabling the Dragon team

to secure enough points to win the

overall event.

Dragon Sale Results

The 2014 Dragon Christmas Charity

Sale raised £115,000 for children’s

charities.The number of stalls run

by the pupils has increased from a

small handful to over 60 wonderfully

creative stalls.The Sale was opened

by actor Tom Hollander (OD 1980).