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We hope you enjoy this latest issue of

The OD

featuring the

lives and achievements of our Old Dragons.

This year I was delighted to see so many of you during the

year at our Reunions. In September 2015 we commemorated

ODs who fought and died in the First World War during our

WW1 Commemoration events. The event was one of the

most creative and engaging we have ever hosted with over

400 attendees over the two days.

We welcomed more ODs to the pre-1950s Reunion in March

2016. It was heartening to see many former pupils from that

fine vintage so full of vigour and good humour. Once again,

friendships were renewed.

This year we introduced our series of planned

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: Industry Groups which aim to bring the Dragon

community together to create dynamic Dragon networks.

The first event, held in March 2016, was a very successful

and lively Entrepreneurs’ Forum. We are planning many

more events for different industries over the coming year.

Please see page 12 to find out more.

The School continues to thrive. This year, our pupils have

moved on to some of our finest public schools, as always.

We continue to pride ourselves, however, on never letting

exams dominate the children’s lives. We are committed to

developing each child through sport, drama, art, music,

extra-curricular activities, academic rigour and, of course,

through play. Dragon children continue to retain their natural

creativity and independent spirits. You would recognise

current Dragons as kindred souls, not so very different from

yourselves at the same age – or indeed now.

Finally, myself and Wendy announce that we will be leaving

the Dragon after 15 happy and productive years at the end

of the summer term 2017. However, we have another joyful

year ahead of us and many more reunions to look forward to

so we aren’t saying our goodbyes just yet. We look forward

to meeting many more of you at the 1990s Reunion and the

Dragon Dinner at Lords in September, and at future


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: Events next academic year. See page 28.

With every good wish,

John Baugh