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2016 · ISSUE 5



Our growing legion of Facebook

followers has been enjoying

our weekly delve into Dragon

history with the launch of

Flashback Friday, when we post

a photo from the archives. One

of the more popular images

showed Dragons skating on

School House lawn in the 1960s:

Robert Munro (OD 1967)

remembers being taught to stay

upright by holding on to the

back of a chair. Another popular

image showed the outdoor

pool, which triggered memories

for James Tidmarsh (1981) of

Lofty shouting “early morning

dippers, up you get!” at 14

Bardwell Road, and memories

for others of learning to swim

in the Cherwell, with fewer

health and safety requirements

standing in their way than we

have today. We have enjoyed

reading your comments and the

memories that these pictures

have prompted. In addition, a

wonderful selection of photos

and postcards c1960s were

kindly sent in by Sheelagh Birks,

née McKee, whose father was

Head of Maintenance at the

Dragon for many years.

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and OD News.

Flashback Friday


Robin Wong

launched his first

start up, Custom, in October

2015. Custom is a fashion

search engine for people who

like to shop online but want a

quick, uncluttered and simple

way to find highly relevant

and completely personalised



Ed Barnett

ran the 2016 London

Marathon in memory of his

father, who sadly took his own

life after a battle with depression

in January 2014. He writes, “My

father was a great Dad, a well-

respected GP and was a huge

influence in my life.” Ed has

raised £2,985 for Rethink Mental

Illness, explaining, “One in four

people suffer some form of mental

illness in their lifetime and every

year in the UK around 6000

people commit suicide, leaving

devastation behind.”

Ed is Head of Boys’ PE at

Our Lady’s Abingdon Senior

School. “My sporting passion was

instilled in me at the Dragon. The

excellent grounding I received

at the Dragon provided me with

the tools to compete in a number

of sports at a high level, which

resulted in me being able to teach

competently a variety of sports

to pupils of all ages. The Dragon

also provided a great understanding

of prep school life which has

proved invaluable in my teaching

career.” Ed is married to Lara and

lives in Thame, Oxfordshire. He

completed the marathon in 3 hrs

21 mins. Ed said: “The experience

was incredible. The atmosphere

and goodwill along the way was

fantastic. The gruelling training

programme was well worth it.”

Formerly Head of History of Art at

Wycombe Abbey School and now

Head of Sixth Form at Cheltenham


Dan Evans

has recently

been appointed as Housemaster of

Leconfield House at Cheltenham

College. He will be taking up the

role in September 2017 supported

by his wife Becks, and two young

sons Hector and Tobias.

Samuel George Philip Taylor

, a

brother to Jessica, was born on

12 June 2015 to Bethany Taylor,

née Woodeson, and Ben Taylor.

Bethany runs two companies

(events and ski chalets) and has

moved back to Oxfordshire to

build a family home.

1994 and 1995

Congratulations to

Naji Abu



Rupert Lloyd


winning the Outstanding Debut

by a British Writer, Director

or Producer award at the

2016 BAFTAs

for their exceptional

debut film




was also

nominated for the Best Foreign

Language Film at the Oscars

and Abu Nowar was also named

Variety’s 2014 Arab Director of the

Year. Set during WWI, the film

explores the impact of an external

culture on a young Bedouin,

Theeb, and his tribe. Naji told the

Guardian, “If you love what you

do, then no matter what your level

of success you will be happy.

I don’t need an Oscar or any

awards or success to be happy,

because making films does that for

me.” (See page 5).