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Edward Holroyd Pearce


his partner David Sampson

are pleased to announce the

birth of their twins, Abigail and

Jasper, who were born either

side of midnight on 21 and 22 of

February 2016 in California.


Matilda Cooper

is currently

based in Lashio, Myanmar,

where she is Deputy Head of

a new sub-delegation of the

International Committee of the

Red Cross (ICRC), responsible for

Protection Teams in the field. She

joined the ICRC some years ago

having become fluent in Arabic,

first at BirminghamUniversity,

then in Morocco and finally at

the University of Damascus (pre-

2009). This equipped her for her

first mission to South Sudan, and

another to Gaza. Her last mission

was to Lebanon, where she was

working with displaced Syrian

refugees near Tripoli. Matilda likes

her new temporary home but

comments that much of the local

diet consists of rice and noodles...

or noodles and rice.


Gemma Kingsbury

gave birth to

a baby girl, Edie Amy Josephine

Coco Wrobel, on 3 December

2015. Gemma will be marrying

Edie’s father, Barney Wrobel, in

June 2016. She is a Montessori

teacher in Oxford.

Congratulations to

Hugh Doulton

who launched fundraising

initiative, Sing for Comoros

Forests, which raised over

$40,000 for the Comoro Islands,

which are suffering the highest

deforestation rate in the world.

To find out more see




Alastair Simmie and Edward


(0Ds 1998) cycled from

Land's End to John O Groat's in

May 2016. They covered 1000

miles in 9 days along with 5

other friends in order to raise

funds for EHE Rare Cancer UK.

Alastair's wife was diagnosed

with this rare cancer the day

before their wedding last year;

due to its rarity, there is a severe

lack of funding for research. 250

people attended a Charity ball at

The Hurlingham Club organised

by Alastair, and a further

£70,000 was raised on the night.

Collectively Alastair and Milly

Simmie have now raised over

£150,000 for EHE Rare Cancer

in just under a year, which puts

Millie in the top 1% globally on


Alistair Simmie

(OD 1998)

married Millie on 11th July 2015;

Charlie Arber (OD 1998) was the

best man.

Charlie Arber

(OD 1998) is now

working in Stem Cell research

studying on Alzheimers’ and

Huntington’s disease among



Georgia Cummings


her business, Potage, to deliver

nourishing, handmade meals

made with seasonal ingredients

straight to your desk or door. The

idea was sparked off by a walk

Georgia and her brother Oliver

Cummings (OD 1997) took in

Hyde Park when they stopped for

a hot winter stew and chunk of

bread. Potage caters for large and

small groups with meals that can

be delivered in individual pots or

sharing boxes. Georgia organised

a Potage entrepreneurs’ event

with Nick Wheeler (OD 1978)

as a speaker on 3 May 2016.

pocket squares. Every design is of

a British scene and has a story to

tell: the location, the artist’s story,

their style, or simply their favourite

colours. The brand is new this

season but the designs are selling

internationally. All the products are

made in England (near Brighton)

and are of very high grade 100%

silk twill. The brand went live just

before Christmas and Sam is now

going full steam ahead, selling his

beautiful scarves both through

his website and retailers.


Ella Woodward

, the successful

healthy food blogger and author

of the fastest ever selling debut


Deliciously Ella


married her partner, Matthew

Mills, in Mustique in April 2016.

The pair also opened Mae Deli

in London just before Christmas,

which aims to use natural,

unrefined ingredients to create

delicious, nourishing meals full of

interesting flavours and textures.

Ella’s next book is due to be

published in September.


On the afternoon of Sunday 18

October 2015,

Jane Byam Shaw

and the Oxfordshire Cricket Board

presented the Felix Byam Shaw

Award outside the Dragon 1st XI

pavilion. The award, introduced

by Oxfordshire Cricket to

commemorate Felix’s life, recognises

the efforts or contributions of a

player in any age group that go

beyond the ordinary. The winner

was Daniel Patey, a member of the

Oxfordshire Under 17 team. Felix

died of meningitis last year and we

included a full obituary of his short

but immensely full life in last year’s

OD magazine


The Felix Byam Shaw family

have also launched a project to

create a 120-hectare hedgehog

reserve in memory of Felix, who

died after contracting meningitis

on holiday with family friends in

July 2014. The Dragon School is

delighted to be involved in this



The Dragon celebrated 20 years of its Japanese Exchange

programme with Tokyo school Keio Yochisha on Friday 29 April

2016 with the planting of a Japanese zelcova tree in the grounds.

Former Keio Headmaster and programme leader, Mitsuaki Kato,

flew in especially to join fellow teachers and pupils from Keio

Yochisha for the anniversary celebration.

The Dragon presented its Japanese counterpart with a unique

book which records the full history of the exchange using

photographs of pupils and staff involved over the years.

The Dragon’s relationship with Keio began when some

senior masters from Keio Yochisha came to the Dragon on an

exploratory visit in the mid 1990s; the first Japanese students

then visited the Dragon in April 1996.

Former Master of the Dragon, Roger Trafford, said: “I doubt

very much whether there are two younger age group schools

so far apart in location as Tokyo and Oxford which are able to

celebrate 20 years of friendship and exchanges as we can.”

Dragon celebrates 20 years

of its Japan Exchange

Congratulations to

Zinca Bozovic

and Captain Martin Machale who

got engaged in February 2016.


Lucy Eaton

is a professional

actress and co-founder of the Go

People theatre company which,

as well as producing public

shows in London, offers a Private

Theatre service, which brings

intimate productions into the

comfort of a host’s own home as

after-dinner entertainment. Go

People performed at members’

clubs Home House and The Club

at The Ivy in early 2016, and two

major public shows are planned

for later in the year. Lucy also

spoke at the

Arduus ad Solem


Entrepreneurs event in March

(see page 12).


Sam Petty

has started up a silk

brand called David Watson.

Sam loves art and fashion and is

collaborating with British artists

to share their passion for their

local area on silk scarves and