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2017 · ISSUE 6

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EVENTS AND REUNIONS

Betjeman Society Day

Saturday 10 June 2017

Andrew McCallum (1964) and Robert Kay

(1958), members of the Betjeman Society,

returned to the school on Saturday, 10 June

for the Society AGM. At the event, the Society

generously donated a plaque, unveiled by

the Headmaster, and Charlotte, Year 2, to

mark 100 years since Sir John Betjeman

(1920) arrived at the Dragon. Betjeman’s

playful schoolboy poems, published in the

Draconian, were read by children.

Andrew, Vice-Chairman of the Society,

said: “It was a superb occasion, we could not

have wished for more”. He recalled Sir John

arriving at the Dragon by helicopter to open

a school fête in 1963 - quite the entrance. If

you remember that day, or remember what

Sir John said, do get in touch.

Knatchbull Lecture

5th May 2017

Two ODs who had received grants from the Nicholas Knatchbull Travel Fund

delivered this year’s annual Knatchbull Lecture. Freddie Fitzalan Howard

(2009) gave a very entertaining talk on his car journey (with a short ferry ride

to avoid Syria) across Europe in the footsteps of the 1st Crusade. Lucy Touche

(2010) outlined her three months spent in Nicaragua as part of International

Citizen Service which aims to help tackle some of the Millennium goals. We

were joined on the evening by Simon Jones (1978) who, as one of the trustees

of the NKTF, was part of the panel who decided upon these and many other

grants to ODs.

If any OD is considering such an expedition, please get in touch with the

School through the web site where you can read more about the background to

the Fund and download an application form.

www.dragonschool.org/community/knatchbull-travel-fund.html

We were very sad to hear of the death of the

Countess Mountbatten of Burma at the age of

94 on 13 June 2017. All five of her sons were

Dragon boarders, and became ODs between

1961 and 1978. She continued to play a role

in the School for long after their time here.

Following the tragic death of both her father,

Lord Mountbatten of Burma, and her son,

Nicholas Knatchbull, by a terrorist bomb in

Ireland in 1979 she became the first Chair of

Trustees of the Nicholas Knatchbull Travel

Fund. Her personal interest in this Fund, which

has enabled generations of ODs to explore

and make an impact on charities and social

enterprises across the world, continued until

her recent death.

The Beginning of a Long Goodbye

‘A Farewell to John and Wendy Baugh’

On a gloriously sunny weekend at the

end of the Easter term, we welcomed over

400 Old Dragons and their families back

as part of a long goodbye to the current

Headmaster, John Baugh, and his wife,

Wendy.

The Reunion Supper on Friday,

for ODs who attended the School

during John’s leadership, was followed by

a Saturday buffet lunch for JODs and their

parents the following day.

John spoke about his and Wendy’s

time at the school, and thanked their

‘children’ for making their years at the

Dragon so happy and memorable. Instead

of the usual traditional oil painting, John

explained that his leaving portrait will

include the faces of every single Dragon

who has passed through the school over

the last 15 years. “Over 4,000 individual

photos of ODs will make up the image,”

John said, “ensuring you will always

remain a part of the ‘fabric of the Dragon’.”

John added, “It has been an emotional

but very enjoyable weekend.” Parents and

ODs alike agreed it was “a fitting finale”

and a “perfect way to say goodbye”.

Thank you to all those who joined

John and Wendy over the two days.

https://news.iaps.uk/story/11598

OD Reunion

(OD Leavers 2002-2012)

Friday 24 March 2017

JOD Day (OD Leavers

2013-2016) and parents

Saturday 25 March 2017