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J U N I O R B O A R D I N G

J U N I O R B O A R D I N G

Jasmine is a 10 year old in D Block (Year 5) who been a

boarding Dragon for two years. She was born in Singapore

and when her parents moved back to the UK, they decided

to look at junior Dragon boarding for Jasmine and her twin

brother, Rafferty. She can’t pinpoint her favourite thing

about the School.

“There are so many things I love about

it,”

she says.

“Everyone – from teachers to the children – is

really nice and I feel as though I’m learning so much.”

Jasmine is particularly

keen on learning

the piano, but she

also plays netball,

hockey,

rounders,

tennis and athletics.

Her favourite subjects

are English, Art and

Design Technology.

“My family lives

in Gloucestershire

so I have to board

because it is too

far to come in to

school every day,”

she says.

“I settled

in so quickly and I

didn’t get homesick

much because we

are busy – if I was a

day pupil, I would have missed out a lot on the games and

other activities like the Halloween party in October.”

Jasmine’s parents learnt about theDragonwhen they attended

a talk in Singapore by John Baugh, then Headmaster.

“We

were so impressed by what the School had to offer and

how all our concerns about boarding were answered with

confidence and warmth,”

says Imogen, Jasmine’s mum.

“Having spent nearly 10 years overseas, first in Hong Kong

and with the majority of our time away in Singapore, we

decided to relocate back to the UK. Despite all three of our

children being born and happily raised in Singapore, we

were keen for them all to be educated back home for senior

school entry.”

Although Jasmine didn’t know anyone at the Dragon when

she joined, she soon made friends.

“My Boarding House,

Whitty’s, is wonderful and, if I had a choice between being

a day pupil and boarding, I’d still choose boarding,”

she

says.

There is an impressive system of Houseparents, matrons,

teachers and gap year staff to support the children; they are

there to chat to, play sport with, or sometimes just be around.

The School encourages them to think of the Boarding House

as ‘home at school’; they return there for Bunbreak, lunchtime

play, changing for Games and afternoon tea. These are times

to catch up with friends and houseparents, you’re your post

and even drop a quick email home. After school, there is free

time and a wide range of clubs for Boarders to get involved

in.

Rupert Blencowe (Head of Boarding) sums up boarding

life at the Dragon by explaining that:

“Happy, successful

boarding is a truly wonderful gift. It can nurture lifelong

skills and widen horizons for those fortunate enough to be

a part of the journey. In our Houseparents at the Dragon,

we have some of the most dedicated and skilled people in

education. They immerse themselves in the welfare and

happiness of the children, providing the caring family

atmosphere in which children can flourish. For those

contemplating boarding at 13+, Dragon boarding provides

an ideal environment to gain independence and develop

responsibility.”

Day boarding for those in E, D and C Blocks is available to

give day pupils the chance to experience regular boarding

for up to four nights per week in our day Boarding House on

Bardwell Road.

My Boarding House, Whitty’s, is

wonderful and, if I had a choice

between being a day pupil and

boarding, I’d still choose boarding

Junior Boarding

at the Dragon