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D R A G O N S N E W S
As the sun shone down on the final days
of term, we once again enjoyed one of the
great Dragon traditions; the Dragon Festival
of Athletics. The festival takes over the
school fields over three Sports Days and
builds to an exciting day of finals on the
very last day of term. Parents and family
members join us to cheer and support,
creating a joyful atmosphere at the end of
term. This is very much part of the rite of
passage for our leavers, making their last
day of school a most memorable one.
The School’s two sporting principles of
excellence and participation are married
together in perfect harmony during this
great celebration of sport. From the whole-
class tug-o-war contests that energise
the E Block, the shuttle relays that see
140 children competing in the space of
five minutes, and through to the iconic
Obstacle Race – which must be seen to
be believed – every child takes part as an
individual or as part of a team. To watch
the Dragon’s staff members complete the
course with such enthusiasm and energy
is to see the Dragon spirit in microcosm
and further inspires and encourages the
children to enjoy the experience of taking
part in a joyful sporting event.
Individual athletic excellence is
celebrated too, of course, in the traditional
way, with the full range of athletics
competitions which test and challenge our
Children’s Achievements at the Dragon
• Dragon running continues to go from strength to strength. We now have a number of girls who compete at the Oxford City Athletics
Club, in their aptly named ‘Pocket Rockets group’. Congratulations to: Clover de Jonge, Holly and Beth Hunter, Katie Jeans and Bryony Strickland.
• Over the Easter holidays, Octavia Steiger (B Block) won the U12 British Women’s Ski Cross Championship. This is a real achievement, being her first
Ski Cross event (an Olympic sport). Well done to Octavia for her great success.
• In April 2016 Oscar Briggs and Ollie Coulcher-Porter (C Block) represented Oxfordshire U11 squash at the regional and then the national Inter County
Festival. The team finished 11th out of 28 teams.
• Taran Pal Bola has been known for his excellent engagement in philanthropy. On 0 March 2016 he completed a Triathlon in 50:55 minutes and
raised an incredible £722.00 for Sports Relief.
“I believe, if all of us, young or old, did something, however small, for those who live in poverty there will
be no hunger in our world. Set yourself a challenge, it doesn’t have to be anything big, but it will make a huge difference. You could start with a 1km walk;
it would still help. When I did my Triathlon on Sunday 20 March, I had to dig deep in my heart or I would have given up.”
• Henry Rose (A Block) and his companions in the English team competed at the 2016 World Bridge Youth Championships in Italy in Summer 2016.
They made it to the quarter finals and finished in an impressive 8th place. Well done Henry.
• Fin Brickman A Block won Dauntsey’s annual Dodechedron Competition - a highly respected maths competition. Over 1,000 candidates competed, of
which a total of 33 finalists from 17 different schools took part. An incredible achievement.
• Freya Bearn (B Block) had her poem
‘What Shape Would You Be?’
published in the
in April 2016. She is the first child to ever have a
written article published in this magazine - what a fantastic achievement.
What Shape Would You Be?
If you were a shape, what shape would you be?
Would you have corners – one, two and three?
You’d be a triangle, just like me.
Now if I were a shape, what shape would I be?
Apart from a triangle with corners to three.
Would I be a square, or a kite, or who knows
Would I be a mystery – a mystery that grows?
So big that all other mysteries dissolve
Into this one big mystery that no one can solve.
most competitive Dragons. In addition,
every sports day ends with 100m Sprints
and the Bannister Challenge – an attempt
by Dragon’s finest to recreate the four-
minute mile via an 8x200 relay (the best we
have done is 4:04).
Dragon Sports Day promotes
participation and encourages excellence
and embodies the Dragon sporting vales of
respect, courage and discipline. With one
of our ODs returning from Rio with a silver
medal from her fifth consecutive Olympic
Games – Frances Houghton (OD 1993) in
the women’s rowing eight - who’s to say that
this summer won’t be the springboard for
more Olympic dreams?