Busy Dragons
Dragons Today
contains news
and views from the Dragon
School in Oxford. We hope you
will be interested to read about
recent achievements, sporting
success and life inside and
outside the classroom. The
school welcomes enquiries and
visits - details of forthcoming
events and contact information
are given on the back cover of
this newsletter.
Going Greek
In line with Dragon tradition, Year 6
performed the annual Greek plays
in the Forum in the Easter term.
Written by members of the Dragon
Classics department the plays are
designed to include every member
of the year group. The Trojan War
and Odysseus’ return to Ithaca,
rendered with customary skill and
suitably accessorised with swords
and sandals, were met with general
acclaim. Later in the summer,
Year 4 also went Greek with their
traditional outdoor performance of
some well-known and much loved
Greek myths. Each form presented
a different story using the same
costumes, props and wigs to great
humorous effect.
London Cricketers
In June the Dragon was pleased to welcome
players from Primrose Hill Cricket Club to
play the U8s, 9s and 10s on our fields. A
summer barbeque by the river for children and
parents was followed by an excellent sporting
afternoon. The U10s came in for a shock when
they realised that the opposition’s star player
was a girl – she plundered 92 out of Primrose
Hill’s total of 164 for 6 before the exciting
match closed in a draw.
No Problem
This spring, 80 pupils
from the Dragon’s Years
7 and 8 entered the UK
Intermediate Maths
Challenge which is aimed at
pupils up to Year 11. The top 40% nationally
qualify for certificates – and the Dragon did
extremely well. Bearing in mind that most
of the opposition were significantly older
children, we are especially pleased to relate
that: 18 Dragons won bronze certificates,
6 won silver (putting them in the top 20%
in the country) and 8 won gold. Only 7%
of all the children who entered won the top
certificate, so this is particularly impressive
for pupils in Years 7 and 8.
All Out for a Good Cause
Proving it is never too early to learn about
philanthropy, the children of the Dragon Pre-
prep Lynams threw themselves into a run for
Sport Relief in the spring. After limbering up
they walked or ran a mile with their teachers
who set the pace but were passed by many of
the young pupils.
At Bardwell Road, the philanthropy
phase of the annual Governors’ Challenge
saw a ‘market’ day of frenetic trading in April.
Year 7 were invited to ‘grow’ seed money of
£2 with enterprising ideas and did so in the
shape of 44 stalls of ingenious offers to tempt
other Dragons. Charities selected by the
children benefitted from all the profits.
The traditional Summer Fayre followed
in June when the boarders threw themselves
into a host of fun activities for 20p, including
the obligatory ‘wellie wanging’. As is also
traditional the weather was perfect and a
satisfying sum went to Water Aid.
Philanthropy in the classroom included
a special visit from the Big Give who came
to the school to hear pitches from Dragons
on behalf of causes discovered through the
charity’s innovative website. The Year 8
pupils had conducted in-depth reviews of the
operations and finances of 54 charities before
9 projects were chosen for presentation. With
the help of a generous sponsor, the pupils
were able to give donations to their chosen
charities, competing for the largest amount to
go to the overall winner. The representatives
of the Big Give were impressed by the quality
of the children’s arguments and having
developed this template with the Dragon
will be using it in other schools to promote
philanthropy and teach intelligent giving.
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