Busy Dragons
Fair Exchanges
Summer saw the ‘home’ leg of the Dragon’s
regular overseas exchange programmes. In
the spring, 31 Year 6 pupils had taken the
Eurostar to Paris for a visit to Ecole Lully
in Versailles. As well as experiencing French
family life, the children had the chance to
perform at the Conservatoire. The Dragons
sang in French to a highly appreciative and
discerning local audience. The French party
came to Oxford in June to share the activities
of Year 6 French Day including croissant
making and petanque (naturellement). The
highlight of the visit was an extravaganza of
song, dance and instrumental music by the
Ecole Lully with the Dragon musicians and
singers. A happy exchange concluded with
punting on the Cherwell with the aid of the
Messieurs of both schools. The Dragon also
welcomed teachers and pupils from both Keio
Yochisha Elementary School in Tokyo and St
Bernard’s School in New York to stay with
Dragon families and enjoy activities at school.
Look out for reports of Dragon adventures
in Japan and Manhattan in the next issue of
Dragons Today.
In July the Dragon hosted, and
competed in, the Mercia Area
Athletics Qualifiers at nearby Radley
College (see front page picture). With
29 schools participating the standard
was very high. Dragon athletes
performed extremely well: ten
qualified for twelve different events at
the National finals and a new school
and meeting record was set by a
Dragon girl in the U14 Long Jump.
(For more Dragon sport, see page 8).
Dragon Record Athletes
Steve Biddulph, renowned Australian
psychologist and writer of parenting books
including
The Secret of Happy Children
and
Raising Boys
, came to speak to Dragon parents
as part of a UK tour of just five dates. An
influential thinker on childhood and the
development of boys in particular, Steve was
warmly welcomed to the school. He spoke
informally about the history of parenting boys
and the unique importance of good male role
models to help them mature into men. He
argued that an industrialised and feminised
modern world has brought about a significant
shift in time-honoured male development
patterns. His straightforward advice, put
across with great humour, was striking and
practical. Asserting that the attention and
input of fathers is far more valuable to boys
than any material gift, he concluded by saying
that “time and love are the same”.
Bees!
In late spring the bees for the
new beekeeping activity arrived
on site. They made themselves at
home in two hives constructed by
the Dragon’s Year 7 aspirant bee
keepers. Under the experienced
guidance of staff members, the
children have already learnt a
great deal about the complex and
mysterious art of bee husbandry.
By the summer the first nectar
had been harvested and made
into delicious honey.
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