Busy Dragons
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Winning Strokes
Swimming continues to go from strength to
strength. In May, Robert Youngs do Patrocinio
won both gold and silver at the ASA Southern
Regional Swimming Championships. The
U11 boys’ and girls’ teams then claimed a
clean sweep at the Stowe Prep Schools Relays
and the boys’ team won the Abingdon School
Invitational event for the fourth year in a
row. They also won the Freestyle Relay event
at the National English Primary Schools
Championship finals in Sheffield in June, and
were joint overall ESSA Champions after fin-
ishing third in the Medley Relay (below).
By the end of the autumn season, the
swimming team were undefeated and Year 6
had swum the equivalent of the length of the
English Channel in 54 minutes. The money
raised from the swim will be donated to the
Isiqalo Foundation, an education and health
charity run in South Africa by an Old Dragon.
Sweet Success
At the Dragon, beekeeping is now a
popular after school activity and, since
the summer, a notable commercial
success. The school set up an apiary
following a request by children to learn
about beekeeping and honey production.
The project is now an important part of
the school’s eco programme and is also
becoming a source of local expertise to
other beekeeping groups. In June the first
commercial order of honey was delivered
to Oxford delicatessen Taylors where it is
sold as Dragon Nectar.
This Autumn issue of
Dragons Today
news and views from the
Dragon School, Oxford. We
hope you will be interested
to read about achievements
and life at the school in
the summer and autumn of
2011. The Dragon welcomes
enquiries and visits – details
of forthcoming events and
contact information can be
found on the back cover.
Gruffalo Meets Dragon
in Cheltenham
There are regular opportunities to meet the Dragon outside
Oxford. In the autumn the school teamed up with Children’s
Laureate Julia Donaldson at the Cheltenham Literary Festival.
Families living in and around Cheltenham were invited to
enjoy a reading for children and to find out more about
the Dragon. After a sing-along session with some famous
characters including the Gruffalo, they met Dragon staff
over coffee. For information about opportunities to meet the
Dragon in the UK and overseas please email
Poetic Traditions
In September, Charlie Corlett, Horatio
Hirst and Nicholas Monaco reached the
final forty in the John Betjeman Poetry
Competition, and Charlie Corlett was
highly commended. This annual event
attracts over 3,000 entries and judges
for 2011 included the poet Brian Patten
and the author and journalist Candida
Crewe. In October, the Dragons attended
a prizegiving at St Pancras Station, next
to the statue of Sir John Betjeman (OD
1920). The Dragon has a long history
of teaching poetry appreciation and
encouraging learning and recitation
by heart; each year the Declamations
Contest awards prizes for interpretation
in recitation of poetry.
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