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D R A G O N S N E W S
Leonard Cheshire Charity Swim
n November 2016, over 100 C Block
(Year 6) children collectively swam the
length of the English Channel in aid of
Leonard Cheshire Disability.
At the whistle, 12 children dived into the
Dragon pool to start the challenge. They
took it in turns to cross the pool in relays,
all contributing to the final tally of lengths.
For some, it took courage and resilience to
swim lengths in front of so many spectators.
With perseverance, the children reached
‘France’ in under an hour. By the end of the
challenge, they had swum an impressive
1603 lengths, nearly 25 miles.
Ludo said; “The challenge was
exhilarating. I felt an adrenaline rush every
time I jumped into the pool.” Isobel added,
‘It was exhausting, but the whole time I
was proud that all the effort was going to
The Leonard Cheshire charity is the
UK’s leading charity for disabled people.
Leonard Cheshire was an Old Dragon
who embodied the school’s values of
courage, respect and kindness. He left
the Dragon in 1931 and, after Stowe and
Merton College, Oxford, became one of
the UK’s most famous World War II pilots.
His legendary war career included eight
months leading No. 617 Squadron - the
Dambusters - after which he was awarded
the Victoria Cross. He was a well-known
philanthropist, setting up a hospice after
This extraordinary team effort was cheered
on by teachers, friends and family. We raised
£3,420 for Leonard Cheshire Disability.
Every year, the Dragon is transformed into
a marketplace of grand proportions to raise
money for charity; the 73rd Dragon Sale
was no exception.
World Champion Olympic rower, Old
Dragon Frances Houghton, was delighted
to open the Sale. “I am the most excited
person here,” she said, recalling how much
she had loved the Sale as a child. Frances
brought her Olympic medals to show the
children – safely transported in her
This year, over 70 children’s stalls
The Argument Booth
Back by popular demand were the
of Horrors, China Smash
The School’s Big Band and ‘The Stereo
Types’ - winners of this year’s Battle of the
Bands – entertained everyone throughout
the morning. A touching rendition of
, with lyrics
written and performed by girls from
Cherwell Boarding House, reminded Sale-
goers of the meaning of Christmas.
Over £50,000 was raised from the Grand
Auction and the Silent Auction alone. The
money raised goes to charities chosen by
Dragon Charity Sale
In the Christmas Term, Chloe and Neelie
in C Block (Year 6) wanted to support Syrian
people who are displaced as a result of the
conflicts in their homeland. They hosted a
supper at Chloe’s house, featuring delicious
Syrian food. So far they have raised £2,480
for the Hands Up Foundation.
Max, A Block (Year 8) and Jago (OD 2016)
took four days to cycle from Park Town to
Rock, raising over £3,000 for Waves for
Change, a charity set up and run by Old
Dragon, Tim Conibear.
Among many sporting achievements over
the past year, last Term, the Dragon U10s
won the Abingdon Rugby Tournament.
Overall the U12s won 10 out of 12 matches.
Five Dragon girls were selected for the
Oxfordshire U13 hockey squads; with one
selected to play for Wiltshire. The 1st VII
hockey team lost only one match all season.