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D R A G O N S T O D AY S P R I N G 2 0 1 7


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

the War.

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

Rio socks!

This year, over 70 children’s stalls


Snail Racing


The Argument Booth


Back by popular demand were the


of Horrors, China Smash


International Foods.

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

Leonard Cohen’s


, 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

the children.

Dragon Charity Sale

Philanthropic Dragons

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.

Sporting Success