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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


John Betjeman, who left the School in 1920,

is one of our most famous Old Dragons, so

we were delighted when three Dragons

entered the Betjeman Poetry Prize 2016 and

had their poems published. Only 50 poems

out of 2000 entries are published each year.

Nell, A Block (Year 8)

The Covered Market

Indra, A Block (Year 8)

The Snuggle Wall

Abigail Drennan, (OD 2016)

My Old Schoo


Betjeman’s Legacy

Every alternate Thursday, the Dragon hosts

an enrichment presentation called Disco

- not after the dancing style, but after the

Latin word for ‘I Learn’.

Different speakers deliver entertaining

presentations on academic topics, followed

by questions and answers to engage children

from Years 7 and 8. Staff members share

their passions and interests, expanding

the children’s general knowledge and

understanding, and showing them that

grown-ups like learning too.

Presentations so far have included


9/11 created Jeremy Corbyn, Admiral Nelson, Around

the Word in 80 Languages and How the Reformation

changed Europe.

‘I learn’ with DISCO

Dragon lunch times are relaxed and happy.

Children eat with their class or Tutor

groups. Developing



engaging in lunchtime conversation and

an unhurried, enjoyable dining experience

is an important part of ensuring children

eat balanced meals and drink enough water

to keep them focused during their active


Back in 1995, Dragon Headmaster, Roger Trafford, and his wife Cheryl, made their first

visit to Tokyo and Keio Yochisha School as part of a marketing venture. Twenty years

and forty school exchanges later, the continued flourishing of a remarkable and unique

relationship between two schools, some 6,000 miles apart, is worth celebrating.

It is a wonder that the Dragon Keio Japanese Exchange works at all, never mind so well.

Young children – only twelve years old – leave their families, perhaps for the first time, to

travel halfway across the globe to stay in a home unlike anything they have experienced

before. A school exchange involving two rich and varied cultures complicates matters; the

language barrier seems daunting and the tastes and textures of food are extraordinarily

different. Paradoxically, it is because of these contrasts that the exchange works.

By their nature, Dragon children are curious and full of intrepid ambition. By immersing

themselves in Japanese culture, Dragons adapt, use initiative, develop relationships, ask

questions, show compassion and push personal boundaries; qualities which make Dragon

children unique.

Japan Exchange

Calm & Happy Lunchtimes

In the UK Intermediate Mathematics

Challenge, aimed at children aged up to

16, 10 Dragons all won Gold certificates,

in addition to 14 Silver and 20 Bronze


In the UK Junior Maths Challenge, 23

Dragon entrants earned Gold certificates,

alongside 21 Silver and 20 Bronze.

Children are offered a variety of healthy

options, including a more unusual ‘vegetable

of the week’ that they are encouraged to try.

Options include British classics such as

cottage pie and roast chicken, as well as food

with an international flavour.

Maths Challenges