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D R A G O N S N E W S
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
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
‘I learn’ with DISCO
Dragon lunch times are relaxed and happy.
Children eat with their class or Tutor
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
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.