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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

“My religion is very simple. My

religion is kindness.”

Dalai Lama

It is almost 15 years since my first

assembly at the Dragon. Had I known

how eagerly anticipated my first

words to the whole school would be, I

might have actually been nervous. In

those days, there was a poster outside

the Dining Hall showing Norman

Rockwell’s 1961 painting, the “Golden

Rule”. As I am sure you know, the

painting shows a group of people

of different religions, cultures and

ethnicity serving as the backdrop for the


“Do Unto Others as You Would

Have Them Do Unto You.”

As the children

passed this poster every day of the week,

this was the ideal starting point for my



assembly. “And so, speaking of rules,” I

said, “here are my three golden rules:

First, “Be kind”. Second, “Be kind”.

Third, and easiest of all to remember if

you cannot remember the first two (you

have guessed it), “Be kind”.

We have tried since then to instil in

all the children an understanding of

this rule – or three rules – in all we do

in school. It has become a core value,

alongside Respect and Courage.

I am delighted that the Dragon is

now working with the Dalai Lama

Centre for Compassion in Oxford to

help develop the

Compassion Matters

resources for schools to use in the

teaching of compassion and kindness.

His Holiness has made clear his hope

that the Centre – along with the Dragon

- could contribute to the introduction

of ethics classes, based on compassion,


“A wide range of activities in

sport, music, art and dance as

well as gardening, textiles and an

international club is offered in

the Pre-prep. In the Prep school,

pupils with particular talents are

selected for some musical and

sporting activities which enable

them to develop their abilities.

All pupils undertake a range of

activities by rotation during their

time at the school, and are offered

a diverse range of clubs.”

ISI Integrated Inspection,

November 2014

“We are given a lot of freedom to

choose our own subject and medium.

Practise makes perfect – my shading

has really improved and now I can

sketch. You see a lot of improvements

over the weeks and the teachers are

always there to help you. I really enjoy


Ashli, A Block (Year 8)

“If you read, you experience the lives

of a thousand people; what I have

learnt from Book Group, is how to

be confident when discussing books. I

really enjoy the writing competitions

and learning how to review books;

without giving away a spoiler,”


A Block (Year 8)


to children at the secondary and even

primary stage of their education.

In a world where there is so much

division, distrust, hatred, greed and

selfishness, it is crucial that young

people grow up understanding that

there is a central place in our lives –

whatever our religious beliefs – for

compassion and kindness.

“Be kind whenever possible. It is

always possible.”

Dalai Lama

John Baugh