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St Ives Inspiration
On the chilly first Exeat weekend of the new
2010 school year, 30 enthusiastic art scholars
and teachers set off on a journey to explore
the art, landscape and culture of south west
Cornwall. At Truro’s Lemon Street Gallery
they appreciated the vigorous landscape
paintings of local artists. The group visited
many well-known galleries and museums
including the Bernard Leach Studios, walked
through and illustrated the Barbara Hepworth
Museum gardens, and studied exhibits at the
Newlyn Exchange and Penlee Art Galleries.
As well as finding great artistic inspiration,
everyone had time for slightly unseasonal fun
on the beach.
Busy Dragons
It’s Behind You!
Every five years Dragon staff put on a pantomime
for the children. This gives all the pupils one chance
in their Dragon career to see the teachers make fools
of themselves. In fact, the highly professional and
specially scripted show was far from foolish –
just very funny and greatly enjoyed by all.
Cultural Exchanges
The Christmas and Easter Terms saw groups of Dragons
eagerly embarking on trips to the USA, Japan and France.
A group of 15 children went to Tokyo in October as
part of the exchange programme with the Keio Yochisha
School. The Dragons enjoyed themselves tremendously
as they experienced Japanese education and culture.
Activities included visits to shrines and learning the
traditional arts of calligraphy and meditation.
Another group of 17 Dragons spent a week living with
American families in New York late last year. They visited
the Empire State Building, the headquarters of the United
Nations, Central Park and other well-known sights in the
Big Apple. The action-packed week culminated with a
memorable theatre performance of
West Side Story
.
In March this year pupils were also hosted by
French families from the Ecole Lully in Versailles. They
immersed themselves in different facets of French life,
performed in the Versailles town hall, sang solos and
played ensembles.
The Dragon was delighted with the number and range of awards achieved by leavers in
the summer of 2010. Year 8 Dragons achieved 38 individual awards and scholarships.
Schools to which pupils went, with a range of academic, art, music and sporting awards
included: Abingdon, Blundell’s,
Bradfield, Bryanston,
Cheltenham College, Downe
House, Eton, Headington,
Magdalen College School,
Marlborough, Millfield,
Oundle, Oxford High,
Radley, Rugby, Shrewsbury,
St Edward’s, St Helen’s & St
Katharine’s, Stowe, Wellington
College, Winchester and
Wycombe Abbey.
This year is looking good as
we go to press with 2011 results
so far exceeding 30 awards
and scholarships achieved by
Dragon boys and girls.
Also of particular note are the successes of Dragon girls this year in
achieving places at 13+ at schools in Oxford and further afield.
Leavers’ Achievements 2010
1,2 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12