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D R A G O N S T O D AY S P R I N G 2 0 1 6


The 14th New York Exchange took place in

half-term with 22 Dragons visiting the Big

Apple and staying with host families from

St Bernard’s and Nightingale-Bamford.

During the week, our Dragons toured

the sights of the city, climbed the Empire

State Building, visited UNICEF and

investigated the Sony Wonderlab and saw

Finding Neverland on Broadway. They

visited Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

and the USS Intrepid museum and took

in the 9/11 monument. There was even

time to check out Central Park Zoo. The

chance to go trick or treating, see the New

York Marathon and experience all things

American with a Manhattan family was

a magical experience for those involved.

We very much look forward to hosting our

friends from New York when they head

over in June, 2016.

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama in Oxford

ollowing our visit to Buddhist monks

from the Tashi Lunpho monastery

last academic year, the Dragon was

privileged to be invited to meet global

leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama in

September 2015.

Along with groups of children from

The Blackbird Academy Trust and Cheney

School, a party of sixty Dragon children

and staff gathered in Rhodes House,

Oxford University to hear the Dalai Lama

speak and to tell him a little about our

School. Gifts, including delights such as

Dragon Honey, Dragon Tea and a copy of

The Scaly Scribbler, were also presented to

His Holiness.

The Dalai Lama had an important

message for the congregation of children

present. He told them that

‘they were

the generation that was bringing hope to

the world’.

He explained that everyone

of their age should be striving to create

‘one humanity’ with no prejudice or

discrimination among the peoples of the

world. He proposed the idea of creating

a wonderful new secular ‘social ethic’

which asks everyone to respect each other

and show compassion to those who are

suffering, whoever they are. He said the

future was in their hands and they were

able to create a better future for everyone.

We hope our Dragons can help make this

dream a reality.

Annual New York Exchange

Remembrance Service

The Dragon held its Remembrance service

on Wednesday, Armistice Day, at 11:00am

and we were delighted to welcome back

Old Dragons and former staff to share in

our whole school act of worship

and remembrance.

This year two members of HMS

Dragon’s ship company joined us for the

service and laid a wreath on behalf of the

Armed Services. Dragon children read

poems and led the prayers. ‘No Ordinary

Sunday’ by Jon Stallworthy (Old Dragon)

was read, along with ‘The Spires of Oxford’

and ‘The Soldier’.

At 11:00am the School bell sounded

and the two minute silence was impeccably

observed, followed by a beautifully played

‘Last Post’. The Concert band played a

moving rendition of ‘Abide with me’.

Wreaths were laid by our youngest two

boarders on behalf of Dragon children and

Mr Desmond Devitt laid one on behalf

of the staff. The service was brought to a

conclusion with two Old Dragon pipers

playing ‘The Flowers of the Forest’ and

a Lament.

Children’s Achievements at the Dragon

• Millie Cooper and Freya Bearn (C Block), Freddie Kempt and Holly Reinhardt (E Block)

had their stories selected to be published in Young Writers’ –

Time Travelling Tales mini

saga competition.

• In squash Oliver Coulcher-Porter (D Block/U10) won Oxfordshire U11 Championship without

losing a game. He is currently Oxfordshire Captain and no. 1 in Oxon U11. Oliver is also

ranked no 2 in Oxfordshire U13.

• At the Oxford Music Festival 2016; Harry Stuart won the 11 years and under Clarinet Solo

Class, Henry Rose and Cosmo de Bono won the 12 years and under Piano Duet Class and Nick

Pothikamjorn and Ko Uchida won the 15 years and under Piano Duet Class.