Dragons Today - Summer 2013 - page 7

How do you all manage the journeys?
Katie:
The hardest part... although the children don’t seem to
suffer jet lag like their parents! Flying back for an Exeat can be
expensive and tiring - but it’s worth it when you arrive at school
and see their faces.
John:
With meticulous, military planning on a rolling forward basis
– no kidding. We have three kids in three schools in two countries
6,000 miles apart. Plus a lot of help from other UK parents, friends
and family.
Chris:
Planning in advance. We split Exeat weekends - Marianna
has a UK business and can visit more often. The flight is long for a
weekend but well worth it to see Claire and Jack. The children like
to come home for the longer holidays but for half terms they don’t
travel so far. In February I went on the Dragon ski trip with them
which was great fun and in May we all spent the week
in London.
Belinda:
Truthfully, it’s quite tough. The children need a couple of
days to get over jet lag at the start of term. Half terms are better
spent in the UK but this invariably means that we can’t both go.
Work in progress!
How have your children adapted to living in two
places?
Katie:
Luckily our children are very adaptable from having moved
around a lot - from a very young age they were going on long haul
flights. We have had a home base in the UK for many years, so
they were already used to having ‘two homes’.
John:
Edward was born in Singapore, then moved to New York,
Hong Kong, Tokyo and back to Singapore. He and his siblings
are used to living in different countries and cultures, and travelling
back to see grandparents in the UK. They just take it in their stride…
unlike their parents!
Chris:
They still get home sick but have
adapted well. Claire calls us both daily
and we swap family and school
news. Jack being the boy calls
less frequently - in fact we
call him! When we see each
other it’s very happy times.
Getting a routine going has
taken a year but I think
it’s working very well
now.
Belinda:
Very
well indeed,
though there are
times when we all
wish we could be in
one place.
Junior Houses
Total 12
Year 6 Houses
Total 12
Senior Houses
Total 26
Bahamas
Belgium
Australia
Bali
Hong Kong 4
Belgium
Cuba
Japan
China
Hong Kong 2
Saudi Arabia
Slovenia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore 4
Egypt
Singapore 3
Switzerland
Hong Kong
10
Slovenia
India
Switzerland
Japan
Singapore
3
Spain
Switzerland
WHERE ARE THEY FROM?
Expat boarders come from many places:
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WHAT THE PUPILS SAY...
Holly Wilcox Routledge
I love being at the Dragon because I get to see all of my
friends every day and share dorms with them. I love the
events the boarders go to like House Suppers, Sing Songs
and the Christmas Sale.
Ed Ford
I normally travel with my sister who is at
Cheltenham Ladies but sometimes our holidays don’t
coincide. Then I fly as an unaccompanied minor –
you quickly grow accustomed to it and it becomes
almost second nature.
Jack Fossick
I love having two homes as I get to see two places. The
best thing about flying in my opinion is buying lots
of tuck, travelling with friends and watching TV.
Calypso Paisley
Boarding at the Dragon has boosted my confidence
and independence. I think it ’s good to join in Year 5
or 6 so that you don’t feel too behind in your work.
Josh Davies
I think the Dragon is a great place to first start
boarding, I came as a boarder in Year 6. I was starting
a new school half way around the globe. But the
Dragon kept me busy. There were after school clubs,
activities and many more exciting experiences you
could choose to get involved with .
I enjoy being an overseas boarder. It gives quite a lot
more freedom and independence. Having a home in two
places is quite beneficial – at school I tend to spend more
time socialising with friends.
Ollie Ings-Chambers
Finn Paisley
Going to school becomes an adventure. We feel like
pioneers. Sometimes six or seven of us fly together
unaccompanied from Hong Kong. I like feeling a bit
different and exotic compared to the other kids who
live in England. The worst thing? Honestly, nothing.
I see it as a great adventure.
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