During the 2020 lockdown the young Dragons learned remotely via our virtual holistic curriculum. Dr Hyde-Dunn delivered a weekly assembly which was enjoyed by pupils and their families and cemented the community spirit of the Dragon.
Monday, 29th June, 2020
Dr Hyde-Dunn takes the final assembly of an extraordinary term, in the company of Skipper Lynam. This weekend we enjoyed Middle and Upper School Prize-Giving events and our Sunday Leavers’ Service, as we prepare to say a fond farewell to our A Block Dragons.
The theme of today’s assembly is gratitude, or thankfulness, and we are encouraged to reflect on the importance of recognising all our blessings and being grateful to all those who help us.
Monday, 22nd June, 2020
Today we think about what true friendship actually means and how we can be, and choose to be, good friends. Having friends gives us a vital world outside of our families. In this week’s assembly, Dr Hyde-Dunn encourages us to take a moment to think about our friends and what is really special about them. How do you spot a really good friend?
Monday, 15th June, 2020
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Our hopes and dreams can show us a picture of how we would like the world to be and our place within it. In this week’s assembly we consider the importance of having hopes and dreams to follow. The greatest dreams should help to make the lives of those around you better, not worse, and they should allow us to behave with Kindness Courage and Respect.
Monday, 8th June, 2020
Our School is built on the principles of Kindness, Courage and Respect. These values are deeply important, not just within our community but in the way we interact with everyone. In today’s assembly, Dr Hyde-Dunn encourages us to think, in detail, about the choices we make every day. We must all strive for a world where there is equality of opportunity for everyone.
Monday, 1st June, 2020
Dr Hyde-Dunn warmly welcomes back all Dragons for the second half of the Summer Term and takes this week’s virtual assembly from the Science labs, a particularly meaningful location for an assembly on patience. We are all impatient to return to School, and to see our friends and wider family as soon as possible, however this week, let us all try to work on being patient. This time will eventually pass and we will all be stronger for this shared experience.
Many of our A Block/Year 8 pupils are sitting their Common Entrance exams this week and we wish them all the very best of luck. The whole School community is with them, supporting and encouraging them to do their very best.
Monday, 18th May, 2020
Dr Hyde-Dunn takes the final virtual assembly of this term from the top floor of the Library. This week we consider perspective and empathy, we think about the point of view of others and the importance of understanding why theirs may be different to our own. Dr Hyde-Dunn shares a story his father once told him, and a poem by John Godfrey Saxe entitled ‘Blind Men and the Elephant’.
Monday, 11th May, 2020
The theme of today’s assembly is time, and in particular, using it wisely. This week, we reflect on the time we have, and how precious it is. Dr Hyde-Dunn poses the question, ‘If not now, when?’, and shares John Betjeman’s poem ‘Dawn’, written whilst at the Dragon, aged 13.
Monday, 4th May, 2020
Have you ever had a ‘gut’ feeling? Or ‘felt it in your bones’? This week, Dr Hyde-Dunn looks back into the history of feelings, and we consider the importance of really listening to the responses we receive when we ask the question, ‘How are you?’.
Monday, 27th April, 2020
We begin our second week of term with our Monday morning assembly, as we consider some of the lessons we can learn from nature, if we stop and take time to do so.
Thursday, 23rd April, 2020
A welcome to our virtual Summer Term and an introduction to our Virtual Holistic Curriculum. We consider how challenging circumstances, with the right attitude, can lead to all sorts of innovations and inventions.
Thursday, 19th March, 2020
Dragons are known for their sense of adventure, their willingness to take on new challenges, and their appetite for learning. This assembly is not only our last of the Easter Term, but it might be a while before we are all gathered here in Lynam Hall again.