Please can we draw your attention to the 'Internet Matters' website. They are working in partnership with EE to support parents keeping children safe online. With half term starting at the end of this week, they offer simple and practical advice on how to keep children as safe as possible.
Additional Netball Fixture
Oxford Junior Rowing Course
The OJRC is a non-residential 5 day summer course designed for 12-18 year olds (plus a 2 day course for 10-11 year olds) which focuses not only on rowing but also introduces course members to crucial life skills including communication, leadership, and time management. They will be running courses on the following dates:
5 Day Course 12 - 18 year olds
30 July – 3 August
6 August – 10 August.
2 Day course for 10 - 11 year olds
2 and 3 August
9 and 10 August
Donate a Book Day
We would be very grateful if all pupils would take a look at their book shelves over half-term and choose a book or two (or more!) which they have enjoyed and which they think another child of their age might also enjoy. Mr. Gill will send the donated books to children and schools who are not as fortunate as we are. This year, Donate A Book Day has been arranged to coincide with World Book Day, Thursday 1 March, but we are happy to receive donations before and after the day. Please bring them to the Prep School Library. Thank you very much.
Summer Revision Courses with Dr Norton
Invitation – Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Community Networking – ‘Exciting Opportunities in Technology Today’
Monday, 19 March 2018, 6:30pm
Booking is now open for our sixth Dragon Community networking evening, on Monday 19 March 2018, at Method London. Our networking events are fun, informal gatherings which bring together the wider Dragon Community through industry sectors. Further details, including our speaker line up, will be announced in the next couple of weeks. Book tickets now. We would be delighted to see you.
SAVE THE DATE – Mothers’ Breakfast
Saturday, 12 May 2018, from 8:15am
Please save the date for our second Mothers’ Breakfast by the River. Invitations will follow in due course, and booking will open nearer the time.
SAVE THE DATE – Old Dragon Reunion
Monday, 21 May 2018, 6:30pm
If you know Old Dragons aged 18 please let them know that we will be holding an OD Reunion for all OD age groups (aged over 18) at Stationers’ Hall in London on Monday, 21 May, from 6:30pm. Further details will follow, and booking will open nearer the time.
SAVE THE DATE – 100 year Remembrance Weekend – Service and Lunch
Sunday, 11 November 2018, from 10:30pm, Dragon School
Year 2 children braved the elements on Wednesday for their termly Outdoor Learning Day. The nature of our topic ‘Take One Totem Pole’ lent itself perfectly to working outdoors and the children enjoyed a morning of painting totem poles and constructing native North American houses from natural materials including sticks, moss and feathers. The children worked in small groups and were assigned roles including architect, builder, resource manager and peacemaker and proved themselves to have excellent communication and design skills. The afternoon was spent at St Edwards Fields trying out lacrosse and a forgotten sport called double ball, before assembling for a pow wow and traditional dance. Great fun was had by all despite the variety of weather including sunshine, rain and even hail, proving that there really is no such things as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.
The winter sun was welcomed by Year 3, as they spent Friday making memorable learning experiences in their outdoor classrooms. The children explored fractions of objects, music - through whole body movement and tempo - played French boules and finished their fun-packed day with Games in the afternoon. Throughout, the children demonstrated their Dragon Values and showed increased team work, cooperation and curiosity in their learning.
On Wednesday, Allie Esiri visited the Prep School, leading classes and signing books throughout the day. Allie has enjoyed a delight in poetry since childhood and is the editor of two of the English department's favourite poetry books: A Poem for Every Night of the Year and A Poem for Every Day of the Year (Macmillan). From the Owl and the Pussycat to the Charge of the Light Brigade, from blank verse to haiku, Allie shared a great variety of poems, the children discovering for themselves the types of poetry they enjoy.
Not so Creepy Crawly
Last Saturday, E Block had a visit from a friendly tarantula called Lizzie. Her friend the corn snake was unable to visit as it was shedding its skin.
The children learned some amazing facts from Victor, Lizzie’s handler, such as her diet, habitat and climate preferences. They also held Lizzie and some even had her crawling up their arms!
A big thank you to Victor and Lizzie for an informative and exciting visit which dispelled arachnid fears for most.
Voting for Philanthropy
Voting is underway across the School today, Thursday, to choose which charities will benefit from the funds raised by the Dragon Sale. In assembly Mr Overend explained the importance of philanthropy, ‘love for humanity’, and in form time the children learned about the work of specific local, national and international charities, before casting their votes to select this year’s beneficiaries.
For more on the Dragon's approach to philanthropy, read the article 'Educating for Global Competence'.
Mummies, totem poles, rifles, robes and – of course – shrunken heads were among the endless variety of extraordinary exhibits that captivated the Anthropology activity on its visit to the Pitt Rivers last Thursday; an Oxford museum sui generis, much beloved of Dragons.
Last Friday, the Dragon hosted eight schools for the IAPS qualifiers. Boys and Girls swim teams from A-D Block competed with the aim to qualify for the national final, to be held at the Olympic swimming pool in London.
The swimmers produced many outstanding performances, posting times that put Dragons in a strong position to qualify, both for individual and relay events.
All swimmers competing for the team produced performance above themselves; a true example of discipline, courage, and respect.
National Schools Real Tennis Doubles U13
A very good day was had by all on Sunday, from their opening match, when the two Dragon pairs played each other.
Three of the Dragons were giving away two years of age to their opposition; Max was giving a year away. All four tried hard, were very well mannered, and both won and lost with equal good grace.
Max and Freddie improved enormously as the day went on. They have played relatively little real tennis, yet they competed in a tournament and did well.
Merlin and Henry ground it out, played some really good tennis, and managed to get to the tournament final, where they lost to a very experienced pair from Christ Church Cathedral, School, 5 games to 2. Merlin served consistently well, and Henry made the opposition play a lot more balls than they would have probably liked!
With thanks to Mike S-C for finding the players and Katie, James, Lucy and Zac for supporting.
Visit to the Oxford Synagogue
Earlier in the term a group of A and B Block children visited the Jewish synagogue in Jericho where we were introduced to many aspects of the faith including its newly constructed Ark which holds Torah Scrolls. We learnt about the Jewish people and their worship, and we were told that the Synagogue is not just a place of worship, but a place of study and a meeting place for the community.
Dragon Music Success
Dragon Musician Daniel (B Block) has had a successful weekend at the Oxford Music Festival this week. He came first in both the 13 years and under Descant Solo Class and Treble Solo Class. He also entered the 15 years and under Recorder Recital Class playing amongst others the Sammartini Concerto for Recorder and Strings. We have recently heard that based on this performance he has been awarded the Sybil Whitman Cup. Well done Daniel.
After learning in FPE (faith, philosophy and ethics) about Hindus welcoming the goddess Lakshmi with beautiful rangoli patterns, D Block took their chalks outside and created their own rangoli patterns. Despite the cold they worked together to produce some vivid and colourful creations.
BOARDING HOUSE NEWS
Wilson’s International Evening
Last week the Wilsons held an International Evening. Some boys showed great courage in talking to the house about the countries that they are from and the gourmet delights that they had bought, whilst the others respectively listened and asked questions. The boys then tucked into treats such as Guernsey Gosh, Bratwurst Sausages, Vegemite Sandwiches, Anpan pastries, S’mores, Pretzels, Iberico ham and typical Pakistani biscuits. The boys all had a great time and are now getting excited about their sushi making evening in a couple of weeks.
Stringers’ Pasta Making
This weekend we have been making Spaghetti Bolognaise. Ma and Sir got all the ingredients ready and we mixed everything together with our hands. Then Sir got his pasta making machine and we made pasta by putting the rolled dough through the machine and holding the middle of the pasta, before flouring it and putting it on the tray that would be put in the pot. Afterwards, we watched a movie and had a great time.
By Halyna, Boarder
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