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From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

The final week of term has been characteristically busy and highly rewarding. On Friday evening, A Block children took their ‘Curtain Call’, showcasing a wide variety of musical and dramatic performances. These ranged from Jazz to Classical music and from Shakespeare to a very cleverly crafted Mastermind sketch, all of which gave us a final opportunity to enjoy the talents of the children about to depart for their senior schools.

On Saturday, there were two prize-giving ceremonies. In the first, we celebrated the achievements of the whole of C and D Block, including a memorable ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed review of the year by Ma Riley. Representatives from the Middle School Council also very kindly presented me with what they described as a ‘Headmaster survival kit’ which contained many useful items, including some ‘eyes for the back of my head’ and some sweets for when I need a burst of energy. In the Upper School ceremony, the A and B Block prizes were presented by Edmund King, OD. He delivered a truly inspiring speech not only emphasising the importance of hard work, but also sharing with us how his time at the Dragon had helped shape his future. On Sunday, our Leavers’ Service in Chapel was a reflective and moving occasion accompanied by some fine music on the harp and from our ‘Idris’ choir.

On Monday evening, we enjoyed the company of A Block prefects at a BBQ to thank them for their service to the school this year, and on Tuesday the whole school enjoyed the A Block Review, followed by an evening performance for parents. Not only was this a very entertaining occasion, but it also raised awareness and money for WE Day and a number of water charities. Earlier in the day twenty-six Dragon school athletes participated in the National Prep School Athletics finals in Birmingham, with some outstanding performances in track and field events. There was also a visit from the children's author Jeremy Strong, who proved highly popular and who in turn complimented the children of D Block on their excellent questions.

On Wednesday the E Block Music Concert and Prize giving took place with a remarkably high standard of singing and instrumental performance, which is very exciting for the years ahead. At the Pre-Prep this week, children have been enjoying some outdoor water play and Year 3 parents held a Barn Dance yesterday evening to mark the occasion of their children leaving the Pre-Prep to join E Block at Bardwell Road in September.

The Leavers’ picnic and punting trip takes place later today, with the final Boarders’ Supper and Sing Song on Friday evening. Our summer athletics events will take place today and tomorrow, leading up to our Sports Day Finals on Saturday. This is the final official event of term before we say a fond farewell to A Block and also to a number of Staff. All our leavers carry with them our very best wishes for the future and we very much look forward to keeping in touch.

As I said at our prize-giving ceremonies and at our Leavers’ Service earlier this week, the year has passed remarkably quickly. All of our Staff and pupils can be proud of what they have achieved this year and I am sure they are looking forward to some well-deserved rest over the summer. However, I realise that Dragons rarely sit still and we spent Monday’s assembly this week considering all the possibilities that lie ahead for summer ‘projects’. I look forward to hearing about new skills learned, new places visited as well as new interests and hobbies, on our return in September.

Many people have asked me this year about my ‘first impressions’ of the Dragon. During the course of the year, I have come to appreciate that the most striking impression I have formed of our school community is the remarkable energy of the people who live, work and study here. Dragon children I have come to know this year are tremendously capable, enthusiastic, hard-working and kind. They are also remarkably proud of our school. Exactly the same can be said for our Staff in all areas of school activity and also our School Governors- everyone at the Dragon is happy to go the extra mile for the school and the children.

I would therefore like to end this final weekly mailing of the year with some very grateful thanks. Firstly, I would like to thank the Staff for their tremendously hard work throughout the year. I would also like to thank our Governors for their support as we seek to put in place a School Development Plan which will shape the future of the Dragon in the years ahead.

Finally, and very importantly, I would also like to thank all of you for your support, encouragement and engagement with the school this academic year. It is our privilege to guide your children through these important years of their education. We share your pride and happiness in watching them learn and grow and we share your joy in seeing them discover and develop their talents. Although the end of any academic year is always a poignant moment, with each new academic year comes new opportunities.

I wish all of you a very happy and restorative summer break and to those who are leaving us, I know I speak on behalf of our whole community when I say firstly, thank you for your contribution to our school, and secondly, when I remind you that once a Dragon, always a Dragon...

With all best wishes,

Crispin Hyde-Dunn

NOTICES

Sports Day Parking

Please note that on Sports Day Saturday, 7 July, on-site parking is for pre-booked disabled visitors and parents of boarders, and is on a first come first served basis. Thank you for your understanding.

The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is an education in movement and balance, helping avoid habitual strain and find greater poise and confidence. The Technique helps pupils recognise harmful habits and is a particularly valuable tool for musicians. If you require further information, or would like to sign up for lessons from September, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Reading With BAT

The Parents of Dragon's Volunteer Reading Scheme, currently 14, are seeking two additional one to one helpers for Year 1 & 2 children in our BAT schools to start in September. No qualifications are required and you will undertake some safeguarding training due to the nature of the role. If you have 2 hours to spare on a weekly basis during term time to commit to helping children in Blackbird Leys improve their reading skills we would love to hear from you. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

New York Exchange

Nightingale Bamford, the girls' school in New York we exchange with, would like to host two more girls on the trip, which takes place in the first week of the October half term. It is a wonderful opportunity to see New York, visit the sites and spend time learning about life in a big city. This is open to boarders and day girls alike. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to claim your place. 

The Dragon Ski Trip to Davos

The Dragon Ski Trip to Davos in February 2019 still has places available so book now to avoid disappointment! For all those Davos veterans please sign up in the usual fashion and for those who have never been on the trip before do come and discover just why The Dragon has been visiting Davos for over 50 years, and enjoy this unique Dragon experience. The trip is open to all levels of ability: seasoned, rusty, social and novice - even non-skiers have come to take advantage of the plethora of walking, cross country skiing and sightseeing opportunities that the region offers. We welcome unaccompanied children aged 10-13 as well as family groups. Should you have any questions pertaining to the trip then do please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website

Daily Bus Service starting September 2018

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We are delighted to announce that we have joined the Oxford Schools Bus Partnership (OSBP) effective from September 2018, which we hope will provide a solution to school transport requirements.

OSBP offers 10 routes across Oxfordshire, from September 2018. Further information on routes, timetables and prices will be available in due course but details of the current service are available on the OSBP website. For enquiries or to book places please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Transport Co-ordinator for OSBP, directly.

For any questions relating to the partnership please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Dragon School Bursar.

Coaching Opportunities for Sport

Academies

For the Oxford Junior Rowing Course please visit their website

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Make it a Summer of Stories

There are still a few spaces remaining on The Story Museum’s summer story skills courses for ages 8-12. The courses run from Monday 23 July – Friday 3 August with both week-long attendance and individual days available. From budding comic artists and stand-up comedians to song writers and stop-motion animators, there’s something for everyone. Full details at www.storymuseum.org.uk

PRE-PREP NEWS

Aladdin Trouble

What strikes me first, as in any Dragon theatrical production, are the costumes: when the children walk onstage and assemble in their places, they are resplendent in finery, wearing moustaches and beards, their eyes highlighted with bright colours. These costumes have been made by teachers and volunteers who sit and sew together, devoting many hours. Thank you! Indeed, thank you to everyone who works so hard putting the shows together, that is, the music, the words, the scenery, for it is a labour of love.

It’s a symbolic time of year for the Leavers of the Pre-Prep; they are moving up, growing up; their confidence has blossomed over their years at the Pre-Prep with the help of their devoted teachers and also their parents and caregivers, their guardians: there is an ethos at work here and it really works—evident in Year 3’s final performance, a panto, Aladdin Trouble.

As to be expected, there were lots of songs and jokes. The children were utterly engaged; they seemed to love all the fun that the script offered, and the singing, too, which was tuneful and exuberant. The Dragon Band is one to be reckoned with - an opportunity for the teachers to show us their stuff.

Then there was the romance and conflict of the story itself. Various lines stuck out: “That’s not who I am,” when Jasmine objected to being labelled a princess.  “I have to be who I am.”

Thunderous applause concluded the show and so, with that sound in their ears, and the memory of putting on a terrific performance for us in their heads, and love in their hearts, off they go to E Block! Molly McGrann

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Year 2 Music Makers Concert

 What a musical feast this was from our youngest instrumentalists for their Year 2 Music Makers performance! The stunning strings, playful percussion, pitch perfect pianos and glittering guitars enthralled the audience. The children demonstrated their knowledge and skills of reading music and playing together with great determination and a sense of performance. Singing also featured in the concert and the children treated us to an education in musical terminology through song and sound. It was a fun and joyous occasion and a display of wonderful music making.

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PREP NEWS

A Block Challenge

A Block successfully completed their water relay on Tuessday: every form carrying 20 litres of water for 6km! They are 93% of their way to reaching their fundraising target of £3000, please give them a helping achieve their goal! Donations can be made here

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A Block Leavers’ Programme 

Since returning from Expeditions, A Block have been fully involved in the Leavers’ Programme during their final three weeks at the Dragon. Some highlights have included:

* Future Schools morning, attended by representatives from 25 senior schools

* Q&A session with four ODs currently in Year 9 on transition to senior school

* Alcohol & Drugs awareness talk

* Online safety/cyber-bullying session

* Talk by Anastasia Chitty (OD) for girls on female aspirations

* “Great Men” workshop for boys on positive masculinity

Parents might like to see the following links for further information on some of these topics:

www.nspcc.org.uk
www.childnet.com
www.great-men.org

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 TeddiesTENS Tournament

On Wednesday, the Colts Cricketers took the short trip up to St Edward’s for the inaugural TeddiesTENS tournament, and returned triumphant, adding this title to the Wellington T20 in May. Julian excelled with the bat during the day, scoring 69* in the opening game as Dulwich Prep were outclassed, including a partnership of 53 with the innovative Bertie. James knocked Dulwich’s best player’s off stump out of the ground, before Michael Samuelson and Merlin Kavenna helped complete the win.

The Oxfordshire Broncos, a combined State Schools side, were next, and a tidy all-round bowling and fielding effort kept the opposition to a low target, with Cosmo and Henry keeping calm to effect some of the seven run-outs during the day. After a steady start, Captain Gus and Will raised the tempo and Dragon cruised home.

The final game against Parkside Prep was effectively a final, with both sides unbeaten. The Surrey school suffered stage-fright on “Upper One”, the Teddies 1st XI pitch, crashing to 5/3 and 31/5. Oscar got Dragon’s reply off to a flying start, hitting a very rare “all-run” four, before Jack hastened the end with a flurry of boundaries and Julian, appropriately, hit the winning runs.

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Tips for Budding Writers

The Dragon were delighted to welcome well-known author Jeremy Strong. His visit was the first prize in a National Story Writing contest, won by Kaia.

C Block were fascinated to hear how he organises his writing ideas and the constant redrafting to make every sentence interesting. Jeremy then read aloud Kaia's winning story, ‘The Little Lost Girl’ , which has been illustrated and published in a little book.

D Block heard all about his shed/studio with its necessary fridge and guard cat, as well as critiquing a story he wrote when he was 6, with fifteen spelling mistakes in the first 3 lines! Jeremy then had lunch with Kaia and Hugh who was also Highly Commended, and passed on even more tips about the craft of writing a really exciting story.

He finally addressed the whole of the Pre-Prep with anecdotes about growing up as a middle child, how some events in life can be 'added to' to create a wonderful story, such as the Flying Baby, and reading extracts from his books.

All the children were spellbound, and were inspired by his stories, and we look forward to the impact he will have had on their Creative Writing. Well done to all who entered and especially Kaia and Hugh.

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Quiz National Finals

Last Sunday, the Dragon School’s Quiz Team (the two Caspars, Arthur, and Patrick) travelled to the Perse School in Cambridge for the National Finals of the Schools Challenge Quiz. They had won seven matches to earn their place in the final stage of the competition, including eliminating long-time rivals MCS and HABS to retain the Home Counties regional title for the fourth year in succession.

Against Hampton School, South-East winners, Dragon came from behind to seal their place in the quarter-final and a comfortable win over Pilgrims’ School.

Unlike in the World Cup, there was no option to lose a game and line up an easier route to the final, and the semi-final saw a Varsity clash with the hosts from the Perse, who had steamrollered their way to the last four. In a titanic struggle, characterised by the speed of both teams’ answers and the intuition of their interruptions, the lead changed hands more than once before the Perse – and their lightning-fast captain – stretched into a small lead that they never relinquished.

The Perse proved comfortable winners of the competition and it was Dragon’s third consecutive semi-final defeat, but one filled with pride. With two of this year’s side still eligible next year, maybe Quiz is coming home…?

Thank You Foodies!

We are very grateful to the School Food Committee for all their commitment, and for the energy and enthusiasm they have put into so many different projects and initiatives throughout the year. The photo shows a group of them working on their most recent project which aimed to raise awareness of the effect of disposable plastics in our oceans. Thank you Dragon School Food Committee!

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BOARDING NEWS

A Note to Cherwell from Ma and Sir

It was a pleasure to share the last In-School weekend of the year with 2017-2018`s Cherwell girls. The entire weekend was full of fun, kindness, friendship and the perfect opportunity for all to live and bask in the moment (as well as the amazing weather!) Too often we are worrying about the past or looking ahead to the next exam, next school visit, next race or adventure but seldom we live for the moment. To do so means letting go of the past and not waiting for your future. Whether you were slipping 'n' sliding, water zorbing, roasting marshmallows, camping, hover boarding, or simply enjoying that moment to chat with a friend, we hope you had a weekend to remember. Well done one and all – you are a special group. Live your life now, aware that every moment is a gift. Thank you, it has been a pleasure. Ma and Sir.

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Wilson's Camp

The Wilson boys and family had the most fantastic final weekend all together – the perfect way to end the year and the junior boys boarding house known as ‘Wilson’s’. Lunchtime on Saturday, we all headed out to the Cotswolds for a weekend of bushcraft and camping. We all learnt how to make campfires, build dens, whittle, catch crayfish and build rafts in and amongst games of cricket, capture the flag, swimming, archery and a visit from 50 beagles! We all camped out in large bell tents in the most glorious setting and weather! The boys had a weekend that they will never forget and were even happy to go to bed early on Sunday night!

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SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS

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Diary Reminders

For all sports fixtures and the full calendar of events, please see the main School Calendar.

Friday, 06 July 2018

11:00am Sports Day Athletics Finals (Day 2) - parents are very welcome to attend
2:00pm Year 3 Final Assembly
3:00pm Term Endsat the Pre-Prep
6:30pm Boarders' House Supper & 'Sing Song'

Saturday, 07 July 2018

Term Ends after Sports Day
9:30am Sports Day (Athletics Finals
10:00am Second Hand Uniform Shop open (until 11:00am)

 

Dragon Links

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From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

The children have returned from half-term full of enthusiasm and determined to take advantage of the next few weeks of term.

Over the past few days many of our A Block children have been sitting their Common Entrance examinations. On my invigilation visits to Lynam Hall, I have been most impressed with the pupils’ collective calm and sustained concentration, as they have worked steadily through their exam papers - I am sure that all their hard work will be rewarded. On completion of exams, the A Block children will be leaving this Sunday for their highly anticipated expeditions to a range of locations – a well-deserved adventure following their dedicated studies throughout this academic year. 

In the Pre-Prep this week, Year 3 have been exploring the theme of magnetism, including polar attraction and repulsion, as well as testing a range of items for their magnetic properties. I also enjoyed a Year 1 assembly, inspired by the book ‘Mimi’s village’. The story helped us all to understand the challenges faced by people throughout the world who do not have access to clean water or healthcare facilities and prompted many discussions.

The week has also seen the ‘Bardwell Bash’ house cricket competition for the boys, as well as a girls’ cricket festival. Indeed our girls’ cricket is continuing to expand, with fixtures against a range of schools and a number of girls also participating in our U10A and 2nd XI teams. We have also had some outstanding swimming performances this week. 

My wife Lucy and I enjoyed an evening dinner with our Assistant Teachers, who are now almost exactly halfway through their time with us. Our gap year Assistant Teachers have developed excellent relationships with the children since they joined us in early January and I know that their energy and good humour is widely appreciated throughout the school community. They have also made the most of the school holidays by embarking on a tremendous variety of trips and visits throughout Europe and beyond. 

Meanwhile, I do hope to see you at one of our many opportunities to meet this term - whether on the sports fields at fixtures or at one of the upcoming school productions. The many highlights in this half-term’s calendar include ‘Alice in Wonderland’ performed by C Block, and ‘Aladdin Trouble’, performed by our Year 3 children. We also have Summer Serenade and the Dragon Regatta to look forward to, not to mention our Sports Day and athletics events.

Finally, we will shortly be receiving the results of our RSAcademics survey and I look forward to sharing the summary report with you in the near future.

With all best wishes,

Crispin Hyde-Dunn

NOTICES

GDPR Image Consent

You will have recently received an email envelope from DocuSign containing your GDPR Consent Form for the Use of Images. This allows you the opportunity to give consent on behalf of your child for the use of their image. We would be grateful if these could be returned as promptly as possible to enable the School to use images again and share more of the wonderful summer events that will be taking place over the coming weeks. When giving consent, please ensure you tick the relevant boxes on the form. We are grateful to those who have already returned the signed forms via DocuSign and we hope that you have found this an easy and quick service to use.

A Block Challenge

On Tuesday 3rd July, A Block will be taking part in a water carry relay, to raise money for various water based charities affiliated with WE Day. Each A Block form will be attempting to carry 20 litres of water over 6km, in order to represent the daily journey made by many people around the world. Any support would be greatly appreciated. You can donate by clicking here. Thank you. 

Alice in Wonderland

As you may be aware, members of C Block are performing Alice in Wonderland this term.

There are to be two performances and these take place on Thursday 21 and  Friday 22 June at 6:45pm in the Lynam Hall.

If you would like to attend one of these performances please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 18 June, in order to avoid disappointment. 

Please note that there will be a maximum of 5 seats allowed per family, per performance. Dragons in the audience (not Pre-Prep) must be wearing their B Suits.

Daily Bus Service starting September 2018

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We are delighted to announce that we have joined the Oxford Schools Bus Partnership (OSBP) effective from September 2018 which we hope will provide a solution to school transport requirements.

OSBP offers 10 routes across Oxfordshire, from September 2018. Further information on routes, timetables and prices will be available in due course but details of the current service is available on the OSBP website. For enquiries or to book places please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Transport Co-ordinator for OSBP, directly.

For any questions relating to the partnership please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Dragon School Bursar.

Athletics Training

As per the norm, after the June Exeat (week beginning 18 June) all athletics clubs on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and a Friday will be open only to those children competing at Mercia (squad members). It is very important that these children have a priority in the week leading up to this prestigious event. Following on from this (week beginning 25), athletics clubs will be open only to athletes qualifying for Nationals on 3 July. Form athletics starts on Saturday 23 June and all Games sessions from thereon will be athletics, as well as PE lessons, so children will get plenty of athletics time.

EVENTS

Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Community Networking 

Thursday 14 June 2018, 6:30pm – 9:00pm. Join us for our Dragon Community Networking evening focussing on Property next Thursday 14 June at Dragon School, led by Joe Miles (OD & Parent). If you work in, or are interested in Property we’d love to see you. To read more about our speaker panel please click here. To book places pleaseThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PREP NEWS

D Block Eco Musical

On the Friday before half-term, D Block took to the stage to sing about the tragic state of our oceans, and what can be done about it, in their Eco-Musical about Plastic in the Oceans. The audience arrived through a fishing net filled with all manner of sea creatures created out of recycled plastic containers to be confronted by a dragon constructed out of plastic and bin liners. It was a thought provoking message told through song, poems, art works and a rap especially written and performed by 5TA. 

Ski Colours

Charlotte and Octavia were recently awarded their ski colours, a first at Dragon School. They have both skied for a number of years and achieved an outstanding level in their respective events. Charlotte skis in Giant Slalom and Super G events and trained with the British Ski Academy in Cervinia last summer. Octavia, on the other hand enjoys the challenge of Ski Cross and has been the U12 Ski Cross Champion for the last few years. She also became U16 Champion earlier this year, as an U13! Octavia also trains regularly with the British Squad. Congratulations to them both.

Why Comics

A few weeks ago those who were fortunate enough to be in the Spectrum audience were treated to an inspirational and very memorable presentation by Asia Al Fasi: Artist, Manga expert and Libyan refugee.

Why Comics are part of her story and we would like to draw attention to an opportunity they are offering for a unique experience to support the original work they do...

Experience a day sail, with a professional crew, on The Solent aboard Tracy Edwards’ Maiden, the iconic 58ft racing yacht crewed by the first ever all female crew to race and complete the Whitbread Round the World Race. For more details click here.

SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS

Please follow us on our Dragon School social media pages, where we share updates, including school news, Old Dragon news, upcoming event invitations and reminders.

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Diary Reminders

For all sports fixtures and the full calendar of events, please see the main School Calendar.

Friday, 08 June 2018

5:00pm: Governors' Meeting (at the Pre-Prep) 6:45pm: Post Exam Group Plays (for Parents & A Block Boarders - in the Forum) 6:45pm: Spectrum: Creative Writing Evening (for Parents & B-E Block Boarders in the Lynam Hall)

Saturday 09 June 2018

Sculling: Blenheim Regatta 8:30am: Governors' Meeting (at the Prep) 10:45am: Parent Forum: 'Talking Teens' (in the MCLT)

Sunday 10 June 2018

10:00am: The Second Sunday after Trinity; Mr Richard Wilson, Housemaster of Wilson's

Monday, 11 June 2018

A Block Expeditions Week 9:30am: Pre -Prep Rehearsal at Prep (until 4:00pm in the Lynam Hall)

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Summer Art Exhibition in the Forum (open until Sunday 1 July)

Thursday 14 June 2018

B Block RS & Philosophy Day (in school event) 2:15pm: Golf at Bradfield: U12 Boys & Girls  3:15pm: Middle School Concert (in the Lynam Hall) 6:30pm: Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Community Networking - Property (Dragon School, RSVP required)

Friday, 15 June 2018

12:00pm: New York Exchange children arrive (our guests are with us until mid-morning on Wednesday 20 June) 12:15pm:WEEKEND EXEAT begins for Middle School & E Block (until evening of Sunday 17 June) 12:30pm:WEEKEND EXEAT begins for Upper School (until evening of Sunday 17 June)

Dragon Links

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1st XI Cricket Match

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

Last Saturday, we hosted Open Morning for prospective parents, with A Block children acting as guides for our visitors on their tours of the School. They proved to be excellent ambassadors for our school and I am very grateful for their enthusiastic participation in the event. The children received many compliments from our visitors for their polite and welcoming manner. Prior to the Open Morning, Lucy and I appreciated the opportunity to join many of you for a sociable outdoor Mothers’ Breakfast by the river, with the pastries, fruit, bacon sandwiches and coffee helping to sustain us throughout the morning. Thank you to everyone who attended and I hope it allowed you to meet other Dragon mothers in relaxed surroundings.

On Tuesday, Year 2 children at the Pre-Prep considered the theme of ‘keeping an open mind’ in their assembly, thinking in particular about the times where they might be tempted to make assumptions. I also enjoyed seeing some class displays on recognising ‘birds of the summer’ as well as making measurements of time, volume and distance. Year 3 children were busy learning about ‘magnetism’ in science and were continuing to enjoy their ‘Heroes and Villains’ theme by creating their own “Wanted” posters. I am sure the Reception parents who attended a special lunch with their children at the Pre-Prep on Tuesday appreciated all the creativity on display.

Meanwhile in C Block this week, there was a very visual Maths lesson in which the children were exploring various aspects of symmetry. Elsewhere many of our budding scientists spent the Easter break preparing impressive entries for our Holiday Science Catapult competition. All the entries were of a very high quality which made judging the finalists, announced in assembly this week, a particularly difficult decision.

In addition to ongoing exam preparations for many pupils and post-exam group activities for others, it has been a busy week on the sporting front. We enjoyed the Middle School swim relays on Wednesday and the 1st XI cricket team celebrated a very well deserved victory against Caldicott. Our Under 11 and Under 13 tennis teams enjoyed considerable success at a tennis tournament at Radley College earlier this week, with the boys winning the team trophy for the first time in seven years.

During this busy sporting period we are particularly grateful to our grounds staff for keeping our facilities in such excellent condition. We are certainly looking forward to a bumper week of sport at the prep school next week. In fact, we are in the midst of a 7-day period in which we will have no fewer than 60 individual sports fixtures (28 for the boys, 27 for the girls and 5 mixed). These are spread across a wide variety of events, including cricket, tennis, sculling, rounders, athletics and triathlon. The matches are at all ability levels and involve hundreds of different children, reinforcing our policy of both inclusion and excellence. The importance of exercise and outdoor activity in balance with academic lessons is well recognised, but we have also been careful to ensure that there is minimal impact upon academic time ahead of exam week, with the majority of fixtures taking place either on Wednesday or Saturday afternoon.

Looking ahead to other activities next week, I am looking forward to meeting a number of Old Dragons in London on the evening of Monday 21 May, when I will be attending their reunion along with a number of Staff. I would also like to remind parents of children in E to C Block inclusive that we will be holding a ‘Future Schools’ event in Lynam Hall at 10:00am on Friday 25 May (see elsewhere in the Dragon News for further details).

I do hope to see you at the events and sporting fixtures in the coming days, as the evenings continue to get longer and lighter. As we approach the half way point of this term many highlights are still to come, not least the A Block expeditions, which have been occupying many a lunchtime conversation this week!

With all best wishes,

Crispin Hyde-Dunn

NOTICES

A Block Leavers’ – End of Term Party

Book Your Child’s Place NOW!

Excitement is mounting in A Block as the end of the year approaches and with it the final send off! This year's ‘Festival' themed party, "Dragonfest" is going to be an evening to remember for all the A Block Dragons heading off on new adventures.

Places can be booked and payment details found by clicking here - please do so by Friday 25 May (before half-term). Please spread the word to ensure no-one misses out!

Future Schools Forum – Friday 25 May at 10:00am

Parents of E, D and C Block children are invited to attend a Future Schools Forum with Dr Hyde-Dunn and other members of staff, at 10:00am on Friday 25 May, in the MCLT. This event is intended to give parents an overview of the process and timescales when considering applications to senior schools.  More information will be included in the end of term notices to parents but please do save the date and contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register if you are able to attend.

After Match Travel Arrangements

A reminder that after an away match, a child is only allowed to travel home with another child’s parents if prior consent has been given to the Taker in charge. Please always remember to sign out the child(ren) with the relevant Taker in advance.

Tuilagi Rugby Skills

Four Day Course in Oxford in August. To find out more please click here.

New York Exchange 2018

A couple of places have become available on the New York exchange for current B Block boys. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend time learning about the life of an American family, visiting key attractions in the Big Apple, seeing a Broadway show and learning about the history and culture of this amazing city. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Woodstock Road Carriageway Maintenance

Please click here to find details of upcoming roadworks on Woodstock Road, Oxford. 

The Sebastopol Project

A group of Dragon parents have established a charity with this name whose intention is to inspire the public and raise money for Armed Services charities by publishing a book called 'On Courage' which describes in twenty-eight chapters a diverse range of events which have led to the award of the Victoria Cross or George Cross. The book includes two ODs amongst that illustrious cast. The book will be available from today.

There will be a special event held at the Dragon School on Thursday 24 May to mark the launch of the book. The evening will include Dr Hyde-Dunn reading an abridged chapter and an opportunity to buy the book.

Drinks and canapés will be provided.

Tickets must be obtained from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - there will be no charge. Further information can be found on Classlist.

If you would like to order this book in advance, you can do so by clicking here, or alternatively here. 'On Courage: Stories of Victoria Cross and George Cross Holders'.

03.05.2018 The Sebastopol Project

EVENTS

Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Community Networking – Thursday 14 June 2018

Our seventh Dragon Community Networking evening focusses on Property. It will take place at Dragon School on Thursday 14 June, from 6:30pm. Full details, including our speaker line up will be announced shortly. If you work in Property, or if you know any young ODs who might be considering a future career in Property, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register interest.

PRE-PREP NEWS

Habitat Explorers

The children in Year 1 visited Hill End Centre on Monday and became Habitat Explorers! They experienced 3 different environments; searching and identifying different insect life in the flower meadows, exploring the woodland creating dens and traps, and helping to start and maintain a fire on which they cooked cinnamon bread on a stick. The children were free to explore on their own but also had to work as a team, cooperating with each other in a variety of different activities. Despite everyone being tired at the end of an adventurous day, it was certainly a memorable one, filled with lots of fun, creative, outdoor learning.

17.05.2018 Habitat Exploreres

Save the Swift

Year Two have been campaigning to ‘Save The Swift’ – an incredible bird that is becoming endangered and needs our help! We have lost over 50% of the population since 1995 and the children have been learning how to help protect this endangered species by putting up nest boxes and writing persuasive letters and speeches. We had a visitor from the Hackney Swift Charity last week who taught the children printing techniques. They then made their own campaign posters to help inform the public about their conservation project.

17.05.2018 Save the Swift

Cricket v Wellington

On Wednesday afternoon, the Colts A cricket team travelled to Wellington College for their first Prep Schools T20 competition, taking on Moulsford, Caldicott and Lambrook, three of the strongest sides on the local circuit, coming back triumphant.

In the semi-final against Caldicott, a fifty partnership between Cosmo and Julian laid the foundations for a good total, before an enterprising cameo from Will helped Julian to his 50 from the final ball and Dragon to a total of 132/4. Early wickets for Will, Jack and Bertie quickly ended the game as a contest, and the bowling was shared around in a 37-run win.

The final saw the team take on Lambrook, the only side to get the better of them as U10s last summer, and after a bright start from Cosmo and Hector, we tumbled from 52/0 to 84/7 before a thrilling eighth-wicket stand between Will and Henry added 46 from just 29 balls to help us post 130/7.

Lambrook were well set in reply, reaching 59/1, before Bertie three wickets triggered a spectacular collapse of five wickets for just two runs. Gus, who captained superbly throughout, then took three wickets himself to dismiss Lambrook for 80 and seal a 50-run win in a game that showed just how quickly momentum can change in cricket.

The boys were focused and determined throughout, and certainly gave an excellent account of themselves both on and off the field throughout the day. 

Boys' Tennis Tournament at Radley

On Tuesday, 10 Dragons at Under 11 and Under 13 level competed against seven other schools at the annual prep schools' tennis tournament at Radley College.

It was a memorable and enjoyable day of tennis. The boys behaved superbly and played remarkably well. The juniors came away as victors in the Plate competition, whilst the seniors battled it out in the finals of the main competition against arch-rivals, Summer Fields.

Determination, teamwork and skill saw us through and we eventually came out on top to prise the trophy away for the first time in seven years.

 17.05.2018 Boys Tennis

Young Art Oxford

Last Thursday saw the 11th Young Oxford Art Exhibition, hosted in the Ashmolean. There were over 3,000 entries from 51 Oxfordshire schools with the judges finding space for 574 works. The theme of Journeys inspired our Pre-Prep artists to celebrate flying over Sydney Opera House, visiting an enchanted unicorn forest, watching a hamster on an endless wheel, engaging with migrating turtles and messing about in boats. We are delighted that the fun in participating will have raised a significant amount for Cancer Research UK.

17.05.2018 Young Art Oxford

Winton Cup

Thirteen C Block children, Ma Swales and Mr Phillips set off to Stowe on Tuesday with absolutely no idea what they were letting themselves in for. They were competing for the Winton Cup, the theme was ‘Fake News’, and that was all they knew. Twenty other seasoned ‘Winton Cup’ competitor schools were in attendance and, with a little trepidation and plenty of excitement, the Dragons were ushered into their first challenge. Throughout the day the Dragons were tested on their critical thinking skills and general knowledge in Geography, where they focused on Climate Change; History of Art, when they had to analyse portraits of Napoleon and Elizabeth I to spot the ‘Fake News’; spot how Joseph Goebbels made Hilter look like a great guy in History; make quick decisions about ‘Fake News’ stories in America during the Politics session; and debate ‘What is Truth?’ in Philosophy and Religion.

Pupils were scored for each session not only on their correct answers, but also how they worked together and contributed to the wider discussion. When the results were announced, Dragon had come a very respectable second place, just 1.5 points behind the very experienced winners Beachborough. Hopefully Dragons will return next year to try and claim the title.

17.05.2018 Winton Cup

BOARDING NEWS

MasterChef Finals

The School House MasterChef challenge came to a mouth-watering end this week, as our six remaining groups battled it out in the kitchen in the final phase of this annual competition. As only one group could be named the winner, the heat was certainly turned up for our young chefs. Each group was tasked with making a dish that fell within a specific course category; a starter, a main, or a dessert. All the groups then had to prepare their allocated course simultaneously in a specific time-frame, and have these dishes ready for our panel of judges to critique. This increased level of difficulty greatly put the School house boys’ culinary skills to the test, with the proverb “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” ringing true. However, the boys embraced the challenge and each group served a very palatable meal within the allocated time. The judges were then able to taste-test an array of delicious courses, such as crushed pea pancakes with crème fresh and smoked salmon as a starter and herb crusted lamb with dauphinoise potato as a main. The winning dish was a deep fried banana with chocolate sauce and mixed berry salad with jus de fruit dessert prepared by Toh, Brett and Ivan. All in all it was another successful year for the MasterChef competition, with the School House boys already excitedly anticipating the next one. Many thanks to Mr Phelps and Ma Phelps for judging.

17.05.2018 Masterchef

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Reception Parents’ Lunch

On Monday, parents of Reception children were invited to lunch. We all enjoyed sharing this special time together and being sociable over the delicious pasta and salad. The jam sponge pudding was very popular and everyone left the dining room full and smiling. Thank you to the kitchen at the Prep and catering staff at the Pre-Prep for enabling this happy event to happen.

17.05.2018 Reception Parents Lunch

PREP NEWS

Dragon Keyboard Festival 2018

Over a hundred talented pianists took part in this year’s Dragon Keyboard Festival. It was quite a task to whittle the numbers down to our 12 finalists. The successful competitors were treated to a masterclass by the renowned Head of Keyboard and Instrumental Studies, Anthony Williams. The final is this coming Friday and more news will follow in next week’s edition.

17.05.2018 Piano Festival

 

Diary Reminders

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Friday, 18 May 2018

Post Exam Group to Pre-Prep & E Block (all day)
3:00pm: GPC Meeting
3:00pm: Keyboard Festival Final - adjudicated by Ann Martin-Davis of Junior Royal College of Music (in the Lynam Hall)

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Sculling: Worcester Regatta
10:45am: Parent Forum: Introduction to E Block (for Year 3 parents only)
12:30pm: A Block Parents Leavers' Lunch (in the Staff Dining Room -RSVP required)

Sunday, 20 May 2018

10:00am: Pentecost Sunday; Mr Michael Windsor, Headmaster of Abingdon School

Monday, 21 May 2018

B & C Block Exams 6:30pm: OD Reunion (all years at Stationers' Hall London (RSVP required)

Thursday, 17 May 2018

9:00am: Post Exam Group trip to Bate Collection in Oxford (return for lunch)
3:15pm: Upper School Swim Relays (Round 4)
4:30pm: Informal Concert (in the Music School)
7:45pm: The 'Sebastopol Project' (in the Forum and Lynam Hall) - an event for parents

Friday, 25 May 2018

10:00am: Parent Forum: Future Schools (for C, D & E Block parents, in the MCLT)
11:00am: D Block Eco-Musical (in the Lynam Hall)
12:15pm: HALF TERM begins for Middle School & E Block (until evening of Sunday 3 June)
12:30pm: HALF TERM begins for Upper School (until evening of Sunday 3 June)

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From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

As we approach half-term, we have enjoyed another busy week. Last Friday saw the final of the Dragon Keyboard festival. The musical standard was extremely high and all competitors received valuable advice from our adjudicator Anne Martin-Jones of the Junior Royal College of Music. On Monday, we began with an assembly reflecting on the importance of individuality, with the tale of the mouse and the Lion reminding us that everyone has their own skills and strengths. On the same day we were delighted to share with you the results of our recent ISI Regulatory Compliance Inspection and to confirm that we were found fully compliant in our recent Inspection. Later that evening, I met a number of Old Dragons at a reunion event in London, all of whom spoke with great affection about our School.

We were visited this Wednesday by Mr Robin Fletcher, the current president of the Boarding Schools’ Association. To mark his visit and to celebrate our membership of the BSA, Mr Fletcher planted a pear tree in the garden of Bowden’s House – the 141st such tree to be planted in a BSA member school.

On Wednesday I observed C Block children undertaking a Maths unit assessment, which required skills of problem solving, measuring angles and interpreting bar graphs. I also observed some of the A Block pupils, who have already completed their senior school assessments, participating in the PEG (Post Exam Group) Science programme. They have been investigating the topic of outer space, with special projects including detailed research into black holes, the formation of stars and the composition of the moon. Elsewhere in the school, many children have been taking their exams, with the Battle of Bosworth and the 1588 Armada amongst the topics being discussed in the B Block History paper.

There has also been plenty of sporting endeavour with 112 children involved in the triathlon which took place at Marlborough last Sunday. This week has also seen some excellent victories for the girls in rounders against Winchester House and some fine cricket results from the boys playing against Cheam.

Today (Thursday), I am looking forward to seeing the Year 1 children performing the “Bee Musical”, for which they have been preparing with keen anticipation. This evening (Thursday) at school I also look forward to participating in the ‘Sebastopol Project’ and the promotion of the book “On Courage,” which commemorates those individuals who were awarded the Victoria Cross for their remarkable feats of bravery, and this distinguished list includes Old Dragons. Then on Friday morning, we will be hosting a ‘Future Schools Forum’ for parents of E, D and C Block children; D Block parents will also enjoy a performance of the Eco musical by their children.

Staff News
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some Staff news for the Academic Year 2018-19. We greatly appreciate the efforts and hard work of all our Staff and next half term there will be an opportunity to say a formal farewell to those Staff who will be leaving us at the end of this academic year. Our departing Staff will take with them our most grateful thanks and our very best wishes for their new endeavours. At the same time we also look forward to welcoming some new members to our community in September. Please see below a summary of the latest Staff news:

• Richard and Anna Wilson, currently in charge of Wilson’s one of our junior boys’ boarding houses, will take on the role of Gunga Din Houseparents. John and Sarah Warlow, our current Gunga Din Houseparents, have also taught History and French respectively and will be relocating to Malvern this summer.
• Charlotte Adams will be joining us as Head of Modern Foreign Languages to succeed Ed Smyth.
• Martin Barratt will be joining us as a teacher of History
• Simon Hitchings will be joining us as a teacher of Classics
• Simon Ammora will join us as an English teacher to succeed Nicola Swales
• Sophie Lawrie will join us to teach Middle School Maths, to succeed Alec Leslie
• Robyn Willis-Stovold will take up the post of Science teacher to succeed Scott Bolton.
• Harriette Griffiths-Jones will be joining us as assistant to the Director of Sport, succeeding Emily Hatcher.
• On the retirement of our library assistant, Gaynor Cooper, Massimo Iazetti has joined us.

As we draw to the close of this first half of the summer term, may I take this opportunity to thank you for your support of our School over the past few weeks and may I wish you a relaxing and refreshing Bank holiday weekend and half-term break.

With all best wishes,

Crispin Hyde-Dunn

NOTICES

Saturday Swimming

There will be no Saturday morning swimming after half -term, this is due to other exciting scheduled events.

Scholarship/ CE Preparation Courses

There are still some spaces available for this summer’s Latin and French Scholarship / CE preparation courses run by Dr Norton and his wife at their home in South West France. For further details of the courses, including dates, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Block Parents Meet-Up

On Friday 6 July, there will be a dinner at the Cherwell Boathouse (organised by parents), for all A Block parents who wish to join. Emails have been sent through Classlist (and about 75 people have confirmed) but for those who are not on Classlist this is an extended invite.

It is suggested that parents drop-off day children at school for the leavers' sing song at 7:45pm and walk down to the restaurant, where there will be drinks and dinner in the marquee at the Boathouse. Dinner will end when the children finish sing song, which is typically around 11pm. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you would like to come. The cost is £31 per head, payable as soon as possible so numbers can be finalised.

Athletics Training

As per the norm, after the June Exeat (week beginning 18 June) all athletics clubs on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and a Friday will be open only to those children competing at Mercia (squad members). It is very important that these children have a priority in the week leading up to this prestigious event. Following on from this (week beginning 25), athletics clubs will be open only to athletes qualifying for Nationals on 3 July. Form athletics starts on Saturday 23 June and all Games sessions from thereon will be athletics, as well as PE lessons, so children will get plenty of athletics time.

Davos Ski Trip

The Dragon Ski Trip to Davos in February 2019 is now taking bookings! For all those Davos veterans please sign up in the usual fashion and for those who have never been on the trip before do come and discover just why The Dragon has been visiting Davos for over 50 years and enjoy this unique Dragon experience. The trip is open to all levels of ability: seasoned, rusty, social and novice (even non-skiers have come to take advantage of the plethora of walking, cross country skiing and sightseeing opportunities that the region offers). We welcome unaccompanied children aged 10-13 as well as family groups. Should you have any questions pertaining to the trip please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website.

24.05.2018 Davos 

Memory Boxes

If you would like to order a beautiful Dragon School box, perhaps as a special leaving gift for this year's A Block, or an OD friend or family member, please contact Janet Murray of Boxes You Design. Click here for further details, or take a look at the display boxes available in Reception. 10% of all sales are kindly donated by Janet back to the school bursary fund.

EVENTS

Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Community Networking – Thursday 14 June 2018

Our seventh Dragon Community Networking evening, which will focus on Property, will take place at Dragon School on Thursday 14 June, from 6:30pm. Full details, including our speaker line-up will be announced shortly. If you work in Property, or if you know any young ODs who might be considering a future career in Property, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.

PRE-PREP NEWS

Maths Beyond the Classroom

Armed with tape measures, cameras, clipboards and some excellent parent volunteers, Year 3 had a wonderful time making mathematical discoveries in University Parks on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. Measuring circumference to decipher the age of trees, spotting shapes, angles and lines, using estimation and working out park-life problems were just some of the skills the children developed. Smiling faces and enthusiastic discussions incorporating mathematical vocabulary, trial and error and super problem-solving skills were testament to how engaged the children were in their learning. A wonderfully active and practical afternoon experiencing Maths beyond the classroom was enjoyed by all, and Year 3 are grateful to their willing volunteers for helping to make this possible.

Swift Cam

Year 2 children have been glued to the Swift Cam at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, as part of their learning about these fascinating creatures. They were very excited to see the swifts return at the start of May; we have followed their progress building nests inside the swift boxes and this week we spotted the first egg! We will continue to follow their development and hope to see chicks soon. The children are particularly excited about the prospect of the young birds doing ‘press-ups’ in preparation for their first flight which will happen in August. To raise awareness of the decline in swifts over the last few decades, the children have designed campaign T-Shirts in Literacy lesson, which they will be sporting tomorrow.

Reception Tea Sharing

Reception have been looking at the book Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox and discussing memories they have already made. In order to grow their memories, the children invited their grandparents to the Pre-Prep for a sharing tea. The weather gods blessed us with beautiful sunshine so we were able to take advantage of space in the playground. Children shared sandwiches, cakes, tea and, most importantly, memories with their guests. Both the visitors and children thoroughly enjoyed this special time with each other. Even the A Block PEG group fondly recall when their grandparents visited eight years ago.

Residential Bushcraft

71 very excited and eager Year 3 children headed to Bushcraft in Cornbury Park for their annual residential. On arrival, the children were greeted with a warm welcome from the Bushcraft Staff who lead us through the forest to our base camp for the night. The children were briefed, given safety expectations and shown to their yurts, so they could unpack and get ready for the busy day ahead. All children participated enthusiastically in the activities which included making a fire, building shelters, constructing traps (for animals and teachers), making wooden tent pegs with knives and playing camouflage and concealment games, the favourite being Predator. Lunch was cooked by the children themselves on the fires they had made. The children had different responsibilities around the camp including washing up and cleaning, they undertook all these with true Dragon maturity. The first day was rounded off with hot chocolate, marshmallows and stories around the campfire. The children slept in their yurts with 8 brave individuals choosing to sleep out in their shelters, constructed earlier in the day. The coach ride home was very quiet in comparison to the outward journey, lots of very exhausted but happy campers!

Balloon Debate

Picture the scene: Eight people in a hot air balloon. It's losing height and is about to plummet to the ground! Four famous faces must be thrown out to save the rest! Who gets to stay and who has to jump? This was the tough decision Year 3 faced when they met the Balloon Debate finalists; First, Captain James Cook the intrepid explorer, then the bold and daring author Enid Blyton, next came two clever and resourceful Florence Nightingales. Then, a hilarious David Walliams followed by medical marvel Alexander Van Tulleken and finally innovative survivalist Bear Grylls and a magical muggle named Hermione.

All eight children delivered powerfully persuasive speeches and should feel extremely proud, but in the end only four could be left in the balloon....congratulations Hermione Granger, David Walliams, Alexander Van Tulleken and Captain James Cook.

PREP NEWS

#DragonGirlsCan

Girls’ cricket at the Dragon continues to grow, with numbers for Girls Club on a Monday increasing every week. In Year 4, one of the three weekly Games sessions is dedicated to cricket and they have already had fixtures this season against Cokethorpe and Chandlings. On the first Monday back after half-term, we have some Middle School matches scheduled against Oxford High, followed by a Cricket Festival planned for Games on 6 June where the focus will be on introducing cricket to the masses and having lots of fun with it. We also have female representation in some of our senior cricket sides, with Lottie and Rosie regularly turning out for the U10 As and 2nd XI respectively.

The Dragon is keen to promote the female game where possible and in partnership with Oxford University, our girls’ cricket club recently enjoyed a day of coaching in the Parks followed by some entertainment from the Oxford University Women v MCC Women match. It’s great to see so many girls of all ages getting involved and hopefully following in the footsteps of England’s World Cup winning team from last year. #DragonGirlsCan

Radley Athletics

The Dragon Athletes enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of sun and success at Radley’s superb Athletics facilities competing as boys and girls teams in an open field against many of the larger Schools in the area. A number of new PBs were recorded and it was great to see much of the hard work put in during training reaping its reward.

On the track, Maisie gave the girls’ team the perfect start, comfortably winning the Hurdles before Nathaniel (competing a year up) and Bea took 1st and 2nd in the 800m. Melissa, Miguel and Julian proved themselves fastest over 100m, 300m and 1500m respectively in their age groups before Ava broke the E Block school record in the 1500m. Trying out a new event, Basil added his name to the school records in the 300m to sit alongside his 100m and 200m. Our relay runners look in good shape too. The D Block teams of Aubrey, Zach, Monty and Charlie and Izzy, Lexie, Margot and Melissa both set School Records – something that the A Block boys are targeting too, just missing out by 0.7s this time round.

Success was not just limited to the track; Will and Ivan dominated the discus whilst Blessing and Basil won the High Jump and Triple Jump events with PBs. Izzy broke another school record with a fantastic leap in the Long Jump with Rosie impressing greatly with the Javelin, missing out on a record by just 5cm.

When the totals were added up it was announced that Dragon Boys had won both the Upper School and Middle School competitions with the Dragon Girls a very respectable 6th from 14 teams.

As impressive as all these sporting feats are, it was equally impressive to see the way that the A Block led their teams and supported each other throughout the afternoon. If future generations follow this example, the Dragon can look forward to success for years to come.

Dragon Piano Festival

Last Friday, 12 Dragon Pianists took part in the Dragon Keyboard Festival Final, adjudicated by Ann Martin-Davis from the Junior Royal College of Music. Wonderful performances of descriptive and imaginative pieces were given, ranging from ‘Asian Tiger Prowl’ to Grieg’s well-known ‘Notturno’, evocative of night-time in Norway. It was a lovely afternoon with the children receiving much praise for their performances alongside a couple of helpful tips to take away with them. The winners of the three classes were: Initial Sam, Intermediate Catherine and Advanced Robert.

E Block Form Singing Competition

Last Saturday saw the E Block taking part in the annual Lower School Form Singing Competition. There was much excitement in the MCLT as the children took to their seats to be introduced to soprano Charlotte Newstead who was there to adjudicate the competition. First to perform was 4BB who sang an enthusiastic and precise Bare Necessities. Next up was 4L with a toe tapping rendition of the Journey classic, Don’t Stop Believing. There was a poignant performance too from 4CJ of Sound of Silence, complete with harmonies. A Million Dreams from 4O proved to be a popular choice with the audience and also featured some lovely solo singing. Following that was a barnstorming performance by 4AF of the Elton John hit I’m still standing complete with choreographed moves, prop sunglasses and vocal arrangements. The competition was brought to a close with an enjoyable You Can Count on Me from 4A.

Not surprisingly the top spot went to 4AF followed by 4BB, with 4O in third place. Well done to this very musical year group!

Charity Cycle Ride

On Tuesday 29 May, Gavin will be cycling up the Tour de France famed climb, Alpe D’Huez. In the last few weeks, Gavin has raised over £500 of his £1,135 target (£1 for every meter climbed on the Alpe D’Huez). Thank you to all of you who have already supported this ride!

World Bicycle Relief, his charity of choice, have been in touch and are thrilled to report that Gavin’s fund raising efforts to date have provided 5 bicycles to those in need. These bicycles are given as a tool to promote a healthy lifestyle (as well as being a huge amount of fun) and enable those who would otherwise be on foot to access school, healthcare and economic opportunities. There is still time to support Gavin’s ride and this worthy cause. To make your contribution to the cause, and motivate Gavin up the mountain, please click on his JustGiving page. Also, any Dragons who would like to join the ride on Tuesday 29 May are encouraged to do so. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information and details.

BOARDING NEWS

Cherwell High Tea

To mark the wedding of the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Cherwell girls celebrated in true royal style by enjoying an afternoon filled with tea and scones. After watching the Royal wedding and judging the outfits, the party was moved to the backyard to enjoy the sunshine and high tea put together by the Cherwell matrons.

School House Royal Wedding

School House excitedly took part in the Royal Wedding fever that swept the nation this past weekend. Starting off on Friday at the Summer Fair, School House’s booths were donned proudly in colours of red, white and blue. Our most popular stall, playfully named “Drench the Boarding Assistant” allowed boys to throw sponges at their teachers, who hid behind a monarch themed peep board. When the long-awaited Saturday morning finally came, the Union Jack flew high above School House roof. The boys had the opportunity to watch the televised historic event as it played throughout the day in the School House den. Later the boys were treated to a delicious “Proudly British” themed afternoon tea in the lovely sunshine, eating an assortment of scrumptious red, white and blue cupcakes with cups of tea. Ultimately the boys enjoyed a very festive and patriotic weekend, one that they will surely fondly remember, as will the rest of the British public!

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Diary Reminders

For all sports fixtures and the full calendar of events, please see the main School Calendar.

Friday, 25 May 2018

10:00am: Parent Forum: Future Schools (for C, D & E Block parents, in the MCLT)
11:00am: D Block Eco-Musical (in the Lynam Hall)
12:15pm: HALF TERM begins for Middle School & E Block (until evening of Sunday 3 June)
12:30pm: HALF TERM begins for Upper School (until evening of Sunday 3 June)

Monday, 04 June 2018

SCHOOL RESUMES

Tuesday, 05 June 2018

COMMON ENTRANCE begins

Friday, 08 June 2018

5:00pm: Governors' Meeting (at the Pre-Prep) 6:45pm: Post Exam Group Plays (for Parents & A Block Boarders -in the Forum) 6:45pm: Spectrum: Creative Writing Evening (for Parents & B-E Block Boarders in the Lynam Hall)

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Year 2 Trip to the Natural History Museum

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the recent RSAcademics survey – I am most grateful for your time in completing this important questionnaire. I understand from RSAcademics that we had a parental response rate of almost 70%, which is a very impressive level of engagement. The results are now being analysed by RSAcademics and we plan to share the findings with you during the second half of this term.

On Tuesday, I enjoyed attending two assemblies with the children at the Pre-Prep. Year 3 pupils were learning about the story of how the rainbow came about and in doing so they explored themes of equality, fairness and diversity. Meanwhile, in their morning assembly Reception and Year 1 reflected on being considerate and forgiving of others. In my conversations with the children, I learned that the Pre-Prep pupils have particularly enjoyed their outdoor learning time this term and that they are looking forward to a number of events including their ‘Bee Musical’ and the Year 3 residential camping trip which departs today.

Meanwhile, at the upper end of the school, our industrious A Block pupils are continuing to prepare for senior school entrance examinations. Careful revision is underway, for example pupils have been reviewing their knowledge and understanding of case studies in Geography and practising their comprehension skills in English. This week further 13+ Awards, Exhibitions and Scholarships have been awarded to our pupils. These latest achievements added to those already gained, mean that our A Block have now officially surpassed the school record for the highest number of awards gained in a single academic year. I should like to congratulate all the pupils, their teachers and their families upon this remarkable feat.

In other news, The Dragon Piano Festival has been taking place throughout this week, with many fine performances from pupils. We also have had notable success at the Home Counties Schools Challenge Quiz. Our Dragon Senior Quiz Team won the inter-school competition, making them Home Counties Champions for the fourth year running and our team now progresses to the inter-regional rounds. This afternoon, Thursday, we will be holding the E Block Swim Squad Challenge and this will be followed by an informal concert in the Music School. At tomorrow evening’s Spectrum we will be joined by Professor Ben Dixey who will be speaking on the intriguing theme ‘Why Comics?’

This weekend, we will host our Mothers’ Breakfast on Saturday morning followed by an Open Morning for those prospective and current families interested in boarding opportunities at the Dragon. Finally, whilst you are at the School, may I recommend that you visit our exhibition ‘In Bloom’ in the Dragon Gallery, which will close this Saturday 12 May. On show you will discover a fine array of art, which offers keen observation of the arrival of early summer. 

With all best wishes,

Crispin Hyde-Dunn

NOTICES

New York Exchange 2018

A couple of places have become available on the New York exchange for current B Block boys. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend time learning about the life of an American family, visiting key attractions in the Big Apple, seeing a Broadway show and learning about the history and culture of this amazing city. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new law that comes into force on Friday 25 May 2018. Before this date the School will be issuing updated documentation explaining your rights and how we use personal data of pupils, parents and others. Additionally, we will be seeking consent for some processing activities, particularly uses of photographs. These new GDPR consents replace existing information you have previously supplied and so it will be important that you read and return any documents issued

Woodstock Road Carriageway Maintenance

Please click here to find details of upcoming roadworks on Woodstock Road, Oxford. 

Oxford Schools Bus Partnership

All parents will wish to be aware that the Dragon School will be joining the Oxford Schools Bus Partnership from September 2018. The OSBP offers a return bus service to pupils from participating Oxford schools across multiple routes. Full details can be found via the OSBP website. Booking is via the OSBP website and will open on, or around, Tuesday 15 May for travel for academic year 2018/19.

The Sebastopol Project

A group of Dragon parents have established a charity with this name whose intention is to inspire the public and raise money for Armed Services charities by publishing a book called 'On Courage' which describes in twenty-eight chapters a diverse range of events which have led to the award of the Victoria Cross or George Cross. The book includes two ODs amongst that illustrious cast. The book will be available from Thursday 17 May.

There will be a special event held at the Dragon School on Thursday 24 May to mark the launch of the book. The evening will include Dr Hyde-Dunn reading an abridged chapter and an opportunity to buy the book.

Drinks and canapés will be provided.

Tickets must be obtained from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - there will be no charge. Further information can be found on Classlist.

If you would like to order this book in advance, you can do so by clicking here, or alternatively here. 'On Courage: Stories of Victoria Cross and George Cross Holders'.

03.05.2018 The Sebastopol Project

PRE-PREP NEWS

Year 2 Trip to the Natural History Museum

On a beautiful May morning, Year Two travelled by public bus then walked swiftly to the Natural History Museum. Early May is an exciting time for the museum as well the City of Oxford (which has been named a ‘Swift City’). Staff and children eagerly awaited the return of the Swifts, who migrate each year from central Africa, across Europe, to arrive in Oxford ready to nest and feed on the many insects prevalent throughout the English Summer. The roof of the museum provides a safe and secure place for swifts to nest and the children learnt many interesting facts. Later, they explored the museum, looking for exhibits of animals who migrate to the United Kingdom. The morning ended with a picnic lunch on the lawn before they returned to school, armed with information. The children enjoyed using much of this information when writing persuasive letters to Oxford City Council. They informed the council that swifts need protecting as they are amazing: they can fly for three years without stopping, sleep whilst flying, by switching off half their brain at a time, and the chicks do press ups to build their strength before their first flight! The children were emphatic that action must be taken urgently so their population decline can not only be halted, but reversed!

10.05.2018 Yr 2 Natural History 2

PREP NEWS

Quiz Team – Regional Champions

On Tuesday, the Dragon’s Senior Quiz team travelled to Ascot for the Home Counties Regional Final of the Schools Challenge Quiz. The team – Caspar and Arthur (A Block) and Caspar and Patrick (B Block) – were taking on hosts Papplewick and Haberdasher’s Aske’s Boys’ School from Watford (henceforth referred to as “HABS”) in a triangular competition.

Dragon played HABS first up, and despite going behind early on, Dragon fought back hard in a very close game, and some excellent interruptions (including “Which Italian dictator…”) meant we eventually prevailed by 560 points to 470. This meant that victory over Papplewick would make us Regional Champions, and although we started slowly again, an excellent run of answers and bonuses turned a deficit of into a substantial 660-290 victory.

This made Dragon the Home Counties Champions for the fourth year in succession, and the fifth year in the last seven, with only an exceptional HABS team in 2013 and 2014 breaking the streak. We’re now in the inter-regional rounds (the Last 16 nationally)… and one win away from the National Finals.

Athletics Meet

Tuesday afternoon saw the second Athletics Meeting of term. Over 50 Dragon athletes enjoyed competing on Winchester House’s full sized track against a number of very competitive teams. The A Block set a great example with the way they handled themselves both on and off the track. They won a clean sweep in the relay races whilst Fenella, Freddie and Basil all set new meeting records on the track. There were numerous strong performances across the other year groups with many new personal bests achieved. The team came away with a total of 19 victories which made us the most successful school, although there were no team prizes. The athletes can now look forward to Radley next week full of confidence and ready for fresh challenges.

10.05.2018 Athletics

Shotover Country Park

A coach load of B Block headed off to Shotover Country Park, just outside Oxford, last week. Lead by the Geography staff and some B Block tutors, the children spent the day assessing the impact of visitors on the natural environment. Groups set off to different areas of the park and completed Environmental Impact Surveys and footpath transects. They used quadrats to look at species richness, percentage of bare soil and vegetation cover, maximum plant height, soil depth and infiltration rate. Fortunately, the wet weather experienced for the past few months helped us enormously with the latter technique; hammering a chunk of drainpipe into the soil was much easier than it has been in recent years! After a busy day in the field, the children returned to school in time for Games. 

10.05.2018 Shotover park

World Bicycle Relief Challenge

Following on from his 2017 fundraising ride, Gavin (C Block) will continue his tradition of an annual Grand Tour bicycle climb in support of charity. Last year on the acclaimed Mt. Ventoux, Gavin rode 21.5 steep kms to raise £2,032 for local charity Helen & Douglas House.

This May during the upcoming half-term break, Gavin will tackle the punishing 21 switchbacks on the 13.8km bicycle climb to the peak of the Alpe D’huez. As he did last year, Gavin will attempt to raise £1 for every meter climbed - £1,135, in this case, for the 1,135m to the summit.

All money raised for this year’s ride will benefit World Bicycle Relief. World Bicycle Relief is mobilizing people through the Power of Bicycles. We envision a world where distance is no longer a barrier to education, healthcare and economic opportunity.

Please support Gavin’s ride by clicking on his JustGiving page. Any Dragons who would like to join the ride on Tuesday 29 May are encouraged to do so. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information and details to register.

10.05.2018 World Bicyle Relief

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Friday, 11 May 2018

6:45pm: Spectrum: Professor Ben Dixey -Why Comics?

Saturday, 12 May 2018

8:15am: Mothers' Breakfast by the River (RSVP required) 9:00am: OPEN MORNING for prospective Day & Boarding families

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Sculling: Ball Regatta 10:00am: The Sunday after Ascension Day; Mr James Mercer - Kelly Senior Deputy Head, Wycombe Abbey School

Monday, 14 May 2018

3:15pm: Upper School Concert (in the Lynam Hall)

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

1:00pm: House Photographs to be taken - Gunga Din, School House & Cherwell 7:30pm: Post Exam Group trip to Oxford Playhouse (Midsummer Night's Dream)

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

2:00pm: Keyboard Festival Masterclass (with Anthony Williams, Head of Keyboard & Instrumental Studies at Radley) 

Thursday, 17 May 2018

4:30pm: Guitar Concert (in the Music School)

Friday, 18 May 2018

Post Exam Group to Pre Prep & E Block (all day) 3:00pm: GPC Meeting 3:00pm: Keyboard  Festival  Final - adjudicated by Anne Martin-Davies of Oxford University  & Junior Royal College of Music (in  the Lynam Hall)

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