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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.

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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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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'.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS

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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.

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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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03.05.2018 Tudor Day 7

C Block Tudor Day

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

Appropriately for this time of year, we began the week with an assembly in which we reflected as a school, on exams, the valuable skills they develop and how to prepare for them. We explored the importance of effective revision techniques, having a balance between rest and revision, as well as the value of a good night’s sleep ahead of exams. More broadly, the assembly was inspired by a letter written by a teacher to a class of children in Boston, USA. This letter reminded the pupils of all their positive qualities and pointed out that many such qualities are not necessarily assessed in a formal exam setting, but are crucially important in life, so no child should ever feel defined exclusively by exam results. Naturally, these important wider qualities include our own Dragon values of kindness, courage and respect.  In addition to their efforts in examinations, we know that our young Dragons have many sporting and musical talents, they are capable of excellent citizenship, true friendship, remarkable feats of charity fundraising and genuinely creative thinking. This impressive range of attributes is something we value highly in every child here at the Dragon and we are very keen to emphasise such qualities in our continuation reports to senior schools.

Continuing the theme of assembly, this morning, Ma Swales and girls from the Upper School focused upon International Women’s Day. This annual event, usually taking place in March, celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world. Hearing their stories certainly provided us with a real sense of inspiration.

Elsewhere there was an experience of living history, when on Monday our C Block children participated in ‘Tudor Day’. They enjoyed a wide variety of themed activities including cookery, dance, and Tudor costumes, which brought this fascinating period to life. Adding to the sense of occasion there were many imaginative and colourful outfits worn by pupils and staff alike. These ranged from familiar royal and court characters to one boy appearing dressed as a clump of grass, which was a particularly clever and literal representation of ‘Bosworth Field’! 

On the sports fields, some of our fixtures succumbed to the weather, but you will see on our sports Twitter feed that our girls rose to the challenge of developing a set of indoor ‘circuits’ as an alternative wet weather activity. We were also able to host Primrose Hill Cricket Club for an enjoyable match, as well as 16 boys and girls being able to participate in an Under-11 prep school cricket coaching experience day.

Several more senior school scholarship examinations have taken place this term and our A Block Dragons have continued to perform exceptionally well. Please click here to see the latest list of awards and I should like to congratulate all our A Block scholarship applicants for their tremendous efforts throughout this academic year. I know too that our A Block pupils preparing for 13+ Common Entrance exams in June are working with purpose and determination to ensure they fulfil their potential. 

As I write, we are anticipating an Exeat and the May Bank Holiday weekend. It certainly has been an especially busy couple of weeks since the start of term. I am most grateful for your participation in the ISI Inspection questionnaire, which took place as part of our Inspection last week, as well as our whole school survey, which we have commissioned quite separately with RSAcademics and which closes this Sunday 6 May. I look forward to sharing with you the ISI Inspection report, which we should receive from the Independent Schools Inspectorate in approximately five weeks’ time. In addition, I also very much look forward to sharing with you the RSAcademics survey findings, early in the second half of term.

More immediately may I wish you a restful Exeat weekend, which I am assured is going to be ‘dry, sunny and breezy’ in Oxford, so perhaps it will offer an opportunity for the first punting trip of the season… 

With all best wishes,

Crispin Hyde-Dunn

NOTICES

In Bloom Exhibition 

'in bloom' is an exhibition starting this Friday, 4 May displaying botanical artwork by former and current art teachers Caroline Boggis and Maura Allen. For more information please click here.

Woodstock Road Carriageway Maintenance

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

Oxford Town and Gown Run

The Oxford Town and Gown runs take place on Sunday 13 May and it will come past Dragon Lane at the Norham Road end. A number of Dragon staff are attempting the 10K course. There is a 3Km course, through beautiful University Parks, for children aged 9-15. It's a great run for all abilities and children can be signed up by clicking here.

The event is designed to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy - a worthy cause.

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 on www.osbp.net. Booking is via the OSBP website and will open on, or around, Tuesday 15 May for travel for academic year 2018/19.

Calling All Would Be Dragon Double Basses

Did you know that the Dragon has several mini double basses sitting in a cupboard just waiting to be used?

If any children would like to come and try this brilliant instrument, there will be an opportunity for a free trial lesson with Ma Addis after half-term.

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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'.

Personalised Dragon School Memory Boxes

If you would like to purchase a memory box from a selection by Janet Murray of 'Boxes You Design' please click here to view the selection and place your order. 10% of all order proceeds is kindly donated to the Dragon School Bursary Fund.

These boxes make lovely gifts for ODs and those connected to the School.

EVENTS

A Block Parents’ Leavers Lunch –Saturday 19 May 2018

Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn will be hosting the final lunch for A Block parents on the above date, to celebrate the children’s successes before A Block leave the school at the end of the Summer Term. The Headmaster will also update you on the School’s future plans, and introduce you to the 2018 A Block Leavers’ campaign. To book your place please click here or for queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mothers’ Breakfast – Saturday 12 May 2018

Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn invites all Mothers to Breakfast by the River on Saturday 12 May, from 8:15am. This breakfast is for all mothers at both Dragon Prep and Pre-Prep, and offers an informal opportunity for mothers across the School to meet each other, as well as welcome new mothers to the School. To book please click here

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

Our seventh Dragon Community Networking event, focussing on Property, will take place at Dragon School on Thursday 14 June, from 6:45pm. 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 career in Property, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register interest. 

PRE-PREP NEWS

Year 3 Singing Day

Last Wednesday and Thursday, Year 3 took part in choral extravaganzas that were the Year 3 Singing Days. With a choir of 196 on Wednesday and 165 on Thursday, Year 3's from schools all over Oxfordshire lifted their voices in unison (and at times in 5 parts), filling the Lynam Hall and Oxford High School Hall with the joyful sound of children singing. The songs tunefully reflected our Dragon Values of Kindness, Courage and Respect with lyrics about how to protect our world from pollution, the teamwork involved in singing in parts and the importance of believing in yourself. The finale was the rousing and moving 'Believe', by Lyn Marsh, by which point there was barely a dry eye in the house. A huge thank you goes to Christina Connell and Louise Taylor for conducting and organising such a wonderful event.

03.05.2018 Yr 3 Singing day

PREP NEWS

E Block Trip to Bletchley Park

On Tuesday, E Block were lucky enough to visit Bletchley Park as part of their WW2 topic. We learned about codes, ciphering, pinching, cribbing and bombes. We found out who said 'the geese that laid the golden eggs but never cackled' and what it meant. The enigma machine was presented and we were told that 129, 000,000,000,000,000,000 bits of information were analysed which saved 10 million lives by the time the war ended. We loved the sounds of planes flying overhead, motorcycles purring round the ground and exploring the billets and the mansion. We were excited to find Alan Turing's office in hut 8. For those families who haven't been before, you now have your very own E Block tour guide, should you wish to explore Bletchley for yourselves. E Block were focussed on every task presented and a joy to take - thank you to the staff that joined us on the trip.

03.05.2018 E Block Trip

B Block Geography Fieldwork

On Thursday, a coach-load of B Block children headed off to the Amersham Field Centre to undertake the fieldwork element of their Common Entrance exams. Upon arrival, the children were shown the source and confluence of the River Chess, an 18km tributary of the River Colne, and discussed the human influences on the course of the river caused by urban areas, industry and even watercress! They then discussed their hypotheses for the size and speed of the river and for how they thought it might change along its course.

After a morning snack, we set out in the sunshine to explore the river itself near the source and the confluence, and collected data pertaining to the width, depth and velocity of the water both on the surface and within the river itself. Armed with a myriad of clipboards, corks, stopwatches, metres sticks and tape measures (not to mention “impellers”) the Dragons displayed great industry and focus, in spite of the weather, and returned home with plenty of data, weary limbs and the odd damp sock.

03.05.2018 B Block Geography trip

Dragon Sale Philanthropy

Rishi (C Block) and his family presented a cheque from the Dragon Sale to the John Radcliffe Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. Rishi raised £1000 through his confident and touching presentation to the Dragon Sale team. This was a very proud moment for Rishi, as the team he presented the money to had looked after his baby brother when he was unwell last year and Rishi wanted to thank them for their hard work.

03.05.2018 presenting cheque

Choir Trip

In the first week of the Easter holidays, 33 Dragons and 4 members of staff set off to Devon on an adventure of music making.

After the coach journey to Exeter Cathedral and an illuminating tour, the choir treated an audience of parents and members of the public to the first concert of the series. After checking into beautiful Dartington Hall our next musical engagement was a collaboration with the Dartington Choir; an adult choir who were preparing for a concert of Carmina Burana. Our choir very much held their own, first delighting them with a performance of our own and then joining with them having quickly learned the Regazzi Chorus.

The following day we visited Buckfast Abbey where the children were treated to a demonstration of the outstanding organ by the organist and Master of Music, Philip Arkwright. He was thoroughly engaging as he showed the intrigued children the hundreds of stops linked to thousands of pipes.

After our second concert of the series we made the short journey to the Buckfast Butterflies and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary. The children were able to walk among the butterflies and learn about the many different breeds of otter. There was even an opportunity for our Dragons to meet a real life bearded dragon!

Wednesday was the biggest day of the tour with two concerts on the itinerary. We first visited Kents Cavern, which was definitely our most unusual venue thus far, then we travelled to Torre Abbey to give our final concert of the trip.

The choir was, by now, a well-oiled machine and this was clear to the audience of loyal family and members of the public as they gave their best performance. One man said afterwards that he had visited the Abbey by chance as it was his birthday and that the choir had ‘made his day’; even more so when the children spontaneously sang Happy Birthday to him.

In understandably high spirits we took the children to Paignton Pier to let off some steam with some good old fashioned holiday entertainment. On the final day we returned the happy, yet tired Dragons back to school. Over the four days spent in Devon there were some enduring memories to cherish and life-long friends made.

03.05.2018 Choir tour buckfast abbey

OD NEWS

All Female Cricket Match

Maia Bouchier (OD, 2012) was part of the first all-female domestic match to be played at Lords which involved her playing a match winning knock to win the game for Middlesex against the MCC. She has just spent her gap year in New Zealand playing and coaching cricket and has realistic aspirations to go on and play for England.

Do read the news item from Sky News, please click here

We also have a feature in the School’s Referee’s blog written back in 2015.

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Diary Reminders

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Friday, 04 May 2018

12:15pm: WEEKEND EXEAT begins for Middle School & E Block (until evening of Monday 7 May)12:30pm: WEEKEND EXEAT begins for Upper School (until evening of Monday 7 May) 1:00pm Opening of 'InBloom' -an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Maura Allen & Caroline Boggis in the Dragon Gallery (closing on Saturday 12 May)

Tuesday, 08 May 2018

Dragon Piano Festival  Internal Performances (throughout  the  week) 8:30am: Winton Cup  (Humanities  Competition) at Stowe  School  (for selected  C Block pupils) 2:15pm: Schools Challenge Quiz v Papplewick & HABS (A)

Thursday, 10 May 2018

3:15pm: E Block Swim Squad Challenge 4:30pm: Informal Concert (in the Music School)

Friday, 11 May 2018

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

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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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26.04.2018 mainphoto

Governors' Challenege

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

The children have returned to school full of enthusiasm and energy after their Easter break and have been balancing their academic lessons and exam preparation with sports and break time outside enjoying some beautiful early summer. We have also welcomed a number of new joiners to our school, as well as staff and pupils from Keio School in Tokyo as part of our Japanese Exchange.

Ahead of the return of our boarders last Wednesday, we also welcomed our ‘Golden Oldies’ back to the Dragon School for their annual lunch gathering. It was a really happy occasion full of cheerful nostalgia and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting former Dragon staff and hearing many of their stories. As you will be aware, on Monday we received a notification from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) to advise us of their visit to the Dragon and Dragon Pre-Prep on Wednesday and Thursday this week, as part of their Regulatory Compliance Inspection cycle. I am most grateful to all of you who completed the ISI parental questionnaires so promptly, which also inform the Inspectors’ assessment of our school. I am extremely appreciative of all the hard work that has gone into Inspection preparation by every member of our school Staff and our Governors. Saturday morning saw a special ceremony for the eponymous naming of our new boat by Frances Houghton OD, who is a rowing multiple World cup winner and Olympian. This special ceremony by the river and our boat house was followed by the Governors’ Challenge, at which there was an impressive array of pupil stalls. These included hand-crafted pencil cases, distinctive Dragon shirt prints, personalised note books and the introduction of ‘pet rocks,’ which might be the next big craze! There was certainly plenty of young entrepreneurial spirit in evidence and the funds raised at these stalls will go towards the children’s nominated charities.

The first of our A Block Parents’ lunches also took place on Saturday and we look forward to hosting two further lunches this term, including one this Saturday. These gatherings mark the culmination of the children’s journey through the Dragon school in reaching A Block and importantly, the lunches offer us an opportunity to thank parents for all they have contributed to our community during their children’s time with us. The occasions also enable us to offer an insight into the A Block fundraising campaign, which facilitates our pupil bursary provision.

Returning to events of the past few days, with Monday falling on 23 April, the week began with a main school assembly exploring the legend of St George as the date marked his feast day.  We then celebrated St George’s courage with a fine rendition of the hymn ‘When a knight won his spurs’. During lessons this week, many of the A Block pupils are now engaged with their final Common Entrance preparations, with a number of other children engaged in scholarships. Meanwhile in B Block, the children have been learning about acids and alkalis in Chemistry, and developing their creative writing skills in English, inspired by the city of Oxford. B Block have also been on a Geography field trip to Amersham to study the formation of rivers, whilst the Pre-Prep have been enjoying some outdoor learning on a variety of topics.

Finally, quite separate from the ISI Inspection, you will have received from me a mailing last Friday, advising you that we have commissioned RSAcademics to undertake a school-wide survey of all parents, staff and pupils, as part of our planning for the school. In the mailing, every family should have received a personalised link to this online parental survey. This undertaking is designed to help us understand your views about the Dragon, including any areas which you would like to see developed. This feedback is vitally important in shaping the future of our school, whilst preserving all that is so special about the Dragon. I do appreciate you taking the time to engage with this survey and to share anonymously your thoughts with us. May I take this opportunity to remind you that the deadline for submitting your responses to the RSAcademics survey is Sunday 6 May.  

Thank you once again for all your support and I very much look forward to seeing you in the summer days ahead.

With all best wishes,

Crispin Hyde-Dunn

NOTICES

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 to be aware of 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.

Woodstock Road Maintenance Until Tuesday 8 May 2018

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

EVENTS

A Block Parents’ leavers lunches – Saturday 28 April 2018, Saturday 19 May 2018

Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn will be hosting three lunches for A Block parents this term. The remaining two lunches will take place on the above dates, and will celebrate the children’s successes as well as begin the ‘long goodbye’ before the A Block children leave the school at the end of the Summer term. The Headmaster will also update you on the school’s future plans, and introduce you to the 2018 A Block Leavers’ campaign. To book places please click here.

Mothers’ Breakfast – Saturday 12 May 2018

Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn invites all Mothers to Breakfast by the River on Saturday 20 May, from 8:15am. This breakfast is for all mothers at both Dragon Prep and Pre-Prep, and offers an informal opportunity for mothers across the school to meet each other, as well as welcome new mothers to the school. To book please click here.

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

Our seventh Dragon Community Networking evening focussing on Property will take place at Dragon School on Thursday 14 June, from 6:45pm. 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. To read more on our previous networking evenings click here

PREP NEWS

PEG Excursion to Oxford Mosque

On Monday, the newly formed Post-Exam Group (PEG) set off for the Central Oxford Mosque for a first-hand experience of Islam. After some confusion on arrival concerning the separate women's entrance, we successfully made it inside and met Ahsan, the Mosque's Imam.

To read more about the PEG group’s visit to the Oxford Mosque, written by Bella (A Block) please click here.

26.04.2018 PEG Trip to the Mosque

Governors’ Challenge

B Block Governors' Challenge Market Day saw it all: sunshine, Fred the tortoise, pet rocks, wacky socks, 'guess the teacher', origami, tasty ramen, raffles, printed t-shirts, handmade pencil cases, electrical gadgets, face paints, homemade baked treats and even two stalls battling for the best milkshakes! With many months of planning for this stand out event in B Block, pupils put their enterprising and philanthropic skills on show for our Annual Market Day. Pupils had created many ingenious ideas to either raise money during the Easter break, take in pre-orders, or put their marketing skills to the test on Market Day itself. Well done B Block for a hugely successful Market Day and we look forward to announcing how much money has been donated to 21 worthy charities. 

26.04.2018 Govs Challenge

Triathlon

A warm sunny Friday afternoon saw Dragons from all years take part in the School’s triathlon. More Dragons than ever took part, from experienced triathletes to first time racers. Starting in the pool, pupils snaked up and down the swimming pool for 6 lengths. Next it was out through the window for a speedy transition, quickly putting on helmets, trainers, and t-shirts. Then it was fast cycling for two laps of the field on their bikes. Before finishing the race with a one lap run, with fast sprints to the finish line. First home was Monty (D Block), who was very impressive on all the aspects of the race. A massive well done to all involved, it was fantastic to see so many young and first time triathletes pushing themselves and enjoying taking part in a triathlon.

26.04.2018 Triathlon

Swimathon

Sei (C Block) will be participating in a swimathon this weekend, to swim for his chosen charity Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. He will be swimming alongside his sister and father, if you would like to donate please support via their JustGiving page. 

Edinburgh Marathon

Alec Leslie (C Block Tutor) is running the Edinburgh marathon on Sunday, 27 May, with the aim of qualifying for the Boston Marathon in April next year. To achieve this, he will have to run it under three hours. Following this, and after a few months of recovery, he is then hoping to cycle 220 miles from Manchester to London, all in aid of ‘Ambitious for Autism’. Overall, the aim is to raise £750, and, if you would like to give a donation, however small or anonymous, then please click here. Thank you.

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Diary Reminders

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

Friday, 27 April 2018

6:45pm: Spectrum: Nicholas Knatchbull Memorial Talks

Saturday, 28 April 2018

10:45am: Parent Forum: 'A Pupil for an Hour' (meet in MCLT)12:30pm: A Block Parents Leavers' Lunch (in the Staff Dining Room -RSVP required)

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Sherborne School 10:00am: The Fifth Sunday of Easter; Dr Dominic Luckett, Headmaster of Sherborne School

Monday, 30 April 2018

C Block Tudor Day

Tuesday, 01 May 2018

E Block trip to Bletchley Park

Friday, 04 May 2018

12:15pm: WEEKEND EXEAT begins for Middle School & E Block (until evening of Monday 7 May)12:30pm: WEEKEND EXEAT begins for Upper School (until evening of Monday 7 May) 1:00pm Opening of 'InBloom' -an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Maura Allen & Caroline Boggis in the Dragon Gallery (closing on Saturday 12 May)

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