19.01.2017 Main photo Leonard Cheshire 13 01 17 5

Leonard Cheshire Disability Celebrates 100 years

From the Headmaster

Welcome to the first DragonNews of 2017, Wendy and I wish everyone a very happy New Year.

This is a relatively short term with a great deal packed into it. We all very much look forward to welcoming parents and guests to quite a number of events this term and I hope parents have managed to highlight these from the calendar. This Saturday, we are running the second "Be a Pupil" session for parents and once again, these sessions have proved to be popular; there are still some places left for the PE lesson and now may be the time to activate one of those New Year resolutions. The PE Department promise that it will be fun and relatively light on the exercise front. Please do sign up and see the notice below.

We are very much looking forward to the performances of Thoroughly Modern Millie tonight and tomorrow and to welcoming Helen Pike, Master of Magdalen College School, to our Sunday Service. Please do come along to meet Helen.


Pupil for a Lesson - Saturday, 21 January, 2017 at 11:00am 

We are looking forward to welcoming parents who have signed up for the "Be a Pupil" Lesson which takes place on Saturday, 21 January, 2017. As John Baugh has mentioned,  Science lessons are almost full but if you would like to attend the PE session please do email the Deputy Head (Academic) Secretary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday noon. 

Informal Concert

The first Informal Concert of the term will be taking place in the Music School at 4:30pm on Thursday, 26 January, 2017. Ma Savage will contact parents directly in the week of the concert to inform them if their child is playing. We welcome parents and friends to attend these concerts, which provide a performance opportunity in a supportive and informal atmosphere.

Netball Fixture Date Change

The OHS fixture on Thursday, 2 February, 2017 has now been rescheduled to Tuesday, 7 February, 2017. AWAY at OHS 4:15pm start, 13A and 13B. 

Additional Netball Fixture

The U10As have been entered into a tournament at Queen Anne’s School, Reading on Saturday, 4 February 2017 and will be departing approximately 8:30am. Please do get in touch with Ma Baugh if you have any questions.

There will be an additional netball fixture for the U11Bard/Chad team AWAY v Cranford House on Wednesday, 25 January, 2017, starting at 2:30pm. 

Bands’ Night

We will hold another Bands’ Night in Lynam Hall on Sunday, 26 February, 2017 at 6:00pm. The Big Band, Concert Band, Saxophone Quartet, Jazz Ensemble and other small ensembles will perform whilst parents and friends of the school enjoy a wine and cheese evening. This will be an opportunity for children to perform in a more relaxed environment and provides a platform for some of our smaller ensembles who enjoy exploring jazz and band repertoire. All tables, seating, cutlery and glassware will be provided but we invite you to provide your own wine and cheese for the evening. There is no charge for the event but please reserve your seat in advance. Tables seat 8 and there will be no seating plan so you can plan tables together or just turn up! We require accurate numbers to ensure we provide space for everyone. Parents, friends and family members are invited to the evening but kindly note that the event is not open to Dragon siblings. Please email the Director of Music, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your seats. 

Saturday Morning Swimming

Saturday Morning Swimming is back on, and all members of the IAPS squad are welcome. Sessions will begin at 7:00am every Saturday morning. 

Stevensons Temporary Closure 

Please be advised that Stevensons, school uniform providers, will be temporarily shut over January, 2017 in order to carry out a refurbishment. Please click here to find out more. 

Summer Courses with Dr Norton 

We have places available on the revision courses with Dr Norton in July and August 2017. Each course is limited to 10 pupils who are intending to sit scholarship exams for their senior school in 2018 and pupils who are sitting Common Entrance in 2018. Dates and details on courses’ contents can be found here and you can register your interest with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 19.01.2017 Summer Courses


Year 2 Trip to Pitt Rivers

Year Two have begun their ‘Adventurers and Explorers’ topic with a trip to the fascinating Pitt Rivers Museum. Despite there being more than half a million objects to wonder at, an ‘I-Spy’ activity focused our attention on specific artefacts that would help us to explore our topic. We decided on items that we would pack into our rucksacks, thinking carefully about the material it was made from and its properties, to link to our learning in Science. Why not ask us what Captain Cook brought back from his voyage to the South Pacific?

Gingerbread Man Science

Have you ever wondered what would have happened to the gingerbread man if he did fall in the river? In Year 1 this week, the children have been trying to answer this question by investigating how a gingerbread man changes when it is left in different liquids. Lots of great scientific questions were asked and the children were keen to observe the differences over a period of time. They then divided into groups and created a sweetie house (similar to the one in Hansel and Gretel) for the gingerbread man. It took a lot of planning, cooperation and communication, not to mention icing sugar, but the activity was thoroughly enjoyed by all (especially the eating of it!) 

 19.01.2017 Gingerbread

Helicopter Stories

Year 1 launched their new topic ‘Tell me a story…’ by taking part in a helicopter drama. The session involved inviting the children to dictate a story, which was scribed by the teacher verbatim and immediately acted out by their peers on a makeshift stage in the classroom. The stories were very imaginative and included some interesting thoughts and ideas. We all enjoyed watching the children’s amazing acting skills too. 

Festivities Over Christmas Term

Last term, Year 3 had a fantastic morning of Christmas Activities. They made 3D cards, wrapping paper, and chocolate and marshmallow twizzlers. Once all the activities were complete, and after some very efficient tidying up, the year group had a ball playing musical statues, pin the carrot on the snowman and competing vigorously in a Christmas quiz.

19.01.2017 last term festivities


Leonard Cheshire Disability Celebrates 100 years 

Last week, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Cheshire, OD. On Friday, we welcomed to Spectrum Neil Heslop OBE, Selina Mills and Emma Pearce. Neil, CEO of Leonard Cheshire Disability, accompanied by his guide dog Storm, spoke to the boarders about the experiences and events that helped shape Leonard Cheshire’s life and how he embodied the values of courage, kindness and respect throughout his military and philanthropic careers. Building what has become the largest disability charity in the world requires an unusual empathy for the dreams and passions of disabled people, whose daily lives have been transformed by his charity. Children from Year 6 presented a cheque for £3,240, raised through last term’s sponsored 'swim the channel' relay event. The audience were treated to a memorable evening. To read more please click here.

 19.01.2017 Leonard Cheshire 13 01 17 6


Fun Week Back

The boys in School House have had a full, fantastic and exciting first week back after the Christmas break. Quickly, the boys got back into the swing of term and were eager to introduce to the new matrons just how muddy teenage boys can get in an hour, the rules of pool and the excitement of movie night in house. Friday night saw the first baking session of the year. The boys prepared a delectable millionaire shortbread, filled with chocolate and home-made caramel, which disappeared quickly over Big Tea the following evening. Sunday was a jam packed day for the boys: after singing their hearts out at morning hymn practice, they participated in a multitude of inflatable activities, including laser tag, bean bag bungee and jumping over revolving inflatable poles. The revolving inflatables saw many ‘School House’ victories and a few falls that were all in good spirits. School House put on their dancing shoes for the 7th annual “School House’s got talent”. The judges, scrutinised a variety of performances ranging from human pyramids that rivalled those in Egypt, “happy birthday” from around the world and animated sketches of waking up and dining out. 

19.01.2017 Chisom Chig Chipo 


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

Friday, 20 January, 2017 

6:45pm: Second Performance of 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' (a seat reservation is required for this performance)

Saturday, 21 January, 2017 

9:00am: Ceilidh Band to visit E Block for Music & Dance Workshop (in the Lynam Hall)
11:15am: Parent Forum: 'Lesson Experience' and Q&As 12:30pm New Parents' Lunch (for those who have received an invitation)

Sunday, 22 January, 2017

Third Sunday in Epiphany
10:00am: Ms Helen Pike, Master of Magdalen College School
Sculling: South of England Indoor Rowing Championships, Abingdon - for Upper School & Middle School Scullers
6:00pm: D Block Parents' Meeting (in the Lynam Hall)

Thursday, 26 January, 2017

4:30pm: Informal Concert by Oxford Music Festival Entrants (in the Music School)

Friday, 27 January, 2017

12:15pm: WEEKEND EXEAT begins for Middle School & E Block (until evening of Sunday 29 January)
12:30pm: WEEKEND EXEAT begins for Upper School (until evening of Sunday 29 January)

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