Davos Ski Trip – Last Minute Space
We are constantly striving to find the right balance in the evenings between offering children a full range of extra-curricular opportunities and also ensuring that they (and indeed staff) do not feel rushed in between one activity and another. This term, we moved the starting time for the majority of after-school clubs back to 4:40pm-5:40pm in order to allow for this.
On further review, however, it has been decided that Music School clubs (specifically: Concert Band, Dragonetti Strings, Dragon Hit Factory, Recording Club, Dragon School Choir, Piano Ensemble and Senior String Quartet) will revert to their original timings of 4.30pm-5.30pm, effective immediately. Timings for all other Clubs remain as published in the Club Programme: a full list of Clubs, timings and locations is available on the School Website by clicking here.
Upcoming Cross Country Fixtures
The U11 Boys will not be competing at the Chandlings event on Tuesday, 7 February, 2017 due to fixture clashes.
During the week before half term, there are two matches at Swanbourne (Thursday, 9 Febraury, 2017) and Chandlings. Children eligible for both (U9/U10 Boys and Girls, as well as the U11 Girls) will only be selected for one of the matches. Any questions or queries, please contact Ma Hatcher.
We will be holding another Bands’ Night in Lynam Hall on Sunday, 26 February, 2017 at 6:00pm. The Big Band, Concert Band, Saxophone Quartet, Jazz Ensemble, Mini Beatles and various other small ensembles will perform whilst parents and friends of the School enjoy a wine and cheese evening. This will be an opportunity for the 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. 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 do reserve your seat in advance. Tables will seat eight people and there will be no seating plan so you can plan tables together. We require accurate numbers in order to ensure we provide enough space for everyone. All parents, friends and family members are invited to the evening but please note that the event is not open to Dragon siblings.
DRAGON PRE-PREP NEWS
Flood at the Dragon
Have you ever wondered what would happen if the Pre-Prep flooded? How would you feel? What would you see? Who would help with the big clean up?
These are all questions that the Year 3 reporters posed to Ma McNeile and Ma Gilgrass. With their new found information, they added the interviewees statements' to their own newspaper articles. In addition, they identified and thought about the possible impacts that a flash flood at the Pre-Prep could have on our school and the local community.
Year 3 joined with E-Block for a Football Tournament on Friday, 20 January. The Year 3 boys have been working hard with Mr Whitty and Mr Bennett to develop their football skills, and it was a fantastic opportunity to play in mixed teams. The E-Block children welcomed new and old friends and provided a great deal of encouragement to Year 3. It was a sunny afternoon on the fields and, despite the cold, was a wonderful opportunity for parents to enjoy supporting the boys. A huge thanks to Mr Knapp and all at the Prep school for making the afternoon a success. It was wonderful to hear the happy buzz of all who felt they had achieved their best.
DRAGON PREP NEWS
South of England Indoor Rowing Championships
On Sunday, 22 January a group of ten Upper and Middle School scullers travelled to Abingdon to take part in the South of England Indoor rowing championships. After a quick warm up Freddie and Max were the first to compete. They each rowed for two minutes in the J11 category and both achieved good distances. Shortly afterwards Bella Troup and Alexander Smit took part in the J12 category. Both competed hard and Bella came away with a silver medal. Leo, Seb, Matteo, Daniel, Max and Evan all competed in the J13 category and put in determined performances. Leo won a gold medal in his category. Evan and Daniel finished first and second in their race, and were just beaten by competitors racing shortly afterwards in the same category. Special mention should go to Matteo and Seb who had to repeat their race due to a technical difficulty.
It’s a Wrap
For many years, wraps have been a regular on the menu for boarders, received with many smiles and lots of “yummy”, “love this”, and “best supper” at the counter. So, it was time tortillas reached the lunch time menu for all Dragons to enjoy.
The meal comes with plenty of choice: warming fajita seasoned chicken breast with the Dragon’s own blend of herbs and spices, Dragon prepared guacamole and salsa, grated cheese, cos lettuce and sour cream, plus a sprinkling of tortilla chips. For our vegan community, there is a warming bean salad to keep energy levels going for an afternoon of sport or study. If one portion is not enough, seconds abound and all this followed by American cheesecake, cheese and oat crackers, fruit jelly and fresh fruit.
Spratton Cross Country Relay
Last Monday, boys and girls from A to E Block travelled to Spratton Hall for the annual cross-country relay meeting. The U11 Girls were first off with Neris giving the A team a good start and the rest of the girls giving gutsy performances. Felix put the U11 boys into a good position, but particularly strong legs from Julian and Magnus enabled Rory to start his leg close to the leading runner and take silver. The B teams also competed well.
The U13 girls proved how strong running is in the upper part of the School. With strong runs from Katie and Captain Holly, with Coco extending the lead further. Clover took the anchor leg, and completed the team’s commanding win in fine fashion. The B team also ran superbly and were fighting for a medal throughout the run. The U13 quartet of Alex, Will, Harry and Chris were gutsy, with Chris gaining Ma Hatcher’s ‘performance of the day’ to hang on to the bronze medal. The B team were close at hand finishing 5th.
Rosso Races at School House
On Monday evening Mr Rosso bought the fun of 'the dogs' to School House and hosted the first ever Rosso Races. The realism and excitement of a night at the tracks all within the comfort of the TV room allowed 12 boys to take part in placing bets on the winning dog in each race. This all led to an evening filled with shock wins, tactical moves and laughter which was enjoyed by all.
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