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Chinese New Year

From the Headmaster

All the children seem to have returned from Exeat full of beans and raring to go in this rather short period before half-term. C Block parents need to keep an eye on the calendar with the Parents’ Evening coming up this Sunday and the Classical Plays on the Friday of half-term. We also look forward to welcoming parents to our Parent Forum this Saturday: 'Keeping Children Safe: Sex & Relationship Education - School & Home working together' (11:15am).

Finally from me, could I please ask parents not to sit waiting in their cars with the engines idling? It is very noticeable that the air around the School’s part of Bardwell Road is heavy with exhaust fumes at pick up time and I don’t think it’s a good example to be setting the children – or particularly healthy. Your cooperation would be much appreciated.


Parent Forum

On Saturday, 4 February, 2017 we are holding our next Parent Forum, titled 'Keeping Children Safe: Sex & Relationship Education – School & Home Working Together'. This is an opportunity for us to think together about how children learn about their bodies and how to keep themselves safe.

This will be held at 11:15am in the Michael Cowan Lecture Theatre and is open to all parents of the Pre-Prep and Prep (please note that due to the subject matter it will not be appropriate for children to attend). If you would like come along please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Running Club – Thursday, 9 February, 2017

Unfortunately, running club has been cancelled next Thursday due to the Swanbourne fixture.

Pyrenees Trip

There are a few places left for intrepid Dragons to head to the French Pyrenees this summer for a week of outdoor adventure. This year we will be based at Camping Saint Justin, near the village of Sers, with the goal of reaching the summit of the Turon de Néouvielle at 3,035m. Before the summit trek, we will head out for a variety of day-long treks to settle in to the area, and get used to the challenge and the altitude.  We will stay in mountain-side refuges on the outward and return journeys. There may be the opportunity to try other outdoor activities over the course of the week. This is a physically demanding trip, with daily walks generally covering 15-25km, including up to 1000m of ascent, so prospective travellers must be robust enough to handle the challenge: they will earn the spectacular views from the summits. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here.  

Bands’ Night

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.

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.

London Marathon Sponsoring

Liv Cross, Bursar’s PA, will be running the London Marathon this April in memory of her sister, Sarah, who sadly died of a chronic asthma condition at the age of 20. Liv will specifically be raising money for Asthma UK, a very meaningful charity for both her and her family. If anyone would like to sponsor Liv please click here. She needs to raise a large sum of money and so any donations, however big or small, would be very welcome.

Combining his love of children and passion for running, Laurence Jennings (Houseparent, teacher, Jess Glynne enthusiast) is running the London Marathon for WellChild, the national charity for sick children. In many cases, these children never get better, so WellChild supports them and their families in their darkest hours. Please give what you can by clicking here. Thank you very much.

 02.02.2017 Olivia Laurence marathon


Year 2 Science Workshop

Year Two have been investigating the properties of different Materials this term as part of their Science Topic.

On Tuesday, they took part in an interactive Workshop, led by 'Science Oxford' to predict, test and compare the strength of different objects. They then made their very own slime; considered the properties of their new material and tested the flexibility, strength and bounciness of the slime. The children were fascinated by the changing process and certainly enjoyed getting messy.

02.02.2017 Yr 2 Science

The Global Goals at the Dragon Pre-Prep

At the Dragon Pre-Prep we are all Changemakers. This year we have learnt what it means to be a Changemaker School and the responsibilities this gives us. We have been learning about the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development and looking closely at two of them each half-term. This half-term we are looking at no. 7: ‘Clean Energy’ and no.16: ‘Peace and Justice’. We have formed an ‘Eco Changemaker Reps’ team and a ‘Social Changemaker Reps’ team. They meet once per half term to discuss the Global Goals and come up with ideas on how, as a school and as individuals, we can promote good change. The first ever ‘Eco Changemaker Reps’ meeting happened last week. The children looked closely at food waste and came up with some genuinely observant and achievable changes they could make to reduce it at the Pre-Prep. Ma Malcolm and Ma M-J are looking forward to meeting with the ‘Social Changemaker Reps’ next week to discuss Peace and Justice. 

 02.02.2017 Change Makers

Year 3 Gardening Afternoon

On Thursday afternoon, 3TC wrapped up warm and ventured to the Prep School Poly tunnels to make soil by composting leaves. Wheelbarrows were brimming and the afternoon was full of bustles of laughter and giggling, especially when competing for the heaviest bag of old autumnal leaves.  3TC displayed kindness throughout and worked amazingly as a team. The afternoon ended in a game of ‘Friend or Foe’ where the children found out about animals and insects that are either ‘Friends’ or ‘Foes’ for gardens. Everyone came back amazed to know that only 5% of the slug population is above ground, the other 95% are eating our seedlings and feeding on roots below the ground.

02.02.2017 Yr 3 Gardening 2

Chinese New Year

Reception celebrated Chinese New Year on Friday morning by listening to the story of how the years received animal names in the Chinese zodiac. They tasted some delicious Chinese food such as noodles and tea, and learnt how to draw the Cantonese character for their age. Then they joined Ma Ford in the gym for some specially choreographed dancing to Chinese music. They used sparkling streamers to create firework movements and finally joined together to perform a thrilling dragon dance.

02.02.2017 Chinese NY


Chinese New Year Themed Lunch

Dragon children and staff alike enjoyed a Chinese themed lunch celebrating Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rooster. Sweet ‘n’ sour sauces were served with chicken or vegetable noodles, together with Pak Choi, spring rolls and egg fried rice.

02.02.2017 Chinese NY Lunch

Ski Cross Races

Octavia, B Block, is a very talented skier. She started to race in Ski Cross races (an Olympic sport) in April 2016, winning the U12 Women's category. Last week she was invited to the GB Home Nations Squad training camp, where she made great progress under excellent GB coaches. The camp culminated in the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Series, where she came third against very tough European competition. Well done Octavia (centre right in photograph).

02.02.2017 Ski Cross races


Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Networking Event

“There is more to insurance than talking meerkats and dancing builders," said David Howden, CEO of Hyperion Insurance at the Dragon School's insurance networking evening at Lloyd's of London. Dragon Networking events enable Old Dragons (ODs) to meet, network and share ideas. The latest event, titled, 'Insurance & Risk: Anything But Boring!' lived up to its title. Old Dragons joined personalised tours of Lloyds with an industry expert before gathering for drinks and canapés in the Old Library. Over 45 attended and younger ODs were delighted to receive advice and guidance from the industry experts. To read the full story click here and to find out more about our industry groups click here.

Read the latest Old Dragon News on the Dragon Community Website page.

Regular news is also posted on the Dragon School Old Dragons Facebook page.

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

Friday, 3 February, 2017

3:00pm GPC Meeting
6:45pm Middle School Variety Show (for Middle School children & parents only - a seat reservation is required for this performance)
6:45pm Spectrum Event for Upper School - 'A Brief History of South Africa' with Roddy Bray

Saturday, 4 February, 2017

Oxford Music Festival (at Headington School)
11:00am E Block Charity Challenge & Open Morning for Current E Block Parents
11:15am Parent Forum 'Keeping Children Safe: Sex & Relationship education - School & Home working together'

Sunday, 5 February, 2017

Fourth Sunday before Lent
10:00am Mrs Emma Whitty, Dragon Houseparent
Oxford Music Festival (at Headington School)
6:00pm C Block Parents' Meeting (in the Lynam Hall)

Monday, 6 February, 2017

11:00am Author Event with Tom McLaughlin for D & E Blocks (until 2:00pm)

Tuesday, 7 February, 2017

3:00pm Sports Photographs to be taken

Thursday, 9 February, 2017

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

Friday, 10 February, 2017

11:00am C Block Classical Plays
12:15pm HALF TERM begins for Middle School & E Block (until evening of Sunday, 19 February)
12:30pm HALF TERM begins for Upper School (until evening of Sunday, 19 February)

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