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Davos Ski Trip

From the Headmaster

Welcome back to everyone after half-term. We are looking forward to a busy few weeks and I repeat my rather tedious plea for all parents to read the calendar carefully. We look forward to welcoming parents to the Parent Forum on Saturday at 11:15am (Healthy Relationship with Food’ – Dr. Kirren Schnack) and also to the Sunday Service at 10:00am when we welcome The Warden of St.Edward's, Stephen Jones. 


Netball County Tournament Cancelled – Saturday, 25 February, 2017

The U13A and U13B teams were due to play in this tournament, but unfortunately it is no longer going ahead.

Parent Forum

On Saturday, 25 February, 2017 we are holding our next Parent Forum. Dr Kirren Schnack will be coming in to talk about Healthy Relationships with Food. The Forum will be held at 11:15am in the Music School and is open to all parents of the pre-prep and prep (please note that this talk is for parents only and therefore we would appreciate families making alternative child care arrangements). Please can we ask that parents access the Music School via the dining room and not Chadlington Road.

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IAPS Triathlon – Sunday, 11 June, 2017 at Dulwich Prep School, Cranbrook

The Dragon has made some entries into this upcoming event. Two boys and two girls will be selected from each year group, upwards of D Block. The cycle/run parts of the event will take place on grass and the following distances, in metres, will apply: Year 5: swim 125, cycle 2000, run 1200 Year 6, 7, 8: swim 200, cycle 4000, run 1800

Mr Nicholson and Mr James will manage the team. The trials (to be held next term). Parents will need to transport their child/bike etc. to this event.

Interested parents should contact Mr Nicholson to register their child’s interest in trialling for the team. Should you require any further details about the event, please contact Ma Hatcher in the sports office.


Old Dragon Event Reminder

2002-2012 OD Leavers - Friday, 24 March, 2017.

If you are a parent of an OD leaver who left between 2002 and 2012, please let them know about our upcoming Reunion held next term at the School. Do encourage your Old Dragons to look out for their invitation, which will be sent shortly, and rally up old friends to come along and join us. Booking is already available online – please click here to book your places early.

Junior Old Dragon Day 

2013-2016 OD Leavers, parents welcome - Saturday, 25 March, 2017.

If you are a parent of an Old Dragon who left between 2013 and 2016, you and your OD child or children are invited to join us for our next JOD Day in March. It is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends and former staff, and share stories over a buffet lunch and drinks. Invitations will be sent over the next week or so, but if you would like to book places early you can by clicking here.


Year 1 Story Sharing

During the last half of term, the children in Year 1 transformed into authors and planned, then wrote their own stories as part of their ‘Tell Me a Story’ topic. The children learnt about story structure, plot and characterisation as well as studying illustration and book presentation. The children thoroughly enjoyed reading their story to their parents at a special ‘Share my story’ event. It was great to witness the obvious enthusiasm and pride, from both the parents and children, as each special story was read and shared together. 

 23.02.2017 Story Sharing

Year 3 ‘Rock’ Stars

Year 3, as Rock Stars, immersed themselves in investigating what lies beneath our feet and enjoyed engaging in a hands on workshop with museum staff. The children were amazed to discover that the world they live in is composed of minerals, from the copper wire for internet access, to the bus they travelled in, the windows they gazed through and the magnificent building that surrounded them. Sitting in the beautiful surroundings of the Natural History Museum, the children were able to handle meteorites and identify other rocks types. They were astonished to find that, when lifting a huge pumice stone, it weighed very little. We were all reminded how privileged we are to have such an incredible museum on our doorstep. 

23.02.2017 Rock stars 

Drama Workshop

In preparation for the Year 2 Play ‘Step Into a Story’ the children enjoyed an exciting Drama Workshop with Mr Ward. He supported the children in identifying what makes a good actor, how they could use their bodies to become different animals, how to balance the stage and how to ‘stand in neutral’. This week the children are working on the script for their class play and beginning to think about how the different parts might be played. Each of the stories is based on a John Burningham book and our learning this term has been developed around his texts. 


Swanbourne Cross Country

Just before half-term, children from all year groups ran in the annual ‘Swanbourne Chase’.

The conditions, although cold, were good underfoot for what is a very testing and hilly run.

The U11 boys were first ‘out of the blocks’ and competed well. Rory Nicholson was first Dragon home in 4th, closely followed by Magnus Wrottesley in 9th out of 81 boys. The boys finished in a fantastic 4th place.

The U11 girls followed closely behind. For a ‘very young’ team the girls did outstandingly well. Bea Cadogan was first back in 17th, immediately followed by Melissa (E Block) in 18th. Considering the age of most of the girls, they did superbly to finish 5th out of 13 schools.

The U13 boys ran strongly for their 2nd place overall with Alex, 7th and Freddie, 12th, the ‘pick of the runners’, but the ‘piece de resistance’ came in the form of the U13 girls who dominated. This talented group of runners finished in 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th, 10th and 12th positions out of 70 girls. As usual, Clover led from the front with Holly, Coco  and Katie completing the scoring runners. The B team also secured an excellent 6th position out of 11 schools.

Yet again, an outstanding day for Dragon running…roll on Malvern.

 23.02.2017 Swanbourne CC




New IT Room

The New IT Teaching & Learning Room, NET1 is coming along well. We can’t wait to make full use of it. 

 23.02.2017 New IT Suite

Davos Annual Ski Trip

Over half-term, 114 Dragons visited Davos in Switzerland for the 54th year. The party was made up of Dragon children ranging all the way from Yr 1 to A Block, and ranging from absolute beginners to seasoned pros, some of whom were staying in family rooms and others in “Dragon rooms” made up of unaccompanied children and Dragons with parents on the trip. The sun shone for five of the six days. The children skied in small groups with a Davos Ski School instructor whilst the parents explored the mountains and other aspects of Davos (the highest town in Europe).

The only snowy day happened to be race day, with all the Dragon skiers demonstrating how much they had developed over the week and posting impressive times over the downhill course culminating in a medal ceremony for each ski group. On the final day, some families enjoyed skiing together whilst others opted to carry on with the ski instruction from the Ski School. In the evenings, the party relaxed in the hotel pool or ventured out to a local ice hockey match, went swimming in a heated outdoor pool, went ice-skating on Europe's largest natural ice rink or enjoyed an evening of fondue. On the final night, there was a family quiz and award ceremony before heading back to Oxford ready to plan trip 55…

 23.02.2017 Davos


International Evening at the Bowden’s

Tuesday evening this week was a very exciting one in Bowden’s House as it was International Evening. Each of the boys prepared a presentation on either a place where they are from or a place that means a lot to them. They demonstrated great courage as they each got up in front of the house to speak about their chosen culture. Following these incredibly articulate talks, we all indulged in delicious goodies from all over the world. It is safe to say one of the highlights of the evening was Mr Bowden attempting to wear the traditional dress from the United Arab States. Although he tried, he couldn’t quite get it to fit him. Overall, the evening was a huge success as the boys exhibited great kindness and respect to each other when listening to the presentations. Everyone learnt so much more about their friends and where they come from. 

 23.02.2017 international eve


OD - First Female Metropolitan Police Commissioner

Cressida Dick, (OD 1974) has been appointed the first Metropolitan Police commissioner.

Family Visit 

Last Wednesday, we welcomed a visit from relatives of the Carritt family. A generation earlier, the seven Carritt siblings were at the Dragon from about 1910 through to 1925. Like many Oxford families, their father was a Don at University College. Each of our visitors had stories from their parents about their time at the Dragon.

23.02.2017 family visit

Warm congratulations to Holly Paterson, Dragon Events Officer, who is getting married this weekend and will return as Mrs Holly Knights.

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

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

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

Friday, 24 February, 2017

6:45pm: E Block Plays (a seat reservation is required for this
6:45pm: Spectrum Event for Upper School - A Block: Exam prep and B Block: Debate in MCLT

Saturday, 25 February, 2017

10:00am: Open Morning
11:15am: Parent Forum: Dr Kirren Schnack –Healthy Relationships with Food

Sunday, 26 February, 2017

10:00am: Mr Stephen Jones, Warden of St. Edward's
6:00pm: Bands Evening (in the Lynam Hall)

Monday, 27 February, 2017

A Block Exams (until Thursday)

Tuesday, 28 February, 2017

Group of D Block & BAT pupils to visit
St Catherine's College (details TBC)

 Wednesday, 1 March, 2017

4:30pm: ABRSM Theory Examination (in the Pods)

Thursday, 2 March, 2017

Bradfield Demosthenes Public Speaking Competition (for selected B & C Block pupils)
10:30am: 'World Book Day' event at Wychwood School forC Block (until 2:00pm)

Friday, 3 March, 2017

5:00pm: Governors' Meeting
6:45pm: Spectrum: An evening with the McGahan Lees Academy of Irish Dance


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