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Shrove Tuesday

From the Headmaster

Well done to all of E Block for some excellent Shakespeare plays last week. Squeezing six plays into just over an hour is some feat and their efforts were hugely enjoyable. Thank you to the children who provided such an excellent Bands’ Evening on Sunday – and the staff who helped them. I have to say that the quality of the music would have done justice to any senior school and we are so privileged to be able to listen to such talented children. 

We look forward to welcoming the Headmaster of Sherborne, Dominic Luckett, to our Sunday Service and the B Block parents to the Parents’ Evening on Sunday.


Spectrum on Friday

During Spectrum this  Friday, members of McGahan Lees Irish Dance Academy will be warming up everyone for St Patrick’s Day. They will be displaying traditional, yet modern, Irish dance and sharing some history on St Patrick’s Day - you might even recognise one of the dancers onstage.

This event is open to both day and boarding children.

Parent Forum

A reminder that on Saturday, 4 March, 2017 we are holding our next Parent Forum: 'Your Growing Child'. This is an opportunity to think about early adolescence.

Whilst this is particularly relevant to parents of children in the Middle School, all are welcome. The forum will be held in the Michael Cowan Lecture Theatre (MCLT) at 11:15am, if you would like to attend please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More Netball?

A number of parents have been asking about netball opportunities for their daughters. Tess Horn, our coaching link, runs sessions in Kidlington. Years 2-6 have a session on Tuesdays 5:00pm - 6:25pm at Kidlington & Gosford Leisure Centre and Tess is more than happy to enrol new players. Alternatively, visit the Oxfordshire Website and go to YOUTH, where you can find contact details of all 12 clubs offering Junior Netball. Unfortunately for Year 7 and 8, Kidlington train on a Saturday morning.  In terms of fixtures, they take place on Sunday mornings at the Community Arena in Marston. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you have any further questions or queries.

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

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will manage the team. Trials will 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.

Gamopedi Primary School

In 2012, The Dragon School roundabout pump, funded by Dragon children, was installed at Gamopedi Primary School. Here, at a recent maintenance visit, we see the children are still making fantastic use of the pump.

02.03.2017 Gampedi Primary School


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.


Football Festival

On Saturday morning, 16 eager Year 3 boys met at Bardwell Road before heading off to St Hugh`s School Football Festival. Six schools were represented in the festival with each putting forward at least two teams. Dragon`s two teams played three matches each with both teams leaving the tournament unbeaten, which was a remarkable result. Dragon Dolphins defended memorably and achieved three terrific results; 2-2, 0-0 and 0-0 whilst Dragon Sharks pulled out three remarkable victories ending in a 4-1 win. More importantly the boys played each match with typical Dragon gusto and showed great sportsmanship throughout the festival. It was an outstanding days football and the children had a great time.

02.03.2017 football festival


Maths Competition

On Tuesday, eight C and D Block children travelled to Cheltenham College to compete in a maths competition. The children were split into two groups depending on their age, and had to complete a series of demanding rounds. These included a speedy quickfire round, a complicated "crossnumber" and a group challenge. At the end of the penultimate round, both Dragon teams were ranked in the top three for their year groups. The final round was a tense relay which involved real team work, courage and quick feet. Congratulations to both teams as they achieved first place overall. 

To E or Not to E

Last week saw E Block performing their Shakespeare plays to a packed Lynam Hall. Each class had prepared a condensed adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s plays and the children did a superb job of cramming all the highlights into each classes’ 15-minute window. Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Merchant of Venice, King Lear and Macbeth all featured with hilarity and tragedy being delivered in equal measure.

Every child in E Block had learnt their lines perfectly and this was coupled with some fantastic acting on stage and wonderful period costumes. The plays were watched not only by all the E Block parents and wider families but also by Year 3 children who travelled up from the Pre-Prep to enjoy the show. A wonderful evening all round. The production was professionally filmed and anyone wanting a DVD of the show should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Reading Hockey Trip

On Sunday, Mr Holden and Ma Stovold tool a group of boys and girls from the 1st Hockey teams to watch a premiership hockey match, Reading v Beeston men’s 1st teams, at Reading Hockey Club. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.

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Shrove Tuesday and the Beginning of Lent

Last night in Bowden’s all of the boys had the opportunity to make their own pancakes in celebration of Shrove Tuesday. The boys have all made Lent promises as part of the “Bowden’s Lent Challenge”:  pledging to either take up something or give up something. They set themselves courageous goals such as giving up computer games or even tuck! Overall it was a very entertaining evening and we hope that the boys are able to challenge themselves and have the perseverence to stick to their promises for an end of term visit from the Easter bunny.

 02.03.2017 shrove Tuesday

Cherwell Bake Off

The Great Cherwell Bake Off has returned, with all the house signing up to take part in the initial ‘technical challenge’ round. It has been great to watch so many excellent cooks working through the first recipe. With all the first round groups now having taken place, the top 10 pairs and the baking challenge that awaits them is to be announced very shortly.

02.03.2017 Cherwell Bake Off

Gunga Pancake Pledges

On Tuesday evening, Gunga was filled with the delicious smells of pancakes cooking, as the boys celebrated Shrove Tuesday as their dorms activity. Each boy cooked their own pancake and thought up a pertinent ‘Pancake Pledge’, which will be displayed in house. There was a lovely range of topics covered in the pledges including: kindness, making the most of opportunities, concentrating on revision, focusing in lessons and being positive. We look forward to hearing how the boys fulfil their pledges over the coming weeks and months.   

02.03.2017 Gunga Din


An invitation from Leonard Cheshire Disability

Leonard Cheshire Disability are delighted to invite parents and staff to join them at the Equality Matters Lecture by Lord Puttnam, CBE on Tuesday, 7 March, 2017. Leonard Cheshire Disability is the largest disability charity in the world, founded by Old Dragon Leonard Cheshire who left the School in 1931. Details are as follows:

MERTON COLLEGE, OXFORD: EQUALITY MATTERS LECTURE - “a duty of care” You are cordially invited to attend a lecture by Lord Puttnam CBE at Merton College, Oxford (T.S.Eliot Theatre) On Tuesday, 7 March, 2017; at 5:00pm promptly. (Please join Leonard Cheshire Disability for a drink afterwards in the lobby)

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

Friday, 3 March, 2017

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

Saturday, 4 March, 2017

8:30am: Governors' Meeting
11:15am: Parent Forum: 'Your  Growing Child' (for Middle School Parents)

Sunday, 5 March, 2017

First Sunday in Lent
10:00am: Mr Dominic Luckett, Headmaster of Sherborne School

Monday, 6 March, 2017

3:00pm: Wells Cathedral School String Ensemble to visit Upper School Strings & Dragonetti

Tuesday, 7 March, 2017

E Block trip to the Steam Museum in Swindon

Wednesday, 8 March, 2017

French Exchange Group depart for Versailles (return on Saturday 11 March)

Friday, 10 March, 2017

11:00am: Bards of Bardwell Road (performed by the D Block) 12:15pm: WEEKEND EXEAT begins for Middle School & E Block (until evening of Sunday 12 March) 12:30pm: WEEKEND EXEAT begins for Upper School (until evening of Sunday 12 March)


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