E Block Form Singing Competition
The Form Singing competition is well underway this year as part of the Skipper Shields. All forms will be competing on various dates throughout the term. E Block have their Form Singing Competition on Saturday, 20 May, 2017 at 12:00pm in the MCLT. Mrs Bronwen Mills, professional opera singer and vocal coach at New College, will be adjudicating the event, which is held internally.
Future Schools Forum, Saturday, 20 May, 2017
Unfortunately, Winchester House have cancelled the U10A rounders' fixture scheduled next week, on Wednesday, 24 May, 2017. All other games for the 11A, 11B and the 10Bard/Chad are due to go ahead as scheduled.
D Block Eco Musical
Please note that all children in D Block will be participating in the Eco-Musical next Friday, 26 May, 2017 which is entitled ‘One Sun One World’.
The musical highlights ecological issues around the world. One Sun One World celebrates our astonishing planet in all its rich diversity, and also examines changes brought about by human activities in a modern world. It explores the great forces of the earth which drive and sustain the engine of life: the power of the sun, the movement of the oceans, the patterns of the winds, the miracle of rainfall, the web of cold and heat, all interconnected, one wonderful whole, out of which, daily and continually, the amazing variety of landscapes, habitats and life-forms is reborn. We are becoming ever more aware of the effect our individual behaviour has on the planet, its creatures and ourselves. As the musical progresses, each character has its own part to play in reminding us just how important it is for us all to take care of the earth.
We welcome all parents of D Block children to attend. The Eco Musical takes place in Lynam Hall at 11:00am on Friday, 26 May, 2017.
Gavin in D Block, is cycling up Mont Ventoux in France for Charity - and forgoing his birthday presents into the bargain.
On Saturday, June 3 2017, Gavin will ride up Mont Ventoux, France to raise money for Helen Douglas House. Gavin chose HDH because a close relative was born with a rare chromosomal defect and experienced many health challenges throughout her short life. She recently died of cancer. Gavin hopes to raise £1 for every metre he climbs, so £1,612 total (Bédoin is at 300m ASL). Gavin’s 10th birthday was May 4th and in lieu of birthday presents he has asked friends and relatives to make a small contribution to his fundraising ride.
Mont Ventoux, known as Le Géant de Provence, is the highest point in Provence. The summit is at 1,912m. Gavin will start in the town of Bédoin, France and will ride to the summit of Mont Ventoux and make the steep return ride back to Bédoin. Gavin and his father, Eric, climbed Ventoux together on May 29, 2014 for Gavin's 7th birthday. Gavin rode independently when he summited Ventoux in 2015 with his grand-father, and in 2016, with his father. In 2014, when he was riding a tag-along bike, Eric looked back at Gavin during a steep section and said with a strong voice “‘C’mon Gavin, you have to pedal harder!”. Without skipping a beat, Gavin replied, “Papa, you only have to pull a young boy, I have to push an old man.”
For the past 6 six years, Gavin and his family have moved between Toronto, Canada, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Gordes. This year, year 5, is his first at the Dragon School and will be his first starting and finishing a school year in one country and in one language.
You can support Gavin by visiting his JustGiving page.
Helping Others to Read
Can you spare 2 hours to spare each week to help 5-7 year olds learn to read?
Sparing a few hours to help children read is a rewarding experience. Danny Gill, Director of Social Impact at the Dragon, is delighted that Dragon parents are supporting BAT children. A group of 4 women, 3 of whom have children at Dragon, have been volunteering with reading at Windale Primary School (one of the Blackbird Academy Trust schools in Blackbird Leys) since January.
Government cutbacks in education mean that Windale has fewer resources than are needed to provide meaningful one to one time reading time with children. The cohort of children that attend Windale tend to need extra support at school and many are not reading at home.
Parents support a number of children (presently Year 1) who need extra help with reading. We need 4-6 more people to help with morning reading sessions between 9:45am and 11:45am, on selected days during term time (starting from September, 2017).
Please note you will have to complete a DBS check and attend a Safeguarding sessions on working with children.
Summer Revision Courses with Dr Norton
Clothes Collection for Syrian and Iraqi Refugees
Can you donate any of your clothes to Samari’s Aid?
Please click here to read about this great cause and what items are needed for donation. Thank you.
Old Dragon Art Exhibition, in conjunction with Oxford Art Weeks
A reminder that this month we will be hosting an Old Dragon Art Exhibition, in conjunction with Oxford Art Weeks. There will be a private opening for exhibiting OD Artists, but the exhibition is open to everyone from Sunday, 21 to Thursday, 25 May, between the hours of 11:30am and 3:30pm only, in the Art Room. Booking is not required, but for security reasons please register at the booth on the zebra crossing. Family and friends are welcome.
Personalised Dragon Memorabilia Boxes by Janet Murray, Boxes You Design
We now have a selection of these boxes on display in the Lodge, if you would like to take a look. Janet has kindly offered to donate 10% of all order proceeds to the Dragon School Bursary Fund.
Last Wednesday, in celebration of the Characteristic 'Selflessness' and thinking of others ahead of ourselves, Reception threw a Sharing Tea for their parents, grandparents, younger siblings and guardians. Guests came laden down with delicious treats for all to share: crudités, cakes, pizzas, pancakes, watermelon sharks and a rather impressive looking pavlova. The sun shone all afternoon, as did the smiles on everyone's faces as they enjoyed each others' company and the food on offer. In preparation for the event, pupils wrote and sent out invitations, created posters and discussed the importance of sharing and working as a community. Thank you so much to all those who attended and the offerings they provided. The event was a real success and we look forward to repeating it next year.
Qing Ming Festival
Year 2 Children have continued their celebrations of the Chinese Festival 'Qing Ming' with an afternoon of activities. The children prepared and tasted delicious noodle soup, had fun creating Chinese symbols with water and paintbrushes on the playground, were crafty willow weavers, decorated the school gates and were also detectives solving a mathematical problem related to Chinese New Year. It was a wonderful, sunny afternoon and the children impressed us all with their commitment to each task and their cooperation skills.
Philharmonic Percussion Day
Eighty young musicians (aged 8 to 11) from 8 primary schools, including our BAT partner schools, joined children at the Dragon to rehearse and perform an ensemble percussion performance in a single day.Musicians from the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra helped lead the event. If you would like to read more, please click here.
Dragon Keyboard Festival
Thank you to all the children who took part in the Dragon Keyboard Festival over the last two weeks. We had over 100 entries and the playing was of a very high standard. On Friday, Ann Martin-Davis, professional pianist, teacher at the Royal College of Music and ABRSM examiner, came to judge the final where 16 children performed their pieces.
It was a wonderful afternoon of music-making and the results were as follows:
Initial class: Joint Winners Wilf and Nanako
Intermediate class: Winner Robert
Advanced class: Winner Ivan
Congratulations to all.
Winchester House Athletics
Dragon athletes had their second outing of the season at Winchester House last week, and for once, the rain held off. Thirteen schools attended and there was a good standard of competition throughout. The Dragon were noticeably dominant on the track; and overall, gold medals were won in 24 out of 80 events and ‘2nd/3rd placings’ were achieved in a further 24 events. Congratulations to Natalya, Maisie, Basil, Katie, Coco, Rory and Magnus.
In addition, Coco broke 2 meeting records in both the 100 and 200m and Bizza, Holly and Clover set meeting records as this was the first time certain events were run. Clover’s time was also the first school record broken this season, the U13 Girls 1500m.
Overall, an excellent afternoon with Dragon athletes setting lots of personal bests as well as demonstrating good standards of sportsmanship and support.
Young Pea Chef of the Year 2017
Congratulations to Sei who has won a place in the final of the Young Pea Chef of the Year 2017 with his recipe for ‘Cheesy Peasy Gyozas’. This week he was interviewed by two B block members of our School Food Committee who are pictured with him here. We look forward to Sei’s Cheesy Peasy Gyozas on the Dragon School menu after half-term.
We are hoping that our Dragon parents will help celebrate Sei’s achievement by voting for him by clicking here.
A Block Lunch
We were delighted to welcome over 100 parents, and three special guests, to our recent A Block Leavers’ Lunch on 6 May, as part of a ‘long goodbye’ hosted by John and Wendy Baugh. During the lunch, John spoke about his happy memories of the leaving A Block children, as well as congratulating them on their many successes.
John also introduced the A Block Leavers' Campaign 2017. Launched in 2002, the A Block Leavers’ Campaign aims to raise £200,000 each year for the Transformational Bursary Fund. Bursaries are offered each year to five children who most evidently have the 'Dragon spirit' and have, as John explains, 'lights behind their eyes' but whose parents would never otherwise be able to afford an independent education.
This year, we welcomed three OD guests back to School; Seamus Lavan (OD 2009) Dominic Rosso (OD 2011 – and current Assistant Teacher) and Laurence Scott (OD 2012). Our OD speakers, all previous bursary recipients, talked passionately about how the programme had changed their lives. Their lively and entertaining accounts were both moving and inspiring. Seamus Lavan explained that the School gave him a lifetime opportunity, and spoke about how the Dragon treats each pupil as a "distinct individual with unique skills, abilities and aspirations." Dominic Rosso has written a summary of his speech which you can read here.
Dominic Rosso has written a summary of his speech which you can read here.
We are grateful to A Block parents who, every year, have been enormously generous. We have already had a significant donation to kick start the 2017 campaign. To mark John and Wendy’s final year at the Dragon, we would love to see this year’s contributions surpass previous years. Further details about the campaign can be found here.
Uppingham Skills Day
Last Sunday seven intrepid Year 6 boarders ventured to Uppingham School to take part in their skills day. They immersed themselves in cooking, Science and bush craft activities and returned to school in buoyant moods.
Otillo Swim Run
Matthew Ponsonby (OD 1978) will be taking part in a 43km swim/run in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital on Sunday, 28 May. Otillo swim/run takes place in Sweden and is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Participants have to run in their wetsuits and swim in their running shoes (while tied together). Matthew and his run/swim partner Giles will endure the 43km together in order to raise their target of £10,000. The money raised could enable a researcher at Great Ormond Street Hospital to to carry out studies to improve the current treatment for children with leukaemia, which is a struggle to treat.
If you would like to donate and sponsor Matthew please visit his JustGiving page.
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