Reception Tea Sharing

From the Headmaster

As mentioned last week, we look forward to welcoming lots of mothers to the breakfast on Saturday as well as holding the Future Schools Forum and the opening of the Old Dragon Art Exhibition on the same day (further details below).

With just over a week to half-term, I cannot quite believe how fast this term is going. If I had a pause button, I would press it.

Just for information, Wendy and I are moving out of the school house this week in order to give the School plenty of time to get it ready for my successor. We're staying close by for the remainder of term but, just in case you tried to contact us, we are not at 6 Chadlington any more.


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

There will be a Future Schools Forum on Saturday, 20 May at 11:30am in the Lynam Hall. Parents with children in E, D and C Blocks, or those new to the School, may like to attend this. The aim is to provide you with information on the admissions processes and timescales of applications to senior schools. It would be helpful if you could let us know if you will be attending by contacting the Future Schools This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday, 16 May, 2017.


Fixture Cancellation

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.

Fundraising Dragon

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. 


Room Wanted

Is there anyone close to Bardwell Road that can accommodate one of the female teachers coming over with the New York exchange on Friday 16 - Sunday 18, June, 2017? There is no expectation or need for you to feed or entertain them in the evenings or over the weekend but merely provide somewhere to rest her weary head (and wash) If you are able to help please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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).

If you can help and would like to find out more then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

There are places available on the summer revision courses with Dr Norton in July and August, 2017. Each course is limited to 10 pupils who are intending to sit scholarship exams for their senior school in 2018 and pupils who are sitting Common Entrance in 2018. Dates and details on course contents can be found here and you can register your interest by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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 are delighted to offer you the chance to purchase these beautiful boxes, which can be personalised with your child’s name and/or OD Year. They make a lovely keepsake gift for special school memories or personal items. Prices range from £15-£50. Please contact our supplier, Janet Murray directly with any questions or to place an order This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07944 356 554.

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.


Sharing Tea

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.

Anyone is welcome to contribute to the Transformational Bursary Scheme but we will not contact parents directly unless they give us express permission to do so. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 01865 315415 if you would to discuss making a donation, or if you would simply like more information.



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.


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, 19 May, 2017

3:00pm: GPC Meeting
6:45pm: Spectrum: Creative Writing

Saturday, 20 May, 2017
8:15am: Mothers' Breakfast by the river (RSVP required)
11:00am: Dragon Saxophone Quartet to perform at Oxford Mela, Rosehill Community Centre
11:15am: Future Schools' Forum in the Lynam Hall
12:00pm: E Block Form Singing Competition (as part of the Skipper Shields Competition) 

Sunday, 21 May, 2017
10:00am: Leavers Group (PEG) to Globe Theatre, London
11:30pm: Old Dragon Art Exhibition opens in the Art School (as part of Oxford Artweeks) – open until 3:30pm

Monday, 22 May, 2017
Exam Week for B & C Blocks
E Block PIPs (throughout the week) 

Thursday, 25 May, 2017
Trinity Music Examinations in the Pods (if sufficient entrants to qualify for a visit)
8:50am: E Block Guitar Ensemble to perform at Pre-Prep Assembly 

Friday, 26 May, 2017
8:30am: D Block Eco-Musical Rehearsal (in the Lynam Hall)
10:00am: D Block Eco - Musical Performance of 'One Sun, One World' (in the Lynam Hall
12:15pm: HALF TERM begins for Middle School & E Block (until evening of Sunday 4th June)
12:30pm: HALF TERM begins for Upper School (until evening of Sunday 4th June) 


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