Pre-Prep Art Exhibition
The Forum is currently showing Pre-Prep art based on a 19th century Chinese bowl in the Ashmolean. The response to 'Two Dragons Chasing a Flaming Pearl' is shown in prints, ceramics, mosaic, sgraffito and collage. All are welcome to visit at drop-off and pick-up after 3:30pm.
Madagascar – C Block Drama Performance
As you may be aware, members of C Block are performing Madagascar later this term.
Please note that there will be a maximum of 5 seats allowed per family, per performance.
Dragons in the audience (not Pre-Prep) must be wearing their B Suits.
Please could you send Mr Scott your requests before Monday, 19 June, 2017 in order to avoid disappointment.
As per the norm, after the June Exeat (week beginning 19 June) all athletics clubs held on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday will be open only to those children competing at Mercia 22 June (squad members). It is very important that these children have priority in the week leading up to this prestigious event.
From the week beginning 26 June, athletics clubs will be open only to athletes who qualified at Mercia for the Nationals, to be held on Tuesday, 4 July 2017. Form athletics starts on Saturday, 24 June 2017 and all Games sessions from thereafter will be athletics, so children will have plenty of athletics time.
The Dragon beehives are looking for some new residents. If you notice a swarm of bees (an example is shown in the photograph) in your garden and you don’t live too far from school, please telephone the School Office with a message for Marcin, the Dragon beekeeper. If possible, Marcin will collect them and bring them to a new home at the Dragon.
A reminder to ensure your child’s name is on their belongings, such as clothes, sport kits and bags. It is helpful for ATs when reuniting lost property with the correct child; a fair amount of unnamed kit is often found in the School.
By the hard play area, at home time this Friday, 15 June, the ATs will have all current unnamed lost property available for parents or children to collect. Lost property from recent OD’s will also be available for collection (in case the item has been passed down to a current pupil).
Day Boarding Announcement
Rupert and Lucy Blencowe are very excited to be taking on the Day Boarding House, No.14 Bardwell Road, in September, 2017. Day Boarding gives our younger Prep day children (E, D and C Block), an opportunity to experience being a boarder for between 1 and 4 days a week. This provides a perfect opportunity for those contemplating full boarding in the Upper School.
We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know some of the children who have shown an interest in Day Boarding.
This week the children have been unpicking Determination; what it means to be determined, how we can be more determined within and outside of school and how we can encourage others. This morning the children put the characteristic into action: spending the assembly session working with their peers on a wide selection of challenging puzzles. They displayed cooperation skills, perseverance and strategy, as well as having great fun, choosing to leave unfinished jigsaws out to complete at Bun Break. Why not dig out some puzzles to enjoy at home this sunny weekend?
Dragon Coders Meet Code Academy CEO
On Tuesday, nine computer programmers from C and B Block were accompanied to the Saïd Business School to participate in an event featuring Zach Sims, the CEO of Code Academy, an on-line platform with 25 million users worldwide teaching people to code interactively, for free.
The morning started with a discussion in a state-of-the-art lecture room led by Zach about the future of higher education. A key topic of discussion revolved around how we can best prepare students vocationally for the ever-changing demands of the workplace. The Dragons were welcomed and stimulated by this discussion; the organiser later described them as “a highlight of the session.”
After this, the Dragons met with Zach for a seminar discussion; they had the courage to ask him many questions and led a presentation about their interests and motivations for coding at the school with Mr Akoh. All children spoke engagingly about a current project they are working on: a website they are collaboratively coding called Global Goals Comics. We also gained many insights from meeting an organisation called 'Go Girl', which helps gives disadvantaged girls access to coding experience and teaching.
All in all, it was an inspiring day for all concerned.
Mount Ventoux Cycle for Charity
After 21.5km of riding and climbing over 1,612m, one final pedal stroke pushed Gavin (D Block) over the summit and to his goal.
Gavin couldn’t have chosen a better day to attempt the climb. Relatively light winds and mild cloud cover made for near perfect conditions. The day started with coffee and hot chocolate in Bédoin where Gavin was interviewed by BBC Radio Oxford. After the interview, Gavin and his parents quickly set off and began the journey up the mountain. From the first km to the last, it was just a matter of turning the pedals over and focusing constant forward progress. They were regularly cheered on with encouraging shouts of ‘chapeau’ and ‘courage jeune homme’. Our thumbs were almost as tired as our legs from repeatedly replying with an international known ’thumbs up'.
Gavin raised over £2,022 for Helen and Douglas House, surpassing his £1,612 target. Thank you all for your generous donations and support.
Creative Writing Spectrum
On Friday, we were treated to an evening of piano, poetry and prose. Children from B to E Block shared their creative writing with an appreciative audience and their readings were interspersed with some lovely music from our pianists. Well done to all our budding writers.
Betjeman’s Schoolboy Poems Mark Centenary Celebration
Last Saturday, 10 June, we were delighted to welcome over 60 Betjeman Society members to the school for their 2017 AGM, to mark 100 years since Sir John Betjeman arrived at the Dragon in 1917. The day was a huge success, and following the morning meeting, the society enjoyed a delicious lunch, and poems read by the children that had been inspired by Sir John himself (among these readings were also the first ever poems written by Sir John himself, published in the 1920 school magazine, the Draconian). Members also took in a guided tour of the school, as well as a fascinating exhibition – both courtesy of our Archivist, Gay Sturt. The afternoon ended with a very special unveiling by the Headmaster, and Charlotte (Year 2) - a plaque honouring Sir John Betjeman, kindly donated by the society. The plaque hangs in the playground, just outside the Forum should you like to take a look. Thank you to all the staff and children who helped to make this such a memorable occasion.
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