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IAPS Triathlon

From the Headmaster

With the final Exeat now over, we are barely two weeks from the end of term. Coming up in the next few days, we have the C Block play, the Dragon Regatta and the A Block Charity Quiz. Next week sees the Summer Serenade, the Year 3 Play and the Curtain Call – followed by Prize Giving and the Leavers’ Service at the weekend. I have sent a letter to all A Block parents which outlines the events until the end of term. If you missed this, please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in my office.

As we do approach this very busy time of term, it’s even more important that the staff are able to devote their time to your children. Please could you try and limit the number of emails and requests for meetings to those that are absolutely essential? I need to ensure that we have as many “boots on the ground” as possible in the next couple of weeks and having to empty inboxes and sit in meeting rooms prevents this from happening. Thank you for your understanding.

Onwards to a happy final few weeks.


D&T Summer Course

Mr Nicholson will be hosting a DT course in the first week of the Summer Holidays. It will run from Tuesday 11 July to Thursday 13 July inclusive. The course will focus on Bushcraft Design and Camps, Laser Cutting, and 3D Computerized Design. The course should appeal to any DT enthusiasts from Year 3-8 and interested parties should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Cycling to School

It is lovely to see so many Dragons cycling to school each day and enjoying this wonderful weather. Please could we ask that you talk to your children about the importance of wearing a cycle helmet at all times as we have observed a number of children arriving having cycled without one. Thank you for your ongoing support with keeping Dragons safe.

Proposal for New Music School

The Governors and Headmaster of the Dragon School, Oxford are holding a public exhibition of a proposal to build a new Music School at the Bardwell Road site of the Dragon. For further information click here.

Contributions Towards John and Wendy Baugh’s Farewell

As you are all aware, John and Wendy Baugh will be retiring from the Dragon at the end of this term after 15 years in post. There are many parents who have requested the opportunity to mark their retirement through making a contribution towards a farewell collection. Therefore Clare Wright, of Classlists has kindly set up a central collection point for the Baughs. With the money collected they plan to buy a token gift as thanks from parents, and the rest of the money will be given to the Baughs, so that they can choose themselves how best to remember their time at the Dragon.

The gift and cheque will be presented to John and Wendy at Sports Day on Saturday, 8 July. If you wish to make a contribution please do so by Friday, 30 June using the details below. 
 You are welcome to pass on these details to ex-Dragon families, should they wish to donate.

Please pay your contribution into the following bank account, and give your name or your child's name as a Reference.

First Direct



Mr Ben Wright

Please note the bank account is empty and unused, to make it easy to collect donations. The School does not provide parents with class lists or contact information for other families, due to Data Protection regulations. However, Dragon parents can join a private and secure app and website called Classlist. To join please click here and choose 'Dragon and Lynams' from the dropdown.

A BLOCK LEAVERS' CAMPAIGN - Transforming the Lives of Children

Every year we raise funds for the Transformational Bursary Campaign from parents of A Block Leavers.

Last year, we raised over £200,000. Donations ranged from parents choosing to leave their deposits to those setting up regular standing orders or donating large transformational gifts.

With support from our parents, we have been able to accept 5 more bursary pupils this academic year. Data Protection Law now only allows us to contact parents directly with further details of this campaign if they give us express consent. If you wishe to give to the Campaign but did not give consent at the A Block Lunch, you can find all the details here and download a Donation Form.

The A Block Leavers' Bursary Campaign   includes some lovely quotes from former bursary pupils and their parents and makes very uplifting reading. If you would like a copy sent in the post, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Head of Development on 01865 315 415.

The Campaign is aimed at parents of A Block leavers, but Jane would be delighted to hear from any parent who wished to support the Campaign.

22.06.2017 A Block Leavers Brochure 2017 FINAL online


Model Castle

Year 1 children (and some parents too) enjoyed a whole morning designing and making model castles yesterday as part of their topic 'Long, Long Ago'.  Cardboard boxes were transformed into amazing Norman castles, complete with motte, bailey and keep, decorated with flags, pennants, knights and even sheep. The children worked in groups of 4, assigning different roles to each other and we were encouraged by how well they all co-operated together and the accurate historical language and vocabulary we heard whilst they were creating their amazing models. 

22.06.2017 Model castle Making 3  


Keeping Safe Online

On Monday this week, Ellie Proffitt, a representative from Childnet held three assemblies on `keeping safe online.' Here is a brief summary of the assemblies: • D Block/C Block - Being SMART online- discussion of the danger of sharing personal information, being aware of `fake' news, digital friendships, playing games online; cyberbullying and some reflection on how long they spend online during a week.

• B Block - `Digital footprints' - anything you post online may be permanent; use of popular sites, such as Instagram, widely used despite age 13 restriction. Also a discussion of when mean comments `cross the line.'

• Both groups were shown how to take action, report abuse, save the evidence and talk to parents or teaching staff.

Further information for both children and parents can be found by clicking here.

 New York Exchange

The New York Exchange arrived at the Dragon on Friday afternoon after a long flight. They took in the Pitt Rivers and Natural History museums as they waited for the A Block expeditions to return.

The Dragons who had visited New York last October were delighted to be re-united with their friends from St Bernard’s and Nightingale Bamford. Over the weekend the children spent time with their hosts and on Monday morning toured the sites of Oxford in sweltering heat before lunch in the Covered Market and the afternoon at Blenheim Palace. On Monday evening the children mixed up for a mass game of rounders kindly organised by the host parents. On Tuesday, the Americans spent the day at Warwick Castle before a final night with their hosts and an emotional farewell on Wednesday morning as the Americans headed to London for the last few days of their trip. We very much look forward to the next exchange when we head to New York in October to forge more transatlantic friendships.

22.07.2017 NY Exchange 

IAPS Triathlon

On Sunday, 11 June Mr Nicholson and Mr James took a team of 24 Dragon Triathletes to Dulwich College for the IAPS Triathlon. The discipline involves high standards in swimming, running and cycling in a competitive environment. Prep schools from all over the country took part with over 400 individuals competing, including both boys and girls.

This was the first time that the Dragon took part in this event and the children did incredibly well with some very good individual and team performances, many Dragons featuring in the top 100 for their age. This will be a definite fixture going forwards and we look forward to building on these successes next year.

22.06.2017 Triathlon 

IAPS Sailing

On Thursday, 25 May Dragon sailors Bliss, Maddie, William and Jessie took part in the IAPS National sailing finals held at the Andrew Simpson sailing academy in Weymouth.

Conditions were good, if not a little challenging, and our intrepid team showed true Dragon courage and resolve as they competed against experienced and skilled crews on open sea. They also showed excellent progression in sailing ability and both the ability to perform under pressure and work as a team. Their overall placings were 19/40 and 28/40 which were very commendable and they should feel very proud of their resolve and behaviour on the day. The children were great ambassadors for the School.

Young Pea Chef

Last chance to vote for Sei and win £500 worth cooking tools and equipment for the School.

Sei in D Block has been selected as one of five finalists of a national cooking competition called Young pea chef.  It is now in the hands of the public to vote for the winning recipe. Please vote for Sei's recipe by clicking here. The closing date is this Friday, 23 June.

Dragon children will be able to taste Sei's cheesy peasy gyoza for lunch next week.

Rounders Season Finishes on a High

The Under 12 L/N rounders team have had a great season - they have trained hard, listened well and really gelled as a group. They have worked to improve their batting skills, they have enjoyed their rounders and really come together as a solid team who work for each other. The final match of the season was against Oxford High with a victory of 21 -9.5 to the Dragon

22.06.2017 rounders

Food Committee

The Dragon Food Committee has been working hard hand-writing letters to the present Year 3’s at the Pre-Prep, to invite them to make suggestions for their first meal as new E Blockers in September.

“Dear Year 3. I am a member of the Food Committee and I think we could prepare a special school lunch for your first day in E Block. We have a wide variety of food but we wanted to know if you have any special requests for the food to make your day super special, from Lara”

Look out for further news on what the Year 3’s have chosen for the special lunch.


Gifford’s Circus

On a beautiful, balmy summer's evening, Stringer's House ventured to Oxford University Parks to be delighted by the wonderful Gifford's Circus.

During the show, we were treated to non-stop thrills and death-defying stunts from Tweedy the Clown, Flamenco dancers, gymnasts, acrobats, dagger jugglers and a whole array of animal performers. Hilarious, incredible and thoroughly entertaining, this was a rare treat that everyone enjoyed.

Many thanks to Phyllida Middlemiss and Iva Fattorini for providing us with the opportunity to attend.

22.06.2017 Giffords Circus 


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Diary Reminders

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

Friday, 23 June, 2017

A Block Future Schools' Day (throughout the day) 3:00pm: Leavers' & Scholars' Photographs to be taken 6:45pm: Spectrum: Upper School -ACE Africa talk by Annemarie Marshall 6:45pm: Second Performance of 'Madagascar' (a seat reservation is required)

Saturday, 24 June, 2017

8:30am: B Block e-Safety Workshop (in the Lynam Hall) 9:00am: Pre-Prep Sports Day (on the fields) 12:30pm: Skipper Day (for Old Dragon legators) 1:00pm: Dragon Regatta (by the Boathouse) 6:30pm: A Block Charity Quiz Night

Sunday, 25 June, 2017

10:00am: Second Sunday after Trinity; Mr Angus Nicholson, Houseparent of Stradling's

Monday, 26 June, 2017

LAMDA exams (throughout the day) C Block History Trip to Portsmouth Year 3 Play Rehearsals (all day in the Lynam Hall)

Tuesday, 27 June, 2017

LAMDA exams (throughout the day) 6:45pm: Summer Serenade Concert (in the Lynam Hall

Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

LAMDA exams (throughout the day) 11:00am:Year 3 Play Rehearsals (in the Lynam Hall) 2:00pm: Year 3 Play Dress Rehearsal to E Block (in the Lynam Hall)

Thursday, 29 June, 2017

D Block Trip to Corinium and Chedworth 8:50am: Dragon Big Band & Saxophone Quartet to perform in Assembly at Pre-Prep 11:00am: Year 3 rehearsal (in the Lynam Hall) 2:30pm: Year 3 Play Performance (in the Lynam Hall) 4:30pm: Informal Concert (in the Music School)

Friday, 30 June, 2017

6:45pm: Spectrum: Curtain Call (in the Lynam Hall)


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