Madagascar

Madagascar

From the Headmaster

So much has happened in the last week, it’s hard to know where to begin. We have enjoyed the wonderful C Block production of Madagascar, the Pre-Prep Sports Day, the Dragon Regatta, the A Block Charity Quiz and the outstanding Summer Serenade concert. Today we have the Year 3 Play; tomorrow, Curtain Call and on Saturday, Prize Giving and Parents’ Matches. Sunday sees the final service of the year – the Leavers’ Service at 10.00. This is my last chance to direct our Prep School parents towards the Prize Giving instructions. Day Parents, please note that this is a B Suit occasion.

In order to avoid any misunderstandings or disappointments, please could all relevant parents read the notice regarding Sports Day on 8 July?

As we approach the end of term, it’s important to recognise that the children are exhausted and we are trying to strike the delicate balance between keeping them going and keeping them calm. Thank you for your continued support with this.

NOTICES

Proposal for a New Music School

The public exhibition of a proposal to build a new Music School will take place in the existing Music School at the Dragon today on 29th June 2017, from 4.30pm until 7.30pm... please see the website article for more details.

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 of us who might wish to mark their retirement through making a contribution towards a farewell collection. Therefore Clare Wright, of ClassLists, and Mr Phelps have agreed that they will make a single collection 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 40-47-61 08590427 Mr Ben Wright

Please note the bank account is empty and unused, to make it easy to collect donations.

Classlist

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 go to www.classlist.com and choose 'Dragon and Lynams' from the dropdown.

PRE-PREP NEWS

Year 3 Games Afternoon

Year 3 children had the opportunity to come up to Bardwell Road last Wednesday for their Games session. The girls joined Ma King for Rounders, while the Boys enjoyed their first experience of Diamond Cricket with Mr Knapp. There was some fantastic batting and fielding in both matches; even Mr Knapp managed to catch a few balls! It was great to see the children have so much fun on the fields and we look forward to welcoming all of the children back in September as Year 4.

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Pre-Prep Sports Day

Pre-Prep children arrived bright and early on Saturday morning at the Dragon fields full of anticipation, ready to unleash much excited energy. Every child ran in a running race and then took part in an array of activities to earn points for their colour group. Every throw, jump and run contributed to the final total with the blue team winning. Overall, the yellow team gained the most colour points awarded during this half term, with a total of 918.

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Reception Trip to Hill End

Reception took the coach to Cumnor on Friday morning for some summer fun at Hill End. The weather was kind to us as we walked through the wild grass searching for natural wonders. We were lucky enough to find mice and slow worms in their homes under the corrugated panels, although we had to be quick to spot them before they scurried and slithered away. There were countless mini-beasts and their homes to discover, including spiders, beetles and butterflies. There was also a myriad of beautiful plants to see, smell and touch including mare’s tail, blackberries and sloes.

Down at the pond, the children carefully swept their nets into the water and caught treasures such as newts, ram’s horn snails, dragonfly larvae and water boatmen. They tipped them carefully into observation trays and monitored their movements before putting them gently back into the water. Exploring the sand pit and mud kitchen was a very popular activity and we all had fun together finding our way out of the maze. What a great day and a super activity to wrap up our topic this term, ‘Small World’.

PREP NEWS 

Thanks for the Dragon’s Contribution to the Grenfell Support Fund

Becky Mursell writes: “On behalf of Restless Development I want to say another huge thank you to all pupils from Dragon School who took part in the Flight Centre Schools Triathlon held at Marlborough College and in particular for their fantastic fundraising efforts. Overall, the Schools Triathlon event series raised over £270,000, and saw over 2500 children take part in over 4 events. Pupils from Dragon School should be proud of their amazing achievement as together they raised £2,628 which will be split between Restless Development and the Grenfell Support fund.”

“In particular, special mention should go to teams The Plague Rats (Leo, Guy, Walter, Joe) and both the Bardwell Dragons and Cherwell Dragons (Ted, Freddie, Cameron, Cosmo, Max, Joseph, Lorcan and Annie) who went above and beyond with their fundraising efforts by raising over £700 and £1300 respectively.”

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Mercia Regional Athletic qualifiers

Last Thursday, The Dragon hosted 35 other schools at the Mercia Regional Athletic qualifiers at Tilsey Park. With so many schools taking part, it was always going to be tough to qualify for the Nationals. At the end of the day, Dragons' achievements were unprecedented. 59 Dragons competed and nearly half of them qualified. 27 pupils in total will travel to Birmingham to compete in a total of 31 events including 4 relay teams. Yet again, the Dragon was the most successful school in the region.

All the Dragon competitors deserve the utmost praise for their hard work over the term, whether they qualified or not. As well as those that qualified, a number of pupils finished 3rd or 4th and Lara Middleton also broke the B Block Javelin record, despite not qualifying, such was the standard in her event. The full ‘roll of honour’, including some photos, is available here.

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Summer Serenade

The Summer Serenade was a wonderful musical occasion delivered by our pre-select ensembles. Over 120 children were involved in the concert on Tuesday evening which showcased the considerable talent of our budding musicians. The children performed extremely well and not only their playing but their conduct was professional and poised. From Telemann to Charlie Parker, the audience were treated to a wide variety of styles of music right through the ages. The final performance combining Dragon School Choir, Dragonneti Strings and Percussion of the piece Adiemus, synchronised with film footage of the school, was a fitting end to a fantastic evening. Well done to all involved.

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Skipper Day, Saturday 24 June 2017

On our annual Skipper Day, we were delighted to thank Old Dragons, former staff members and friends who kindly included a gift to the Dragon in their Will. Skipper members enjoyed lunch hosted by John and Wendy Baugh and then made their way down to the river for the Dragon Regatta. As they watched our young Dragon scullers and some bemused punters, they reminisced about swimming in the river and taking part in dramatic plays on the banks. A light breeze rippled through the trees keeping everyone cool while afternoon tea was served. It was a delightful afternoon with our warm and generous Skipper Members.

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 only allows us to contact parents directly with further details of this campaign if they give us express consent. If you wished to give to the Campaign but did not give consent at the A Block Lunch, you can find details here A Block Leavers' Bursary Campaign.

Read uplifting quotes from former bursary pupils in the A Block Leavers' Campaign Leaflet.

If you would like a copy sent in the post, without any pressure or expectation, contact Jane Pendry, Head of Development at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 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.

Diary Reminders

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

Friday, 30 June, 2017

All children visit new classes for the afternoon
6:45pm: Spectrum: Curtain Call (in the Lynam Hall)

Saturday, 1 July, 2017

9:00am: Middle School Prize-giving
11:30am: Upper School Prize-giving
1:30pm: Rounders v Mothers: U13A & U13B (H)
1:30pm: Cricket v Fathers: 1st XI (H)
1:30pm: Cricket v Fathers: 2nd XI (H)
1:30pm: Cricket v Mothers: Snapdragons (H)

Sunday, 2 July, 2017

In School Sunday
10:00am: Leavers' Service; The Headmaster (Idris Choir & Senior Piano Trio to perform)

Monday, 3 July, 2017

ABRSM Examinations (all day in the Pods)

8:30am: Opro mouthguard fitting (for B - E Block children)
9:00am: Year 1 visit to Broughton Castle
3:10pm: Upper School Form Singing Competition (in the Lynam Hall)

Tuesday, 4 July, 2017

ABRSM Examinations (all day in the Pods)
7:00am: National Athletics Championships (Alexander Stadium, Birmingham)
10:00am: Technical Rehearsal for the A Block Revue (in the Lynam Hall)
2:00pm: A Block Revue for the School (in the Lynam Hall)
6:45pm: A Block Revue for parents (in the Lynam Hall)

Wednesday, 5 July, 2017

ABRSM Examinations (all day in the Pods)
1:30pm: E Block Concert & Prize-giving (in the Lynam Hall)
7:00pm: Year 3 Barn Dance

Thursday, 6 July, 2017

Reception Let's Imagine Day
11:00am: Swim Relays (Final Round for A - E Blocks)
1:45pm: Sports Day Athletics Finals (Day 1) - parents are very welcome to attend
6:00pm: Leavers' Picnic

Friday, 7 July, 2017

11:00am: Sports Day Athletics Finals (Day 2) - parents are very welcome to attend
2:30pm: Year 3 Final Assembly
3:30pm: Term Ends
6:30pm: Boarders' House Supper & 'Sing Song'

Saturday, 8 July, 2017

9:30am: Sports Day (Athletics Finals)
10:00am: Second Hand Uniform Shop open (until 11:00am)
Term ends (after Sports Day)


 

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