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Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

I should like to begin my first introduction to the weekly DragonNews by sharing with you some early observations and reflections upon joining the School. From the outset, the Dragon has a purposeful busyness and a tremendous vibrancy. I am very grateful for the way I have been made to feel extremely welcome and I have really enjoyed getting to know children, parents and staff. Speaking with the children in the playground, in classroom, along the corridors and over lunch, they are highly articulate and engaged and polite. In addition visiting our various Boarding Houses, each has its own character and identity, but they all share a strong sense of community and the children show a generosity and kindness towards each other. Also in common among the children is an impressive sense of determination as they strive to give of their best. This week I have seen superb commitment on the hockey and rugby pitches as well as in lessons, with C Block accurately recalling spellings in English, while children in A Block have been learning French vocabulary to describe the weather. As well as the Prep, the children in the Pre-Prep have been just as enthusiastic, with Reception going on a visit to the library, while girls and boys in Year 3 have been thinking about teamwork. Matching this energy and application of the children, is the tremendous talent and professionalism of the staff. Overall it has been a thoroughly inspiring start and I look forward to supporting and celebrating with you the childrens' efforts and achievements across the curriculum over the course of the term.

With all best wishes,

Crispin Hyde-Dunn


Thinkalink - A Fun and Easy Way to Remember Things

This Friday, 15 September, Andy Salmon (aka Sir Linkalot) from Thinkalink will be introducing the children to 'Linking'. This is a fun and easy way to remember any fact; the focus, however, will be SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). You are all invited to attend a 60 minute parents' presentation at 5:30pm (a change to the time listed in the calendar) in the MCLT to enable you to pick up some extremely handy and innovative tips and tricks to implement at home.

Andy will be working with the boarders during Spectrum in the Lynam Hall for another hour at 6:45pm.  You are invited to attend to see Andy’s methods in action. Andy is a one-off, high octane presenter who certainly engages the audience. If you can make it then you are in for a treat.

Cross Country

A reminder to all parents that on the following dates there are Cross Country fixtures and there will NOT be running club: Monday 25 September Monday 2 October Monday 9 October Thursday 12 October

Saturday Swimming

Please note, Saturday morning swimming will start on the Saturday, 7 October, after the first Exeat.

Cross Country – ESAA Cup 1st round, U13 Boys and Girls

The date for the ESAA Cup has been announced: Friday, 13 October, at Blessed George Napier School in Banbury, commencing at 2:30pm. Team runners will be selected over the coming weeks. For further information please emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Davos Ski Trip, 11-18 February 2018

The Dragon Ski Trip to Davos in February 2018 is now taking bookings. For all those Davos veterans please sign up in the usual fashion, and for those who have never experienced this unique Dragon trip please join us in 2018 to discover why the Dragon has been visiting Davos for over 50 years.

The Ski Trip is open to all levels of ability: seasoned, rusty, social and novice (even non skiers have come to take advantage of the plethora of walking, cross country skiing and sightseeing opportunities the region offers). We welcome unaccompanied children aged 10-13 as well as family groups. Should you have any questions pertaining to the trip then do please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  or visit their website.

14.09.2017 Davos 

Traffic Flow During the School Run

A gentle reminder to help us all when dropping off and collecting your children, we like to operate a clockwise traffic system around the Bardwell road, just to try to keep the traffic moving at these busy times. Your continued assistance with this is much appreciated.

Bus Service

For those parents interested, the Dragon is introducing a bus service running on weekday mornings from the North of Oxford. To find out more or to register your interest please click here.

Future Schools 

For a list of forthcoming Senior School Open Days, please see the Future Schools section of the Dragon website. Please note, you will need to login with the usual parent login. This list will be updated regularly.


Reminder: Fathers’ Breakfast – Saturday, 23 September 2017, from 8:15am

The Headmaster, Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn, invites all fathers to join him for Breakfast by the River at Dragon School on Saturday, 23 September. This is an informal occasion, an opportunity for fathers to meet and to welcome new fathers to the school. If you have not yet booked, but would like to join us, please click here by midday on Wednesday, 20 September. We look forward to welcoming you.

Invitation: New York Drinks for the Dragon Community – Wednesday, 26 October 2017, from 6:30pm, Greenwich Village

During the upcoming New York exchange trip over half term, we will be holding a gathering for the Dragon Community on Wednesday, 26 October, between 6.30pm and 9.00pm. Tim Luke (Old Dragon) will kindly host the event at his home in Greenwich Village. We would be delighted to welcome ODs, current, former and prospective parents, and former staff. If you, or anyone you know in the Dragon Community would like to receive more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Marketing Manager. Further details will follow shortly.

Save the Date: Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Community Networking, LAW – Monday, 20 November 2017, from 6:30pm, The Law Society London

Please save the date for the next Dragon Community Networking event: ‘Challenges Faced in Law Today’. ODs, parents, and members of the wider Dragon Community are welcome to join us.  OD Industry experts will offer tips and mentoring advice for those working in, or starting out in Law. Further details on how to book will follow.


Trip to Summertown Library

On Tuesday, Reception had the first trip of their school careers to Summertown library. They practised walking on the pavement using eyes and ears to spot any dangers and had fun getting to know the local area. They chatted with librarians Helen and Kylie about borrowing books, and why books are so precious, and they listened to two lovely stories. Finally, they had some time to choose a book to bring back to school and enjoyed the chance to scan it themselves.

14.09.2017 REception Library trip 

Superhero, Super Me

The Year 1 topic 'Superhero, Super Me' started in chaos on Monday, when the children entered their classrooms to find complete disruption. The chairs were turned over, coats thrown off the pegs onto the floor and general havoc ensued. It was all caused by the supervillain Mr Freeze who was jealous of all the fun the children were having at school. So, the children decided to design their own superhero, talking about the necessary qualities of a successful superhero and how they could help Mr Freeze to change his ways. 

Jolly Postman

Year 2 have had lots of fun helping The Jolly Postman deliver letters around the School this week. He left the children some fun games to play and they have been learning about the post office, letters, and money from around the world.  This week Year 2 also debated whether Baby Bear should forgive Goldilocks.

14.09.2017 Jolly Postman


Last week, Year 2 had an afternoon of team building activities to get to know their new friends. They worked on the challenge in groups, thinking carefully about how to design a racetrack for a car. They had lots of fun and came up with some brilliant creations.

14.09.2017 Teambuilding


Annual 50km Bike Ride

On Sunday, 3 September, Current and Former Dragon Children, Parents and Staff convened at Islip for the 4th annual 50km bike ride or 10km walk. It took place around Islip and Woodeaton to commemorate the life of Felix Byam Shaw (OD), who passed away suddenly in 2014 after contracting meningitis. Despite some inclement weather all the participants were able to enjoy a pig roast and tea whilst renewing old friendships and celebrating the life of Felix. Mum Jane and several of Felix's friends spoke to the assembled company about the amazing work of the Byam Shaw Foundation, which was set up in his memory.

To find out more please click here. On Twitter see  @FelixHedgehogs for their Conservation work and @felixprojectuk for their food collection scheme from supermarkets, wholesalers and other food suppliers, which is delivered free of charge to a range of charities across London.

14.09.2017 Annual 50km bike ride

Pre Rugby Season Performance

On Thursday, 31 August, three members of the famous rugby dynasty, the Tuilagi family, joined Dragon Pre-Season Rugby training: Freddie Tuilagi, a Samoan International, his son Freddie Jnr, who plays for Leicester Tigers, and his brother, the current England International and British Lion, Manu Tuilagi. The boys were treated to a Q and A, a signing session with the stars and were even lucky enough to experience some coaching culminating in a performance of the Manu Siva Tau (The Samoan Haka).

14.09.2017 Pre Rugby Season

Betjeman Poetry Prize Success

Five of the poems we sent in for this year's Betjeman Poetry Prize have made the longlist of 50 poems that will be published in their 2017 anthology.

Honor (A Block), Bertie (B Block) Maisie (A Block), Nell Gardiner (OD – A Block last year) Sammy (A Block)

Sammy is also through to the final six and has been invited to read his poem at the Prize-giving ceremony in London. Many congratulations to all five children on a splendid achievement.

The Gothia World Youth Cup

With around 1,800 teams from around 80 countries, the Gothia Cup is the world’s biggest youth football tournament.  During the summer holidays six Dragon boys headed to Gothenburg to compete for the Prep Schools’ Lions District Team. To read the full story, please click here.

 14.09.2017 Gothia Youth Cup

Holland Hockey Tour

In the early hours of Monday, 28 August, 27 excited A and B Block girls and 4 slightly disorientated staff arrived outside the Lodge to embark on a 5 day hockey tour to Holland. To read the full story, please click here.

14.09.2017 Holland Hockey Tour 

‘Eat a Rainbow’ Initiative

The Food Committee have launched a new initiative of eating a ‘Rainbow’, beginning today with purple cauliflower, the Thursday Hero Vegetable. Click here to view a copy of the poster made.


Oxford Meadows Walk

During the in-school weekend, Bowden’s, Wilson’s and Jennings’s went for a walk around the Oxford meadows with lots of blackberry picking along the way. It was a fantastic way for the new children to get to know the other boarders and house staff better and allowed everyone to spend time as a whole junior boarding community. The blackberry picking was a great success; some managed to get blackberry all over their faces, camouflage they called it! We trudged through some muddy patches and played lots of rugby along the way with many of the children darting in and out of the trees. We finished the walk with a race around the cricket pitch in The University Parks. It’s fair to say that there were lots of muddy shoes, but smiles all round.

14.09.2017 Oxford Meadow Walk

Cherwell’s In School Weekend

The Cherwell boarders returned in good spirits at the start of term and settled back into their first few days of school very well. Following a few days of schooling the weekend offered a chance to let their hair down and have a little fun with friends old and new. B Block boarders were paired with their A Block ‘big sisters’ and the first Cherwell Olympics took centre stage on Saturday afternoon. The girls undertook various challenges with their ‘House Sisters’: apple bobbing, ‘the dizzy hockey shot’, Shove Half-Penny, the blindfolded maze and Tunnel Ball to name but a few. An evening in-house with a film rounded off the day. Sunday morning kicked off with a cooked breakfast and Cherwell photo challenge before joining the other senior houses for a picnic and walk to University Parks. Ma and Sir were particularly pleased with the kindness shown to one another over the course of the weekend and are looking forward to many more fun packed weekends with the Cherwell boarders.

14.09.2017In School weekend

Positive Impacts

The Charlbury boys received a poster as part of their welcome pack and in our first house meeting on Wednesday night we spoke about the poster and how each element will help us this year as individuals and as a group. We discussed how we could be our best-selves and make a great start to the year. Here is a copy of the poster with our house values.

14.09.2017 Positive Impacts

Busy Bunbreak at Jennings's House

It has been an exciting start to the new school year at Jennings House. The girls in D and E Block have been settling into their new routines very quickly and, putting into practise the Dragon core values of courage, kindness and respect, have been making lots of new friends, as can clearly be seen in the above photo. During Saturday's Bunbreak, as the girls began to trickle back from school to enjoy the delicious food and drink on offer, there soon followed a deluge of E and D Block Day children. Before too long all the food was gone, but the sound of near thirty children laughing and playing remained. The girls loved showing their school friends around the house. It was great to see all the friends, old and new, that the children have made. Well done, girls, and keep on being kind.

14.09.2017 Jenningss BB

Around the World with Cherwell

Mr and Ma Whitty have decided to challenge the Cherwell girls` this year with a bike ride around the world. In true Dragon spirit it’s not going to be easy and will take courage, perseverance and a lot of team work along with a little geographical knowledge, planning, research and endurance. They are tasked with collectively cycling round the world, aiming to hit every home country of each of the girls. Two bikes have been set up in the conservatory and the girls have agreed to cycle at least 1 mile each per week although clearly a little more will be needed! Ma, Sir, Dorms Takers, House staff and parents are all invited to ‘do their bit’ and log their miles. The girls will have to plan the route beforehand and as they hit specified countries they will be rewarded with a themed dorms night based on their research/knowledge of that country’s food and culture. It’s an epic challenge but one Ma and Sir know that the Cherwell girls` can tackle.

14.09.2017Around the world with cherwell

Diary Reminders

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

Friday, 15 September 2017

Sir Linkalot visit to the Dragon (Spelling and Maths workshops throughout the day) 8:30am: Opro Mouthguard fitting check 6:00pm: Parents Forum: Sir Linkalot -'How to help your children at home with Spelling and Maths' (in the MCLT) 6:45pm: Spectrum: Sir Linkalot  - Andy Salmon (in the Lynam Hall)

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Sculling: Isis Sculls 8:30am: C Block Team Spirit (until 9:30am) 11:15am: Parent Forum: 'Growth Mindset' (in the MCLT) 12:30pm: E Block Parents' Welcome Drinks (in the Dining Room)

Sunday, 17 September 2017

10:00am: Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity; Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn, Headmaster 10:45am Sunday Brunch for Boarding Parents (on School House Lawn)

Friday, 22 September 2017

6:45pm: Spectrum: James Ketchell; Adventurer

Saturday, 23 September 2017

OPEN MORNING  (for  day families)

8:15am Fathers'  Breakfast


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