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
Please can all holiday diaries be handed in to the Library by Monday, 2 October.
Christmas Cards Design
Upper School Variety Show
On Friday, 6 October (at 6:45pm in the Lynam Hall) there is to be the Upper School Variety Show. This will, as always, be an extremely popular event and so entry is by reservation only.
Before booking, due to a limit on the number of people we can accommodate in the Hall, please could parents note the following… There will be a strict cap of 3 seat reservations per family This performance is only for parents/children in the Upper School. If you have children in the C, D or E Blocks who need to be in school they will attend a separate event laid on for their age group i.e. they will not attend the Variety Show. Please inform Mr Scott if you would like to take up this offer. Children performing may have supper before the performance but I am afraid there can be no such arrangement for those in the audience. Please only reserve seats that you are going to use. The dress for Dragon children in the audience (not Pre-Prep) is normal school uniform and not home clothes.
Cross Country – ESAA Cup 1st round, U13 Boys and Girls
Oxford Half Marathon - Road Closures
Please can boarding parents, planning to pick-up children on the morning of Sunday, 8 October, be aware that due to local road closures they will need to arrive before 8am. The roads are due to reopen at about 2:00pm. Because of this there will be no Sunday service on that day. However, all boarders are welcome to take a leave out (in addition to their termly allocation) starting after school commitments on Saturday and returning to school on Sunday in time for bedtime. Of course, the School and houses will be fully functioning for those boarders who remain at school.
Roadworks on Bardwell Road
We have been advised by Southern Gas Networks of their intention to carry out essential gas maintenance work on Bardwell Road, Charlbury Road, Chadlington Road and surrounding roads. Works are due to commence on Monday, 9 October and last around 7 to 10 weeks.
For further information please click here.
Change to Match Times
Due to the Abingdon Pre-Tests there have been alterations to kick off times and venues for some of the matches vs Caldicott on Saturday, 14 October:
The U13C and U13D teams are now away at Caldicott. The U12A, U12B, U12C and U12D teams are now at home and all the home games will be kicking off at 3:00pm. The away games remain 2:30pm kick offs.
Calling all Apple Tree Owners
If you are lucky enough to own one, or even several apple trees, and are wondering what to do with the surplus produce, the Eco Group at the Dragon would be delighted to use them to make our ever popular ‘Dragon Juice’ to sell at the Dragon Sale.
Please bring them to either Room 8 in the Forum (Ma Malcolm’s classroom) or to the Pre-Prep, and we will put them to good use. Windfalls are acceptable if not too damaged.
Open Days for Prospective Families
Invitation: New York Drinks for the Dragon Community – Wednesday, 26 October, from 6.30pm, Greenwich Village
Save the Date: Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Community Networking, LAW – Monday, 20 November 2017, from 6:30pm, The Law Society London
C Block Team Building
Last Saturday, C Block participated in the annual ‘Team Spirit’ morning – their spirit was only matched by that of the MC and organiser, Mr Pickup, as they worked in an incredibly cohesive and effective manner. In one exercise they used their initiative and high levels of creativity to produce a tower using very limited resources. Apparently, this was one of the strongest showings from a C Block cohort within recent memory, and this bodes well for the upcoming year.
Ahead of World Rhino Day (22nd September) the Changemakers and Good Creators activity groups learned about the danger of rhino extinction due to the illegal trade in rhino horn, and made their own colourful paper rhinos by following a video that guided them through the folds of a complex origami pattern.
STEM – Girls Can
C Block have been learning how computers store information and have been coding their own messages in binary. Ma Kirkland is on a mission to get more girls interested in STEM subjects: Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. It was great to see C Block girls engaging enthusiastically with computer coding.
You may well have heard from your children about Sir Linkalot's extremely successful visit to the School last Friday. He succeeded in his mission to impress upon the children and staff that linking is an invaluable, yet underused, learning tool which students of all ages can utilise in their journey through education. To see the smiles on the children's faces when they spelt out a word correctly, especially those who could do with a boost, was a joy to behold; it really is life-changing for some of our children.
Many of the parents who were able to attend the parent presentation purchased copies of the two books he has on the market. We would like to extend this opportunity to those who were not able to make the evet: 1. 'Think of a link - How to remember absolutely everything' (£7). This fun, little book, published by Scholastic, has many tips and tricks (links) for how to learn any fact, covering spelling, Maths, History dates, World Capitals, Key science facts, French words and many more categories. It would sit nicely on a bedside cabinet for children to dip in to for 5 to 10 minutes before going in to the land of nod. Here is a BBC clip about the book.....BBC News South East 2. 'Thinkalink - The revolutionary spelling technique that will ensure your child can spell every word' (£22). This is, to quote The British Dyslexia Association, ‘groundbreaking’. It contains links for over 1000 commonly misspelt, high frequency words. This is more of an exercise book that will sit on their desk at home for many years as it covers GCSE words like Recommend, Environment, Definitely and Accommodate.
Showing Support – Oxford Harlequins
The Wilson and Bowden boys got together last weekend to go and support their teachers Mr Knapp and Mr Fairburn playing rugby for Oxford Harlequins. The boys were very impressed by the standard and tried to pick up a few new moves to use in their up-coming matches. Mr Knapp and Mr Fairburn certainly appreciated their support and Mr Knapp showed this by scoring a try right in front of them all. The boys then continued into Summertown for hot chocolate to warm up before heading back to their houses for the Saturday night film. Good Luck Sirs in your next match.
Neurosurgeon to Author
Dr Henry Marsh CBE (OD 1963) had an accomplished career as a neurosurgeon, but - typical Dragon - he did not stop there. From 1992 he began working in the Ukraine, and also Nepal, alongside local surgeons. His remarkable work, which considers deeply the patient's experience of brain surgery, led to a film about him, The English Surgeon which won multiple awards, as did his candid book Do No Harm. Recently he has published a bestselling follow-up, Admissions in which he continues to reflect on our relationship with the mind. The Economist wrote of Henry that 'neurosurgery has found its Boswell'.