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C Block Charity Swim

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

Since the last Dragon News there have been several exciting school events. During half-term a number of our young Dragons ventured abroad to Japan and New York. Both trips were highly successful and we look forward to returning the hospitality next year. The children in C Block have recently completed a sponsored swim in aid of rhino conservation, as they sought to cover a distance equivalent of crossing the channel. We also enjoyed a very memorable and lively evening last Friday as the Battle of the Bands competition reached its final. The day after this event, selected scenes from Journey’s End were performed by children from B Block, in a sympathetic and sensitive recollection of the First World War. The School then paused for further reflection as we marked the Armistice and recalled Old Dragons at our Remembrance Sunday service. We were honoured to be joined by current naval personnel serving on board HMS Dragon on this very moving occasion, in which the sun shone out from behind the clouds immediately following our two minute silence. Looking ahead to next week, our A Block pupils will sit mock exams as part of their ongoing preparations for their smooth transition to senior school.  Meanwhile, amongst the highlights of the week, E Block will enjoy a Victorian Day at Chiltern Open Air Museum on Thursday. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at a number of events taking place throughout the rest of this term – for further details of each week’s activities please do log in to the School calendar. You will also now be able to view the School term dates for the forthcoming academic year 2018-19 on our school website under Term Dates.

With all best wishes,

Crispin Hyde-Dunn

NOTICES

Rugby v Dean Close Match Cancelled

The U12D match away at Dean Close, scheduled for Wednesday, 22 November, has been cancelled. 

Bromsgrove Hockey Matches

Parents should be aware that the final hockey matches of the season are against Bromsgrove next week (Wednesday, 22 November). These were unfortunately not published in the calendar. All Middle School teams are in action (AWAY). Also there are the following Senior matches (HOME) 1st – 6th, as well as U13 Bard and Chad. 

Running Club

Over the next few weeks, Running Club will be finishing earlier due to the failing light (approx. 5:00-5:10pm).
Friday, 17 November – no club will be taking place, due to Cokethorpe match.
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday – last sessions will be 1/4/5/7 December.
If you have a query please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members of the Upper School Present Arabian Nights

It is wedding night in the palace of King Shahrayar. By morning, the new Queen Shahrazad is to be put to death like all the young brides before her. But she has one gift that could save her – the gift of storytelling. She tells of Ali Baba, The Little Beggar, and Princess Parizade – adventurers in strange and magical worlds populated by giant beasts, talking birds, devilish ghouls and crafty thieves. But will her silver-tongued stories be enough to enchant her husband and save her life?

There are to be two performances and these will take place on Thursday, 30 November & Friday, 1 December at 6:45pm in the Lynam Hall.

If you would like to attend one of these performances please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note that there will be a maximum of 5 seats allowed per family. Dragons in the audience (not Pre-Prep) must wear their B Suits. 

Day Boarding at No.14 Bardwell Road

For those of you interested in exploring the idea of boarding whilst at the Dragon, Day Boarding gives our younger day children (E, D and C Block boys and girls), an opportunity to experience being a boarder for between 1 and 4 nights a week. This is done on a fixed basis, the expectation being that the children will board on the same nights each week for the length of the term. Day Boarding provides an excellent introduction to those contemplating full boarding in the Upper School and beyond. Day boarders benefit from doing their prep in School, eating their main meals with the full boarders in the Dining Room, and enjoy evening activities with their friends in a family orientated home from home environment.

For those of you who have not already had a trial sleepover in No. 14 and who are interested in Day Boarding in the Easter Term, we are offering trial nights for E, D and C Block on Monday, 27 and Tuesday, 28 November.

For parents who would like to see the house first and find out a little more about Day Boarding, you are warmly invited to coffee with us on Monday, 20 November at 8:30am after you have dropped your children at school.

To book your trial night and/or to accept an invitation to coffee at No.14, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For both current and prospective boarders, please contact the Registrar, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your nights for next term.

Movember at the Dragon School

For those of you new to Movember, it involves 30 days of gents growing a moustache to raise funds for men’s health. For ladies, and those gents who do not wish to grow a Mo, during Movember they can challenge themselves to be physically active and raise funds for the same cause. For more info, please click here.

During this November, a number of Dragon Staff will be growing a moustache or getting active. If you are keen to donate, the official Dragon School team page can be found here. If you want to donate to a particular Mo grower or teacher, you can find their profile on the same page. We will be competing against other schools in the UK, so please help win the school some prizes while making a difference for men’s health.

Mr Pickup has agreed to help the Movember cause with a shave. If the school can raise certain amounts of money then he will do the following:
£3,000 – He will shave his beard to a goatee
£4,000 – He will shave off his beard completely
£5,000 – He will shave off all hair on his head (except the eyebrows).

Thank you in advance for your support, understanding and help during this month. If you have any questions about Movember, please feel free to get in contact with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Dragon Ski Trip, 11-18 February 2018

The Dragon Ski Trip to Davos in February 2018 is still taking bookings! The trip is open to all levels of ability: seasoned, rusty, social and novice. We welcome unaccompanied children aged 10-13 as well as family groups. Should you have any questions pertaining to the trip 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

Easter Revision Courses

Dr Peter Norton, ex-Head of Classics and French teacher at the Dragon, is running an Easter revision course in Latin and French near Toulouse, France, for pupils who are intending to sit Scholarship exams for their senior school in 2018 (Eton or Winchester entrance). Details are on the Smaug Abroad website or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call out for Clean Jam Jars

Please bring your CLEAN, empty jars and lids to use for our jelly and chutney and place in the box in Room 8, Ma Malcolm’s room. Thank you.

SFP Casting Call

SFP are looking for young females aged 8-12yrs for The Ferryman at The Gielgud Theatre. For more information, please click here.

Keiskamma Music Academy Concert 

St Andrew’s Church, 7 December 7:00pm-9:00pm

The Keiskamma Music Academy, which nurtures talent in a remote rural village in South Africa, will be performing at our local Church, St Andrew’s, 7 December 7:00pm-9:00pm

‘K Walk’ Spectrum

This Fridau, 17 at 6:45pm, we are particularly delighted this week to welcome back OD Patrick Baddeley, who recently completed a remarkable walk through India, and the Founder of ‘Future Hope’ Tim Grandage. The Dragon’s links with Future Hope go back many years and we are eager to hear about the epic 2,500km ‘K Walk’ Patrick completed on behalf of Future Hope, changing the lives of vulnerable children in Kolkata.

EVENTS

Invitation: Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Community Networking, LAW

We will be holding our next Dragon Community Networking evening on Monday, 20 November 2017 at The Law Society in London, from 6.30pm. Whether you work in Law, have an interest in the area, or perhaps know a young OD considering Law as a future career, please come along and join us for what promises to be a very interesting evening led by a panel of outstanding Dragon Community lawyers. Tickets are £15 for adults, and free for those aged 25 and under. All those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For profiles of our Industry Specialists, please click here. If you would like to book a place, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to hearing from you.

DRAGON SALE NEWS

Christmas Cards

Ma Bird at the Lodge still has some of your beautiful Christmas cards waiting to be collected anytime between drop-off and 4:30pm.

RAFFLE - Tickets Now on Sale

Order your Dragon Sale RAFFLE Tickets ONLINE, as last year, by clicking here. Any questions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Raffle Prize Donations

If you have an idea for a raffle prize contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Auction Prize Donations Needed

If you have something you would like to donate or discuss for the auction contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Donation Banks are Ready

Donation Banks are now out near the boys changers ready to collect for the Sale.

Please note that items are to be donated at pick up and drop off in line with the School safeguarding policy. If you wish to drop off outside these times please arrange with the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dragon Sale Second Hand Bike Stall 

We will be gratefully receiving your second hand bike donations at the Bardwell Road school entrance between 7:45am and 8:30am on the following Saturday mornings: 18 November, 2 December and 9 December.

Wreath Making and Pre-orders

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book wreath making on the 8, 11, 12 December and for pre-orders.

Bottles Needed for Tombola

Drop off with Ma Bird in reception at the Dragon or Ma Gilgrass at Pre-Prep.

For further information on any of the above Dragon Sale News items please click here

PRE-PREP NEWS

Trip to Natural History Museum

On Wednesday, Year 2 took the bus into town to visit the Natural History Museum as part of their Animals Topic. They enjoyed exploring the exhibitions and worked carefully as detectives to find out interesting and exciting facts about all sorts of animals from dodos to elephants and red pandas to butterflies! They also made some observational drawings and took photos to use in their ICT lessons later that week.

16.11.2017 Natural History Museum

Winter Wonderland

Have you ever wondered why we kiss under the mistletoe? What the red berries in holly represent? These are just some of the questions Year 3 investigated as part of their topic, Winter Wonderland, at the Botanic Gardens. They visited many countries in the arid houses, exploring vital herbs and spices often included in our festive culinary treats. To complete the morning the children made eco tree decorations and continued the green theme by separating and sorting their packaging from their school packed lunches. The children considered the waste used for packaging over Christmas and were amazed that our annual wrapping paper consumption could in fact wrap around the whole earth!

16.11.2017 winter wonderland 

A Visit from the Astronomy Roadshow for Reception 

As part of their ‘Blast Off’ topic, Reception children and Mas were thrilled to enter into the Astrodome for a performance by the Astronomy Roadshow. They were wowed by amazing pictures of the stars and planets projected above their heads, shown films and commentary from the moon landings and were taught how to identify some of the night sky’s constellations. The visit certainly sparked the children’s interest in astronomy and space travel and concluded a week of investigating light sources at school and in the home.

16.11.2017 Atronomy Roadshow

Year 2 Gratitude Café

Year 2 have been thinking about gratitude and what this means. Children thought about the people they are grateful to and the reasons why. They chose one special person outside their immediate family and created a handmade invitation to the Gratitude Café, which also explained why they were grateful to them. Children showed gratitude to neighbours, riding instructors, friends, grandparents to name a few. In order to prepare for the café, during a Maths lesson investigating weight and volume children made gingerbread people to serve to their guests. Posters were created in their ICT lessons to decorate the hall and children also made bunting and tissue paper flowers. As part of the café, the children entertained their guests with singing and, most importantly, gave a small handmade gift for their guest as a token of their appreciation. It was a lovely afternoon and delightful to see children chatting happily with their guest!

16.11.2017 Gratitude cafe

C Block Swim the Channel for Rhinos

C Block achieved something extraordinary on Tuesday 14 November. They swam further than the length of the English Channel, completing 1,481 lengths of the pool in one hour to raise awareness and funds to end rhino poaching. Inspired by a recent Spectrum, the children swam for Rhinos Without Borders to airlift rhinos from areas of poaching to safety in the Okavango Delta. All the children showed great courage and determination, whether swimming with floats, or racing back and forth completing numerous lengths. Please support their great efforts for this vital cause on JustGiving, you can also text CBSC47£50 to 70070 (£50 is an example). 

16.11.2017 C Block Swim

PREP NEWS

ESAA Cross Country Cup, Regional Round, Bedford

The Dragon took both a boys and a girls U13 team to run in the 'East Central' Regional Final of the ESAA Cross Country Cup on Saturday. The best teams from Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire were competing, having qualified from their 'County rounds'.

Both teams put in particularly gutsy performances in some very high standard races, but unfortunately this year, neither managed to progress to the National Final. Clover led from the gun, setting a very fast pace, deserving victory. Unfortunately, she was just pipped on the line. The other members of the team battled hard for their positions, but just fell short, finishing 4th as a team, just 7 points away from qualification. The boys team managed an excellent 5th, which was 3 places higher than last year. Felix was first home in 14th, followed closely by Harry and Rory.

A final 'well done' to all members of the teams from both Ma Hatcher and Mr Nicholas. The children have trained tirelessly towards this goal and have 'given their all' in this toughest of sports. They should also be congratulated on their terrific ‘team spirit’ in their support for each other.

Roll of Honour:

Girls: Clover, Bea, Rose, Maisie, Amelia, Fenella
Boys: Christopher, Harry, Felix, Rory, Magnus, Ben

Maths Bug

In Maths last week, 5MJ were visited by strange and mysterious creatures from the Maths World! Luckily, the Factor Bugs appeared to be friendly – even helping us to work out all of the factors of various numbers. The class loved creating their own Bugs, complete with factors, googly eyes and fluffy pom poms. We hope that everything the Bugs taught us will help us to remember that factors come in pairs long into the future.

16.11.2017 Maths Bug

Remembrance Service

Sunday, 12 November saw the 99th Dragon Remembrance Service, commemorating the lives of all The Fallen and especially those ODs who gave their lives in the service of their country. As in past years the wider Dragon community gathered in the playground at the foot of the Museum to hear the Headmaster recall the lives of two ODs: Hugh Sidgwick who died in action at Passchendaele in 1917 and David Mott, a submariner reported missing during WW2 in October 1943.

Once again we were blessed with a dry day and even though a cold wind swept across the playing fields as the two minute silence began, the sun appeared as the the notes of the Last Post sounded out above the banks of the Cherwell. Lifted by the Concert Band, the congregation sang Abide With Me before hearing A block pupils read WW1 poetry by John McCrae, Siegfried Sassoon and Winifred M. Letts. This year ,three of HMS DRAGON's personnel joined us to participate in the service and in so doing strengthened the School's affiliation with the Type 45 destroyer. A wreath was laid on behalf of the Ship's company and all military personnel. As is custom, the two youngest boarders laid a wreath on behalf of all Dragons and the Staff wreath was laid by the Deputy Head, Edward Phelps, OD.

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Bridge Club Victory

Last Tuesday, the Dragon took on Summer Fields for a Bridge match and celebrated a victorious win. To read the full story, click here.

16.11.2017 Bridge

Battle of the Bands

The Lynam Hall was filled to the rafters last Friday for the fourth annual Battle of the Bands. Always a popular event, this year was no exception with eleven talented bands from all year groups. The finalists were whittled down from nearly thirty groups over the previous few weeks and were treated to a workshop just before half-term with the renowned session musician, Jay Stapley.

There was much excitement in the air as the first band struck up under the experienced eyes of our adjudicators, Colin Greenwood (of Radiohead fame) and Alex Tester (Director of Music at St Edwards). All the bands gave their best performances and received glowing praise from the judges. After much deliberation, the results were announced: Best E-C Block band was The Mini Beatles, Best Upper School band was The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs and best original song went to Quid Pro Quo. Many congratulations to everyone involved both on the night and in the previous rounds.

16.11.2017 Battle of the Bands

Japan Exchange

Sixteen intrepid Dragons and three staff embarked on a trip of a lifetime to join their exchange partners at Keio Yochisha in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday, 18 October. We were greeted by rain, which did not to stop until the typhoon passed on Sunday. This did not dampen our spirits as we attended school, visited a live volcano, ate black eggs, stayed on tatami mats in a traditional Japanese hotel, rode the bullet train, climbed the 'Sky Tree', had a backstage tour of Tokyo's Senso-Ji temple, attended a zen Buddhist meditation session, met some monks, took green tea in a bamboo forest, dressed as samurai, visited a castle, and shopped until we dropped! And that's just what we all did together. Many of the children created more memories and experienced Japanese life with their host families with trips to Disneyland, attending formal Kimono-wearing dinners, making plastic food (!), earthquake simulations, hedgehog cafes, and, of course, eating sushi!

The children embodied the Dragon values of Courage, Kindness and Respect every step of the way with their willingness to embrace Japanese culture (especially the unfamiliar food) and their openness, which allowed them to form strong bonds with, and a deep understanding of, their new friends and family on the other side of the world. They were a credit to themselves and we are deeply proud of every single one of them.

16.11.2017 Japan Exchange

New York Exchange

Over half-term 22 Dragons took part in the “away leg” of the 16th New York exchange. The children stayed with families on the island of Manhattan and toured the sights of New York including the United Nations, Grand Central Terminus, Empire State Building, Time Square, The Lincoln Centre, School Of Rock on Broadway, Wall Street, The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, 911 Memorial, World Trade Centre, The Rockefeller Building and Central Park Zoo! They also spent the morning in lessons! It was a fascinating time to be in the United States witnessing the run up to Halloween and all the children got to grips with travelling around a bustling city by bus, subway and ferry with aplomb. Every evening and over the weekend the Dragons spent time with their host families, getting a flavour of life in the Big Apple and experiencing the food, language and customs of families in such a cosmopolitan city.

Throughout the trip the Dragons were frequently complimented on their conduct by cabin crew, fellow tourists and New Yorkers alike; they were superb ambassadors for the School and their countries, and the host families were glowing in their praise for their manners and company. We very much look forward to welcoming our friends from St Bernard’s and Nightingale-Bamford schools on the return leg in June.

16.11.2017 NY Exchange

Dragon School Appreciate ‘Farm to Fork’

Following the School Food Committee’s visit to The Pointer Farm at Brill before half term, Dragon children were treated to delicious Pointer Farm burgers last week. These are made from the beef produced from the English Longhorn cattle that are bred at The Pointer Farm. David Howden and his farm managers have been building up this thriving herd of cattle since 2004. Their passion for breeding animals has not only helped preserve a number of rare breeds but has led to the production of the highest quality meat. The children agreed that the burgers were some of the best that they had tasted and look forward to seeing them on the menu again in the future.

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BOARDING NEWS

International Evening

This Tuesday in School House was the annual tradition of international evening, where children celebrate each other's different home countries. Boys from A and B Block showed plenty of courage in standing up in front of the whole house to talk about places where they have lived and explain why they were so special.

There were talks about Singapore, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Spain and New York, featuring geography, sport and food. The other boys listened attentively and asked some superb questions about favourite activities, the best places to go and the different cultures. Then the boys were treated to some local snacks brought back from half-term.

It was a great chance to appreciate and gain a better understanding about the different places that boarders call home.

16.11.2017 International eve

Cherwell says Ciao to Italy

Last week the girls in Cherwell House celebrated reaching Italy in their current goal to cycle around the world. As a reference to Italy’s connection to fashion, the girls participated in a ‘catwalk challenge’ where they were tasked with creating an outfit from garbage bags and paper. Creativity and initiative were on full display as the girls designed some fabulous dresses while munching on home-made pizza they cooked earlier. One girl represented each dorm in a mini fashion show and Sophia, representing Wonderland, won the competition. Cherwell had a great night and cannot wait for the next celebration when they reach Korcula, Croatia. 

16.11.2017 Cherwell 

MUSIC SCHOOL NEWS

Plans for the proposed new Music School on the Dragon’s Bardwell Road site have now been submitted and can be found at Oxford City Planning. If you wish to support this planning application, do please add your comments. The planning application also featured in the local media: Oxford Mail 3 November and Oxford Mail 7 November.

We will let you know the outcome of the planning application in the New Year. We have raised £1.7million for this project, and are now talking to those that have pledged to support the project with a lead gift. If you would like to learn more about how to support the Music School campaign at these early stages of fundraising with a principal gift, please contact Head of Development, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FROM THE ARCHIVES

As part of understanding of the history of the School and respecting those who made a final sacrifice for their country, we highlight each year, two Old Dragons. We remind the pupils that these Old Dragons wore the uniform and played the games, just as they do now. The paths that their lives took was not foreseen, but they rose to the challenges and held in their thoughts the lessons that they had learnt from the School- Kindness, Courage and Respect for others.

‘SKIPPER’S WAR’

By November 1918, the Dragon was mourning the loss of 53 Old Boys, with a further 5 ‘missing.’ Those Dragons who attended the Remembrance Service on Sunday, on a crisp clear morning beside the memorial Cross, will have heard about one of them, Hugh Sidgwick. His letters, articles and poems were notable contributions to the ‘Draconian.’ If you would like to know more about him, see Desmond Devitt’s blog. This blog is based on the letters and articles sent to the Draconian magazine by Old Dragons who had been taught by the inspirational Head of those times Skipper Lynam.

The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

Woodstock has a new exhibition opening on Tuesday, 21 November. It will be looking towards the end of the 1st World war November 1918 and looking back over several of the battles that this local regiment was engaged in. It includes a new audio-visual presentation relating to the Old Dragons who fought in the Oxfordshire & Bucks Light Infantry and who feature in ‘Skipper’s War.’

SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS

Please follow us on our updated Dragon School Facebook page, where we will now be sharing updates for the whole community, including school news, Old Dragon news, upcoming event invitations and reminders, as well Music School and Development updates. Please take a moment to follow us here.We hope you enjoy the School’s Facebook feed.

Diary Reminders

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

Friday, 17 November 2017

6:45pm: Spectrum: 'K Walk' by Patrick Baddeley

Saturday, 18 November 2017

11:15am: Parent Forum -Teaching & Learning Lesson Experience

Sunday, 19 November 2017

10:00am: Second Sunday before Advent; Mr John Warlow,
Housemaster of Gunga Din
6:00pm: E Block Parents' Meeting (in the Forum) 

Monday, 20 November 2017

A Block Exam Week
6:30pm: Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Networking -ODs in Law. The Law Society, London

Thursday, 23 November 2017

 E Block Victorian Day (at Chiltern Open Air Museum) - return by 4:30pm
4:30pm- Informal Concert (in the Music School)
Geography Worldwise Quiz (for selected Upper School children)

Friday, 24 November 2017

12:15pm: WEEKEND EXEAT begins for Middle School & E Block (until evening of Sunday 26 November)
12:30pm: WEEKEND EXEAT begins for Upper School (until evening of Sunday 26 November) 

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