From the Headmaster
During this penultimate week of term, there has been an impressive and sustained level of focus in lessons. Pupils in our B Block have been testing themselves on their Latin vocabulary, while pupils in C Block have been engaging in ethical questions including the distinction between ‘needs’ and ‘wants’ in their Faith, Philosophy and Ethics lessons. Our senior pupils in A Block are concentrating upon their recent practice exam performances and the subject topics they need to prioritise as they continue their preparations for their forthcoming 13+ exams.
On the sports field, girls’ hockey has now given way to netball and boys’ rugby to hockey and football. Taking this opportunity to look back at the past few weeks, it has been a truly remarkable season, with our Under 13A girls’ hockey and Under 13A and Under 13B boys’ rugby teams all remaining unbeaten and indeed winning every game. As well as recognising this tremendous achievement of the players, I should also like to thank the coaching Staff on guiding the teams through such an extraordinary season.
There is now an air of expectancy as we arrive at Advent and look forward to Christmas. Here at school a fine standing Christmas tree adorns the Forum and has certainly caught the attention of the children. On Tuesday afternoon, Lynam Hall resonated to the sound of pupil voices from Years 2 and 3 as we enjoyed a Nativity concert of readings and carols. At the time of writing I look forward to Lower, Middle and Senior School concerts to come, an aspiring Music Scholars concert on Friday and the Boarders’ ‘Christmas Miscellany’ on Sunday evening. Beyond this we have the Dragon Christmas Sale on the final day of term which promises to be a truly spectacular whole school occasion. Naturally, with all these popular school events to anticipate, we particularly value your ongoing care, patience and understanding with parking arrangements. At this especially busy time of year, I will also be reminding the pupils again about road safety and the care needed around the pedestrian crossing.
On a final note for this week, I have been reading through the children’s end of term reports, which certainly serve as a timely reminder of just how much our young “Dragons” achieve across the whole curriculum. Not only are there some excellent individual achievements to reflect upon, but indeed all the children deserve recognition for the way in which they have embraced the challenge of a new academic year with what I now recognise as customary ‘Dragon’ enthusiasm and energy.
With all best wishes,
High School Musical
Please reserve your seats by Monday, 15 January, 2018 in order to avoid disappointment. This is likely to be a very popular production and so there will be a limit of five seats per family, per performance.
Please also note the following…
• Dragons in the audience must be wearing their ‘B’ Suit
• No photography or video/DVDs of any kind are permitted
• All performers will be given supper at school but I am afraid there can be no similar arrangement for day children in the audience.
Athletics and Tennis Easter Training Camp, Mallorca 4-10 April, 2018
The camp is open to A, B and C Block. The Athletic training will take place at the modern Calvia track with Jaume Mulet, one of the best athletics coaches in Spain; the tennis instruction will be provided by professionals from the Guillermo Vilas Tennis Academy in Palma, with four children per court per instructor.
Invitation: New Parents’ Welcome Drinks – Saturday, 20 January 2018 at 12:30pm
DRAGON SALE NEWS
This short video clip is a second taster of what you can hear on the audio Dragon Book Of Verse read by Old Dragons, who generously donated their time to the Sale. This wonderful poetry book and audio CD are being sold only at the Dragon Sale. Watch out for the final clip next week.
Shhh! The Silent Auction is now Online!
The Dragon Sale’s best kept secret is now out – the 2017 Silent Auction’s online bidding is officially open and active with amazing prizes this year! You can start bidding today, or take a peek, by simply clicking here.
Raffle – One Week to Go!
Top prize – Apple Watch 3 GPS & Cellular! Simply click here to order online today with a chance to win one of the amazing prizes.
Children’s Event at the MCLT – Limited
If your child you would like to attend the exciting Jay Jay Burridge event at 11:25 in the MCLT (Michael Cowen Lecture Theatre) please fill in the form here. Once sold out this form will stop accepting responses.
Dragon Juice is Available to Pre-order
Start preparing for Xmas early by pre-ordering and collecting your Dragon Juice by the 15 December. Order forms are available from Ma Bird at the Prep or Ma Gilgrass at Pre-Prep or the Eco group will also be selling the juice at the Prep on Wednesday, 13 December.
Second Hand Bike & Scooter Stall: Final Call
Gratefully receiving at the Bardwell Road school entrance between 7:45am and 8:30am on Saturday, 9 December. We will also collect at the Pre-Prep school gates at 4:45pm on Monday, 11 December.
Available at both the Prep and Pre-Prep on Tuesday, 12 and Wednesday, 13 December during school pick-up.
Café Dragon Coffee Pre-sale Now
Bottles Need for Tombola
Drop off with Ma Bird at the Prep or Ma Gilgrass at Pre-Prep.
For further information on the how to bid in the Silent Auction, the Raffle and Café Dragon Coffee please click here.
We have been learning about Patience this week and thinking about how we can develop our Growth Mindset. Usually we would share a story as part of our assembly, but this week we had a very special storyteller in! Jack from Year Two retold his fable The Cheetah and the Ostrich. The whole school was inspired by his creative storytelling which reminded us of the mottos ‘never give up’ and ‘always try your best!’ Thank You, Jack. We look forward to hearing more from this talented young author very soon.
Last weekend, the U13A & U13B Rugby sides finished their seasons Invictus, having both won all of their matches (both played 11, won 11). This is the first “double” since 2006 when the then 1st and 2nd XVs went the term unbeaten. The meeting with the 1952 side who were also unbeaten was undoubtedly an inspiring experience and special occasion for the squad. The As results in particular have been most impressive and they have beaten every opponent by a considerable margin, only conceding a remarkable 2 tries in the process.
These achievements added to the perfect season of the girls 1st VII hockey. The huge volume of matches played at all levels throughout the term means that this has been the most successful Christmas Term for Sport in recent memory.
The Dragon School Choir excelled itself last Wednesday with its first concert of the Christmas season at the SJE Arts Centre. Sharing the concert with the Oxford Silver Band (an adult group) our singers easily held their own and thrilled the appreciative audience with popular Christmas classics such as The Snowman and a lovely three-part gospel arrangement of Silent Night. The evening raised an impressive £2,000 for Muscular Dystrophy and we have been invited to return next year.
Last Thursday, Dr Michael Stein, CEO of Oxstem, came to talk to A Block about stem cell research and what Oxstem are doing currently. Dr Stein is a medical entrepreneur who studied biochemistry and is a medical doctor. He graduated at Cape town university (1988) and at Oxford where he received a doctorate in Immunology.
Oxstem is a private organization created by ex-Oxford professors and graduates. It aims to provide stem cell treatment for a reasonable price to medically disabled people.
Our Dragon bagpipers have enjoyed success last Sunday when they took part in the annual Independent Schools Bagpipe Competition at Radley College. In every instance our pupils were competing against much older children yet holding their own impressively.
In the Beginners Chanter Competition Seb came third and Lulu came second (the first place going to a much older player). Caspar did especially well, coming second in the Under 15 competition. Well done to all who took part!
12 Days of Kindness
Charlbury have taken on a '12 days of kindness' Christmas challenge reflecting one of the key Dragon values, 'kindness'. For each of the first 12 days of December they are being given a daily kindness challenge. They will need to go out of their way to perform the given act of kindness for each day to others in house and around school. The boy who is seen and heard to make the most effort over the course of the 12 days, will be awarded Charlbury's very own, Kindness elf!
Jane Pendry, Head of Development, announces that she is leaving the Dragon on Saturday, 16 December 2017, the day of the Dragon Sale. “I have very much enjoyed working in this warm and unique community and getting to know so many of you. It is now time to move on to pastures new. It has been wonderful to meet so many interesting parents, Old Dragons and, of course, children, since I joined the School in March 2014.” Jane hopes to say goodbye to parents, children and staff that she knows on that Saturday.
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