28th September 2017 — Down by the Cherwell River 150 Dads enjoyed a barbecue breakfast (a Mothers' breakfast is held in May). It was a gathering typical of the Dragon Community: relaxed, full of humour with a strong sense of camaraderie. Many of the parents at the Dragon were here as children, and the characteristic playful, confident spirit of the School extends from generation to generation.
Meanwhile, prospective parents were arriving at the School, for Open Morning. After an initial welcome they set off on an extensive tour with Year 7 children, before gathering for an address and Q&A led by the Headmaster in the lecture theatre.
Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn emphasised the importance of the ‘Dragon ethos’. He spoke of the School’s history, the dedication, expertise and enthusiasm of the staff, and the strength of the Dragon Community: ‘Once a Dragon, Always a Dragon’. Dr Hyde-Dunn pointed out the extraordinary international leadership and the impact achieved by Old Dragons over the last 140 years.
These gatherings were connected. The spirit of the Dragon, expressed and explained by the Headmaster, was there in the eagerness of the Year 7s to show-off ‘their’ school and the easy-going liveliness and intelligence of the Dragon Dads enjoying conversation, laughter and bacon sandwiches on the banks of the Cherwell. We look forward to this time next year, when many of the parents and children who came to discover the School in 2017 are part of the Dragon community in 2018.