Operation Red Dragon ‘Friends around the Globe’ 32,400 Miles - Lockdown 2020-21
Mar 29 2021
What a funny old year! With the devastating impact of the COVID19 pandemic on education and whole school communities, an area that was noticeably going to be affected was the ability for our fabulous ‘Friends of Sherborne Prep.’ to be able to hold the usual magnificent fundraising events it is famed for. So what to do? Quiz nights, Christmas Fairs, Fish & Chip Suppers and drinks evenings would not be permitted so how could we support our school and local charities.?
One of the huge impacts of COVID19 and its associated Lockdowns has been the inability to travel, both locally and globally, and to meet with friends and families. With this, ‘Friends around the Globe’ was born, with family Teams coming together to send our intrepid school Dragon around the globe catching up with dear school friends via any human means possible. Walk, run, cycle, swim, row and even ski but not a plane, train or automobile in sight. On the way, virtual catchups with our friends via assemblies in school. A cunning route was devised, 32,400 miles from our School, through Europe and the Middle East to Sherborne Qatar Prep. School, all achieved in under a month! Then onwards through India, Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia to meet with the lovely Luna Deller and her family at the One World International School in Singapore, just in time for Christmas. After Singapore it was down through the stunning Indonesian Archipeligo, across the deserts of Australia and on to New Zealand for an exciting New Year’s meet with Mr. Shepherd, retired Head of Maths, and Miss Minogue, retired Reception form teacher, both had returned home earlier in the year. After tales of The America’s Cup, Volcanoes and of course sport, our Red Dragon was packed on its way in true Kiwi style full of ‘Fush‘n’Chups’ towards the glorious South Pacific and North to Hong Kong. Here we had an impromptu day and night tour of the glorious harbour from the father of one of our borders. From Hong Kong it was mainland China, a quick visit to the Terracotta Warriors in Xian then on to meet up with Mrs. Miekle and her family for Chinese New Year at Wellington International School, Tianjin, China. After our splendid final virtual assembly, where we had the pleasure of meeting up with Mrs. Miekle’s class and a series of language lessons, it was time for the long journey home. Our weary Dragon now faced the wilds of Mongolia and Siberia, onto the Russian Plain and into Red Square Moscow before entering Europe, through the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, tipped its hat to the Riechsmuseum in Amsterdam, a bow at Buckingham Palace then home.
With Perseverance our phenomenal Team propelled our Red Dragon home in time for the end of term. Our weary traveller, whose Independence shone throughout our travels, made it through our school gates and ‘The Blue Door’ to be re-united with our children around school. In 4 months our Team of families, friends and staff travelled over 32,000 miles exploring parts of our globe only ever dreamt of. Our global Awareness grew with geography and history lessons as we travelled and, on the way, we raised over £1200 for the ‘Friends of Sherborne Prep.’ and ‘Sherborne Community Kitchen’, our fabulous local community kitchen whose Generosity and Kindness is providing meals for those in need during the pandemic.
The only question remaining………. Where next Team Red Dragon?