Sir Christopher Hum shares his experience

As part of Headington's Year of Languages, L5 and the Sixth Form were regaled with tales of intrigue and the inner-workings of life as a diplomat by Sir Christopher Hum, former UK ambassador to China. 

Sir Christopher transported us around the world and along the diverse paths which learning a language can lead, convincing us of the importance of communicating with other nations in their mother tongues. 

Questions afterwards ranged from the relative difficulty and beauty of particular languages, to the geopolitical situation in the South China Sea. 

Sir Christopher Hum talks to a girl
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Fascinating examination into range of Chemistry topics at London event

On Monday 12th November over 25 Chemistry students from the Sixth Form attended the Chemistry in Action Lectures in London.  

Many of the girls were particularly interested on a talk on the subject of plastics.

Chemistry in Action logo
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U16 Hockey team compete in regional pools competition

The U16 Headington girls’ hockey team headed to Wellington College for their Regional Hockey Tournament on Thursday 8th November following a fierce battle to make it through the county stage. The squad had three matches throughout the day, with the first a tough opening match against Godolphin and Latimer. Alexia, Eveena and Sophie did a fantastic job through the middle and left hand-side of the pitch, working hard both in attacking and defensive phases.

U16 Hockey team pose in front of pitches
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Solemn Remembrance event sees high turnout from Headington cadets

Headington cadets joined with past and present military personnel from all over the county for a special parade on Remembrance Sunday marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War.

We had 31 cadets on Parade with Capt Anisha Charania, Miss Clarkson and Sgt Travis as the drill Sergeant keeping the girls all in time and looking superb on the march past the dignitaries and service goers.

Cadets parade along St Giles
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Centenary is marked with music and poetry

Parents, girls and members of the wider Headington community packed the school Hall for a moving and memorable Remembrance Concert on Saturday 10th November.

The Chamber Choir was joined by parents and staff to form a massed choir created especially for the occasion, while several of the School’s instrumental ensembles also performed.

Choir and Orchestra stand in front of screen, dressed in black
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Distinction in Maths Olympiad

Four sixth formers have impressed in a national Mathematics challenge.

Charlotte, Sherry, Lisa and Taylor were among 1,400 girls nationwide taking part in the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls. Charlotte was one of the top 25 per cent who received a Certificate of Distinction, while Sherry, Lisa and Taylor all received certificates of participation.

Charlotte, Sherry Lisa and Taylor are pictured with their certificates in front of a whiteboard covered in equations
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Tour of ancient sites as girls visit Greece

On Saturday 20th October, the Classics Department took 35 girls from L5 to U6 to Greece for six days.

Girls stand in front of remains of ancient columns
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Cross Country team secure place in nationals after regional performance

On Saturday 10th November the Junior and Inter Cross Country teams traveled to Bedford for the Regional Final of the English Schools Cross Country cup. Despite downpours throughout the day, the girls miraculously managed to stay dry and dodge the rainfall.

The Junior team finished fifth overall, beating St Helen and St Katharine's by one point, Evie, U3, finished fifth, an outstanding achievement against Year 7 and 8 runners. Trinity placed 20th, Mimi 25th, Liv 32nd and Bertie 38th out of 50 runners.

Inter Cross Country team pose with race numbers, shorts and running singlets
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Moving service marks Armistice Day Centenary

The Headington community came together for reflection and remembrance at a special event marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The Remembrance Service, on Friday 9th November, was led by Chaplain Tom Howell but featured significant input from both girls and staff.

Chaplain Tom Howell stands with CCF contingent leader Anisha Charania
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Girls enjoy full immersion experience in Barcelona

During half term, 29 L5 and U5 Hispanists spent one week in sunny Barcelona enjoying a full immersion experience.

They stayed with their exchange partners’ families, experiencing real daily life in Spain while improving their Spanish skills and they even spent one day attending lessons in school, shadowing their exchange partner.

Group of girls stand outside Barcelona landscape
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