Fantastic opportunity for gifted young singers

Two Headington sixth formers joined a professional cast to put on Italian opera 'La Traviata' in a spectacular performance in Gozo.

Libbeth and Anna had the incredible opportunity to perform in the chorus of the full professional opera production at the Teatru Astra opera house, - singing in Italian throughout to a packed three-tier theatre.

Curtain call picture of opera singers on stage
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Short trip to France gives girls French practice

L5 girls had a full-on programme of French activities in the sun for our second trip to Montpellier, France.The group spent five nights and six days in sunny Montpellier where the sun was shining for us every day with temperatures rising up to 27 degrees. Quel plaisir!

Girls stand in front of the ocean on the beach
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Fantastic performances at first major concert of the year

Parents and staff were treated to a fantastic evening of Music on Thursday 18th October, featuring some of our large ensembles (Big Band, Soul Train and Chamber Choir), smaller ensembles (Saxophone Quartet and Flute Ensemble) as well as a great range of small jazz bands and soloists. 

Four girls stand at music stands playing brass band
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Variety of activities to celebrate Languages at Headington

To celebrate the diversity of culture and languages spoken by the Headington community, we held our annual languages fair this week. 

Over 200 Year 5s and 6s, U3s and L4s tried their hand at pétanque, dressed in traditional costume, took part in quizzes and danced to music from around the world. 

Four girls stand in uniform wearing berets holding pétanque balls
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Girls sample French food, watch French cinema and look at French items

On Thursday 18th October, eight French students from L6 and U6, both IB and A Level, went to the Alliance Française in Oxford.

Four girls stand in Ashmolean talking to lecturer
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Ashmolean Museum provides inspiration for Classicists

U5 girls taking GCSE Classical Civilisation and Ancient Greek visited the Ashmolean Musuem, Oxford to explore the Greek and Roman Galleries. 

Girls were able to see how Gods and Goddesses were represented on pottery, view the reconstructed Mycenaean Palaces as well examine first-hand the replica metopes of Hercules from the Temple of Zeus at Olympia and the Augustus Prima Porta statue.

Girls stand in front of statue mimicking the statue's pose
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Natural History Museum provides artistic inspiration

On Tuesday 16th October, U4 girls explored a vast range of specimens from the Natural History Museum's extensive collection.

Girls were able to make observational drawings from the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit, some of which were collected by Charles Darwin himself. Other points of interest were some decoratively carved bones (suggesting early cannibalism!) and a CAT scan of a bees brain.

Girls stand on steps in front of Natural History Museum
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Inaugural Explore residential gets girls thinking

The inaugural Explore residential took place from Friday 12th October to Saturday 13th October. 

Twenty-eight girls spent 26 hours together at the House of the Open Door retreat centre near Evesham. The centre supplied excellent food and great areas to run activities.  The weather spectacularly held off and there was plenty of laughter with indoor and outdoor games, including combat archery. 

Group of girls stand and staff stand in front of the retreat centre
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Allison, Hani and Isabel are Headington's Young Scientists of the Year

On Monday 15th October the county’s finest Year 13 scientists assembled for Oxfordshire’s Young Scientists of the Year 2018 which saw Headington’s Hani, Isabel and Allison nominated for Biology, Chemistry and Physics respectively.

Allison, Isabel and Hani are pictured in the Natural History Museum
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Oxford lecturer Kate Raworth addresses Economics students

On Monday 15th October, Kate Raworth - Oxford lecturer, author of 'Doughnut Economics' and the inspiration behind the Doughnut Club, gave a talk to the club named after her economic theory. The talk was attended by more than half of the 60-strong Economics cohort. 

Kate Raworth stands in front of a screen showing a visual representation of her Doughnut theory
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