Silver medal for Louise after reaching the final

It was pouring with rain outside but our fencers managed to avoid the downpour with some indoor sporting activity.

Girls were taking part in the County Age Group Foil Championships at the Sri Gupta Singh Centre in Slough organised by the Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire County Fencing Union.

Louise is pictured in the final of the Girls' U14 Foil
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Range of emotions explored in ambitious musical programme

On Wednesday 10th October, GCSE and A Level musicians visited the Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre to watch the London Philharmonic Orchestra play a programme of Sibelius, Dvorak and Bartok.

London Philharmonic Orchestra set up in the Royal Festival Hall
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Regional competition snatched away at last minute

On Wednesday 11th October the U18 Headington girls 1st XI headed to Banbury Road North to compete at in County Hockey Tournament. The girls arrived in good spirits looking forward to a tough day ahead.

The first match was against Lord Williams's School, where the Headington girls played and attacked the goal with purpose, finishing the match with a  2-0 win with goals from Alexia and skipper Catherine.

Hockey team pose in goal with pads and hockey sticks
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Economics students meet two heavyweight economists

On Wednesday 10th October, five Economics students visited the Blavatnik School of Government to hear Professor Sir Paul Collier (Professor of Economics, Oxford University) talk about his new book 'The Future of Capitalism'. The audience of about 200 people heard Sir Paul give a wonderful polemic on the deep political, economic and social rifts in society.  At the end, the girls had a chance to speak to Prof Sir Paul individually and he then chatted to them about his career at Oxford University. 

Five girls are pictured with Prof Sir Paul Collier
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Scholars work with RSC theatre expert

On Sunday 7th October, 14 Drama Scholars, from U3 to U6, took part in a professional theatre workshop with Michael Corbidge, the Senior Voice and Text Associate of the Royal Shakespeare Company and theatre lecturer at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance. 

Using several Shakespearean monologues, they focused on a variety of techniques to enhance their delivery of text, their clarity of voice, their intonation and their understanding of how to perform the complex punctuation of Shakespeare. 

Girls stand in theatre taking part in dramatic scenes
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U16 progress to regional finals

On Thursday 4th October the U16 Headington Hockey team went to Banbury Road North to compete for a place in the regional pools competition.

The day began with a match against Cokethorpe, where the Headington squad dominated play from the first whistle. After creating numerous chances they managed to put down a 4-0 win, with three goals from Emma and another from Millie

U16 team in Hockey kit stand in front of goal
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Dragons, Chinese characters, food and traditional dress bring cultures closer

Girls took part in a lovely moment of cultural exchange in Geography.

In L4 girls complete a unit on China during the Autumn Term. To bring the unit to life and closer to experiencing China, a group of our Chinese students wanted to share their culture with the non-Chinese students - dress, traditions, food and a writing session. They even had a dragon.

One girl wearing dragon costume stands next to girl in traditional Chinese dress
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Debaters tie with d'Overbroeck's on foreign aid

On Wednesday 4th October, the Economics Department hosted a debate between Headington School and d'Overbroeck's. 

The motion was "foreign aid is not effective as a strategy for development". The Headington team was made up of three Oxbridge applicants (Allison, Jennifer and Jenny).  They robustly defended the principle of foreign aid whilst conceding that the execution of aid programmes often left a lot to be desired. 

Girls sit at one table against d'Overbroeck's team on opposite table
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Activities held to mark National Poetry Day

Girls from all years got stuck into National Poetry Day celebrations on Thursday 4th October.

After a quick round of the popular rhyming board game 'Obama Llama' in tutor time, Lower School students had the chance to take part in a poetry treasure hunt, with nearly 100 girls searching the school grounds for clues hidden in various poems. 

Girl is pictured standing at microphone in front of audience and panel of two judges sat a desk
Society is inspired by Economics theory

A new Economics Society has been launched - known as the Doughnut Club.  

The Doughnut Club is the brainchild of U6 girls Allison and Zara. Together they were inspired by the book 'Doughnut Economics' by Oxford Professor Kate Raworth, which offers an alternative model for analysing economic problems.

Large number of girls sit at desks in classroom
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