An exciting day of science for Lower Fifth.

On Tuesday 20th November 2012 all the Lower Fifth girls attended a series of science lectures in Colston Hall, Bristol. These lectures supplemented their science learning and gave our students the opportunity to extend themselves beyond the specification. Isabella, Holly and Lily summarise their day:

Upper Third girls spread the festive spirit.

Girls from Upper Third brought Christmas cheer to the residents of four care homes on Tuesday of this week.

To the delight and appreciation of the residents, girls from each tutor group played solos, read poems and sang Christmas carols. Students Leith and Honor also baked delicious cakes and after the entertainment all the girls spent time chatting to the elderly residents.

Zoe wins public speaking competition.

Congratulations to Lower Fifth student Zoe who is the winner of this year’s Rhetoric Cup competition.

All the students in Lower Fifth took part in Headington’s annual public speaking competition. After some early knock-out rounds, each class put two to three students through to the next stage of the competition and then the eight finalists delivered their impressive speeches in the school hall in front of the whole year group.

Topics ranged from the 2012 US elections to female athletes and bad rap.

Student wins Stagecoach Achievement Award.

Congratulations to Lower Sixth student Pandora who has been named the 2012 Achievement Award winner at the Stagecoach Inspiration Awards.

Pandora, 16, received her award on 3rd December at the Victoria Palace Theatre, home of Billy Elliot the musical. The Stagecoach Student’s Award for Achievement, a national award, is presented to a student who has achieved success despite personal difficulty.

Pianist shares her expertise with students.

Internationally renowned musician Kathryn Stott was in school on November 30th to share her expertise and experience with the school’s young pianists.

Site visit excitement for physicists.

Lower Sixth physicists were treated to a tour of the Prep School building development by site manager Judith Plummer. 

Students heard about the design, building and materials used, as well as the challenges posed by this exciting project. Judith explained how knowledge of forces and materials was essential in her job, as well as the communications skills needed for such a role. 

Despite it being a drizzly day the building looked great and promises to be an amazing place for the young Prep School pupils to start their careers at Headington.

Success at indoor championships.

Headington’s talented rowers maintained their fantastic record by winning medals at the recent South of England Indoor Rowing Championships.

Sixty-seven girls took part in the competition, with wins in the following events:

In the women’s under 12 A event, Charlotte came 3rd and in the B event, Catherine was placed 3rd and Tarien 1st. The team of Freya, Hanipah, Antonia and Alice won the relay event.

Upper Sixth students present to packed audiences.

Over the last two weeks the Upper Sixth Oxbridge applicants have been delivering their extended project presentations to packed audiences in school. 

Twenty-three students gave talks on subjects they had independently researched and investigated that linked in with their chosen degree course. The aim of the exercise was to develop passion for their subject, depth of knowledge and articulation skills. 

Excitement as moon rocks land in school.

Exciting rare samples of moon rocks and a collection of impressive meteorites landed in school on Monday 26th November.

Upper Sixth student Ella has raised at least £1,200 for the Footsteps charity by completing the Valencia Marathon in Spain.

Ella, who is on the school cross country team, ran the 26 miles in an amazing four hours and 40 minutes on 18th November. Footsteps is a charity that focuses on changing the lives of children living in the desperately poor communities around Kisumu, near Lake Victoria in Kenya. Well done to Ella for her fantastic efforts.