Sixth formers brave wind and rain for Shelter.

Twenty-one Upper Sixth students and four members of staff braved lashing rain and strong winds when they took part in the school’s 2012 Sponsored Sleep-out for Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity.

U3 girls exhibit their projects.

Students from Upper Third produced some excellent and creative work during two days of enrichment, exhibiting their work for parents in the school hall.

The usual timetable was set aside for two days for the girls to have the opportunity to explore ideas, carry out investigations and come up with inventions on the theme of ‘revolution’. The girls loved every minute of the two days of activities and were delighted to show their work to parents at the end of the week.

Students from form U3LW were all enthusiastic and positive about what they had learned:

Isabel helps the young people of Sri Lanka.

Lower Sixth student Isabel has set up a charity to help create opportunities for young people in Sri Lanka.

Isabel, 16, went to Galle in south-west Sri Lanka in July 2010 to join a small volunteering scheme called Volunteer Sri Lanka.  Together with her mother and a small group of volunteers from the UK, Australia, Thailand, Ireland and Canada, she worked in a street children’s nursery, a secondary school and an orphanage.

Richard Couzens MBE to join Headington.

The Governing Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Couzens MBE to succeed Michael Clarkson as Bursar. Richard will join Headington in February following a successful career in the Army.

Educated at Monmouth School, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Cranfield University, he was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Artillery in 1986 and has seen service in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Falkland Islands, Berlin and Cyprus. 

HSPA event is a great success.

Fireworks night, organised by the Headington School Parents’ Association, was a huge success with unprecedented numbers this year.

The fireworks display was outstanding and the best to date – special thanks from HSPA to former Headington parent Keith Pepperell for all his hard work. The Young Enterprise, Run Your Own Company (they raised £569 for three charities) and World Challenge stalls were a huge success and it was lovely to see so many older and younger girls enjoying the fun together.

Sixth former plays in England Futures Cup.

Congratulations to Upper Sixth student Martha who made her mark in the England Futures Cup at Cannock recently.

Martha was one of three young players from Oxford Hockey Club to play in the cup and it was the first time the club has had three players in the regional tournament for the best juniors in the country.

Win for U16 netball team.

Congratulations to our U16 netballers (A team) who won the county tournament last week. The girls now go through to play in the South of England regional finals later this year.

They won their first match 17-0 and went on to win the nail-biting final by just one goal. The B team also played in the tournament but unfortunately lost in the quarter-final. Well done to everyone who took part and to the B team for supporting their friends in the A team in such a fantastic way in the final match.

Headington hosts workshop.

Headington’s French department hosted a workshop this week for AS French students from Headington, Matthew Arnold and Cherwell Schools.

Headington student Ella said: “I really enjoyed the workshop. It was interesting to learn vocabulary and structures the other pupils from different schools were using, as this gave us the chance to broaden our knowledge on the topic and have more options in our own work. It was also a great help in confidence speaking French to others who aren't your friends.”

Sixth formers raise money for Oxford charity.

A second-hand book sale in the Sixth Form Centre raised £135 for Keen, the Oxford charity which provides social and recreational activities for young people with special needs.

At the sale on 7th November, students from the school’s Run Your Own Company (entrepreneurship) club were also selling their products, including Keen wrist bands. They made a total of £327 for the charity. Well done to all the girls for their great fund-raising efforts.

Real-life challenges for U4 students.

Students from U4 have been experiencing what being an adult in the real world entails as part of their Careers and PSHE provision in the ‘Be Real’ game.

From 12th-13th November each student adopted a character with her own aspirations, qualifications and particular skill set. Once in character the students then faced a series of challenges such as designing a community, handling ethical dilemmas at work and - the most tricky task - budgeting and learning to live within their means.