Prep School girls experience life with the Tudors.

On Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th October, Lower II went on a one night residential trip to a Tudor manor house called Ufton Court near Reading. When we arrived we explored the house and grounds. The house was very big.

We did lots of fun activities including: quill making and writing using ink, making miniature wattle and daub fences and fun photo mapping. 

Success for fencers at regional competition.

Congratulations to Headington's fantastic fencers for their success at the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire epee and sabre competition this month.

Caitlin achieved a bronze in the under 14 epee event, with Jo winning a silver medal. They followed up their success in the sabre category with Jo winning gold and Caitlin silver. 

Students enjoy a week of fun activities.

To celebrate the opening of the new science lab, L4, the science department held activities at lunchtimes through the whole of last week.

Biology raced maggots, Chemistry created magic and Physics made liquid nitrogen ice cream for 100 students. The new lab was needed as the number of Science students at IB and A Level grows and the lab replaces room 1 and 2 which previously housed ICT rooms now relocated to the Diamond Building.

Onatti Productions perform for U3 and L4 girls.

Once again this year the French play ‘Les Filles’, performed by Onatti Productions for girls in U3 and L4, was a great success with students.

The girls thoroughly enjoyed the play, performed in the school hall on Wednesday 17th October, and they particularly enjoyed the audience participation.

Hani from U3 said: “I thought the play was hilarious and a great play to improve our French.”

Lower 5 students research alternative energy.

Well done to Lower 5 physicists who have produced some excellent research work relating to the future of the Didcot Power Station site.

The girls’ projects involved them setting out their proposals for alternative energy use of the site and wind and biofuels proved to be the most popular choices.

Pictured here are Rebecca, Alice, Katie, Rhiannon and Alexandra.

Head girl Aisha organises a poetry reading.

Head Girl Aisha recently organised a poetry reading in school for girls in Upper Fourth and above.

Girls enjoy a visit from the Explorer Dome Chemistry Show.

Pupils from Upper 2 and Lower 3 enjoyed some activity week fun with a visit from the Explorer Dome Chemistry Show.

During the ‘solids, liquids and gases’ show for Lower 3 pupils, the girls learned about the properties of materials and changes of state and saw the effects of dry ice and liquid nitrogen. In the ‘science tricks’ show Upper 2 girls watched ‘impossible’ things happening in front of their eyes, leading to some comments about observation, questioning and experimentation. The girls enjoyed the loud bangs and some impressive multi-coloured flames.

Twelve schools perform in the Theatre.

U5 drama students teamed up with students from Fitzwaryn Special School in Wantage for a workshop as part of this year’s Shakespeare Schools Festival, the UK’s largest youth drama festival.

Head of Drama and Theatre Studies, Carolyn Rigby, said: “The girls were excellent. The festival workshop leader said she was incredibly impressed with the girls – they really acted as facilitators for the other children, as well as doing the tasks themselves. It was lovely to see them all working together.”

Internationally renowned musician visits the Music School.

Internationally renowned musician Kathryn Stott will be visiting the school on 30th November to give a master class to our talented young pianists.

Auditions will be taking place before the visit but it is hoped that all students who learn the piano will be able to observe the master class for part of the day.

Students enjoy a weekend of adventure.

A group of 106 Lower 5 girls plus 14 staff travelled to Abernant Lake in Mid Wales for an action-packed bonding weekend.

The trip was a chance for the Lower Fifth girls to get to know each other and to bond with the 16 new girls who also joined the trip. Activities included crate stacking, high rope courses, archery, raft building, canoeing and kayaking and the group managed to fit in a total of nine activities over the three days.