Sixth Form students help the Zanzibar Action Project.

A group of 12 A Level and IB students found new friends in Zanzibar this summer.

The 12-day trip in July was the third annual visit by Headington students to the village of Jambiani to help with the work of the Zanzibar Action Project (ZAP).

Seven years of dedication and practice pay off for U4 student.

Congratulations to Yasmina from Upper Fourth who achieved a Black Belt in karate during the summer holiday break.

Yasmina’s great achievement was the culmination of seven years of dedication, perseverance and practice.

A team of girls help a village school in central Ethiopia.

A team of 17 girls from L5 and U5, accompanied by two teachers, visited Ethiopia in July.

The girls, together with teachers Mr Cunningham and Mrs Bowen, raised nearly £3,000 to fund the building of a toilet block at a primary school in Asella in central Ethiopia, about 175 kilometres from Addis Ababa.

A former student of Headington School, Lily van den Broeke, has led her team to a gold medal at the Paralympic Games.

Lily, who was head girl at the school in 2010, was selected to cox the GB Paralympic LTA (Legs, Trunk and Arms) 4+ in the rowing event. In the exciting final Germany took an early lead and by the 500m mark, Germany had opened the gap to nearly a second over GB, with the Ukraine nearly three seconds off the pace. However, after a good tactical push led by Lily, GB took the lead with 300m to go, opening the gap up to nearly two seconds by the finish.

Eighty-five per cent of passes are at grades A* and A.

Students learned they had achieved outstanding GCSE results on 23 August.

Almost 100 per cent (99.8 per cent) of passes, including English and maths, were at grades A*-C and 85 per cent of passes were at grades A* and A. Eleven girls achieved 12 A* grades and four girls achieved 13 A* grades.

Film role for Mrs Curtis.

Mrs Curtis can normally be found in the school Physics department, but this month she swapped her light gates for the bright lights of movie stardom, at the premiere of a new romantic comedy.

The L6 physicists, together with their teacher Mrs Curtis, joined Mr James in the photography department in June for a cross-curricular exploration of pinhole camera technology.

Mr James demonstrated how to make a pinhole camera from an old can and then the students took some of their own shots around the school grounds. These were developed in the darkroom and scanned digitally. The results can then be digitally enhanced or manipulated.

Visit from Prep School pupils.

Pupils from both U2 classes at the Prep School have visited ‘food and nutrition’ on two occasions this term.

On their first visit the girls experimented with different types of flour and yeast to make their perfect bread roll. They then returned to make their favourite roll, but this time they added flavourings such as fresh herbs, olives, sun dried tomatoes or cheese to add variety to the bread. Delicious!

Sixth Form music technology students recently enjoyed a session with professional guitarist Paul Dunne from the Strictly Come Dancing band. Mr Dunne has also worked on West End shows such as The Lion King.

He visited the Music School to help the girls to produce songs of their choice. He has also started to work with girls from U4 and on the same day he got together for a jamming session with Isabella (songwriter), Zara (backing singer), Naomi (pianist) and Sophie (drummer).

Students are enjoying a series of lectures from visiting historians thanks to an initiative by head girl Beth.

Beth, who has received an offer to read history at Pembroke College, Cambridge, recently set up a Sixth Form History Society. She has invited a number of highly eminent historians to give lectures after school, specifically for historians in the Sixth Form, but also for any other Sixth Form students who may be interested. U5 historians may also attend if they are interested.