Four U4 students enjoyed a day of activities at Oxfordshire County Science Day.

The four - Freya, Georgie, Grace and Anji, went along to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Chilton on 25 January. All Oxfordshire’s secondary level schools were invited to bring along a team of four Year 7 pupils to this annual event. It was a packed day of activities and challenges including an 'egg tower' engineering challenge and a fun and exciting ‘Have we got science for you!’ Science Oxford show.

There was an atmosphere of excitement in school on 2 February when L4 students had the chance to develop their film-making skills.

The budding young filmmakers were taking part in a one-day film school run by the Young Film Academy. The change from the usual timetable was designed to let the girls explore their creativity and use their imaginations.

During the February half term a group of 28 L4 to L5 students went to Venice as part of the enrichment tour. During the four-day trip they explored the myriad of alleyways and squares or 'calle' and 'piazza', absorbing the rich atmosphere of the city at carnival time.

Competition for geographers.

Geography students were asked to think ‘inside the box’ in a competition to get creative with a shoebox to answer the question ‘What is geography?’

Many students used their creative skills to produce some interesting boxes, while others used images and internet research to complete a box packed with information. The standard of work was incredibly high.

The cast from Onatti Theatre Company delighted U3 and L4 students when they performed the French play Les garcons in the Theatre on February 1.

The girls, who are studying French, thoroughly enjoyed the play.

Top prize for The Eleven.

Fifty soloists and four ensembles from Headington School performed in this year’s Oxford Music Festival, taking part in more than 30 classes. Eight girls were placed first (two in more than one class) and five were awarded second places. 

DNA theme for Lower Sixth biologists.

It was James Watson and Francis Crick who used stick-and-ball models to test their ideas on the possible structure of DNA, and their early model-making was repeated by Mrs Perrin's Lower Sixth biologists this term.

The girls came up with some ingenious and creative DNA models of their own – cup cakes with tasty connecting hydrogen bonds (these were made by Jess and eaten in class!), and models made from silver foil and cardboard, necklace beads, origami and even a Pringles tin!

Sixth formers triumph in national competition.

A team of Sixth Form mathematicians have finished in third place in a national mathematics competition.

The girls – Michelle, Rachel, Stephanie and Nancy – had come second in the regional finals of the UK Senior Team Mathematical Challenge held at Wheatley Park in October, but on 1 February the girls competed at the final in London, finishing in third position.

Several students from all year groups took part in the annual Oxfordshire Schools’ Cross Country event at Radley this month. Headington entered teams into all three age group categories - junior, intermediate and senior. The level of competition was exceptionally high this year and our girls showed an excellent approach throughout the day. 

Students enjoy an evening of Scottish reeling.

The school hosted around 25 students from Abingdon School for a social with a difference – an evening of Scottish reeling. The fantastic instructors for the night on Saturday 21 January were Mr and Mrs Tucker of the Oxfordshire branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.