Girls support local school and explore amazing Ethiopia

A group of 16 L5 - L6 energetic and enthusiastic Headington girls, accompanied by four members of staff, travelled to Ethiopia for two weeks as a part of a long-term link with charity Link Ethiopia. Girls raised £8,000 for the charity before their trip. This money will be used to support a local school in Assela, a town about 200km south of Addis Ababa. The funds raised supported various infrastructure improvements, including new facilities, such as a library, toilets and additional classroom buildings.

Headington girl surrounded by Ethiopian schoolchildren
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Swansong exhibition impresses

At the end of another very busy year in the Art Department the End of Year Exhibition highlighted the work of more than 80 GCSE, A Level and IB Art and Design students. Work by the GCSE and A Level Fashion Textile Design students amazed visitors with aluminium costumes, flamboyant and innovative work in a range of unusual materials as well as highly-skilful pattern cutting and design. 

Girl in Prep School uniform looks at painting of multiple faces displayed on table
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Sun shines on fantastic Foundation Day

The sun shone on Headington for a fantastic annual Foundation Day.

The day began in the marquee with our Foundation Day service. Prayers were led by Fr Darren MacFarland - a local vicar and a key member of our governing body - while the address and blessing were given by the Right Rev Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster. It was Bishop Jill's first school engagement and first engagement out of her local area since being consecrated the previous week.

Prep girls in uniform sing with sixth formers behind them
Engineer Helen McGloin inspires prize winners

Our leaving U6 girls returned to school to come together to celebrate each other's achievements at our annual Prize Giving ceremony.

Prize Giving, held on the last full school day before Foundation Day, saw prizes awarded both to the outgoing sixth form but also to girls across the School who were recognised in a wide range of different areas.

Helen McGloin shakes a prize winners hand
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Fantastic house spirit in dance contest

A riot of colourful costumes, slick moves and clever choreography filled the School Hall for our annual House Dance competition.

The event, always a highlight of the Competitive House calendar, was outstanding, with the standard of dancing matched only by the enthusiastic support offered by everyone in the audience. 

Girl with face painted in the style of Dis de los Muertos stands at front of dance troupe
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Amazing achievements marked in assembly

A host of impressive achievements were celebrated at our final Cups and Colours assembly of the year.

The range and scope of the achievements celebrated was both varied and impressive, with girls cheering everything from promising poets and journalists, to drama and music exams, to academic and sporting achievements.

Six girls are pictured holding two cups
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Perfect score for Skye in impressive set of IB results

Headington School is today celebrating its eighth year of top International Baccalaureate results, with one girl scoring full marks and three close behind with 44 – an amazing 13 per cent of the cohort. Skye, is one of just 0.4 per cent of students worldwide to achieve the maximum possible marks of 45/45.  After a gap year, Skye will head to Edinburgh University to study Philosophy and Spanish.

Freya and Skye are pictured together
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Hot Costwold Wildlife Park trip gives biological insight

During a very hot activities week, the U3 were treated to a day out to the Cotswold Wildlife Park to enrich their Biology studies.

The excitable bunch jumped off the bus and were delighted to meet some of the most interesting residents of the park. The girls started their day with a fantastic talks on African animals where they were introduced to the resident rhinos, giraffes and lions. They found out about these animals' strange habits and were able to ask many questions of the park rangers.

Girls listen to park ranger with giraffes in the background
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Girls run, jump and throw in Sports Day

Girls braved blisteringly hot temperatures to take part in our annual Sports Day.

It was a record-breaking event, with more faces than before to allow as many girls as possible to compete and with one school record being broken by Lily in the Junior Shot Put event. House spirit was very much in evidence, with girls liberally applying their house colours to their face, arms and legs to show support.

Three girls in different coloured bibs sprint
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Girls shine in public speaking contest

Students in L5 enjoyed a feast of language and ideas in the final of our annual Rhetoric Cup, a public speaking competition which has been part of the School's history for decades.

List of Rhetoric Cup previous winners
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