Scholar wins spot on hit BBC show

Headington Dance Scholar Rheia is to appear in front of an audience of millions after securing a spot in the live shows of a BBC talent show.

Rheia, L5, was asked to join ‘Company Jinks’, a 14-piece contemporary/commercial dance troupe after four of the initial line-up from the auditions of ‘The Greatest Dancer’ were unable to commit to the live shows.

Rheia pictured rehearsing with Company Jinks
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Darcy, Alexandra and Louise impress with foil

Three girls have qualified for the finals of the Southern Region British Youth Championship Foil.

Darcy, Louise and Alexandra all fenced at the qualifying contest in Swindon on Sunday 27th January. They were fencing in the Girls U14 age group.

Darcy was the number one seed throughout the competition until meeting a British Youth Championship medalist from last year, meaning Darcy was forced to settle for a bronze medal. Louise was seeded second and managed to reach the final of the direct elimination competition only to beaten by Darcy's opponent/

Darcy, Louise and Alexandra are pictured with their medals and fencing gear
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Plenty to see and learn in Berlin

As the rest of the School were preparing for Christmas after the end of term, the Modern Languages Department headed to Berlin with a group of U4 and L6 girls.

Group are pictured outside famous Berlin landmark
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Morgane and Vennese impress at Oxford Union Schools Debating Competition

Headington sixth formers Vennese and Morgane performed brilliantly in the highly competitive regional heat of the Oxford Union Schools Debating Competition.

In their two debates at the event at Magdalen College School they argued for the arming of the police force and for the banning of violent computer games. 

The two L6 debaters were on excellent form against very tough opposition and made it through to the prestigious finals day in March, a really impressive achievement.

Morgane and Vennese are pictured sitting together
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Dissection Club gets off to a strong start

An academic club created and led by Headington girls is already yielding some interesting results.

Dissection Club started on Tuesday 22nd January and will take place once a fortnight. The club was started by some keen L6 biologists and is mostly aimed at Sixth Form and U5 girls to give them the opportunity to really spend some time fine tuning their dissecting skills.

They dissected chicken legs this week and found a very surprising fibula bone which none of the girls realised that chickens had!

Four girls sit around the table in lab coats with dissection trays
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U5 girl is on team for European tournament

Gifted Netball player Emma has been selected to play for England Netball in an upcoming tournament.

Last year, Emma, in U5, won a place in the squad, one of 15 U17 players in the England Roses Academy.

Following trials on Sunday 20th January in Loughborough, she got the call for her first tournament playing for her country. Emma will be part of England's U17 team for Netball Europe 2018, facing Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Emirates in the tournament in Huddersfield. The matches take place over three days at the beginning of March, starting on Friday 1st March. 

Emma is pictured in pale blue netball kit mid game, with players in opposing kit behind her
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Lunchtime Concert gives girls first chance to perform

On Tuesday 15th January, the Music Department hosted a short Lunchtime Concert for musicians in U3 to U4 to kick-start the New Year.

Taking to the stage for the first time were two new performers in U3, Ellie and Rosemary, both of whom played excellently on the violin with folk-inspired pieces: 'No Man's Jig' and 'Cornish May Song'.

Performers pose with instruments in front of a piano
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U4 girls try their hands at portaiture

Thirty U4 Art students took part in a figure drawing workshop led by Charlotte Steel, a tutor from the Royal Academy of Art.

The workshop explored drawing the figure using a range of different techniques and approaches including working from direct observation and their imagination.

The girls worked from a model and created some very exciting and experimental work throughout the day.

Girls crouched on floor sketching a standing model
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Armistice anthology featuring Headington girl is on sale now

Talented writer Georgia shared her work with her class after seeing her Armistice themed poem in print.

We were delighted to be able to celebrate the publication of Georgia's poem 'This is a war not a wedding' in the 'Armistice 100: Schools Poetry Collection' published by the University of Lincoln. Georgia's poem was highly commended by a panel of judges chaired by the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Georgia is pictured reading her poem from the book
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Play in Spanish gets girls involved

On Friday 18th January we welcomed touring theatre company Onatti Productions to Headington.

Bibi answers the phone during the Onatti play
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