Yasmin and Maddie shine at English Speaking Union debate

Maddie and Yasmin, both U6, were on sparkling form in the first round of the English Speaking Union's School's Mace competition held at Oxford Spires Academy on Monday 26th November. 

Arguing against a ban on the consumption and sale of meat they convincingly qualified for the second round, which will take place in the new year.

Yasmin and Maddie stand in front of interactive screen
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Giant plastic sea creatures created to highlight plastic waste issues

Girls worked together to highlight the issues of waste plastic in a collaborative project incorporating different areas of Science.

The Group 4 project is a collaborative Science project for the L6 run as part of the IB programme.

Girl holds large plastic fish
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Girls work with real legal professionals to experience a mock trial

The annual mock criminal trial was held on Monday 26th November in the old Crown Court in Oxford County Hall. 

Twelve girls acted as the jury while Catherine, U6, did an excellent job playing the part of the the defendant, while Eliza, U6, and Sasha, L6, were the two witnesses. The jury found the defendant guilty by a unanimous vote, to the surprise of the judge and the lawyers!

Catherine, the defendent, is put on trial
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U5 enjoy special dinner celebrating their time at school

The U5 had a fabulous festive feast to celebrate the end of term and to reflect on their time together in middle school.

The U5 Year Head, Alexia Roberts, gave an inspirational speech describing the year group as "inventive, observant, competitive, adaptive, adventurous and unique". 

Girls sit around dinner table wearing party hats
Girls prepare presentation on privatisation of the NHS

On Tuesday 27th November, 12 A Level and IB Economics students participated in an inter-school Economics conference at Oxford High School. 

Local schools Magdalen College School and Lord Williams's, Thame, were among those also taking part in the conference. At the conference, the girls were asked to analyse various articles and data on the NHS before delivering a presentation on 'Whether the NHS should be privatized?'.

Girls stand in group in hall
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Students take part in challenging contest

Four sixth formers competed in the Senior Team Maths Challenge.

Here is an account from Kelsey, L6, who was part of the team.

As a member of the math challenge team of four, I learnt so much from the other team members, not only in the academic maths skills but also in the practical skills from organising private practices and practicing as a whole team after school.

Four sixth formers hold their maths challenge certificates
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Trip to Oxford Botanic Gardens and Osney Lock Hydro

On a very cold November day, a small group of Environmental Science students visited the Oxford Botanic Gardens and the locally-funded and volunteer run hydroelectric plant at Osney Mead.

Three girls stand in glass house in Oxford Botanic Gardens
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Headingtonians Kate and Anna are nominated for World Paddle Award

Two Headingtonians have been nominated for a prestigious international award.

Anna Blackwell and Kate Culverwell spent five months kayaking across Europe – travelling 4,000km by tandem kayak through 13 countries, from England to the Black Sea. They set off in April 2018 and reached the end of their challenge in September. Now their incredible achievement has been nominated for the 2018 Foundation Award in the World Paddle Awards.

Anna and Kate are pictured in their kayak
Dr Robin Wilson addresses Computer Science, Geography and Theory of Knowledge students

An award-winning scientist spent the day with different U6 students covering a huge range of topics, working with geographers, computer scientists and Theory of Knowledge students.

Dr Robin Wilson, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Southampton University and winner of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society PhD Award, ran five separate sessions working with both IB and A Level girls.

Dr Robin Wilson sits in front of a screen, talking and gesturing with his hands
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Onatti Theatre Company treat girls to a play in French

Girls clamoured to get on stage to get involved in a play performed in French by the Onatti Theatre Company.

All L4 and U4 girls learning French were invited to the play, which included lots of audience participation. The play was called 'La salle des énigmes' - the Escape Room.

Head of French Mme Virginie Crépeau she said: "We have never had so many eager girls to take part!

Actress with pink hair stands in front of hieroglyphics backdrop with girl in uniform holding a baby doll next to her
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