Five winners in Classical Reading contest

The Classics Department enjoyed success again at the annual Oxfordshire Classical Reading Competition on Thursday 14th March.

Girls competed against a number of other local schools to perform a recitation of a piece of Latin or Greek Literature, taken often from the texts set for GCSE or A Level.  

Five girls stand together
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Array of events celebrates international community

As part of the Year of Languages, this week we celebrated the linguistic and cultural diversity of girls and staff with a series of assemblies, performances and our International Week fair. There are more than 50 different languages, other than English, which are spoken fluently on a day-to-day basis by Headington girls and staff.

Girls stand with their arms above their heads and flags behind them
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Vennese and Morgane take part in schools debating contest

Two Headington sixth formers put on an impressive show at the finals day of the prestigious Oxford Union Schools' Debating Competition.

Vennese, Morgane and David are pictured in the Oxford Union
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Fascinating look at the Science behind Bird Migration

On Tuesday 26th February we welcomed Professor Christiane Timmel to Headington for a fantastic talk on Bird Migration.

The talk was truly interdisciplinary, with Prof Timmel, herself a Chemistry Professor at the Oxford University, guiding the girls through the ways in which Biology, Physics and Chemistry are all contributing to our understanding of this remarkable phenomenon.

Girls and teacher stand with Prof Timmel
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Girls take on role of Syrian delegates

Six Headington sixth formers headed to Magdalen College School to take part in a Model United Nations session on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March.

Two of the girls, Hayley and Sabrina, won awards for 'highly commendable' and 'commendable' delegates respectively.

Sabrina and Hayley are pictured in front of a trophy cabinet with their certificates and chocolate eggs
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Retreat at Arvon Centre gives creative writers prompt and stimulus

This half-term saw 16 girls and two teachers head off into the Shropshire countryside for Arvon's creative writing retreat. The group had the privilege of spending the week writing, reading and relaxing under the guidance of the Arvon staff and the two creative writing tutors, Mark Illis and Rachel Long. 

Girls stand outside in a large group
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Letter-writing campaign on climate change

Headington girls joined in solidarity with those across the country for a special session on climate change on Friday 15th February.

The lunchtime session, held to coincide with the youth strike action, focused on what actions girls could take as both individuals and as part of a school community to combat climate change.

Girls wrote to their MPs, urging them to take action and expressing their concerns. They also looked at actions the School itself could take to reduce its impact.

Mr O'Driscoll stands in front of a table of girls, talking with them and leaning towards them
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Personal pilgrimage forms part of Battlefields trip

On Friday 8th February at the crack of dawn 37 girls from L5 and U4 set off to explore the Battlefields of the First World War.

While the weather was cold and windy their spirits were not dampened as they explored various aspects of this pivotal conflict which claimed the lives of 20 million people worldwide.

Girls stand in former trench, now a pathway
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Universities and specialist programme leaders provide information at special event

Girls and parents were given the opportunity to find out more about their next steps after Headington at our annual Higher Education Evening on Wednesday 6th February.

The evening offered a survey of the current UCAS landscape and information about the UCAS process at Headington. Specialist talks included an insight into the Oxbridge interview and application process, along with talks on overseas Higher Education opportunities in North America and Europe.

Girl and her mother consult a university representative, standing in front of university stands
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Economy students meet Prof Mariana Mazzucato

On Thursday 31st January, six Headington economists went down to the Blavatnik School of Government to listen to Prof Mariana Mazzucato give a talk. 

A distinguished economist, Professor Mazzucato gave a speech about the concept of 'value and purpose' in the economy.  During her talk, she brought up four ongoing economic issues: the disproportionate share of financial sector in economic growth, stagnant growth in industries, the rising concern of environmental issues and the declining role of the State.

Jennifer is pictured with Prof Mazzucato
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