Academic

Bank notes from around the world go on display

A new noticeboard outside Headington's Economics Department has been causing quite a stir. 

The ‘Money Wall’, as it has been described, is made up of banknotes from across the world. Head of Economics Mr George Vlachonikolis said: "Most of the students can’t believe that these banknotes are real.

Noticeboard about 3/4 full of pinned bank notes
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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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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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Fantastic achievements recognised in termly assembly

Achievements of every area of school life and beyond were recognised in our termly Cups and Colours assembly.

Academic progress and attainment, achievement in Art, Dance, Drama, Music and Sport along with house, charitable, outward bound and CCF endeavours were among those recognised.

Millie, Emilia and Ayako hold their cups in front of the Christmas tree
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Girls given insight into the poverty trap with Empathy Action event

On Tuesday 27th November, organisation Empathy Action visited Headington to turn the Main Hall into a 'slum'.

Girls worked in 'families' to create paper bags, using a water and flour mix as glue, their hands the glue brush. They needed to sell these bags to shopkeepers to support their families. If someone was ill, the family wouldn’t survive, if they were too slow, they would feel the wrath of the slum lord and his thugs.

Girls sit in circle on floor making paper bags
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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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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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