Bethany, Zainah and Katerina meet the Earl of Wessex

Three of Headington's Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme participants came face to face with royalty for a special Tennis themed event.

In November, Headington was invited by the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, office of HRH the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, and Derek Williams, President Oxford University Tennis Clubs, to a Real Tennis fundraising event on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Charity. 

Katerina, Bethany and Zainah are pictured at the Real Tennis masterclass
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Solemn Remembrance event sees high turnout from Headington cadets

Headington cadets joined with past and present military personnel from all over the county for a special parade on Remembrance Sunday marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War.

We had 31 cadets on Parade with Capt Anisha Charania, Miss Clarkson and Sgt Travis as the drill Sergeant keeping the girls all in time and looking superb on the march past the dignitaries and service goers.

Cadets parade along St Giles
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Moving service marks Armistice Day Centenary

The Headington community came together for reflection and remembrance at a special event marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The Remembrance Service, on Friday 9th November, was led by Chaplain Tom Howell but featured significant input from both girls and staff.

Chaplain Tom Howell stands with CCF contingent leader Anisha Charania
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Debaters tie with d'Overbroeck's on foreign aid

On Wednesday 4th October, the Economics Department hosted a debate between Headington School and d'Overbroeck's. 

The motion was "foreign aid is not effective as a strategy for development". The Headington team was made up of three Oxbridge applicants (Allison, Jennifer and Jenny).  They robustly defended the principle of foreign aid whilst conceding that the execution of aid programmes often left a lot to be desired. 

Girls sit at one table against d'Overbroeck's team on opposite table
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Kate and Anna are first ever to complete kayaking challenge

Headingtonians Kate Culverwell and Anna Blackwell have become the first people to kayak their way across Europe.

Kate and Anna launched their challenge, which will also raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK, FreshWater Watch and the Young Explorers Trust, from Westminster in April and reached the Black Sea off Romania in September.

Their epic journey involved crossing 13 countries and covering 4,000 km. They have so far raised over £51,000 and are hoping to eventually raise £75,000 for the three causes.

Anna and Kate are pictured in their kayak
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Millie and Emilia climb three peaks for Breast Cancer Now

Two U5 girls have raised thousands of of pounds for charity by completing an arduous climbing challenge.

Millie and Emilia decided to set themselves the challenge of climbing the three highest peaks in the United Kingdom - Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon - within just 24 hours.

Millie and Emilia climb up the mountainside
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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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New prefects announced in handover assembly

Our new prefects have been introduced to their peers in a special assembly.

After a rigorous process including formal written applications, a Head Girl hustings and individual interviews for some roles, L6 girls were informed whether or not their applications had been successful - and which roles they had been assigned - on Friday 16th March. Nearly 100 girls applied for one of the 40 available roles, with 25 vying for the top three positions of Head Girl, Head of Day and Head of Boarding.

Head of Boarding Samantha, Head Girl Emily and Head of Day Katya
Outgoing and incoming Head Girl Trip are pictured together
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Sgt Olivia Henderson, the Lord Lieutenant's cadet and a member of U6 at Headington, came face to face with royalty during one of her recent cadet duties. Read her account below.

Sgt Olivia Henderson
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Alexia, Sophie and Caitlin win Tour de Trigs taster

A team of three L5 girls have come in first in a challenging cross-country navigation exercise - the Tour de Trigs.

All three girls, Alexia, Sophie and Caitlin, are working on the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and are part of our CCF contingent. The Tour de Trigs 'taster hike' started from the Warriner School in Bloxham at 9.35 am and the girls - who called their team the 'Cheese and Onion Walkers' came in 52 minutes ahead of the next competitors in their group, winning the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award for coming first.

Read Alexia's report on the event below.

Sophie, Alexia and Caitlin sit with their bags before starting their hike
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