Girls raise cathedral roof in magical service

Girls, staff and parents joined together to celebrate Christmas in our annual candlelit Carol Service at Oxford's stunning Christ Church Cathedral.

The cathedral was packed as Chamber Choir started proceedings with a beautiful unaccompanied rendition of 'The Advent Prose' before the whole congregation was invited to join their voices together to sing 'Once in Royal David's City'.

Head Girl trio process towards the altar bearing candles and cross
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L4 and U4 sing at St Andrew's Church, Headington

Girls from L4, U4 and members of our HeadingTones choir headed to nearby St Andrew's Church in Headington on Tuesday 11th December for a special carol service.

Fr Darren McFarland, parish priest and a Headington School governor, spoke engagingly about looking afresh at the Christmas message to recognise the true hope and peace it offers all. 

Chaplain Mr Tom Howell said: "It was our first Carol Service at our parish church and we look forward to many others." 

Congregation is pictured from behind looking forwards to the altar in a church decorated for Christms
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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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Inaugural Explore residential gets girls thinking

The inaugural Explore residential took place from Friday 12th October to Saturday 13th October. 

Twenty-eight girls spent 26 hours together at the House of the Open Door retreat centre near Evesham. The centre supplied excellent food and great areas to run activities.  The weather spectacularly held off and there was plenty of laughter with indoor and outdoor games, including combat archery. 

Group of girls stand and staff stand in front of the retreat centre
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Focus on global issues, girls' education and forgiveness

The U3 and L4 are experiencing a lesson of prayer with the focus being connection. 

Through prayer zones set up in the Chapel Room and the Lea Library, girls were encouraged to think, pray and reflect on global issues, girls' education as well as the power of forgiveness. The prayer zone in the Chapel Room also encouraged each student to simply 'be' and to imagine how God sees them (precious, loved, chosen and unique).  

Wall covered in multi-coloured sticky notes
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Sun shines on Explore event in Boars Hill

On Friday 18th May, nearly 30 girls from U3 to L6 joined together for the Explore Evening summer event in Boars Hill. 

The girls enjoyed swimming, a quiz, games and a great BBQ. There was also an opportunity to listen to a short talk on how a life of faith in Jesus is a life to the full. 

Girls gather around picnic table with barbecue food
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Prof Simon Conway Morris challenges preconceptions in Year of STEM lecture

As part of our Year of STEM celebrations, Headington School hosted Professor Simon Conway Morris, a Cambridge academic and world-renowned expert on convergent evolution, on Wednesday 14th March. 

Professor Conway Morris gave a very humorous, stimulating and thought-provoking lecture on the subject 'Evolution is true but that's not the end of the story...'. 

Prof Simon Conway Morris speaks in front of a picture of a fish
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Girls given time to reflect on retreat

Nine of our Senior School girls enjoyed a 24-hour Christian retreat at Douai Abbey. Of these, five will be getting confirmed at St Andrew’s, Headington, this Sunday 19th November. 

As well as time for prayer, reflection and games, the group took part in a service at the Abbey.  

Girls, accompanied by Chaplain Tom Howell, gather under tree
Girls gather around some paper to work collaboratively
Girls run in the leaves under tree
Girls play twister
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