STEM

Hot Costwold Wildlife Park trip gives biological insight

During a very hot activities week, the U3 were treated to a day out to the Cotswold Wildlife Park to enrich their Biology studies.

The excitable bunch jumped off the bus and were delighted to meet some of the most interesting residents of the park. The girls started their day with a fantastic talks on African animals where they were introduced to the resident rhinos, giraffes and lions. They found out about these animals' strange habits and were able to ask many questions of the park rangers.

Girls listen to park ranger with giraffes in the background
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Architecture Workshop challenges girls to create their own 'expos'

Activities Week 2018 really drew out the creative talent across the entire U4.

Award winning Jak Studios architects from London set girls a challenging task to research, design, draft and finally build a 3D scale model of an international civic Expo structure.

Two girls add finishing touches to a tree-like structure
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Languages and Sciences come together for creative Space challenge

As the Year of STEM draws to a close, L5 girls took the opportunity week to apply what they have learnt in a real-life simulated design task. 

A collaborative venture between the Science and Languages departments, 125 girls worked in teams to design the systems for a luxury space hotel.

Girls sit around a table working on designs
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Shotover is location for independent assessment

Some of our scientists headed to nearby Shotover for an important part of their fieldwork.

If the girls could have counted the different numbers and varieties of dogs at Shotover Country Park for their project they would have got plenty of data! The sun was out and Shotover was a lovely place to visit and collect data for the girls' internal assessment.

Girls stand and sit on tree
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Former students visit school to give advice and support

We were delighted to welcome back former students Izzy and Olivia who came back to Headington for a visit.

Izzy is in her first year studying Medicine at Bristol University and Olivia is going into her first year after a gap year at Surrey University, to study Veterinary Science in September. They came in to chat to this year’s cohort of medics and vets and offer advice about university choices, work experience and the dreaded personal statement.

Girls sit behind a lab bench talking to former student
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Helen McGloin makes WeAreTheCity Rising Star shortlist

A Headington School alumna has been shortlisted in the Science and Engineering category for a prestigious national award.

Helen McGloin, née Lake, has been shortlisted for a WeAreTheCity Rising Star Award, which recognises female talent in 20 industries.

Helen McGloin
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Ben Morris gives lecture as part of Year of STEM

Students, parents and staff from Headington and other local schools were treated to a real visual feast of how art, computing, technology and engineering are combined in the visual effects film industry.

Academy Award winner Ben Morris led his audience through his career path from a Star Wars obsessed school boy in Oxford, through an Art Foundation course to his current role as Creative Director of ILM (Industrial Light and Magic).

Oscar winner Ben Morris is pictured wearing a hat
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L4 girls compete in Salters Festival of Chemistry

Four L4 girls showed excellent team work and resilience taking part in the Salters Festival of Chemistry in the Oxford University Laboratories on Tuesday 13th March. 

They were given a problem to solve and excelled together as a team. The girls taking part were Sophie, Sophia, Francesca and Rosalind. Unfortunately they weren't crowned champions but enjoyed experiencing an exciting day in the University Laboratories. 

Four girls in white lab coats are pictured at a bench with beakers
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Big Bang @ Headington gets pupils enthused about STEM

As part of British Science Week 2018, the School hosted The Big Bang @ Headington -  a regional STEM event for both state and independent schools.

The day brought exciting Science and Engineering to life for 300 KS3 students through a series of inspiring, hands-on workshops, talks and STEM career advice.  

Three girls gather around a microscope and a tray full of pond life
A Cheney School pupil works on her circuit
Four girls gather around a speaker
A girl practises taking 'blood' from an 'arm'
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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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