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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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Festive reads on offer

Headington's English Department and Library joined forces to create a "Festive Fiction" booklet of reading lists.

The goal is to spread some literary comfort and jo, and promotes reading for pleasure as the winter draws in. The recommended books cover a wide range of reading-ages, abilities and interests and all focus on different Christmassy themes.

Christmas tree
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Poem by U5 girl to appear in anthology

A gifted Headington writer has been praised for her work in a poetry competition focusing on the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

Georgia is pictured standing in front of some foliage
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Yasmin and Maddie shine at English Speaking Union debate

Maddie and Yasmin, both U6, were on sparkling form in the first round of the English Speaking Union's School's Mace competition held at Oxford Spires Academy on Monday 26th November. 

Arguing against a ban on the consumption and sale of meat they convincingly qualified for the second round, which will take place in the new year.

Yasmin and Maddie stand in front of interactive screen
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World Book Day celebrations conclude with author visit


Girls in U3, L4 and U4 enjoyed a belated World Book Day visit from the inspirational Christopher Lloyd, author, founder and CEO of the popular 'What on Earth' books.

Chris Lloyd addresses packed theatre
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Andrew Jamison shares his love of poetry

On Wednesday 7th February, the English Department was packed with keen writers from the Prep and Senior schools for a poetry workshop with local poet Andrew Jamison.

Andrew read a selection of poems from his collections ‘Happy Hour’ and ‘Stay’ before inspiring the girls to produce their own pieces of writing around the theme of "omphalos" - or the centre of the world.

Andrew Jamison talks to girls about poetry
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U3 girl wins Oxford University writing contest

One of our U3 girls has been named the winner of a challenging writing competition organised by Oxford University.

Ellie was the Year 7 age group winner for the 50 Words Competition, which challenged Oxfordshire schoolchildren to write up to 50 words on the subject of research. The entries will inform a research study on young people in Oxfordshire's perceptions of research. The research is funded by the European Council.

Ellie received her prize from Mr Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian.

The full text of her '50 words' winning entry is below:

Ellie receives her prize in the 50 Words Oxford University writing competition
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Girls give Romeo and Juliet taster at fundraising dinner

Christ Church’s Deanery staircase became a rather famous Verona balcony for a special performance from Headington girls.

The girls were invited to perform at a fundraising dinner for the Shakespeare Schools Foundation. Every year Headington School acts both as a host and as a participant in the Shakespeare Schools Festival, with schools putting on their own versions of some of Shakespeare’s plays, exploring topics such as racism, gender equality and mental health through the Bard’s work.

Juliet at the top of the Deanery stairs
Romeo stands at the bottom of the stairs
Girls stand in library in costume
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Girls enjoy choice of books

In September the U3s enjoyed selecting their book buzz book…. books provided through the Book Trust to encourage reading for pleasure.

They collected their chosen free fiction book earlier this month! All four forms had the opportunity to choose from a wide selection of exciting fiction, including ‘The girl on a plane’‘Wonder’ and ‘Murder in Midwinter’- these titles came out as the top 3 in the end!

Selection of books laid out on the table
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Girls bring Romeo and Juliet to life

This autumn, Headington once again hosted the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival.

The Theatre was visited by a number of local schools, which each performed their own shortened version of a Shakespeare classic. Eighteen of our U4 girls mesmerised audiences with their highly-emotive and accomplished performance of Romeo and Juliet. The cast was expertly lead by Hebe as Juliet and Maddie as a dashing Romeo ,through the tragic tale of whirlwind romance and family feuds. A huge congratulations also goes to L6's Blanche, who directed the performance with the help of Ms Bridey Dyer. 

Juliet rests her lap on Romeo's lap
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