Languages

Array of events celebrates international community

As part of the Year of Languages, this week we celebrated the linguistic and cultural diversity of girls and staff with a series of assemblies, performances and our International Week fair. There are more than 50 different languages, other than English, which are spoken fluently on a day-to-day basis by Headington girls and staff.

Girls stand with their arms above their heads and flags behind them
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Girls and staff provide music in different languages in cabaret setting

Our Modern Languages and Music departments joined forces to celebrate Valentine's Day with a difference.

The 'Love' Cabaret was one of a number of events organised as part of our Year of Languages.

The main hall was transformed into an intimate and cosy cabaret and the audience was blown away by the amazing singing acts on offer that evening. 

Girls and staff stand in dimmed lights in front of screen reading The Love Cabaret
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Christopher MacLehose is among guests at special event focusing on languages

On Wednesday 30th January, our Languages Ambassadors were joined by pupils from John Mason and Cheney Schools for a taste of life as professional interpreters and translators. 

Christopher MacLehose, the acclaimed champion of translated fiction, regaled pupils with tales of the publishing world. Having brought works translated from over 34 different languages to an English-speaking audience, he was the perfect introduction to the ensuing masterclasses. 

Three girls work together on translation around computer
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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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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 festive flavour to German market trip

A group of our youngest girls - accompanied by some 'big sister' helpers - started Advent in particularly festive fashion with a trip to Germany for a typical traditional German Christmas market.

Twenty-nine U3s and two L6 IB 'big sister' helpers started their day at 6.00 am on Saturday 1st December, on a coach travelling through the Channel Tunnel, France and Belgium before arriving at the lovely city of Aachen just inside the German border.

Three girls eat toffee apples at the market
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Onatti Theatre Company treat girls to a play in French

Girls clamoured to get on stage to get involved in a play performed in French by the Onatti Theatre Company.

All L4 and U4 girls learning French were invited to the play, which included lots of audience participation. The play was called 'La salle des énigmes' - the Escape Room.

Head of French Mme Virginie Crépeau she said: "We have never had so many eager girls to take part!

Actress with pink hair stands in front of hieroglyphics backdrop with girl in uniform holding a baby doll next to her
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Sixth formers join with Cheney students for languages workshop

We were delighted to welcome some final year Oxford Brookes University students, accompanied by Dr Barbara Giraud, to conduct a French A Level translation workshop to focus on exam techniques.

L6 and U6 girls from Headington School were joined by Cheney School students and were challenged with two texts based on the theme of the French fashion industry and media to translate into English and then French.

Students sit together with chairs around desks
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Sir Christopher Hum shares his experience

As part of Headington's Year of Languages, L5 and the Sixth Form were regaled with tales of intrigue and the inner-workings of life as a diplomat by Sir Christopher Hum, former UK ambassador to China. 

Sir Christopher transported us around the world and along the diverse paths which learning a language can lead, convincing us of the importance of communicating with other nations in their mother tongues. 

Questions afterwards ranged from the relative difficulty and beauty of particular languages, to the geopolitical situation in the South China Sea. 

Sir Christopher Hum talks to a girl
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Tour of ancient sites as girls visit Greece

On Saturday 20th October, the Classics Department took 35 girls from L5 to U6 to Greece for six days.

Girls stand in front of remains of ancient columns
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