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On Monday 25th September, girls debated the current crisis in Myanmar as part of our Model United Nations programme.

There were 25 girls taking part, representing 15 different countries. It was the first of a number of sessions which will be held over the coming year as part of the scheme.

Girls stand in group representing different countries
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First prize for U4 girl in Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment poetry competition

Talented writer and musician Aoife, U4, has won first prize for the Orchestra of the Age of  Enlightenment writing competition.

 

Aoife holds up the anthology produced for The Judas Passion which features her poem
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Girls are plunged into the world of Aquae Sulis

The L5 have been making great progress on their GCSE course and have been studying about Aquae Sulis - the Roman name for Bath - and the real people who lived and worked there such as Lucius Memor the soothsayer.

It was a real treat to be able to go and visit the baths and see these things in the flesh. The trip began with an informative lecture and object handling session called "Bathing and Beauty in Roman Bath" where the girls learned about the various uses of the baths as well as the reasons for their foundation.

Girls pose with Roman character in the environs of the famous Bath House
Girls pose outside Bath Abbey
Roman bust
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Economists use lego to explore concept

As we all know, Economics is about supply and demand. 

On Tuesday 19th September, a class of L6 economists braved the autumnal cold and attempted to derive the supply curve with lego pieces. 

New Head of Department, George Vlachonikolis said: "Economics is a hands-on subject and, at every opportunity, I'm keen to get girls getting up and doing things or looking at real-life data and working out their own solutions to problems. 

Girls play 'supply and demand' game using lego
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L6 chemists take part in Cambridge Chemistry Challenge

In June many of the L6 chemists took part in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge. 

This is a problem-solving competition where students pit their brains against difficult questions about Chemistry in the world around us. It is also a precursor to the Chemistry Olympiad, run by the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

Three of our girls, Anna, Phoebe and Happy, were awarded silver certificates and a further 15 copper certificates.  

Some of our certificate-winning chemists
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Headington's state-of-the-art new library has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The library was nominated for the School Library Inspiration Award earlier this year and longlisted based on its application. After a visit from the judges, it was announced it was one of six secondary schools to make the shortlist.

A view of Headington's new library
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