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KS1 performance – The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch

Key Stage 1 gave a superb performance of the Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch and thoroughly enjoyed performing for their parents and other visitors. They impressed everyone with their singing and super acting skills including great facial expressions – particularly from the

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Year 1 Investigate Habitats at Hill End

Year 1 thoroughly enjoyed investigating different animal habitats at Hill End on Tuesday. The girls spent the morning pond dipping in the glorious sunshine and were surprised at the amount of little creatures living in the pond. They showed themselves

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Alumnae Lunch date for 2018

Save the date! Our all-alumnae reunion lunch will – as in the past few years – be held on the same day as the Five Years On Lunch.  The date for this is Saturday 19th May 2018. Bookings can be made

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Listen to Cressida Dick talking about OHS

Watch a new interview with Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick where she talks about winning the GDST Alumnae Alumna of the Year Award, her tips about forging a successful career, leadership, and her time at Oxford High School!      

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Year 5 – visit the Earth Trust at Wittenham Clumps

On Thursday 15th June, Year 5 had the great pleasure of visiting Earth Trust. Here, we designed our own eco-towns ensuring they had enough food, power and water. In the afternoon, we had a tour of the Earth Trust Centre

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Junior School Summer Concert 2017

More than 120 girls joined together to present the annual Junior School Summer Concert held in the Senior School hall last Friday.  The Orchestra raised the roof with orchestral “lollipops” such as the Can Can and Star Wars theme. The

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Year 1 visit Cotswold Wildlife Park

Earlier this month Year 1 enjoyed a trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park. They met some of the animals and learnt some surprising facts about African animals ……not forgetting their ride on the train!  

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Cressida Dick wins GDST Alumna of the Year!

We are so delighted that one of our Oxford High School alumna has won the coveted Alumna of the Year Award. Cressida Dick, the first female Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in its 188-year history, won the Award last night and was

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Book now for the 2017 Ada Benson Lecture

The 2017 Ada Benson Lecture – ‘The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain’ with Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore Friday 16th June 7.00-8.30 pm  Book now!

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Year 3 Coffee Morning

Year 3 entertained Grandparents with a tour of the school and a taste of their singing and dancing skills. Additionally, the girls potted sunflower seeds as a gift for their Grandparent to take home.  They morning was enjoyed by all

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Year 4 Performance 2017

Year 4 gave a tremendous performance of Dick Whittington and his Cat. They entertained with perfectly timed punchlines and their singing raised the roof.  Well done girls!

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Year 5 – Bat Man visit

Mr Endacott from the Bat Conservation Trust – Oxford Group – came to talk to Y 5 about Bats as part of their project on endangered animals.  He showed the girls 3 examples of bats. He talked about Bats generally

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Year 4 investigate insects

Year 4 walked to the University of Natural History to explore the diversity of insects.  They did a trail and were treated to an amazing talk by Chris Jarvis.

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Year 3 Science in Stow Wood

Year 3 visited Stow Wood in Beckley to compare and contrast the woods in Autumn (they focussed on fungi during this visit) and the woods in Spring.  The focus of this visit was to learn about wild flowers and their

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Year 6 Bushcraft

Year 6 ventured into the woods for a week to brush up on their bushcraft skills. Adventurous activities included whittling wooden pegs with knives, learning bushcraft first aid, jumping into the ‘solar heated’ lake, and building survival shelters. The girls

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Book now for the Wizard of Oz!

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Year 6 Bin Bag Fashion Show 2017

This year’s Bin Bag fashion project saw Year 6 girls get creative with alternative materials! The girls used newspaper, bin bags, tape, balloons and toilet paper amongst other alternative materials to create stunning outfits. Their inspiration came from films, comic

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Year 5 PGL 2017

Year 5 enjoyed an exciting residential trip recently. A diary of events and more photos can be found on our school Firefly system but here’s a snap shot with some comments from the girls…. Tuesday – Dorms sorted, girls settled. 

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Introducing the new Head of Oxford High School

A warm welcome to our incoming Head of Oxford High School, Dr Philip Hills. Dr Hills is currently Deputy Head at Hampton School, an all-boys HMC school in Middlesex, leading on the academic side of the school. In his time, the

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From Fifty to Five Years On

The middle Saturday of May is our traditional alumnae reunion lunch weekend and 2017’s party saw over 120 alumnae gathering at Oxford High for champagne, lunch, and lots of reminiscing. We had three OHS alumnae who had not seen each other

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Reception at Cogges Manor Farm

Recently, Reception girls enjoyed a visit to Cogges Manor Farm.  They experienced a little life on a farm many years ago, visiting the old dairy and milking a cow.  Exploring the farm they met many different animals – ducks, chickens,

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Singing Days

Over two days, Year 3 girls joined with children from the Dragon Pre-Prep, St Andrew’s, St Joseph’s, St Barnabas and St Ebbe’s schools for a festival of singing. It was a great chance for the children to make new friends

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Easter Bonnets at the Junior School

Girls at our Junior School designed and made Easter bonnets and enjoyed activities at the end of the Spring Term. These were organised by our parent support team – a big thank you to the Mrs Sutherland and the Junior FOxHS team  for making it

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CyberFirst at Downing Street

Three intrepid OHS Year 10’s – Alice Travis, Becky Hore and Elizaveta Sheremetyeva travelled to Westminster this week to pit their technological wits against girls from nine other schools at the final of CyberFirst Girls competition. The competition has been organised by

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Year 6 visit Kew Gardens

The visit to Kew Gardens linked to the Year 6 topic about Rainforests. Exhibits on display in the huge palm houses at Kew complemented their research into the Brazilian rainforest.   Additionally, they enjoyed the wonderful sculptures on display and walked

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Year 4 visit Wittenham Clumps

Year 4 managed to dodge the showers and enjoyed an adventurous trip to the Earth Trust at Wittenham Clumps. They built their own shelters in the woods drawing on collaborative ideas and team work in an effort to make them cosy

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Vote now for 2017 GDST Alumna of the Year

Voting is now officially open for the GDST Alumna of the Year Award. This recognises the many varied achievements of our alumnae and the winner is voted for by alumnae and students, from a shortlist of nominees sent in by

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Year 3 Production 2017

Year 3 gave a wonderful performance of ‘Tuishi Pamoja’. The story focused on a group of giraffes and zebras who formed an unlikely friendship thanks to the help of some cheeky meerkats and ferocious lions.  The morale of the story

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The GDST Junior Choir of the Year

The chamber choir headed to Cadogan Hall, London for the final of the GDST Junior Choir of the Year competition. They performed “Sospan Fach” in Welsh then English, followed by the beautiful song “I Believe in the Sun” by David

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Girls on the Ball Y5 and Y6 tournament

A big Girls on the Ball welcome today to 150 girls from St Nick’s, St Mary & St John, Botley School, St Michaels, St Andrews, St Barnabas, Cokethorpe, Phil & Jim’s, East Oxford Primary, Chesterton, Chandlings, Tetsworth and Oxford High Junior

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Year 2 investigate Aztecs!

Year 2 recently visited The Pitt Rivers Museum in search of Aztec artefacts and they were not disappointed. There were many colourful examples of the Aztec civilisation; the girls were given a tour of the most interesting pieces and recorded

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#BeBoldForChange

Watch our CEO Cheryl Giovannoni make her pledge for International Women’s Day 2017.

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Star of Evita ‘ha visitato OHS per una chiacchierata’

Italian performer Gian Marco Schiaretti visited Oxford High School to chat, in Italian, about his life in the theatre industry and about starring in Evita at the New Theatre this week. Evita marks Gian Marco Schiaretti’s UK debut, having most

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Reception explored The Story Museum

Recently, the girls in Reception enjoyed exploring The Story Museum in Oxford.  They shared ‘the big bed’ where they listened to a story. They also dressed up and created some exciting story titles, proudly sharing them from ‘the big chair’ or should we call

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Junior School Book Day 2017

The Junior School celebrated their love of books this month.  Girls dressed as their favourite character from a book, staff dressed as crayons!  We welcomed author Cas Lester who ran several events throughout the day; Reception were joined by some of

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Year 5 Production ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

Last week, Year 5 undertook a tremendous challenge. They performed the classic story ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ with just 2 days rehearsal. They each had an individual part, as well as being members of the chorus who were,

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Congratulations Cressida!

A huge congratulations to Cressida Dick on her new role as the first woman to be Commissioner for London’s Metropolitan Police. Cressida is an alumna of OHS from 1978 and has always been a trailblazer for women including being one

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Girls on the Ball at OHS!

Despite being a very wet and rainy day, OHS welcomed over 110 young footballers to Oxford High recently for a Girls on the Ball rally. Girls from Years 3 to 4 from over 10 different primary and prep schools came along with their teachers

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Stevensons’ uniform shop re-opens!

Stevensons Oxford Re-opening Leaflet Final

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French Day and French play

French Day kicked off with an assembly by the Year 12 French students about French heritage, which was the theme for the event this year. This was followed up with interactive quizzes about French culture and heritage during French lessons.

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A remarkable woman – OHS alumna

“Dear Oxford High, I  came across this book on a shelf in my parents’ house. My lovely great Aunt Dorothy died many years ago. She lived in North Oxford all her life and after losing her young man in the First

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Charities Fair!

Led by the Oxford High Sixth Form Prefects, our inaugural Charities Fair took place this week with a packed Dining Hall of pupils and parents from all three OHS sites  (and lots of staff – clearly the lure of cakes and

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Year 1 visit the Story Museum

Year 1 explored the Story Museum in Oxford on 24th January.  They were excited by some of the inventive exhibits such as the big storytelling chair and the huge bed.  Additionally, they practised their storytelling skills by creating their own

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Alumnae on Radio Four

Hear three amazing OHS alumnae talk about their lives and influences in BBC Radio Four Woman’s Hour’s The Chain – MM McCabe, Miriam Margolyes and Elizabeth Hodgkin.

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Year 3 – Sheldonian Theatre visit

Year 3 visit the Sheldonian Theatre  Girls in Year 3 attended the schools’ concert performed by Oxford County Youth Orchestra in the beautiful surroundings of the Sheldonian Theatre. They were treated to a varied programme of music ranging from Star

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Announcement about the Head of Oxford High

Please click here to read a message from the Chief Executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust, Cheryl Giovannoni Announcement about the Head of Oxford High School

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Congratulations to the Junior School Chamber Choir

Choir Success! We are delighted to announce that the Chamber Choir have got through to the final round of the GDST junior choir competition. They will be heading to the Cadogan Hall, London on March 15th for the final. For

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Reception present ‘A Little Bird Told Me’

Reception’s first performance at the Junior School was ‘A Little Bird Told Me’ by Sha Armstrong, in which Robin and friends tell the story of the Nativity.  The girls impressed everyone with their enthusiastic acting and singing, leaving the audience well

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Christmas Concerts at the Junior School

KS1 girls delighted us with a sparkling selection of seasonal songs. Their astonishing ability to learn so many songs in a short time and to perform with such confidence and feeling gave a splendid start to the festive season. KS2

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Juvenes Translatores 2016

Five of our Sixth Form linguists took part in the EU translating competition Juvenes Translatores. The theme this year was ‘The Art and Craft of Translation’ and the winners will be announced in February 2017. The girls enjoyed the chance

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OHS launches FA community football programme

Oxford High is working with local Oxfordshire primary school teachers to provide a FA coaching sessions and girls’ football fixtures as part of the FA Primary Teachers Award. The initiative is part of a new Oxford High programme of outreach training and support

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Year 6 Robotic Workshop

On Wednesday, Year 6 put their engineering brains into gear as they took part in a Lego robotics workshop. The sessions were run by Junior STEM, who showed the girls how to create Lego models incorporating motors and motion sensors.

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OHS and Radley College partner to teach Mandarin

Oxford High School and Radley College are putting teaching of the Chinese language on the agenda for state schools across Oxfordshire, with the opening of a new Oxford Swire Chinese Language Centre, which will broaden the reach of Chinese teaching

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Oxford High hosts the GDST Rally

Oxford High School hosted the GDST Rally again this year. Girls from 22 GDST schools competed across four sites in Under 11 Netball, Under 15 Hockey and Year 7-13 Swimming.  The OHS girls competed well throughout the day and highlights

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PSHE Week at the Junior School

From the 17th to 20th October, the Junior School celebrated our first PSHE week. The week kicked off with an all singing, all dancing assembly explaining the meaning of PSHE and within minutes the Year 3s were setting off with

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It’s our 141st Birthday!

A year on from our wonderful 140th Anniversary celebrations, we continued our long-standing tradition where our Head Girl, Tiyash, and our youngest Senior School pupil, Emma G from Year 7, light the birthday candles and cut the cake. Individual OHS

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Spooky Hallowe’en!

Even Deirdre got in on the act this year ….

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Junior School Autumn Celebration

Before half term, at our Autumn Celebration, the Junior School performed “Along Came Man” by Lin Marsh. The cantata tells of the devastating effect of humans on our planet, but ends with a message of hope. The girls, from Reception

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Year 5 investigate Victorians

Year 5 recently visited the Black Country Living Museum as part of their topic on Victorians. They explored shops and housing from the period and were shown some of the industries common at that time, including chain making. The girls

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JEMS challenge at OHS!

Oxford High’s Science department welcomed 72 Year 5 pupils from nine different local Oxford primary schools to our second JEMS Challenge Morning. The children worked tremendously hard and the time flew by as they enjoyed themselves testing their reaction times, sorting and

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Year 2 explore Rainforests!

The Year 2 topic this term is The Rainforest. During our visit to The Living Rainforest near Thatcham the Year 2 girls explored what life would might be like in a Rainforest. They found out about the climate and learnt

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Year 4 – Dorchester Abbey

Year 4 visited Dorchester Abbey and spent the day exploring, dressing up and learning about Anglo Saxon life. In workshops they made some beautiful brooches and were introduced to weaving. The visit was linked to their current topic on Kings

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40 Years after O Levels

Our 1976-78 Oxford High School alumnae had a lovely reunion here at OHS last Saturday and reminisced about life in school in the 1970’s and what life had brought 40 years’ on. If you would like to book in for

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SALUS Women

We had a fantastic time at the Salus Wellbeing evening hosted by Oxford High School. Guests were able to indulge in some early Christmas shopping from stall holders such as Branche D’Olive, Jericho Kitchen Cookery School, Bath Soft Cheese, Wild Honey, Ruth Swain Arts, Beauty in

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GCSE Exam Success 2016

A quarter of Oxford High girls gain 10 or more A* at GCSE! 68% of results were A* 92% of results were A*/A 99% of results were A*-B 100% A* in Mandarin and Design Technology 100% A*-A in Russian, Mandarin,

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A Level success 2016

Top results mean top destinations for Oxford High girls! Once again, our Oxford High School Sixth Formers are celebrating excellent results with 67% grades at A*/A and 92% A*- B.   33 girls have achieved a clean sweep of A* and

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GDST Project Postcard – pupils & alumnae

What would YOU do with this space? We want a postcard designed and made by every student or alumna of Oxford High School. All current students have been given a postcard and we would like your entry placed back in the box in

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Science Technician of the Year

Kay Bell, our Senior Science Technician here at Oxford High Senior School has won the prestigious Gratnells Science Technician of the Year Award. As Dr Paul Weeks, OHS Head of Biology describes ” ..Kay’s enthusiasm for her work is shown

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Goodbye Miss Derrick

With great sadness, the end of the school year saw us bade farewell to our much-loved Director of Sport, Sue Derrick. After many years teaching at Oxford High, Sue leaves behind a wealth of achievements as her legacy at OHS

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Year 5 at London Zoo

Year 5 visited the London Zoo, their focus was the animals adaptation to their environments. They also thought about whether the animals were endangered and if so why?

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Year 3 visit Natural History Museum, London

Year 3 trip to the Natural History Museum in London was part of their topic on ‘The Active Earth’. They focused on the earthquake, volcano and fossil sections in the museum.  

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Would you be interested in mentoring?

Back in May, Oxford High welcomed nearly 200 women to celebrate our 140th birthday. What was striking to everyone there was that, despite our rich diversity of career paths and lives, there was a unifying strength and energy in the room.

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KS1 performance of Jack in the Beanstalk

The girls in Year 1 and 2 helped celebrate 100 years of Roald Dahl, giving an impressive performance of his version of Jack and the Beanstalk the musical to parents and family members on Wednesday 6th July. Girls used the

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Ballet at the Junior School

Ballerinas in Years 3-5 impressed their parents, pupils and staff during an assembly, with a shortened version of The Nutcracker. Their ballet teacher Miss Ford runs classes weekly for all year groups at the Junior School girls , her contact

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Year 5 visit an Eco Village

As a conclusion to this term’s topic, Year 5 visited the Earth Trust’s eco village at Wittenham Clumps recently enjoying a sunny day exploring the site, taking in the wonderful views and learning about the wildlife. They also investigated the

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Junior School Sports Day

From Reception to Year 5 girls enjoyed a variety of activities, whilst our current Year 6 helped staff to organise each event. Cheered on by their parents and teachers, it began with Reception, Year 1 and 2 in the morning who afterwards enjoyed

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Year 4 French Café

  The French Café arrived at Bardwell Road! Year 4 applied their French language skills ordering refreshments and chatting to one another after which they had fun dancing. Comments from the girls; ‘There was music, food and drinks and even dancing’

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Oxford German Olympiad 2016

The theme of this year’s Oxford German Olympiad was ‘Deutscher Humor – nichts zum Lachen?’ and we are delighted to announce the following achievements: Alex, 9O (Years 7 – 9 Design a Brochure) : Commended Rebecca, 12S (Years 7 –

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Chinese Reading success

Once again, Oxford High’s success in the National Chinese Reading Competition continued in 2016 as four of our girls took part in the annual competition at University of Westminster in London. Clara (8O) and Prashanti (8G) won the 1st prize in the

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Junior School Summer Concert

The annual Summer Concert took place on June 17th. Performing were the senior orchestra, chamber choir, wind ensemble, flute, clarinet and guitar groups and the Year 5 and Year 6 choirs. Items ranged from Handel’s Water Music to a Brazilian

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GDST Alumna of the Year 2016

Well, sadly, our OHS nominee Eva Loeffler didn’t win but the worthy winner of the 2016 Alumna of the Year Award is Putney High School alumna, Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan. Jenny accepted her award at the GDST’s Annual Reception in London,

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Year 6 explore Lacock Abbey

Year 6 visited Lacock Abbey as part of their topic ‘The Moving Image’.  The Abbey was the family home of William Henry Fox Talbot,a pioneer of photography; it offered the girls the opportunity to reflect on what daily life would

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Reception and Year 1 visit the Cotswold Wildlife Park

Reception and Year 1 girls enjoyed a sunny day at the Cotswold Wildlife Park.  They were entertained by the meerkats and penguins and had ‘up close’ encounters with some mini beasts!     

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Making Zongzi 粽子

Over 60 girls both from Oxford High Junior School and Senior School (Year 3 to Year 9) came together this week to make special dumplings called 粽子 or Zongzi to celebrate the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival led by our specialist Mandarin team.

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Junior Strings Assembly

The Junior Strings group, led by Mrs Kathy Blackwell, performed a selection from their varied repertoire to an appreciative audience in assembly. The girls demonstrated their ensemble skills, their confident and unanimous bowing and their ability to play in a

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Year 3 Grandparents’ Coffee Morning

Oxford High Junior School Year 3 girls invited their grandparents to join them for a morning at school.  They gave tours of the Bardwell Road site and did a spot of gardening together, planting sunflower seeds into decorated pots.  Year 3 girls

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Year 6 PGL – Scotland

For PGL this year, the girls in Year 6 travelled to Scotland. Dalguise adventure activity centre is tucked away in the wooded hills of Perthshire. The girls enjoyed a range of challenges, from the exhilarating zip wire to the heart

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Year 4 – Pirates vs. Mermaids

Pirates versus Mermaids On Wednesday 25th May, the Junior School hall was invaded by a jolly crew of swashbuckling pirates and a pod of sophisticated mermaids to stage the Year 4 summer production. Lots of ‘splashing images’, ‘piratey jokes’ and

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Year 6 Bin Bag Fashion Show 2016

Year 6 provided parents, pupils and staff with another stunning end of term fashion show. Each outfit was designed and constructed using a wide variety of alternative materials and techniques. The girls used materials such  paper, clear packing tape, bin

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Year 5 PGL Weymouth

Year 5 residential to PGL – Osmington Bay, Weymouth To those of us who had been anxiously following the long term weather forecast, the steady rainfall on the morning of Tuesday 9th May should not have come as any surprise.

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140th Birthday Lunch

The 14th May saw a gathering of more than 185 alumnae, former staff, former Heads and friends of Oxford High to celebrate 140 years of pioneering women and innovative girls’ education. Thanks to our fantastic Year 10 hostesses, our guests

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North Oxford Football Tournament

  On Saturday 23rd April Oxford High Junior School entered three teams into the North Oxford Inter Primary football tournament. For some of the girls this was the first time they had ever competed in a football tournament but the

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Poetry achievements

The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network launched a competition last year to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt, this was the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition. Congratulations to two of our girls – Monica Selzer and Margaret Black

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Junior School Book Day

The Junior School Book Day took place on Monday 25th April and was held in support of World Book Day and our love of books throughout the school. During the day the girls enjoyed meeting Lucy Coats the visiting author,

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Year 5 meet bats!

Year 5 met some tiny creatures on Tuesday 19th April when Mr Endacott visited the school with his bats. The girls were able to see the bats ‘up close’ and learnt some interesting and surprising facts, some of their comments

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Year 6 visit Tate Modern

Year 6 had a fantastic day at the Tate Modern, London. The trip was both fun and informative. We explored  the galleries and even had time to cross the Millennium Bridge to admire and discuss the cityscape.  

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Reception visit Roves Farm

On Thursday 21st April, Reception enjoyed a sunny day at Roves Farm.  They explored the farm walking through woodland on the look-out for animals and birds; exploring also included  a bumpy ride on a tractor and stretching their climbing skills

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In memory of Dr Katharine King

Dr Katharine Elizabeth Rees King MA PhD In memory of Oxford High alumna Katharine Rees (Kay to her family and friends), born on 4th August 1931 in Shanghai, China. She married the author Charles King in 1983 and sadly died in New

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China – Easter 2016

Oxford – Beijing – Xi’an 牛津–北京–西安 Year 9 and 10 Mandarin students have been practising their mandarin language skills whilst getting under the skin of Chinese culture on our highly-popular China Trip 2016. The experience began at the Beijing Chinese Language & Cultural

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