Ask any of our girls, and they’ll all tell you the same thing: Oxford High School knows how to do Christmas! From the elaborate form decorating competition to the legendary student-written staff panto, even the most determined Scrooge would find it hard to resist the OHS Christmas buzz.
In a month packed full of festive fun, one of our favourite traditions is the creation of the ‘Chemis-tree’. Carried out by our Year 13s at the beginning of December, the exercise introduces the girls to transition metal compounds and their many colours, as well as providing an opportunity to demonstrate some impressive scientific prowess. After all, none of the liquids are made using ‘cheating’ methods such as universal indicator or, even worse, food colouring.
Whilst the building of the Chemis-tree is a tradition reserved for our Year 13s, there has been plenty happening at a whole-school level to inspire Christmas cheer in every girl. Yesterday we saw the return of the ever-popular ‘Christmas Jumper Day’, organised by our dedicated Charity Prefects in aid of HART. As expected, the school was awash with colour, glitter and sequins, along with an abundance of Santa hats and even the occasional fluffy onesie!
On the topic of festive attire, it would be remiss of us not to mention our wonderful Director of Sport, Ms McGonigle, who made the bold decision to sport (excuse the pun) a Christmas jumper every day in December. A big thank you to ‘Santa’s Favourite Ginger’ for giving us a glimpse into the world’s most extensive Christmas wardrobe.
Festive threads aside, yesterday also saw the return of the form decorating competition: a firm favourite in the school community. This year’s task was to construct a creative Christmas tree, which the girls took to with their usual enthusiasm and creative flair; many forms even devised dance routines to welcome in the judging team, set to some of our favourite Christmas anthems. Congratulations to our winning forms:
With Mariah Carey’s dulcet tones still ringing in our ears, the final day of term arrived. For the second day on the trot, the girls enjoyed a jam-packed Christmas agenda which included a screening of the Prep School nativity and the infamous staff panto! This was topped off by the virtual Christmas Carol Celebration, expertly orchestrated by Mr Foster and featuring performances from every year group in the school.
All that remains now is to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from the entire OHS community. We hope that your festive period is happy and healthy, and we look forward to seeing you in 2021!