We began each academic year with FIREWORKS!, our biggest event on our fundraising calendar. This is an annual event where we serve home-made soup, hot chocolate, cookies and mulled wine, followed by a truly amazing display from Skyline Fireworks. This event is open to the whole school community and we often have 900 people arrive to watch the display.
We also hold discos for Years 7, 8 and 9. These have proved incredibly popular with the girls and we invite boys from Magdalen College School, New College School and Christchurch Cathedral College School. We hire in a DJ, sell non-alcoholic cocktails and the discos raise around £800 each time. We have recently started to hold two discos per year group during the year.
Each Autumn, we sell Northbrook Giftwrap. The Christmas and birthday wrapping paper is always of excellent quality, with packs of inexpensive cards, tags, ribbon. This is an annual fund-raiser, requiring relatively little effort from the committee and yet usually raises approx £500.
In the Summer term, we have events such as A Spanish Evening of music and dance featuring well-known flamenco guitarist Rafael. This concert was a huge success in 2013 and 2015 and we are looking forward to a repeat performance in future years.
Our annual Quiz Night, an enjoyable battle of wits between teams of Governors, teachers, staff, girls and parents. This is always a fantastic evening and is great fun (usually selling out). Last year a team of parents won the title ‘Brain of OHS’! We serve a hot supper and run a bar throughout the evening.
Also in the Summer term, we usually offer parents a Garden Tour of one of the Oxford Colleges with a talk from the Head Gardeners. Over the years we have visited the gardens at Lady Margaret Hall, St Hugh’s, Green Templeton, Worcester, Merton, St Catherine’s and also Blenheim Palace Gardens.