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Year 5 visit Bristol Zoo

Year 5 explored Bristol Zoo recently with particular focus on endangered species. They took part in a conservation workshop and met some of the animals at risk. ‘the monkeys were very entertaining – I didn’t realise even some monkeys are

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Year 6 – Mystery at Magpie Manor

Year 6 gave their final performance as part of the Junior School in the production ‘Mystery at Magpie Manor’. The girls’ stage presence was exceptional in delivery of lines, singing and chorography. A huge thank you must go to the

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Key Stage 1 Concert

It was mini-beast madness as the younger girls took to the stage to perform a multitude of songs at The Ugly Bug Ball, Key Stage 1 concert. They managed to not only learn the words to a wide variety of

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Junior School Sports Day

The Junior School, from Reception to Year 6, enjoyed a sunny Sports Day. Mrs Bryan and her team organised a brilliant day; the girls successfully took part in a range of track and field events – congratulations to Griffin house

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Year 5 visit Earth Trust

Year 5 have been investigating environmental factors around the world in the topic this term called ‘Our Fragile Earth’.  Linked to this has been their recent visit to the Earth Trust.  In groups girls took part in a workshop to

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Junior School Summer Concert 2018

All of Year 5 and Year 6 took part in the summer concert last week, with a few younger girls joining us for the wind ensemble. The Year 5 choir, Year 6 choir, senior orchestra, chamber choir, wind ensemble, Vivaldi

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Year 2 visit Oxford Castle

Year 2 made a visit to Oxford Castle on Thursday 14th June. They took part in a workshop where they investigated items used by those inhabiting the castle in the past and dressed up as some of these characters. They

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Year 6 Bin Bag Fashion Show

The Year 6 annual Bin Bag Fashion Show took place recently with the girls displaying their creative prowess. There were a variety of designs from trouser suits to wedding dresses made from recyclable materials and lots of sellotape! They were

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Year 1 Cotswold Wildlife Park

Year 1 became intrepid explorers recently during a sunny day at the Cotswold Wildlife Park.   They discovered many different animals and reptiles from around the world. They had a picnic lunch and also enjoyed a ride on the park train.

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Alumnae Lunch date for 2019

Save the date! Our 2019 all-alumnae reunion lunch will  be held on the same day as the Five Years On Lunch for all 2014 leavers and the 25 Years on (1994) leavers.  The date for this is Saturday 18th May 2019.

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Year 3 – Grandparents Afternoon

Year 3 invited their grandparents to school on the last Friday of the summer half term.  The girls played host by giving grandparents a tour of the school, planting sunflower seeds and chatting to them about their childhood memories.  The

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Year 4 Production – Sleeping Beauty’s Dream

Just before half term Year 4 gave a superb performance of Sleeping Beauty’s Dream. Our heroine met several other characters from well-known fairy tales before she finally found her prince charming and of course, they all lived happily ever after.

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Year 6 Bushcraft

Year 6 experienced the great outdoors during their week long bushcraft residential trip. Not only did they camp out and try out some traditional survival skills such as making a fire, building shelters and administering first aid but they were

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Year 1 visit Cogges Manor Farm Museum

Year 1 enjoyed a beautiful sunny day at Cogges Manor Farm Museum recently where they were able to investigate Food and Farming and how farms have changed over time. They learned how to make butter and healthy crisps and had

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Year 5 PGL

Year 5 enjoyed their annual residential trip to PGL Liddington recently where they experienced some fun filled activities. These included abseiling, canoeing and zip wire, to name but a few. Some were designed to test boundaries and build confidence and

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Year 3 Singing Festival

Year 3 girls have been taking part in a festival of singing, held over two days at the Dragon School and at our senior school site. Year 3 singers from schools from all over the city came together with our

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Easter activities at the Junior School

The Junior School girls made some wonderful Easter bonnets and took part in an Easter egg hunt around the school. More photos can be found on our school Firefly app.

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Year 5 ‘a play in three days!’

What You Will (loosely based on Twelfth Night) by Ian Murchie With the help of Mr Murchie as writer, producer and director, the Year 5 girls gave a superb performance of What You Will and totally engaged the audience. They

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Reception visit the Story Museum

Reception girls enjoyed a visit to the Oxford Story Museum. They explored the exhibits, displayed their creative language skills and the whole class relaxed on the enormous bed!

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Getting Cheeky for Science Week!

Science Outreach at Oxford High marked Science Week  with the brilliant team of Sixth Form STEM mentors with pupils from St Nicholas’ Primary School in a lab activity preparing and observing their own cheek cells!     Whether using swabs or saline, everyone was incredibly busy

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Year 5 at Leicester Space Centre

Year 5 recently paid a visit to the Leicester Space Museum which complements their topic and science studies this term.  They followed a discovery walk, investigating specific things along the way in addition to the  ‘hands-on’ activities which gave the

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Year 3 Production 2018

Year 3 kicked off the Junior School production season by performing ‘Tattybogle’. Tattybogle is a friendly scarecrow who enjoys meeting his animal friends throughout the different seasons but when winter time arrives, the high winds leave him in pieces. However,

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Colour Run!

Our Junior School girls gave our Year 11 runners a run for their money today in our first Colour Run. Warmed up beforehand with some Zumba from Head of Russian Ms Solovyova, they hurtled through the colourful paint with huge

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A bursary gift from a former Head of Oxford High

It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Dr Elaine Kaye on Tuesday 20th October 2015.  Dr Kaye was born in 1930 and was Headmistress of Oxford High School from 1973 until 1982. Dr Kaye has left

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Year 3 visit to the Oxford Synagogue

 As part of their R.E. topic, Year 3 recently visited the Oxford Synagogue to investigate the Jewish religion.  They viewed several items that are used in Jewish worship and were able to look more closely at a copy of a

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Year 2 at The Living Rainforest

The impeccably behaved Year 2’s enjoyed a wonderful adventure through the Living Rainforest yesterday. We saw all sorts of animals, birds and creatures, as well as learning lots about the different plants and trees. The main focus of the tour

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The Junior School Training Orchestra

Training orchestra performed in their termly assembly to an audience of parents and pupils. They played “Cherokee Chief” and “German Dance”, two contrasting pieces. Well done to the girls who fit the rehearsals into their busy lunchtimes on Mondays.

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World Book Day at the Junior School

The weather didn’t stop the whole of the Junior School celebrating World Book Day on the 1st March. Girls dressed as a favourite character from a book and paraded in assembly … a time honoured tradition! This was followed by

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JEMS success at Oxford High School!

We held our third JEMS morning at Oxford High last week, which again involved Year 5 pupils from local primary schools and our own OHS Year 5 pupils doing challenging and stimulating technical activities together. JEMS stands for Juniors in Engineering Maths and Science and is an Oxford High

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Year 2 – ZooLab

Year 2 had an exciting visit from ZooLab! They encountered some of the smaller creatures that live in the rainforests and were given the chance to handle most of them.

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Year 4 visit Christchurch College

Year 4 recently visited Christ Church Cathedral as the culmination of their history topic on Kings and Queens. The girls were given a guided tour of the cathedral and enjoyed a privileged visit to the college library, where they saw treasured

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Junior School Chinese New Year Assembly

Chinese New Year was the topic of a recent assembly and we were treated to a showcase of Chinese celebrations. Performing dragon and warrior dancing together with New Year songs, Miss Wei our Mandarin teacher, helped girls give an impressive

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See the new GDST Spirit of a Girl film!

Watch the brilliant new GDST film made by girls from all 25 schools  

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Chamber Choir

Some girls from the chamber choir were interviewed by Kirsten Seymour after watching footage of girls attending a remote school in Pakistan singing a song for us. This is as part of her upcoming documentary, “Pomegranates in Lahore”. Our girls

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Year 5 Faith Visitor

  Year 5 recently enjoyed a visit from Professor Cader as part of their R.E. topic about Islam. They had opportunities to asked questions and discuss this religion including making comparisons with other religions. Amrita from 5H reflected….. ‘On Monday

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KS2 Christmas Concert

KS2 girls took part in this seasonal festive treat.  Each year group took centre stage in addition to Chamber Choir and the many talented musicians we have in school.  More photos can be found on Firefly and the programme can be

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KS1 Christmas Concert

Wonderful singing voices could be heard from St. Andrew’s Church as the girls gave an outstanding performance of some contemporary and traditional seasonal songs to parents on Thursday 7th December.  More photos can be found on Firefly.      

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Reception Nativity

Reception girls performed the traditional Christmas story, showing off their acting skills and beautiful singing voices.  More photos can be found on Firefly.  

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Junior Sport in the Autumn

The girls have been busy with netball, hockey, football and swimming this term.  In addition to their lessons, girls can enjoy sports clubs at lunchtime and afterschool.  More photos can be found on Firefly.

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Year 3 investigate the Romans

Recently, Year 3 visited the Corinium Museum linked to their topic on Romans. In small groups they took part in workshops; dressing in Roman clothing, creating mosaics, and investigating Roman games and food.

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The 2017 Oxfordshire Book Awards

Oxford High School was very proud to once again host and sponsor the Oxfordshire Book Awards Ceremony – a literary extravaganza of reading and voting from the children of Oxfordshire. The Oxfordshire Book Award event brings together the school community

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Our new Forest School!

We are proud to introduce our Forest School.  In developing a Forest School site of our own we are supporting the adventurous, creative and practical learners we have at OHS. We believe the OHS Forest School principles for learning complement

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Bonfire Night!

A huge thank you to everybody on the FOXHS Committee for the fantastic Fireworks Evening on Friday. The event began with Dr Philip Hills, Headmaster of OHS, and his daughter starting the fireworks extravaganza!

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JEMS returns to Oxford High

This Halloween saw our first JEMS Challenge morning of the 2017/18 academic year. JEMS stands for Juniors in Engineering Maths and Science and is an Oxford High School initiative led by Mrs Maria Whittington from the Science Department. We welcomed

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Happy Birthday Oxford High!

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Amy Isles Freeman – Alumna and Visiting Artist

OHS alumna Amy Isles Freeman came into school to speak to students about her journey since leaving the school in 2011, artistic practice and her experiences as a freelance artist. Amy completed an Art Foundation Course at the University of Falmouth

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Animation Club

Animation Club is a diverse and fun creative outlet unique at Oxford High School. The club offers students the opportunity to animate in 2D and 3D using various materials; from paper and pencil to plasticine, lego and digital animation using

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Junior School Autumn Celebration

The entire Junior School got together for the first concerts of the year this week. In just five weeks the girls memorised a huge range of songs about the importance of water, rivers and how the water cycle works. There

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Year 6 visit New Scientist Live

On Friday 29th September, Year 6 travelled to London ExCel for the exciting scientific exhibition called New Scientist Live!  While there, Year 6 explored the large array of stands set up by universities, companies and industries. Here, the girls learned

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Dame Frances Kirwan

Congratulations to Dame Frances Kirwan, alumna of Oxford High School, who has been elected to the Savilian Professorship at the University of Oxford. Frances will be the 20th holder of the Savilian Chair (founded in 1619), and is the first

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Hurrah for new Netball courts!

First lesson on our newly laid Netball courts at our Belbroughton Road site today!

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Sunflower Circle Luncheon 2017

The 2017 Sunflower Circle Luncheon was held at New College, kindly hosted by Professor Richard Whittington, Millman Fellow in Management Studies at New College and Professor of Strategic Management at the Said Business School. Our guests gathered in the Cloisters

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Fireworks Evening!

Book your Fireworks Tickets here!  

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Year 5 step back in time….

Year 5 enjoyed an eventful trip to The Black Country Museum on Tuesday 26th September. They journeyed back in time to the Victorian era; exploring realistic shops and homes, spending some time in a Victorian school room, not to mention

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Kaleidoscope – not just for the girls!

The teaching staff at Oxford High have had the opportunity to savour the delights of Kaleidoscope themselves to remind them of the purpose of the Programme. During one of our INSET (training) days in September, staff were challenged to think about

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Welcome to our new Headmaster!

A warm welcome to our new Headmaster of Oxford High School, Dr Philip Hills and his family pictured here with his wife Professor Alison Hills, tutorial Fellow in Philosophy at St John’s College Oxford and their two daughters Eleanor and

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Thank you Daryl!

Daryl Back, our outgoing Chair of FOxHS, the parent body at Oxford High School, was treated to a rousing goodbye from the girls with a long, long list of all the events, donations and gifts that have been generated by

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Farewell to Judith Carlisle

The Summer Term proved to be a fitting finale to OHS’s goodbye to our outgoing Head, Judith Carlisle. A whole school picnic, followed by an aerial tribute of the Oxford High motto Ad Lucem, a flashmob performance by the Oxford High Junior

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Whole school picnic

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Year 6 performance 2017 – Mr Majeika

On Wednesday 12th July, Year 6 performed the musical ‘Mr Majeika’ by Humphrey Carpenter.  The girls had worked exceedingly hard to produce such a polished performance in a short period of time.  Their timing was impeccable and their enthusiasm contagious. 

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Junior School Sports Day

Girls from Reception to Year 6 took part in our recent Junior School Sports Day.  They showed their determination and brilliant team spirit whilst taking part in a variety of athletic events.  Running, together with jumping and throwing skills were put to

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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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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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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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