Yesterday, the sun was shining as the campus team welcomed students and parents from around the world to Yarnton Manor for the beginning of Session 1! These students are the first of our Summer School 2018 cohort and are about to embark on a unique summer experience at Yarnton Manor, Oxford Royale Academy’s very own historic 17th-century manor house, where students will live, dine and study for two or more weeks.
The Yarnton Manor campus team has been working hard to ensure a smooth and welcoming arrival for our students, leading into a rich and rewarding academic and cultural programme. Students can expect world-class teaching in their chosen subjects, as well as an exciting programme of social and cultural events to enjoy outside of the classroom.
The grounds have been expertly prepared by the Manor team and looked glorious in the British summer sunshine as students arrived. As always, students were then welcomed with a speech by our Programme Director, Christine Luscombe-Whyte, who delivered an inspiring talk to parents and students, describing what lies ahead for the summer and what to expect as an ORA Summer School student.
Our new arrivals were treated to a traditional British Afternoon Tea, complete with cakes and scones made by our excellent catering staff, as well as a full British Roast dinner following their exciting visit to the City Centre. Students showed their excitement and enthusiasm to make friends and collaborate by participating in ice-breaker games on the lawn, as well as by working together on a fun and challenging Quiz before bed time. Each team had to answer questions from 6 rounds which included questions on geography, Oxford and literature, with the winning team being awarded a box of chocolates to share!
Over the course of the next two weeks – with all of the tuition and cultural activities they will bring – students can be sure that they will forge lasting friendships and connections with their classmates. Living and studying so closely with one another will be the ideal opportunity for students to make intellectual and personal bonds to carry with them into future studies and experiences. We hope all new arrivals are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.
Stay up to date with news and what’s been happening by following our regular blog posts for the Yarnton Campus, where we will be posting all the latest news, highlights, photos and videos of the Summer School. It’s going to be a jam-packed, insightful and fantastic couple of weeks, and you really won’t want to miss a piece of the action!