We’re starting off the week by looking at what students at St Peter’s College in Oxford have been up to since they arrived. Students have been enjoying workshops, masterclasses, tours, excursions, sports and more, with a jam-packed first week being followed by a chance to unwind over the weekend. With the glorious British summer sunshine continuing, students have spent plenty of time outdoors exploring the college, city and all that both have to offer.
A particular highlight for students was the ‘Animation Nation’ masterclass, which taught them how to make short stop-motion films from Plasticine models which they had created themselves. Stop-motion animation, also known as ‘Claymation’ or ‘Stop-frame’ animation, is the technique used in film and TV favourites such as Wallace & Gromit, Morph, Pingu and Shaun the Sheep. The students were certainly inspired by the fantastic animation workshop, which was a brilliant way to educate and inspire the students, allowing them to creatively express their ideas while learning many invaluable skills, from teamwork to problem-solving. You can watch the result of some remarkably good end products (considering they only had about two hours to complete the challenge!) on YouTube here.
Other popular activities have included a tie-dye session, after a full day of studying, making some beautifully coloured T-shirts as a momentum of their stay in Oxford this summer. As you can see, students were chuffed with their results! Students have also tried their hand at two quintessentially ‘Oxford’ pastimes, punting and croquet, which were certainly an entertaining experience for most!
Over the weekend, students were able to unwind and let their hair down at the St Peter’s ‘Oscar’s’ themed party, while a visit to the splendid Blenheim Palace in Oxford provided a relaxed way to soak up one of the United Kingdom’s key historic sites (and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister).
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