With Session 3 sadly behind us, we look back to the last week and the adventures had at Lady Margaret Hall (LMH). Students began the week with a day of important classes, ranging from life skills to course-specific lessons. Pupils benefitted from the expertise of ORA staff and spent the afternoon with friends during the social programme element of the course.
The highlight of the start of the week was undoubtedly the visit to Warwick Castle in Warwickshire. Originally constructed by William the Conqueror in 1068, the castle oozes British history and tells a mesmerising story spanning nearly 11 centuries. Students enjoyed learning about the castle’s fascinating skirmishes during the English Civil War, and its hosting of important figures such as Queen Victoria and, now, our ORA students!
The Horrible Histories maze was a particular favourite of LMH pupils, who enjoyed running around and solving challenges to reach the mysterious centre of the maze. Others preferred the dark and dank dungeon, where tales of gruesome prisoners were bought to life by talented actors.
Debate and Guest Speakers
After an exhausting day back in time, students gathered for a group debate and tested their argumentative skills together. It was an impressive sight, with lots of good points well made by students on both sides. Top tips on voice projection, logical thinking and forming coherent arguments ensured that, throughout the class, pupils had the opportunity to improve their existing skills.
Thursday saw an action-packed day filled with guest scientist speakers Maia Elliott and Kyle Grant. Both speakers provided fascinating scientific talks to inspire the students in their studies, leading to a series of questions from curious individuals yearning to learn more. Maia Elliott discussed a range of scientific elements, including genetics and the role of food security, whilst Kyle Grant spoke about next-generation bio-circuitry. It was great to see such high levels of interest from students wanting to prepare themselves for a scientific future, despite the complex nature of the talks.
ORA’s Got Talent
Nothing could prepare students or staff for the plethora of talent showcased at ORA’s Got Talent. This event, which saw ORA students at LMH join with their peers at St Hugh’s College, provided an incredible array of talents, from dance and magic tricks to comedy acts and singers. The 200 students amazed the judges, who found it near impossible to pick a winner!
The most-anticipated event of the week for ORA pupils staying at LMH came in the form of Graduation on Friday evening. Session 3 students enjoyed receiving their individual certificates and applauding each other as they received deserved handshakes from the Programme Director. After everyone had been properly congratulated, a formal dinner was served followed by a party with a fairytale theme in an outdoor marquee. Glitter sparkled throughout the party and the spectacular lights created a magical effect. Pupils partied late into the night and had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
Session 3 at LMH combined classes and lessons with culture and fun. Students will always remember the amazing experiences they’ve had and the friends they have made. We hope to see many of you back next Summer!