ORA’s Session 4 students staying at Merton College have jumped straight into their activities this week!
Arrivals Day saw students from all over the world pour into Merton for what promises to be an exciting two weeks. The first icebreaking event for the new students was the traditional Afternoon Tea, featuring famously British food such as cake and scones. The event gave all the students the opportunity to meet and get to know each other whilst enjoying some tasty snacks.
The evening saw welcome and induction talks take place, introducing students to key members of staff that will be accompanying them on their two-week journey. After a hearty dinner, icebreaker games took place to get everyone laughing and having a good time with their new friends. It was certainly an entertaining evening and it was great to see so many students bonding quickly.
Classes began on Monday morning, encouraging students to learn new things and work their hardest. An afternoon tour of Oxford proved popular as students were introduced to world-famous sites, including the Ashmolean Museum, the Radcliffe Camera, the Bridge of Sighs and the Bodleian Library. Pupils staying at Merton were lucky enough to be allowed inside the restricted-access Bodleian Library for an induction. This was undoubtedly a highlight of the day, as students were able to enter this important monument and inspect the amazing array of literature held within. Students were mesmerised by the architecture and felt privileged to be able to enter this iconic library.
The 19-25s also visited the Varsity Club, a famous rooftop bar in Oxford. The stunning location and delicious cocktails were enjoyed by all and the view over the city was a highlight for many of the students.
After a relaxing dinner, pupils came together for the renowned quiz night. As a favourite British activity, the quiz was definitely not one to be missed. In small groups, students battled it out in a test of general knowledge to see who would be crowned the quiz kings and queens. It was a fun evening and many students appreciated the opportunity to work together.
With fun-filled weeks ahead, keep an eye out on our blogs to catch up with ORA students at Merton College! A field trip, guest speakers and group dinners all lie ahead, so we can’t wait to see the fun our students will have.