With students settled into their stay at St Catherine’s College after a series of welcome talks and icebreakers, Monday morning lessons were an exciting event, with eager pupils ready to learn.
To help students get to know Oxford (and each other!), a guided tour around the city was organised.
From the impressive architecture of the Radcliffe Camera to the awe-inspiring Bridge of Sighs, students were captivated by the city from the word go. The cobbled streets and famous shops mesmerised our students and inspired many discussions about cultural differences and similarities.
It was great to see everyone talking and laughing together so early in the Session, showing the inclusivity of the group.
An afternoon of museum visits followed the next day, with students gaining entry into the Pitt Rivers Museum, Ashmolean and the Museum of History and Science.
Students particularly enjoyed the chaotic style of the Pitt Rivers Museum, with objects squeezed into full display cabinets, and artefacts hanging from the ceiling. The marvellous array of material encouraged students to take lots of pictures so they could remember the crazy museum! The more traditional pupils preferred the classic order of the Ashmolean and its captivating white marble statues, whilst our budding scientists enjoyed the fascinating exhibits at the Museum of History and Science.
Pupils were also able to try their hand at punting down the famous Oxford River Cherwell, enjoying seeing the wildlife and pointing out sights they’d seen on their walking tour. The chance to see the dreaming spires from the water made for a fascinating new perspective of Oxford and pupils enjoyed the chance to fully immerse themselves into English culture. Laughter echoed down the river and students basked in the sun as they drifted through the historical city.
Keep an eye out for more blogs on St Catherine’s College in the upcoming weeks to hear all about what ORA students will see and do.