With Arrivals Day happening at the same time as the World Cup Final, ORA students coming to stay at Clare College were on tenterhooks as they settled into their new accommodation. Many people were tracking the match online and the game definitely broke the ice with newcomers, who were quickly in deep discussions about all things football.
At the start of the week, students were taken on a tour of Cambridge to let them get a feel for the city and the beautiful areas it has to offer. Students weaved between university colleges and skipped over the Mathematical Bridge before marvelling at the classical Fitzwilliam Museum. Next week students will embark down the River Cam as they experience punting, the first time for many, and watching the boats drift by on their tour definitely got everyone excited for their turn.
The famous quiz night was popular this week, whereby small teams of students fought for the title of reigning champion of the quiz.
The student groups were impressive and the general knowledge of some students was astounding. By the end of the evening, the quiz had been so competitive and exciting that students went to bed without argument, needing time to rest!
A tour of King’s College, part of Cambridge University, showed students another historical building and gave them an insight into what life was like as a student at Cambridge University. Founded in 1441 by Henry VI, King’s College is one of the most impressive and prestigious colleges at Cambridge.
The tour was inspiring and informative, with many students talking about their desire to study at the university in the future.
ORA students staying at Clare College also had the opportunity to visit the famous Fitzwilliam Museum and the Anthropology Museum.
The Fitzwilliam Museum showcased many fascinating exhibitions, including a look into 1918, the end of World War I, through a series of coins and banknotes. Such recent aspects of history interested some of our students, who were keen to learn more about the war.
The Anthropology Museum, on the other hand, displayed a series of captivating objects intended to encourage the viewer to explore the multiple meanings behind artefacts and their impact on humanity both in the past and present. Imaginative thinking came naturally to our students, who shared multiple theories on the displays and appreciated the artefacts.
With so many fascinating excursions around Cambridge, students had to work hard during workshops and Masterclasses to ensure that they could expertly manage the work-leisure balance. The Zoolab Masterclass provided an intriguing way for students to learn about animals, with slithering snakes and creepy cockroaches being passed around the group. The handling session meant that students could get up close and personal with the exotic creatures and learn more about their habitats and lifestyle.
Whilst some students were busy learning about animals, other pupils were encouraged to try out their debating skills in a counsellor-led debate. The fiery debate showcased the impressive talent of some of the ORA students, who argued their points with pride and logic. It was clear to see that the students had thoroughly engaged with the debating lessons they had been taught and the event was a great success.
It has been a busy week so far for ORA students staying at Clare College. With so much more to come – including themed parties and theatre trips – check back soon to read more about the activities of the group.