Week 5 has definitely been action-packed for ORA students at Balliol, with tie dye sessions, studying workshops, cake decorating and clay model activities.
Some students opted to create vibrant masterpieces this week, as the Tie Dye session arrived and encouraged wacky creativity. Armed with twisted T-shirts and multicoloured dye, it didn’t take long for everyone to get going with dipping, wringing and revealing patterned clothing.
The results were varied and unique, with shirts ranging in style from classically minimalist to boldly dipped. Whatever the final design, students enjoyed trying out the various colours and were pleased with the diversity of patterns that they created.
With lots of fun comes lots of work. In order to keep on top of their studies, pupils are encouraged to join assignment workshops to get ahead academically.
This week, with the beautiful weather shining down on England, students took the opportunity to study outside and laptops, notebooks and rucksacks were all dragged onto the College Lawn for some group work. It is always great to see everyone wanting to help each other during study workshops and our Session 5 students were quick to offer aid to one another when difficulties arose.
Leisure time can only mean one thing: Table Tennis tournaments. Paddles and balls flew as the games began and competitive players revealed themselves. Some worked in teams to increase their chances of success, whilst others decided to go it alone and test their independent talent.
The games were fierce and spectators had to be careful to avoid the fiery balls that flew around the room. On the positive side, it gave students an outlet for some of their pent up energy after a long day of lessons, so we can’t complain!
Cake Decorating and Clay Modelling
The artistically-minded pupils opted for the Cake Decorating and Clay Modelling evening activities this week.
Those wanting to produce edible art grabbed icing tubes and sprinkles as they designed detailed cupcakes. The pleasing designs using milk and white chocolate were particularly satisfying to look at, with symmetry and careful planning evident.
The Clay Modelling class had a bit more freedom with their creativity, as they were supplied with blocks of air-drying clay and given free rein with what they wanted to create. Animals were brought to life with carefully sculpted legs and faces, whilst a mermaid figurine was given a splash of colour with a starry tail. The imagination of the students was impressive and the finished products were fantastic displays of creativity.
Check back soon to see what ORA students at Balliol get up to on the weekend!