The fabulous English weather decided that day one would be a good time to let our students know that it can change on a dime, and that they should always expect the unexpected. Like torrential downpours at the start of June. However, our students took it in their stride, and decided that it was all part of the Great English Summer tradition.
Lessons kicked off to much aplomb and the students got stuck into their respective courses with the same gusto as the rain pounding on the windows. After their day of hard work, the students departed for their tour of the City of Dreaming (and slightly wet) Spires.
Dampness aside, the students were thrilled to take in the key sites of the city – visiting prestigious buildings such as the Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Camera and the Sheldonian Theatre. Led by experienced ORA Junior Dean Gavin, they also got the chance to explore and do a little shopping at Oxford’s historic (and fortunately) Covered Market, along with architecturally award-winning Westgate shopping centre. One of the greatest delights of the tour was a visit to the ‘Narnia Door’, which is believed to have inspired C.S Lewis’ descriptions in his famous work The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
After much exploring, the students returned to Yarnton Manor for a well-deserved, and much-needed hot and hearty dinner. Then it was on to the evening’s entertainment – a General Knowledge Quiz with a small twist. Amongst the general knowledge questions were some sneaky questions about summer school counsellors!
All-in-all, despite the weather, it was a wonderful first day, with the students beginning to form friendships and make excellent academic strides, while having fun along the way.