This week kicked off in the usual fashion, with a good breakfast and an exciting and various range of morning classes to start the day. All the students seemed eager to begin their second week, and it was particularly great to see so many friendships consolidating, as the students made their way, chatting and laughing, across campus.
After lunch and a few games of badminton and football, afternoon classes ensued. In a Public Speaking and Debate Class, the students had the opportunity to offer their propositions about climate change, in the ‘ORA Environmental Conference 2019.’ Having been split into groups of three or four, they were given ten minutes to prepare a joint presentation on one of the following topics: air pollution, plastic pollution and climate change.
Throughout the afternoon, various excellent points were given at the makeshift lectern, with Nina, Sophia and Viraj as spokespeople. It is safe to say it got a little heated at points – especially over the issue of one use plastics and the damage they incur on the environment. However, with guidance from their teacher Blanka, the students were encouraged to respect and understand one another’s viewpoints. Blanka was impressed by their passion, which was evident in their eagerness to have their voices heard.
After lessons finished, several students pursued a quintessential Oxford activity – punting! The students enjoyed an idyllic boat ride down the River Cherwell in the sunshine. Although everyone had the chance to guide the boat, it proved rather a challenge to navigate around the trees, much to the amusement of the whole group!