Thanks to the wonderful weather yesterday, all of the students were keen to spend as much time as possible outside. There was an exciting Model UN at Yarnton which saw students from around the world debating whether or not the death penalty should be abolished. Everyone argued their points eloquently and it was brilliant to see the students so engaged.
In the afternoon, a large group of the students aged 16 – 18 took advantage of the sunshine to take a trip into the city and enjoy some independent shopping and sightseeing. Most of the students aged 13 – 15 chose to play sports on the lawn during their lunch break, with some of the group preferring to lounge, chat and sunbathe.
As usual badminton proved one of the most popular activities, and it is safe to say that some of the games got a little competitive, with Manolis from Greece making sure that every last point counted! This year, we have a large contingent of Greek students staying with us and it was fantastic to hear about some of their experiences so far.
Manolis commented that his favourite part of his stay has been meeting new people and learning in a different setting. Both Manolis and Philip said that Maths has been their favourite subject whereas Melina noted how interesting it has been to study politics in more depth. All of them said that they had particularly enjoyed playing sports and touring Oxford.
In the afternoon, two guest speakers offered inspirational insights into a world beyond education. Deborah Vorhies spoke about Global Governance whilst Colin Jack from the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, took the students on a journey through outer space and discussed the possibility of life on Mars!