Yesterday saw a full day of lessons in the morning and early afternoon. Students are now well underway in their respective courses, and will be working hard on presentations over the next few days.
After class ended, one major event was the installation of a table-tennis table behind the Garden Room. The table was originally intended for Catz, so it had to be carefully rolled through central Cambridge by our Junior Deans to get it to Eddie’s. That must have been a bizarre sight for any onlookers! It was well worth the effort though and the table has already seen plenty of use at Eddie’s.
The afternoon also saw the team for the upcoming ORA Great Debate get together to finalise their line-up and devise their strategy. The topic up for discussion is the merits of standardised testing for students and teachers. With all of our students having experience of exams in school, this was an issue which was close to the hearts of all involved, and there was no shortage of strong opinions.
After this, it was time for the evening’s festivities to take off! Dinner was a tasty BBQ in the scenic environment of the Millennium Garden where they were soon joined by our Catz contingent. Both campuses enjoyed the chance to make new friends and socialise. The highlight of the evening was a keenly contested game of football (Catz vs Eddie’s). Despite the boundaries of the pitch not being entirely clear, the standard was high and the pace fast. A fine goal from one of Eddie’s players, Matteo, separated the two teams at close of play.
As darkness fell, a new form of entertainment presented itself. Armed with microphones, and a projector to broadcast lyrics, karaoke in the Garden Room became a smash-hit.
Tracks ranged from Cypriot folk music to A-Ha’s classic ‘Take On Me’. Highlights included a passionate rendition of John Denver’s ‘Country Roads’ and, perhaps the ultimate karaoke track, ‘Tequila’.
After a unanimously enjoyed evening, final registration saw everyone happy, but tired. Students went off to bed looking forward to a day off from lessons tomorrow and a chance to visit Grantchester.