Our students on our 19 + programmes have enjoyed a very busy first week in Oxford, with the opportunity to do lots of independent sightseeing in the city centre. The programmes have also got off to a studious start, as everyone has shown their dedication and commitment to their classes.
After a week of hard work, Saturday saw a chilled-out group excursion to take part in a quintessentially ‘Oxford’ pursuit – punting! This allowed the students to experience Oxford by boat, and fortunately the weather held out throughout the afternoon as everyone glided down the river, pointing out the city’s dreaming spires.
As Univ is only a stone’s throw away from Magdalen Bridge where the punts set off, it was only a short walk from college to take part in this exciting activity. On the walk, students enjoyed chatting to one another – a chance to consolidate on their friendships which are already beginning to blossom and grow. It has been great to see this group’s engagement with one another, as well as our wonderful staff at Univ.
Once they arrived, it was time to get into the punts. Although at first it was a little unnerving, once the students had got their footing they set off to see the sights of Oxford via the River Cherwell. Each of the students got to have a chance to steer the boat which provided lots of laughs. Punting is not as easy as it looks as the oar is heavy, so it took a little time for the students to develop the skills to steer. Regardless of a few mishaps, luckily everyone managed to stay dry as well as dodging trees and other tourists as they weaved along the river.
Following this fun excursion, the whole group headed back to college and took the late afternoon to complete some of their assignments. The evening was relaxed, and the students shared stories outside, enjoying the last few rays of sunshine as they look forward to a sunny Sunday!