Saturday has come and it’s time to wave goodbye to the first 2019 cohort from St. Peter’s. Over the past two weeks, we’ve all loved getting to know the fantastic students here and watching lasting friendships blossoming between them. Now is also the time to send out a huge thank you to all the wonderful staff who have made this session possible!
Our students have spent their time impressing all their teachers with their academic prowess and their strong dedication to their studies. The New Perspectives programme has been particularly popular at this campus, and it’s allowed us to see our students shine in a wide range of different subjects. From sharpening their public speaking skills in Politics and International Relations to perfecting their team working skills by making posters in Experimental Psychology, across the board our students have worked incredibly hard and thoroughly deserve their graduation certificate!
In their free time, students have seized the chance to take part in as many creative workshops as possible, from tie-dyeing T-shirts to mug decorating – not to mention testing their dancing feet in a Salsa workshop! But most importantly, whether chilling out and watching a movie or playing table tennis, the students have done everything together. It’s really wonderful to see how close some of the students have become in the last two weeks and we hope they’ll only grow closer after they leave us.
The students have also loved hearing from the experiences of both their knowledgeable counsellors and staff and the talented guest speakers who have visited them. Jo Bradshaw gave the students an inspiring talk about always persevering which will stick with them for life. Meanwhile Rihanna Satti told the more specific but no less motivating tale of how she created a start-up business. It’s been great to see the students so eager to learn from those around them!
On their exciting excursions, students had the chance to embrace British culture and really jumped in with both feet! Around Oxford, students have grabbed snacks from Ben’s Cookies, tried their hands at punting, and visited Blenheim Palace – the home of former prime minister Winston Churchill. They’ve also been able to explore England’s bustling capital on a trip to the Natural History Museum in London.
The highlight of the two weeks was the fantastic graduation ceremony on Friday where our students got to graduate in the style of real university students. Then after a delicious dinner, they walked over to Lady Margaret’s where they made as many friends as they could before the evening was over.
It’s been a jam-packed two weeks, but every moment has been worth it! We’d just like to say a massive well done to every student for all the hard work they’ve put in. We wish you the very best of luck in whichever paths you choose, and hope to some of you again next year!