It is time to say goodbye to Catz, however, it is not only the students who we wave off but we also say goodbye to our campus staff as our sessions for the summer are now over at this wonderful college. These students have shown real resilience during their time here, and their kindness is evident from the amount of students who return home with a new group of friends.
Students have really excelled in our classes here thanks to both their level of determination as well as our fantastic range of staff on campus who have always offered a helping hand. Our academics in particular have been impressed by this brainy bunch and it has been excellent to see their knowledge expand and grow as they have progressed. Those on our Cambridge Summer English Programme have had the chance to dive into some Shakespeare – developing their vocabulary by learning some of the words the man himself invented. Our Computer Science programme have also developed their technological vocabulary as they have learnt how to programme and code in three different languages.
To develop their practical skills in a less formal context, students have benefitted from masterclasses which have encouraged them to think outside the box. For example, the group learned about body language and laughter thanks to the expertise of the Oxford Imps. Those who preferred something a little more serious enjoyed a Stockmarket Challenge and it seems that we may have a few brokers in our midst!
The Great Debate was a brilliant way for students to flex their speechmaking muscles and the whole day was spent discussing the concerning problem of radicalisation. All students spoke with care and confidence and the afternoon was incredibly informative. It has been wonderful to witness the respect and sensitivity with which these students have treated one another as we are certain that the whole group will return home with international friends for life.
Outside of college, students spent a great deal of time in the park playing sports and enjoying picnics when the weather permitted. The group have experience Cambridge to the max, with trips to Fitzwilliam Museum, Bowling and the Zoo. Of course, a stay in Cambridge would not be complete without several sessions of punting on the water and boat rides were a real hit wit this cohort. The most popular trip by far was the one into London, when everyone had the chance to see a West End play!
Graduation and the festivities that went alongside it was an appropriate way to celebrate the end of these two weeks. We must thank all of our staff who have facilitated our programmes in Cambridge, including our counsellors, teachers, directors and coordinators, without whom none of this would have been possible. The night was partied away with students from St Edmund’s and everyone was sad to say goodbye.
Well done to all of our students at Catz, you have truly wowed us with your energy and sensitivity and you will be missed. A massive thank you to all of our staff – and finally goodbye to the wonderful college that has been home for everyone over the summer!