Another wonderful session is over at Jowett, and it’s time to wave goodbye to the fantastic cohort who’ve stayed here over the session. Spending time with such a lively and adventurous group of students has been amazing for all the staff here and this cohort will surely be missed.
Across their classes, our students have consistently shown themselves to be creative, conscientious, and clever, meeting every challenge the curriculum has thrown at them with unflinching determination. Our students have had the chance to study Mathematics in the beautiful Museum of Natural History, take on the challenges of real businesses in Business and Enterprise and perform tricky experiments as part of their Chemistry classes. As always, our Broadening Horizons programme was incredibly popular and allowed our students to flourish across several of their favourite subjects.
Outside of classes our students have really pushed the boat out (literally and figuratively) in their ventures. From punting trips to yoga, from karaoke to tie dying, the students have had a go at as many activities as they could get. The crowning events, of course were the students’ colour themed dinner with Balliol and their football match against St.Catz. At both our students made fast friends with the other cohort, showing just how friendly and outgoing our students were.
While impressing the staff with their oratory skills at the Great Debate, the students listened raptly to the wisdom of the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. His phenomenal list of achievements was more than enough to inspire our students, but it wasn’t only his expertise the students took note of. Through a university Q and A session and a talk on how to apply for med school, the cohort has picked the brains of our counsellors, making sure they learn as much as possible before they leave.
Our students have grown culturally as well as academically, both through meeting so many new and diverse friends and through their many excursions. Around Oxford, the students have visited the Botanic Gardens and the Museum of Modern Art, broadening their horizons and expanding their knowledge. They even got to experience the bustle of London and a performance in a West End theatre!
Our students graduated armed with new skills – both academic and personal – and they were certainly due a celebration for their efforts! Coming together again with all the friends they’d made over the course of the session was the perfect way to end, leaving everyone with a smile on their face.
As our students depart from the college at the end of a wonderful session, so too do our staff. With the final session of 2019 now finished for Jowett, the college closes its doors for now with hopes to open them up to some familiar faces for ORA’s 2020 summer programme. A huge thank you to all the staff here for making the last two weeks possible and a huge well done and good luck to all the wonderful students of the session.