The time as come again for us to say goodbye to another wonderful cohort of students at St Hugh’s College. This cohort had been particularly independent and adventurous, braving Oxford without tour guides on their first day and bringing Friday’s doughnut party out onto the lawn! Every moment with the cohort has been fantastic and a big thank you is due to all the staff for making such a wonderful session possible!
In their classes, the students have really excelled, even putting in their all on the hottest day of the year! Whether out on the lawn with their cameras for Film Academy class, crafting delicate models for Introduction to Engineering or piecing together and programming robots for Introduction to Robotics, the students have consistently impressed their teachers.
Of course, Oxford Royale’s programmes are about much more than just classes. The students have flourished socially during their stay, really letting their creative sides show in friendship bracelet, flower crown, and tie-dye t-shirt making workshops. They’ve tirelessly played games of basketball, badminton, and frisbee, both excited to snag a win and gracious in defeat. They even gave up some of their social time to learn a life skill: doing laundry!
The cohort have gained yet more skills through fun masterclasses. Some students stretched their creativity and aerodynamic knowledge when they built fan-powered cars and put them up against their peers’ in a nail-biting race! Others worked on their leadership and teamwork skills as they sought to build as high as possible without their structure collapsing in an architecture workshop.
The students picked the brains of our counsellors too, determined to learn as much from them as possible in our university Q and A and applying to Oxbridge sessions. Having such engaged and enthusiastic students was a real treat!
For many of our students, their favourite day was our trip into London to the Natural History Museum and Kensington Palace. Experiencing the bustle of London and seeing where members of the British Royal Family once lived was something lots of our cohort had been curious about since their arrival.
Closer to the college, the students have explored every nook and crannies of Oxford city, determined to soak up as much culture as possible. Some students even delved into Oxford’s more fanciful history with a spooky ghost tour! One thing that all our students had in common was not being able to resist going punting on the river Cherwell as often as possible!
All in all, by the time graduation came at the end of the session, our students had acquired a whole host of skills, both academic and creative, putting in more than enough work to have earned their scrolls. The festivities were the perfect way to celebrate all our cohorts achievements and give them a wonderful final night.
As our students leave us, we wish them the best of luck in whatever they choose to do and hope to see some of them returning in the years to come for our 16 – 18 programmes!