The end of summer has arrived for our students at Lady Margaret Hall, and both staff and students are sorry to see such a fantastic session come to an end. Over the last two weeks, our students have laughed, explored, and developed as a group, making fantastic memories and life-long friends and their presence on campus will be sorely missed.
In their academic endeavours, our students have gone from strength to strength. On the broadening horizons programme, classes have tackled some of the biggest contemporary and philosophical questions. Our Human Science class have looked into what it means to be human while those taking the Global Issues Seminars have debated whether or not we’re entering a new age of imperialism.
Our Computer Science class broke the mould by working on their codes out in the open air while our Business and Enterprise class wowed inside the classroom as they presented their phenomenal business ideas. In fact, classes were so good that the PD dropped by to learn along with the students for one of the Experimental Psychology classes!
The social side of life has been incredibly important to our cohort too, helping them bond and come together as a group despite their different home countries. They’ve tested their balance on punting trips, indulged their creative sides making tie-dye t-shirts, and got competitive with sports like football and basketball. The most unforgettable sporting event was the LMH Olympics on Sunday where the students had fun trying out every sport under the sun then cooled off afterwards with a water fight. It’s been wonderful seeing such great friendships blossom between our students – and seeing them make even more when they joined with our Yarnton cohort for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
When not in lessons, our students have had their pick of plenty of academic enrichment activities too. On their first Tuesday, everyone had the chance to work on their story skills in a Creative Writing workshop or prove their technological mettle in a Chaos Coding class. Both were incredible opportunities for the students and everyone walked away armed with a host of new skills.
Some of the most popular choices were those which helped our students get a better idea of what the future might hold for them, such as talks on how to get into law school and how to apply to UK universities. Monday’s great debate was quite the event for our students, too! Opened by an engaging speech from Mr Colin Jack, our debate team blew the staff away with their wonderful ideas as they discussed the merits of manned versus unmanned space exploration.
For many students, the highlight of their stay was the chance to visit London and see a live show performed by a West End cast. The play had everyone in fits of laughter and the opportunity to explore some of the London sights was a very welcome one! Closer to home, our students have made the most of what Oxford has to offer, going shopping in the Westage, taking trips to see the city sites, and drifting down the river in punts.
The session was ended in beautiful style with a graduation ceremony to celebrate all our students’ achievements. There was a great sense of pride in the air as everyone collected their scrolls and the rest of the night was spent partying away the last of their spectacular stay.
The end of this session also signals the end of our summer programmes for 2019 and we’d just like to take a moment to thank all the staff at both Lady Margaret Hall and all our other campuses for creating such an unforgettable summer. We’ve loved every moment of this summer and we can’t wait to do it all again next year – we hope to see some of you back in 2020 to do it with us!