A very wet and windy day here in Oxford, but perfect for learning in the classroom. Medical Preparation students discussed the philosophical and ethical sides to medicine. ‘Can a doctor tell a man’s wife he contracted the HIV virus from another woman?’ ‘Can a mother stop her child from receiving a blood transfusion if they are Jehovah’s Witness?’ these topics sparked tremendous debate in the classroom. Every so often the tutor would hop into the debate to stir the pot, but students formulated their own well-formed arguments. Film Academy students continued to write their films, looking at a wide variety of different shot techniques and camera angles.
After the students had completed their morning lessons and afternoon workshops, students gathered for the Model UN debate. Students assumed the role of a nation ambassador or state representative to debate and seek global issues. The topic of discussion was ‘Women in politics’. Each team had to research their countries position and prepare a two-minute speech, followed by a rebuttal period where students had to answer questions on the spot about their speeches. The winner (yet to be announced) from this group will go on to represent Balliol in the Great ORA Debate next Tuesday at the Sheldonian Theatre.
Due to the unfortunate weather, counsellors led activities on site in the evening, including a ping pong tournament in the JCR and cupcake decorating. The sun is forecast to come out tomorrow!