The high halls and lush grounds of St Catz were filled with laughter and joyful conversation once more as Session 5 students arrived yesterday and set the tone for a memorable two weeks. Clearly not ones to have their spirits dampened by a bit of light drizzle, students threw themselves into new friendships in their new surroundings; they enjoyed afternoon tea in the marquee, and game after active game in the quads―the angular overhangs of Jacobsen’s design provided all the shelter that was needed, once again proving his genius.
Next, it was time for the formal welcome talk by Programme Director Dennis Carty. He encouraged students to make the most of their lessons and each other, emphasising that this is a pretty unique and wonderful experience to be having at this age: with over 135 nationalities living and learning together at ORA campuses this summer, there are many stories to be heard and told, and new perspectives to consider and absorb.
To round off the evening, students enjoyed a delightful dinner in the Catz dining hall, before retiring to their rooms to see off their jetlag and regain their freshness ahead of the first day of lessons―which we’ll report on in full tomorrow!