Yesterday proved to be a fantastic day for learning. After a full morning of lessons, students began their Insight Masterclasses. Students had the morning to sign up for the masterclass and were advised to select one they felt best suited their interests or their subject choice.
Using a number of forensic investigation methods to examine a mock crime scene, students tried to divine what had taken place: they analysed blood samples, examined finger prints and scrutinised the smallest details to help resolve a crime scene simulation. Students above all enjoyed dressing up in the forensic suits and walking into a full pretend crime scene set up: it takes a lot of imagination to reconstruct a crime from a host of seemingly unrelated and insignificant facts, and in its way it was an enjoyable exercise.
Other students elected to put their imaginations to work in the slightly more commonplace world of creative writing. In this workshop, students used a variety of techniques to enhance their writing skills in both prose and poetry, learning about methods of inspiration to create their very own writing. It was very hands on, with high levels of class participation, and fears were overcome as students read out their own work.
The final option was a theatre and performance workshop, where students participated in various interactive and movement exercises improving both special awareness and overall confidence. Masterclass leaders encouraged students to be bold and really immerse themselves in the new identities they were attempting to assume.
After a delicious dinner in the main hall, the students gathered at Wadham College to watch William Shakespeare’s 16th-century play, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. For many students it was their first Shakespeare experience, and they were left in awe at his wordplay and fast-moving humour.
Tomorrow the students will be debating on behalf of their countries at the Model UN debate. More updates to follow.