After so much time spent in the classroom on Wednesday, the students were keen to venture out into Oxford after lessons yesterday.
Counsellors led students on an array of excursions around Oxford. First on the list, and by far the most popular, was punting. Punting is certainly a very characteristically Oxford activity – despite Cambridge also claiming it as their own, it is loved by residents, students and visitors alike. During a session of punting, the students were able to relax and float down the river, taking in all the sights. Students also tried their hand at steering the boat, using the pole (or quant, to give its proper title) to propel a small wooden barge through the water. Despite a few wobbles, the students took to it with ease and were soon gliding effortlessly up and down the River Cherwell.
Another group of students opted to visit the University Church of St Mary the Virgin on the High Street. It was originally a Saxon church, but rebuilt and still standing from the 14th and 15th century. Students climbed the winding spiral staircase right up to the top of the ornate spire, from which perhaps the very best view of the city can be obtained.
After students had finished dinner, it was time for a movie in the JCR. Students were granted a well-earned evening of relaxation with their friends in College, and with the chance to catch up on their homework if need be.
Students began preparations for tonight’s mid-session ‘English Music Festival’ themed party at Kingston Bagpuize country house. Students tie-dyed white t-shirts in swirling extravagant colours while other strung together impressive crowns of flowers, promising a festival filled with festooned with summer blooms.