The students definitely had a fun filled weekend full of social and cultural excursions including their Mid-Session Party, trip to Hampton Court Palace and the Inter Campus Olympics this Sunday. At the intercollegiate event, the students from Queen’s and University Colleges entered each and every race, from the egg and spoon race right through to the running relay races. They undoubtedly had the best community spirit and won numerous races against Balliol and St Catherine’s Colleges.
The students returned to the classroom fresh and ready to learn after their relaxing weekend. Ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s Great ORA Debate at the New Theatre hosted by Tom Fletcher, two students carefully conduct their last minute preparations to represent Queen’s and University Colleges against Balliol and St Catherine’s. The students will argue against the motion, “Modern technology and traditional diplomacy are incompatible” in an eight-minute speech, followed by a further four-minute rebuttal. The selected students acquired the honour of representing their colleges by proving their worth and winning the Model UN debates held last week, and have since received tuition from Matteo Grasso to ensure their performance runs smoothly.
Whilst this was going on, the students on the Global Leadership Programme undertook a fascinating and unique tour of the Houses of Parliament in London – a fantastic opportunity for all! Business and Enterprise visited the Mini Car Plant, located on the outskirts of Oxford, learning about the inner workings of the manufacturing process, providing valuable insight into product production. The Mini plant in Oxford is the birthplace and heart of Mini. Following this was a University life seminar involving a panel of undergraduate and graduate students providing important insights into the university application process and university life in the UK. The students were allowed to ask the panel questions, leading a fruitful and informative discussion
After a full morning of lessons and afternoon workshops, the students were able to vent their energy in Zumba. The activity involves dance and aerobic movements performed to energetic music incorporating the best of salsa, samba hip-hop and soca dancing. The students were incredibly enthusiastic, having built up their dancing confident at last week’s Mid-Session party. Students didn’t want to stop the activities there and begged the counsellors to take them to the park. Whilst there, they met St Catherine’s College and played two very competitive games of football, coming out on top 2-0!
Make sure to tune in tomorrow to find out about The Great ORA Debate.