Students are working hard, as lessons are now in full swing. Courses are proving suitably challenging – students on our Medical Preparation programme have really hit the ground running and yesterday sat a practice BMAT, the exam requirement for those applying to read Medicine at the University of Oxford. While students agreed that the exam was hard, they are in safe hands with their wonderful teacher Peter Woods, who is confident that they will all be BMAT pros by the end of the session.
Students tackled another new challenge yesterday as they took to the River Cherwell on that less-than-wieldy Oxford vessel, the punt. Despite Teresa’s playful announcement that she “almost died” on the voyage, we are happy to report that the ORA flotilla returned safely after navigating low branches, bridges and the odd dozy duck like old hands. Afternoon activities also included visits to the University Church and Christ Church College. Students climbed the University Church Tower, which dates from 1280 and is the oldest part of the church still visible today. Eugenia pronounced the views “spectacular”.
Back at the Manor a celebrity guest awaited – House Dean Alex was especially starstruck on meeting the world’s most famous raven, Bran’s guide in the magic of Greensight, during the Birds of Prey session on the lawns. The raven was much more approachable than his on-screen character and kindly consented to pose for photos in the arms of eager students.
Today students will take on the “hot topic” of climate change in a Model UN debate. We’re excited to see them turn their analytical and diplomatic skills to this pressing global issue, and will report in full tomorrow!