Lampl Summer Blogs

Sunday 7th July to Saturday 20th July

Tuesday 16th July 2019

 

The week already seems to be flying by. Students had breakfast this morning followed by their regular classes at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Oxford University English Language Centre. After Independent study in their rooms, it was time for lunch in town! Students now mostly tend to enjoy their lunch break exploring George Street and Cornmarket Street in Oxford City Centre. We’ve also certainly heard from our students that the Panini Shop outside Westgate has quickly turned into a Lampl favourite.

One yummy lunch later, it was time for the success master classes! Students then had dinner at one of Oxford’s favourites – The Breakfast Club. Ordering from a selection of the restaurant’s specials that included Flat Iron steak with Chips, Smoked Hadddock and Halloumi and Salad wraps! What a treat!

They then all headed back to Lampl to enjoy yet another House Night with our ACs Holly and Omar. It was a more relaxed evening that included doing each other’s nails, face masks and making friendship bracelets! In the pictures above you can see Ioanna teaching Omar how to apply a face mask and Jean Pierre and Sean rocking their masks! You can also see Minaal, Santiago, Kushi and Gurrehmat all doing their nails too!

Monday 15th July 2019

 

The second week of the summer school has begun. We can’t believe the first went by so quickly! Students woke up on Monday for an early breakfast before they headed for their morning classes. After independent study and lunch in town, they were given the option of attending one of two Masterclasses. The first was titled ‘Thinking about your Future’ and the other was about UK university applications! Here’s a picture of our Lampl students from one of the talks:

 

 

 

By now, students have become locals to Oxford City Centre and were allowed to go on their own to grab dinner from Westgate. We then all met at Bonn Sq to head to an outdoor play! Macbeth was being performed at the Oxford Castle that evening – featuring our very own Creative Writing tutor, Eleonora, as Lady Macbeth! The students even followed after with some dancing in the courtyard inspired by the talented actors. Here’s a picture from the play! (Our Head of House notes that these are the back of Connor and Felicity’s heads):

 

 

The students then returned to Lampl. Tomorrow is going to be more on the academic side, with Masterclasses in the afternoon. However, our excursion to Windsor is coming after that so stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday and Sunday, 13-14th July 2019

 

The weekend was finally here and Lampl students were certainly looking forward to their free time! Saturday started off with a bit of a late breakfast, allowing students a little extra time in bed before their Hero Sessions started. In these sessions, students had the opportunity to talk to an inspirational Hero from their chosen subject. Sessions even included a long Q&A to make sure they benefited as much as possible from meeting all our Heroes.

 

 

Afterwards, students had a long lunch break (followed by more free time) to explore Oxford. A lot of them went shopping, some played basketball in one of Oxford’s public courts and others took our advice from the tour last week and went up the old university towers! Beautiful views of Oxford have definitely been reported.

After a dinner at Wagamamas, we had a competitive quiz night with the students at the Lampl building. Here are our ACs Holly and Omar leading the quizzes! Questions included history, music and geography rounds.

 

 

On Sunday, we had a very relaxed morning. Some students slept in, while others woke up to have an early breakfast and play card games together. We then went to brunch in one of Oxford’s oldest and most prestigious colleges – Corpus Christi! Students enjoyed a wide selection of breakfast food from the open buffet (even going for seconds) before everyone left to enjoy more weekend free time. 

After playing rugby at University Parks and some last-minute shopping, students came back to Lampl to enjoy some pizza before getting ready for the ball. It was a fun packed night, with students dancing on a boat that set off from Folly Bridge! Here are some great pictures from the night! Hussain in national dress, Jonas and the rest of the Lampl team, as well as Minaal and Yi Xin! Everyone was there having a nice time! It was definitely an evening to remember.

 

 

 

 

Friday 12th July 2019

 

The day of fun challenges has arrived! Students have been waiting for these hands-on challenges from the day they arrived at Oxford. The Young Doctors went to the John Radcliffe hospital to interview with patients, Debate students researched and debated a highly controversial topic and Discover Technology students built their own rockets!

Here’s a picture of all of our Engineering students after their challenge. They competed in building a sturdy bridge using different material like paper and spaghetti! Can you spot our three Lampl students?

 

 

Our brilliant students, Emmanuel, Jean Pierre and Faisal were all on the same team! More excitingly, they came second! Here’s a picture of them constructing their bridge.

 

bridge challenge

 

On the other hand, our debate team tackled the important topic of the Palestinian – Israeli conflict. Here’s them doing research before the debate. Notice Francesca, Jack and Lija all hard at work!

 

 

And here’s another picture of Connor listening to the tutor explain how to tackle certain parts of the conflict further.

 

 

Many more challenges were done in other classrooms around Oxford, with Creative Writing students creating a magazine, Psychologists conducting a study and Enterprise students pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges. Students returned home afterwards to relax after their busy day before heading to Leon for dinner.

Everyone is looking forward to the weekend, when they’ll have plenty of free time to explore Oxford and relax in the house.

 

 

 

Thursday 11th July 2019

 

Today was a very exciting day. Students had the opportunity to stand and debate each other in same place leaders and famous celebrities have – the iconic Oxford Union. They joined everyone from Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher to Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama and even Kanye West in speaking at the Oxford Union.

 

They split into groups to start with a practice topic: should social media be banned? Notice Arthur and Emanuel deep in discussion! All our students were very engaged – this is a topic close to their hearts!

 

Before the big final debate, the dialogue part of the class included teaching students how to speak using non-violent communication. Here’s a picture of Vanson, Connor, Sean and Jack following suit when the coach asked the students to meditate!

It was then time for the main controversial topic. Should we boycott celebrities who have allegedly committed offences? Here’s Yit arguing his position!

 

In the end, the opposition team won. It was then time to relax and end another fun day – tomorrow the students will take part in separate challenges all over Oxford for a hands-on experience in their chosen subjects. Yet another day we’re definitely all looking forward to!

 

 

 

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Today was the big trip to Blenheim Palace, the official residence of the Dukes of Marlborough and the birthplace of Winston Churchill! After a half hour bus journey that involved airdropping many memes to each other, we arrived at the palace. Before entering, students had time to explore the gardens and take photos. Mateo and Santiago definitely made the most of their time as they came running back half an hour later saying they made it all the way to the large pillar outside the palace!

 

 

Felicity decided to spend this extra time trying to roll down the hill that lead to the river. She didn’t manage to roll that far but this funny picture was worth it!

Inside the palace, students learned about the history of the building and Winston Churchill’s childhood. Here’s a pic of Yashvi reading more about Churchill and Kornelija, Mark, and Olle admiring the artwork in one of the rooms.

 

And here’s another picture of Vitor and Jack after finishing the tour!

 

 

The students even stopped to sign their names in the palace guest book. They then went outside to enjoy the rest of the palace gardens, which included large fountains and a magnificent view!

 

 

After the trip, students went to grab dinner together at Westgate. We then all returned to Lampl for House Night! Our ACs ran a variety of games and students got to take part in whatever game they liked. The highlight of the night, however, was that Vitor succeeded in his long-awaited challenge of telling Dr Pepper apart from Cola and Pepsi… while blindfolded! Vitor gained three house points putting his very proud team in the lead!

 

 

 

Tuesday 9th July 2019

 

Today was the ultimate day of outdoors fun. The students had started off their day as usual, a classic breakfast, fun classes, and lunch in town. It was then time for punting! The students gathered and made their way to the Cherwell boathouse and Lampl were the first on their punts! It didn’t take them long to make their way down the river. Here’s a picture of Hannah, Felicity, Serena, and Kornelija getting ready to set off!

 

 

Jonas, Santiago, Trip, Emanuel, Thomas and Mark were really enjoying it! Santiago even got his house team points for leading his friends so well.

Layan was doing great leading too! She quickly got a hang of punting and was making her way smoothly down the river with her team. Try and spot our Head of House in the back!

 

 

After punting, we all went to University Parks to relax before our big BBQ at Wolfson College. Lampl students gathered with students from St Thomas’s and split into groups. Some of them played football, some played an exciting game of ‘Mafia’ led by our AC Holly, and others laid down in the sun to chat.

Here are Mateo, Santiago, Arthur, Trip and Vladimir chatting together and resting after punting:

 

 

We then headed off to Wolfson College for a delicious BBQ! The students enjoyed more ‘Mafia’ and football before Michael Plant, a PhD researcher in Moral Philosophy at Oxford University, came to give us a Masterclass entitled ‘Conquering Happiness’ to end the fun-packed day.

 

 

 

Monday 8th July 2019

 

After a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast, Lampl students made their way to their first classes of the summer! Our house team took them to the Blavatnik School of Government and Oxford University English Language Centre to meet their tutors. Here’s a picture of Hussein and Faisal that morning!

 

 

Mateo, one of our Discover Medicine students, couldn’t stop talking about his class all the way back! Santiago, a Discover Tech student, even discussed the importance of combining tech and medicine with Mateo.

 

 

After some independent study time to finish their homework and a quick lunch in city centre, it was time for a tour around Oxford! Students got the chance to see the Radcliffe Camera, Bridge of Sighs, Bodleian Library and even an inside tour of Jesus College, one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges in central Oxford. Here are some pictures of our students in the Jesus College Hall and outside the Radcliffe Camera! 

Our other group also added Oxford Castle to their list! Sean and Ishi even jokingly took a picture in the pillory outside the 12th Century Castle.

The students then had an exciting Scavenger Hunt, where they put their new knowledge of Oxford to the test. They won points for drawing our team as gargoyles, running around the Radcliffe Camera, and answering questions about Oxford’s history and surroundings! After the successful hunt, the students enjoyed a local favourite treat of G&Ds ice cream then went to bed to rest before their next fun-packed day.

 

 

 

 

Sunday 7th July – Arrivals Day!

 

The first day of summer school is finally here!  Our Oxford Scholastica team excitedly waited for our new students to arrive at their houses for the summer: Lampl, St Thomas’s and Edwards. Despite the fact that most students came tired from their flights, they were all still really enthusiastic about starting their classes and activities tomorrow! Here’s a picture of our Heads of House Maeve and Jenny ready to welcome students:

 

 

After saying goodbye to their parents, students had a delicious BBQ as they enjoyed the view of Oxford from the roof terrace at the Oxford Castle and laughed at the sight of an inflatable flying dinosaur (yes, really!). 

 

 

It was then time to start our icebreakers. Our Activities Coordinator Omar from Lampl led the Human Knot! It quickly turned into a fun competition between the students. Who could untangle their group faster and win? 

 

 

Jenny, our Head of House from St Thomas’s, played ‘Forbidden Rhythm’ with students with the scenic Oxford sunset behind them. The day ended with another warm welcome from our Heads of House before the students went to bed to rest in preparation for their big first day at Scholastica!