Summer Diaries

Discover what our students got up to during their time with us in Oxford.

VIDEO DIARIES

Who can forget last summer? We won’t, thanks to the happy memories in our video diaries. Intrepid film maker Lila from our team recorded some of the fun and games from last summer, and here are the results…

SUMMER BLOGS

Get a taste of what a typical summer is like by browsing through our blogs from last summer. Our blogs are also a great way for families to keep in touch with what’s going on at Oxford Scholastica!

Session One

Exploring Windsor Castle

Exploring Windsor Castle

Our annual trip to Windsor began at 8.45, and our students were waiting bright and early for the coaches to arrive. After a short journey through the English countryside we arrived in the picturesque town ready for a day of sightseeing. Luckily the rain of the day...

Changing the World with OSA!

On Tuesday the weather finally broke, and our students got to experience the true British summer, with an afternoon of rain! The students had a choice of volunteering at Hogacre Common, or participating in our Change the World Masterclass, and had been gearing up for...

Debating at the Oxford Union

Debating at the Oxford Union

Monday continued the scorching temperatures in Oxford, so the students escaped to the Oxford Union for some indoor excitement. The Oxford Union, founded in 1823, is a debating society that has played host to many speeches and debates led by eminent politicians, famous...

OSA International Ball

OSA International Ball

Sunday morning began with a well needed lie-in for our students after a busy first week. Some students headed off to hero sessions in the morning, hearing from young professionals in their field, and discovering the direction that their future careers could take....

OSA Challenge Day

OSA Challenge Day

The OSA Challenge Day dawned bright and early, and our students were soon excitedly settled into their class groups, ready to take it on. Our Young Lawyers’ Academy headed to the Crown Court for a mock trial, whilst our Leadership & International Relations and Debate...

Applications and Activities

Applications and Activities

Friday again began with classes and independent study for all students - courses were well underway and assignment deadlines were beginning to loom for students. The afternoon was a welcome change of pace for students, as they split into groups for some Masterclasses....

A Trip to Cambridge

A Trip to Cambridge

An early morning awaited our students as they got ready for their first trip day of the summer school. We were off to England's other famous university city, Cambridge - or, as it's known to Oxford students, 'The Other Place!' The buses were surprisingly quiet as...

Punting and Picnicking

Punting and Picnicking

Today, our students experienced some of the most quintessentially Oxonion activities – punting and picnicking. In the summer months the city is full of students and townspeople alike floating down the rivers, enjoying the nice weather. It was a beautifully sunny day,...

Life Lessons and Shakespeare

Life Lessons and Shakespeare

The first full day of classes was upon us and our students were excited to show off the introductory work that they had done. The morning went by in a flurry of activity, with students dutifully completing independent study in their rooms, and hurrying off to class to...

Touring the city of Oxford

Touring the city of Oxford

The first full day of the summer school dawned cloudy, but that didn’t dampen our students’ spirits. After introductory classes with their new tutors, they had their first experience of our independent study time and diligently got to work on their assignments. After...

Session Two

OSA International Ball

OSA International Ball

On Sunday morning students enjoyed Hero Sessions, in which they had the chance to meet young professionals in their chosen fields, and learn about their career paths. This gave everyone a clearer idea of what life in their field could actually look like, and inspired...

Conquering New Challenges

Conquering New Challenges

After a morning of classes where students brushed up on their knowledge, it was time for the famous OSA Challenge Afternoon. Our Young Lawyers’ Academy headed to the Crown Court for a mock trial, whilst our Leadership & International Relations and Debate & Public...

A Day Out in Cambridge

A Day Out in Cambridge

Luckily yesterday's weather didn't last, and the sun was shining again for our trip to Cambridge. Students enjoyed a trip round St John's College, one of the most famous in Cambridge, as well as Jesus College, another large and spectacular college. They particularly...

A Very British Day

A Very British Day

Today, our students were supposed to experience some of the most quintessentially Oxonion activities – punting and picnicking. In the summer months the city is full of students and townspeople alike floating down the rivers, enjoying the nice weather. However, they in...

Getting to Know the City

Getting to Know the City

Students' introductory classes kicked off their day yesterday, with everyone eager to get to know their coursemates and tutors, and discover more about what they will be learning over the next two weeks. They were also treated to a welcome talk by our Directors, Jamie...

Graduation Day

Graduation Day

The last full day of the summer school was packed with celebration and reflection on the students' time together. Parents and family joined the students in the Saïd Business School for our graduation ceremony, where certificates were awarded and everyone looked back...

A Trip to Cambridge

A Trip to Cambridge

On Wednesday, students faced an early start, with a 7.30am coach to Cambridge. Not a sound was heard until we arrived at 10am, with everyone happily napping in preparation for the day ahead. Students were treated to a tour of St John's College - one of the most...

Learning to Punt

Learning to Punt

Today, our students experienced some of the most quintessentially Oxonion activities – punting and picnicking. Punting was an activity unknown to the vast majority of our students, and some interesting explanations and demonstrations took place in our common rooms...

Dancing at the International Ball

Dancing at the International Ball

On Sunday our students began their day with Hero sessions, where they got to meet a young professional in their field and learn about their career path, and what a day in their life is actually like. These sessions were enlightening for all our students, and left them...

Exploring New Challenges

Exploring New Challenges

After a morning of classes, our students had a quick lunch before reconvening for the much-anticipated Challenge Day! This consisted of them putting all of the things they have learned over the first week of classes into action, and getting a taste of what life in...

Session Three

Graduation Night

Graduation Night

The last full day of the summer school was packed with celebration and reflection on the students' time together. Parents and family joined the students in the Saïd Business School for our graduation ceremony, where certificates were awarded and everyone looked back...

Oxford’s Got Talent

Oxford’s Got Talent

On the penultimate day of the summer school, students got to enjoy two of our most popular activities! First we were greeted with bright sunshine which allowed us to finally try our hands at punting on the river Cherwell in the afternoon. Some students were more adept...

A Day at the Castle

A Day at the Castle

The British weather again followed us to Windsor, where students valiantly kept up their spirits despite some heavy rain in the morning. After arriving, they braved the rain to wait for the famous Changing of the Guard parade, before visiting Windsor Castle for some...

The Oxford Union

The Oxford Union

Unfortunately, Monday continued the pattern of wind and rain, so our students retreated to the Oxford Union for an indoor afternoon. Everyone was wowed by the splendour of the building, which has played host to numerous famous speakers, from Bernie Sanders to Anna...