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

Graduation Night

Graduation Night

Graduation day was filled with lots of tearful farewells and parents beaming with pride. The day started off with everyone attending their final classes before spending their last free time in the city picking up Oxford treats and souvenirs for friends and family back...

London

London

The second day trip of the summer school started out bright and early with a coach trip to London. First, the students were treated to an alternative tour of London’s street art. They learned more about the history and current movements within the field of street art,...

Debating at the Oxford Union

Debating at the Oxford Union

Monday welcomed some rain and cooler 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 been host to many speeches and debates led by eminent politicians,...

Museums, Music, and Football Matches!

Museums, Music, and Football Matches!

By Sunday, everyone was settled comfortably into their daily routines and relaxed after successfully completing the academic Course Challenges. After a busy morning, the students had free time and several great options as to how to spend it. Some students decided to...

Course Challenges and Quiz Night

Course Challenges and Quiz Night

On Saturday, everyone was excited about the subject specific Challenges for each of the courses. After lunch, the Young Doctors’ Academy and Discover Medicine students headed off to the John Radcliffe hospital to learn how to take histories and diagnose patients. The...

OSA International Ball

OSA International Ball

Students woke up bright and early to attend their classes and work on assignments this Friday. Everyone was buzzing with excitement about their upcoming class Challenges, especially Anna Matilde who could not wait to visit the John Radcliffe Hospital to get hands-on...

Windsor and Eton Outing

Windsor and Eton Outing

The early cloud of the day burned off as we mounted the coach for our first day trip to Windsor and Eton.  Our first destination, Windsor, is home to Windsor Castle and the Queen herself for several months of the year. In the shadow of the Castle we watched the...

Punting in the Sun

Punting in the Sun

Today, OSA students got to experience two quintessentially Oxonian pastimes – punting and picnicking. After wrapping up classes, private study and enjoying their lunch break in the sun, everyone headed down to the Cherwell Boathouse to try their hand at punting....

Learning about Resilience and Shakespeare

Learning about Resilience and Shakespeare

  By the third day of the summer school, strong friendships were already developing among the students. Everyone was getting settled into their daily routines and the foundations had formed for a memorable summer at Oxford Scholastica! The day started off with an...

Touring around Oxford

Touring around Oxford

The first Monday of the summer school started off bright and early for everyone at Oxford Scholastica. Studying courses ranging from Computer Science to Enterprise Academy, the students had their introductory classes in the morning and met their tutors for the first...

Session Two

Graduation Evening

Graduation Evening

The last full day of the summer school was packed with celebration and reflection on the students' time together.  After lunch, students had free time to pick up some last minute souvenirs for their friends and family back home and get some final photos in front of...

Oxford Scholastica’s Talented Students

Oxford Scholastica’s Talented Students

After a morning of penultimate classes and private study time, the students had free time to explore any parts of the city of Oxford they had missed. A number used the time strategically, picking up final souvenirs for friends and family back home. Some students...

London

London

The much-anticipated London trip day started early on Wednesday, with most students taking the opportunity to have a nap as our three coaches rolled their way to East London. Students divided up into groups for a tour of Brick Lane and its street art by local artists....

Change Makers at OSA

Change Makers at OSA

On Tuesday, after a busy day of classes and socialising, the students focused on how they could impact the world in a positive way as both students and alumni of Oxford Scholastica Academy. Some students headed over to Hogacre Common to help a local charity build a...

Debating Masterclass at the Oxford Union

Debating Masterclass at the Oxford Union

On an overcast Monday, the students headed over to the Oxford Union in order to participate in the Debating Masterclass. For some students, the class was their first introduction to debating, but for others it was an exciting new stage on which to showcase their...

Oxford Scholastica’s International Ball

Oxford Scholastica’s International Ball

After a successful first week in Oxford, the students were ready to celebrate on the River Thames at Oxford Scholastica’s International Ball. There was a lot to happen on Sunday before we got to the ball though! The day opened with a cooked breakfast in the...

Course Challenges

Course Challenges

With the first week of the summer school coming to an end, everyone was preparing for their course Challenges, which were mostly held on Saturday afternoon. After lunch, the Young Doctors’ Academy and Discover Medicine students met at the John Radcliffe Hospital in...

Run Up To Rio – Oxford Scholastica Olympics

Run Up To Rio – Oxford Scholastica Olympics

Friday brought cooler temperatures and much needed rain to Oxford. Following lunch students attended the Careers or the University Masterclass in order to learn more about the university or job application process and how to stand out from the crowd. Everyone fuelled...

Feeling Like Royals at Windsor Castle!

Feeling Like Royals at Windsor Castle!

Thursday brought the first trip day of the summer school, to Windsor and Eton. After breakfast and a sleepy coach journey, everyone gathered just outside Windsor Castle to watch the famous Changing of the Guard parade. The students were then able to explore Windsor...

An Introduction To Punting

An Introduction To Punting

The first Wednesday of the summer school had a surprising start with a fire drill at 8am that awoke some late sleepers. Following breakfast, the students headed off to their classes, feeling comfortable and getting into the swing of the routine. After classes, private...

Session Three

Graduation Evening

Graduation Evening

The last full day of the summer school was filled with both celebration and reflection on everyone’s time together. Some students spent the day packing their bags or hurriedly trying to find the perfect souvenirs to bring back to friends and family back home. Other...

Oxford’s Got Talent

Oxford’s Got Talent

Thursday was the penultimate day of classes, during which the students focused on their final assignments and projects. Following classes and private study time, everyone had the opportunity to go out and revisit favorite museums, restaurants, and shops around Oxford....

Exploring Windsor Castle and Eton College

Exploring Windsor Castle and Eton College

On Wednesday, the students travelled to Windsor for their second day trip of the summer school. After a sleepy coach ride, the students headed to Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. The Castle has been in use since the late 11th...

Volunteering Masterclass

Volunteering Masterclass

Tuesday began with classes and independent study for all students - courses were working their way through their curricula and assignment deadlines were beginning to loom on the horizon. The afternoon was a welcome change of pace with our Volunteering and Change the...

Debate Masterclass at the Oxford Union

Debate Masterclass at the Oxford Union

The second week of the summer school started off with classes and private study time in the morning and an exciting afternoon of debate. The Debate Masterclass, hosted at the Oxford Union, gave the students an opportunity to learn about the British Parliamentary...

Oxford Scholastica Ball

Oxford Scholastica Ball

After a full week of classes and the Course Challenges everyone was ready to relax and celebrate their achievements. In the afternoon, students enjoyed some free time; some played a friendly game of football, others went shopping in Bicester Village, a group explored...

Academic Challenges

Academic Challenges

Everyone was excited about Saturday’s subject specific Course Challenges that allow the students to put what they’ve learned over the first week of the summer school into practice. The Computer Scientists joined forces with the Enterprise students to participate in...

Oxford Scholastica Olympics

Oxford Scholastica Olympics

Friday was a return to the normal routine of lessons and independent study time after Thursday’s day trip to London. In the afternoon, students attended Masterclasses on university applications and career advice. The evening was dominated by the Oxford Olympics. The...

Exploring London

Exploring London

The highly anticipated London trip day began with a quick breakfast in the houses and a sleepy coach ride into Shoreditch. The students were treated to a tour of the street art on Brick Lane, a famous area of London known for its diversity, by a group of local...

Punting on the River Cherwell

Punting on the River Cherwell

A sunny Wednesday afternoon was the perfect time for the students trying their hand at punting for the first time. After a morning filled with classes and private study time, everyone was ready to learn how to punt at the Cherwell Boathouse with sunglasses and...