The morning passed with all the excitement that came with our students’ first real taste of work at Oxford Scholastica. As their independent study sessions were successfully finished, with students taking the opportunity to complete their work in their rooms privately, they then rushed off together to their respective classes optimistic for what they could learn.
By mid-day our first full lunch break was in full swing with students taking the opportunity to explore a wide selection of the many areas that Oxford has to offer. This time was also utilised for students to further cement their surroundings and even revisit some of the locations they had been introduced to on their tour the previous day. With the beautiful weather continuing, a favourite for many was Christ Church Meadow, where they could sit and relax over lunch in beautiful countryside, in the shadow of one of Oxford’s most famous colleges.
Once students had returned from their lunch it was time for our first masterclasses of the term. ‘Failure to Success’ taught students about the ways in which failures that they encounter can be transformed into a positive experience, learning to overcome these setbacks and continue to progress on to amazing achievements. ‘Steps for Success’ allowed students to discuss different ideas and plans to obtain success, making plans and analysing the best way their goals can be fulfilled. Both masterclasses provided plenty of food for thought for the students to take away with them.
After dinner at a local Oxford restaurant the students excitedly headed towards our spectacular venue for the night, Oxford Castle. Here they took in an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, coincidentally on a beautiful British Midsummer night. The play had been previously explained to our students by the Activity Coordinators, but Mayas turned out to be our expert, having studied Shakespeare before, and he animatedly explained the symbolism of the story.
It could not have been a more perfect evening as the play took place in the amazing weather. Students on our two writing courses, as well as our Leadership & International Relations and Young Lawyers’ Academies were delighted by the fact that Eleonora and Ivo, their tutors for their two weeks here, both had starring roles in the play!