The first proper day of classes saw the continuation of a beautifully warm British summer, and students were excited to get stuck into their work. A quick chat to students in the morning during independent study revealed presentations being written about space shuttles, stories being begun, and medical research being undertaken!

The morning passed in a blur of classes and studying, and it was soon time for the first Masterclasses of the summer school. Students chose either ‘What Does It Mean To Be Great,’ where they learned about different personality types, leadership, and how to utilise their own strengths and weaknesses in order to be ‘great,’ or ‘Failure to Success,’ a talk about what we mean when we talk about ‘failure,’ and how to view this differently.

After an inspiring afternoon, the students were treated to an evening of theatre. We went to see an outdoor production of Romeo and Juliet in the Oxford Castle, which was well received by all, particularly after their activities coordinators’ valiant attempts to explain the plot beforehand!