Submitted by admin.rpa on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 12:27
Thursday 7 March 2013 saw another group of Year 10 students make their way to Oxford University for an exciting day exploring Oriel College, the Botanic Gardens and St Hilda’s College.
The students started out their day at St Hilda’s College drinking tea and looking at the Oxford prospectus, considering which courses appealed to them and which qualifications and grades they would need to gain a place at Oxford on their chosen course. They discussed statistics for getting into Oxford and talked about how many students from state schools attend Oxford – which we discovered is a surprising 60%.
The students were then engaged in an academic taster session with Catherine Redford, a British Romanticism lecturer at St Hilda’s, who talked about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the changes which had been made to the text both by Mary Shelley and Percy Shelley as well as differences between the 1818 and 1831 editions. Students were set on task in small groups to compare later sections of text with the original text. One of our students told us how Ms Money (English teacher at Richmond Park Academy), had helped him to understand how to analyse a piece of text in this way.
Students had lunch at the College before walking to the Botanic Gardens for a history of the gardens, a tour of the desert and rainforest glasshouses and a challenge to decide which plant they would keep if they were only able to save one. Many discussions were had and students' ideas ranged from aloe vera to tequila, cotton and hemp (which they discovered was very smelly).
After visiting the gardens, we walked to the much older Oriel College site and through the elaborate entrance into the magnificent quadrangle.
The students toured the college grounds and even had the chance to look inside some of the student accommodation and the student dining room.
On our way through Oxford, our guide Oliver (an Oxford graduate) gave us the chance to see the Bodleian Library and told the students about the importance of the library.
The day was very interesting and despite poor weather, the students were very enthusiastic about their experience at Oxford.