On the morning of Thursday 16th March, Kinder Year from S. Anselm's College departed for the annual Oxford trip. After the amazing success of last year's trip, expectations were high so Mr Mortimer was glad that it did not disappoint!
Here is their diary of an incredible three days:
Kinder left school straight after registration and caught the train from Chesterfield. Spirits were high as everyone played card games, read magazines and chatted the journey away.
We arrived and settled ourselves into our rooms. We were lucky enough to be able to stay in University College, the oldest college in Oxford. We ate in the magnificent dining room and had a private tour of the college by Dr Robin Darwall-Smith on the first evening there. Robin discussed the history of the College and the university and had many interesting facts and stories that we all enjoyed.
Over the following two days we made the most of our time in the city. We had private classes in the Ashmolean and the Pitt Rivers focussing on body image and masks. We particularly enjoyed studying the samurai armour and looking at the weird and wonderful artefacts in the Pitt Rivers (although the shrunken heads invoked mixed feelings!).
We also had the opportunity to look around the Natural History Museum and look at the famous dodo and dinosaur skeletons and also visit the Museum of the History of Science, which had a particularly interesting section on penicillin. Kinder had the opportunity to do some sketching in these museums and work towards their project on masks. Please come along to the College Arts Evening next term to see the finished products!
Kinder have been studying Cecil Rhodes in History, so we arranged a private tutorial in Oriel College from a College tutor who outlined the controversy of Rhodes and his statue in Oxford. Kinder came up with some great suggestions on how to rectify the current situation and it was great to see them applying themselves and showing such understanding of both the history and the modern political issues. We also had a tour of Jesus College and a talk by Dr Beth Mortimer on how elephants use ground vibrations to communicate over vast distances in the wild. Beth also talked about life as an academic and why universities are important for research and advancement.
On Saturday, Mrs Gill Edwards kindly gave an exclusive tour of the Radcliffe Observatory and Green Templeton College. Kinder were amazed with the beautiful Georgian building with its vast galleries and luxurious common rooms. They also had time to chill out with a hot chocolate and a biscuit in the Green Templeton JCR before heading back.
Even with such a full timetable, we still had some down time. We had lemonades in the famous Turf Tavern (those who watched Morse will know it!), went for ice cream sundaes in G&D’s, did some souvenir (and sweet) shopping and watched the new King Kong movie at the cinema.
It truly was an amazing trip and special thanks go to Mrs Unsworth who made it all possible.