St Hilda’s Fun Filled Week of Activities
It has been an action-packed week here at Bucksmore St. Hilda’s Oxford.
On Sunday 14th July, whilst the first set of students did their Bucksmore Assessment, those staying published ‘The Bucksmore Chronicle’ newspaper, with features ranging from hard-hitting journalism investigating infractions of the rules to travel, fashion, food studies and puzzles to a satirically cutting political cartoon of Mr. Mark.
Later that day, the marquee rocked to the beats of the Bucksmore Battle of the Bands. On-fleek choreography and eye-catching poster design complemented artists performing a wide variety of genres, with personalized covers of everything from ABBA to Ylvis (‘What Does the Fox Say?’) vying for glory. The final victors were the Bucks with their melodic original composition ‘Stuck in My Head’.
On Monday 15th, we had a choice of sports at the Oxford University sports centre where Sir Roger Bannister ran the first four-minute mile in 1954. Students played football, volleyball or badminton whilst the counsellors tried to keep up with them with varying degrees of success!
That evening, it was time to say a sad but proud farewell to many students at the graduation party. Everyone dressed up in their sharpest threads for leavers to receive their certificates. Awards in categories such as Most Likely to Become a Millionaire by Eighteen, Most Likely to Be Late for Their Own Wedding and Campus Legend were also handed out to students whose antics had caught the counsellors’ attention in specific ways. Students signed each others’ T-shirts to keep as treasured mementos of their time at Bucksmore and the wonderful friendships they’d made.
Tuesday 16th was dominated by tearful departures and excited arrivals. The remaining students did a brilliant job of welcoming their new campmates and friends.
Mr. I.C. led most students a tour of some Oxford University sights on the afternoon of Wednesday 17th, whilst those who’d been at Bucksmore the longest visited the Ashmolean Museum and Modern Art Oxford with Miss JT. Highlights included Christ Church, where ‘Harry Potter’ was filmed, and the iconic Radcliffe Camera.
The day for our weekly trip to London came on Thursday 18th. This time we started in Parliament Square and saw Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster, where the Houses of Parliament are located. Some students interviewed placard-toting campaigners protesting against Brexit. We walked over Westminster Bridge and along the South Bank, from where we could at least see one face of Big Ben, which is currently under scaffolding for restoration. Returning to the north side of the Thames, we went to Covent Garden, where students were able to browse the charming boutiques, enjoy the hustle and bustle whilst having a coffee or watch the street performers. Dinner at Five Guys finished off the day.