St Hilda’s Students have fun on Week One!
Hello from St Hilda’s Bucksmore students – the Loughborough group to be precise.
We would like to share about the activities from the first week of our stay as we obviously had the time of our lives.
Last Tuesday we arrived in Oxford where we were greeted by a group of really lovely counsellors who encouraged us to participate in a few ice-breakers so that on our very first day we were able to make a lot of new friends. We spoke English and English only of course and we learned each other’s names as it is considered extremely impolite to forget your friends’ names.
Wednesday was a lot of fun, too. In the afternoon we strolled around Oxford with lovely counsellors, Miss Eva among them, who gave us a pretty informative tour. We also had time for shopping that day and some of us went on a shopping spree while others explored the city of Oxford further. When the day was coming to its end we played Banzai, which consisted of a series of challenging tasks, such as Chubby Bunny with marshmallows or throwing candies at Miss Amalia’s pretty face covered with shaving foam. Brilliant!
In the middle of the week we had the most fabulous trip to London where we visited the Natural History Museum with its enormous dinosaur skeletons and the tiniest fossils seen only through a microscope. We wouldn’t be ourselves if we spared one day of shopping. This time we went wild in Harrods, the biggest and best stocked department store which is so huge that most of us got lost there a couple of times. We topped it all with a delicious meal at Nando’s.
Friday was pretty tiring as we had classes all day long. In the evening, however, we had a real blast punting. To some of our counsellors’ horror, we had loads of fun navigating our boats. Mr Gotham’s boat got stuck on a river bank, which was the exact spot where Miss Anna’s boat ended up as well. Francesco couldn’t stop screaming as Miss Anna’s boat finally started moving towards the Magdalen’s College Choir performance. The punt started moving around and as Miss Anna’s team went further they got a big round of applause by the choir audience. Andrea turned out to be the best punter whereas Yu-Yun was having fun crushing into trees. We are happy to announce that no harm was done to any of the students.
Saturday was marvellous, too as we went on a lovely excursion to Bath – probably one of the oldest town in the UK, which happens to have been described by Geoffrey Chaucer. We visited the Bath Abbey as well as, surprise surprise, the Southgate Mall.