A Week Filled with Projects at St Hilda’s
The academic week for St Hilda’s students started on Wednesday with our newcomers taking placement tests while the students who have been with us for some time delved more deeply into English grammar, vocabulary and all the ways to use them in practice.
On Thursday, the students researched all about the London Eye and wrote a crime story set there before visiting that famous landmark on their weekly London excursion.
Due to the extremely fun Bucksmore Birthday party taking place on Friday, Saturday was an academic day for our students – dedicated to preparing the students for the Bucksmore assessment that 50 of them were scheduled to take on Sunday.
Classes taught by Mr I.C. and Miss Ivana got a chance to mingle while carrying out a survey about consumerism and returned to past days by writing an actual letter that they are going to send to their parents or friends at home.
In the afternoon St Hilda’s felt like it switched places with the Young Professionals program. The students first attended a talk about continuing their education at D’Overbroecks and then spent the rest of their afternoon thinking of inventions they would pitch to their counsellors in a Bucksmore version of Dragons’ Den.
Sunday morning was dedicated to assessments, while the rest of the day was all about projects. As part of their mini projects, students discussed culture shock and prepared various materials that can help foreigners avoid culture shock either in the students’ home countries or in the UK. Miss Eva’s class took it a step further and filmed vlogs detailing the students’ experiences of the differences between their countries and the UK.
The rest of the day, however, was taken up by final preparations for the exciting presentation of students’ brilliant inventions for improving life at Bucksmore! Some of the ingenious inventions were: Smart Spoon – for making sure that the students eat healthier food, Bee Trap – a device that captures bees so they can produce honey for the students, Bucks Card – for making excursions and signing out when going off campus easier and an amazing design for a multifunctional mattress which massages, plays music and has a fridge.
Our Dragons – Miss Soamapriya, Miss Sophie, Mr Gautam and Miss Ivana – were blown away by the amount of effort, ingenuity and team work that went into these projects and had a hard time deciding who the winner would be!
All in all, this was another educational, eventful and memorable week here on the bank of the lovely River Cherwell at picturesque Bucksmore St Hilda’s.