On Friday 24th May 2019, a group of 15 of Thornhill Academy’s most high achieving pupils visited Oxford University.
This unique opportunity – the first of its kind at Thornhill, challenged students to take part in the lives of an Oxford student for the day. After seeing some of the sights of Oxford with Mrs Nutman and Mr Chalk, it was time for the real hard work at the prestigious St. Peter’s College.
Pupils had the opportunity to hear from both University staff and students about life at Oxford University and inspired them to know that anything is within their reach with hard work and commitment to studies. Afterwards, pupils worked in smaller tutorial groups where they had to debate Oxplore’s ‘Big Questions’. We looked at questions including “is a robot a person?”, “can war ever be a good thing?” and “do we all perceive colours in the same way?”
Pupils were treated to lunch in the magnificent medieval Hannington Hall before embarking on a tour of the picturesque St. Peter’s Campus which included common rooms, the 17th century campus Chapel, student accommodation and the library which housed books that are centuries old!
Finally, pupils took part in an academic tutorial with Prof. Natalie Mousset looking at French Linguistics’ relationship with Modern Art.
Amy Cawood (7B2) said “Oxford was an amazing place to go. It was lovely to see the sights around the town, especially the old library. I enjoyed looking around Oxford Campus and the student accommodation looked great. It was great to see what could possibly happen when I’m older”.
Eva Grewal (8H1) said “Our trip to Oxford was amazing. It was fun to do workshops about subjects that we don’t get to study in school. The tour of the campus was the best bit, and we all enjoyed meeting the students”.
Poppy Dawson (7H1) said “On the Oxford trip, I enjoyed the tour of campus and the town. It was so exciting to see places. I also really enjoyed the lunch buffet, it was delicious! Oxford offered so many fantastic opportunities, and it was a wonderful experience”.
This was a historic visit for Thornhill Academy, and we hope to be able to experience it all again next year!