Life at Cherwell College is busy! This page lists some of the activities that our students get up to. The benefit of our personal approach is that if a student joins and has a burning desire to take part in a particular sport or activity, we will do our best to make it happen!
We are now at the end of the Michaelmas term here at Cherwell House. How the time has flown by - it seems an age since we were basking in tropical temperatures, seeking shade as we marvelled at all the wonderful city of Oxford has to offer. Whilst we all recognise the opportunity of offering our students a bespoke and tailored education, it is equally important to allow them to recharge and express themselves in other ways.
Thus far we have enjoyed a varying array of activities, taking advantage of our unique Oxford setting. We have explored the city through Punting down the river Thames, guided open-top bus tours, and walking the streets and cobble paths meandering through a spectacular array of architecture and design. We have visited numerous museums - including the Natural History, Ashmolean, Science, Modern Art, Story, Pitt Rivers and Uni Press Museums. Students have attended world-class university lectures and seminars, as well as playing host to guest speakers in house exploring varying subjects from listening to Stephen Fry to the challenges of being Disney CEO, Micro Chemistry to Political Debate.
Our minds have been stimulated, inspired and enthused; and so have our bodies, the majority of our students are now members of local gyms with access to state of the art new equipment - all of whom will have the opportunity to pursue personalised fitness programmes. During the evenings after study they have enjoyed badminton, football, basketball, pool, chess, a variety of card games, running, cycling, circuit training, and target mitt boxing. At the weekends we have at stepped it up and got the adrenaline flowing with Go-Karting, Kombat Laser Quest and supporting Oxford City in the FA Cup. We have also visited the Bicester Shopping Village and introduced Foot Golf (new to all!), played through unique crazy golf courses and puzzled our way through escape rooms.
Clubs and Activities
Cherwell College is in the heart of Oxford City surrounded by world class museums which boast some of the best collections in the world.
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, for instance, is the world's first university museum.
The History of Science Museum on Broad Street holds a leading collection of scientific instruments from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.
The much-loved Pitt Rivers Museum is unlike any other. Founded in 1884, it is housed within an atmospheric building with more than 500,000 objects, photographs, and manuscripts from all over the world, and from all periods of human existence.
On top of this our students enjoy regular educational trips beyond Oxford which take them further afield to explore the rich history and wonders of the UK.
Annual CIFE Quiz
Would you consider yourself something of a polymath? Then we'd love you to join our quiz team! Each year the CIFE colleges gather together at a venue in London to compete in the inter-college annaul quiz. This is a fun (but still highly competitive!) event for which we like to prepare in the preceeding weeks by meeting over lunch and revising the main topics likely to come up.
Art is popular at Cherwell College. We have our own dedicated studio in the centre of Oxford which provides an excellent space for students to get creative. We recently opened our doors as part of Oxfordshire's Art Weeks event where venues celebrate art across the county. You can read about the event here.
Our badminton club meets once a week during term time, making use of the excellent local badminton courts.
Chess & Xiangqi
Many of our students are rather partial to a game of chess, often playing after dinner or during lunch. We are also lucky to have a chess champion among our tutors! Mark Hannon is not only an excellent Mathematics teacher but also a brilliant chess and Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) player, and can often be found playing against our students during term time (and, it has to be said, winning). He is always keen to give tips and guidance on how to learn and master the game.
Dance is not only healthy but great fun! It is suitable for all abilities and offers a perfect opportunity to de-stress after a hard day's studying.
In conjunction with the Oxford Union, students in our debating club receive guidance and instruction on formal debating from Oxford University. With motions ranging from gun laws to the value of a written constitution, the art of debating lies in being able to find flaws in your opponents arguments and convince the judges of the strength of yours.
Debating is a highly regarded skill and we are privileged to be able to learn from the very best here in Oxford.
Cherwell College and Oxford City FC work together to coach GCSE and A level students as part of their sport curriculum
We are pleased that Simon and Mark are making good progress and will soon play for one of The Oxford City FC football teams.
Our Football team is preparing for the CIFE inter-college tournament being a major feature in the Hilary Term calendar
Cherwell College are offering an English Football Programme in August – this is in conjunction with Oxford City FC and ignite Sports.
Oxford City FC is a semi-professional football team within the English FA structure and with only two promotions would be playing in the professional football leagues.
It has often been said that if walking was a medicine then it would be prescribed to everyone. From Aristotle to Einstein, walking has been an important routine for many a great mind. That is why our students like to regularly make the most of the beautiful parks in Oxford by taking a break, getting out there and having a healthy walk.
Each week during term time we encourage our students to join in the morning run. Leaving Cherwell House at 7.30am and back in time for a good breakfast, running club has becoming a key part of many of our students' weekly routines.
Science Club is founded upon the routine of a weekly meeting for the science-orientated students of Cherwell College. Under the expert supervision of the Cherwell College academic team, it presents the opportunity for these students to research and deliver in-depth presentations on innovation in the fields of science and technology. Students use this platform to talk about their interests, hone their communication skills and sharpen their research skills.
One of the key dates in the Cherwell College Science Club calendar is the annual series of student presentations, delivered to an audience of students, staff, and specially-invited external guests. This event requires of the students a precocious level of dedication, scientific insight and confidence with public speaking.
Music club is quite popular among our students. You can master your skills in playing the guitar, the drums or the piano. If you have a lovely voice, you can practice in our music room as well.
Every party we enjoy the creativity of our musicians and singers. What a fun to do it together with your friends!
A group of students from Cherwell College visited the iFLY Indoor Skydiving Centre, located in Milton Keynes. Whilst there, they had the opportunity to soar in a manner reminiscent of the majestic peregrine falcon - and within the historic tunnel that introduced the wonders of indoor skydiving to Britain. With wind speeds reaching 165 miles per hour, and a flight time in excess of one minute, this was a true test of student courage and agility.
A gathering of Cherwell College’s most athletic students came together to experience the delights of trampolining at Rebound Revolution, considered by trampolining experts to be the greatest indoor trampoline park in Oxfordshire. Boasting an awesome open jump arena with over 50 Trampolines, Battle Beams, Walk the Wall and Tumble Strips, this was a wonderfully unique experience. As always, Cherwell College students displayed remarkable levels of athleticism, enthusiasm, and heroic resolution.
The Cherwell Activities team introduced students to the demands of indoor rock climbing. A trip brought students to Clip ‘n Climb, a healthy, social and fun-packed indoor climbing experience like no other, located in the world-renowned market town of Bicester. Taking to the wall like so many sure-footed mountain goats, the students displayed an impressive level of intrepidity, resolve, and physical resilience throughout.
Literature and Drama
How do you introduce young people to the world of Ancient and Classical Greece and the play? The world of myth? The origin of drama? The origin of family dysfunction – which is the origin of drama?!
Well, going to a student production at the Playhouse Theatre in Oxford might be a good starting point. After all, the University of Oxford is pretty wonderful at dealing with classical matters. And what better week to do it than the one in which the amazing classicist Dr Donald Russell of St John’s College died at the age of 99 with all his faculties working at full power? (He’d been giving tutorials until he was 96.)
So, on offer was Shadows of Troy, presented by Stupid & Brave Productions and performed by the University of Oxford Student Company. They gave us two acts: a new adaptation of Iphigenia at Aulis by Euripides and Ajax by Sophocles, though it must be said that there was no trace of Ajax in the second act – and not much trace of Sophocles.
However, the first act – Iphigenia – gave us an interesting introduction to the Chorus, which it’s essential for student theatre-goers to know. They told us the story and acted out scenes and commented and made us ask questions. The protagonists –Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Menelaus, Iphigenia, Achilles, etc. – gave us the agonizing arguments for and against sacrificing an innocent girl, and in Ajax we learned that the whole Trojan War was built on a lie.
The levels of damage it caused must have made our Cherwell House students think very hard about the agonies of the present and recent past. They now have a sense of the origins of our culture – and the dangers of accepting the wrong kind of equine gift.