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Welcoming the Class of 2019
Cherwell College is delighted to extend a warm welcome to the Class of 2019. We are thrilled to host a medley of students both day and boarding, ranged from age thirteen through to nineteen, studying a wide breadth of subjects across the GCSE and A-level syllabi. Without exception, both previous students and those joining us for the first time have taken to life at the college with alacrity.
Outside of their unique one-to-one and small group tutorials, students have been focusing on a wide range of enrichment activities. These activities are focused on the holistic development of the students, in keeping with the Cherwell College ethos.
Partnership Continues with the Oxford Union
Cherwell College has long enjoyed a productive and rewarding partnership with the Oxford Union. Founded as a debating society in 1823, with a long and proud tradition of hosting debates and speakers, the Oxford union has hosted innumerable former and current heads of state, eminent academics and business leaders.
On Friday 09 November and Saturday 10 November, Cherwell College proudly hosted the prestigious annual international debating contest organized by the Oxford Union. An impressive number of Cherwell College students selflessly volunteered to assist with the running of the event, where they were met some of the world’s foremost practitioners of the art of debating.
In a reciprocal arrangement, Cherwell College students will be privileged to benefit from the expertise of the Oxford Union debate team. Members of which will guide students through the techniques and tactics of debating in a series of forthcoming workshops.
The Michaelmas enrichment timetable has ranged from mastering the art of debating with the Oxford Union through to intensive circuit training sessions. Throughout this issue of the Cherwell Gazette we hope to provide an insight as to what our students have achieved.
It is far too easy, on occasion, to forget how much of a privilege it is to live in a city as august and illustrious as Oxford. Fortunately, a memorable reminder of how exceptional the city of dreaming spires truly is will never be too far away.
In just such an unforgettable manner, one of the undoubted highlights of the term so far has been the Oxford Open Doors festival. Occurring on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September, and managed by the Oxford Preservation Trust, this festival granted Cherwell College students a unique opportunity to take a rare inside look at many of Oxford's most famous and inspiring landmarks.
Guided by Christopher Mulcahy, a Cherwell College Residential Welfare Officer, groups of students visited Oxford Castle, Oxford Prison, Trinity College, the Bodleian Library, University College, New College, Balliol College and Magdalen College. Students were able to spend a weekend blessed with late summer sunshine wandering freely through the gardens, chapels and dining halls of historic Oxford. Particular highlights included numerous locations feature in the Harry Potter film franchise, the spectacular views from a number of soaring spires, and a mesmerising outdoors performance by the Oxford University Student Brass Band.
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.
Overseen by Mubeen Ashraf, Director of Studies at Cherwell College, a group of senior academic staff spent a considerable amount of time reviewing and deliberating over the science projects.
Our extracurricular activities
Thus far we have enjoyed a wide array of activities, taking full advantage of our unique Oxford setting. We have explored the city by punting long the Isis, taken guided open-top bus tours, and followed the streets and cobble paths meandering through a spectacular array of world-famous 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 various subjects from biochemistry 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 equipment. 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 further challenged ourselves 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.