In July and August, a number of Form II and Form III pupils participated in the Oxbridge Academic Programs’ offerings at Barnard College in New York, US, and Cambridge University and Oxford University in the UK.

The programs are designed to allow students to immerse themselves in their new hometowns while experiencing authentic university life in these iconic academic institutions. Law students in Cambridge were exposed to the proceedings of the Crown Court as they reflected on the justice system, while students in the Oxford Tradition Neuropsychology class visited the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity. These are just some examples of the experiential learning opportunities afforded to our students who also studied subjects such as Architecture, CSI Oxford, Espionage, Fashion, Filmmaking and Medical Science.

Beyond exploring the cities from the perspective of their major and minor classes, students in the UK were also given the opportunity to go on field trips to London and Stonehenge. When not in class, they were afforded a range of opportunities to extend their learning further. With guest speakers on topics ranging from hostage-negotiation to photojournalism, information sessions on international college admissions, college tours and visits to museums, the opportunities for learning were endless.

There was still time to play and students played as hard as they worked. Whether supporting Cambridge United Football Club or The Mets baseball team, dancing at the weekly themed bops, trying their hands at punting or simply exploring the cities with their new friends from more than 60 different countries, there was never a dull moment.

It is certain that each girl had an experience she will carry with her forever.

For anyone interested in participating in the 2019 programs, there will be an information session on Tuesday 25 September at 18h30 in the Wantage Auditorium. Details of the programs as well as the application process will be discussed. Please contact Nina Nathanson (nina.nathanson@stmaryschool.co.za) should you require further information.