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Snow does not stop work and play at The Oratory


3 March 2018

Snow does not stop work and play at The Oratory

Whilst the weather has brought a stop to both travel and normal activities across the country, here at The Oratory we have been able to keep going with a varied and innovative programme for our boarding students. The boys have enjoyed a lie in Friday and Saturday followed by a brunch to get us ready for the day ahead. The mornings have then been given over to academic enrichment with staff travelling in, often by foot, to deliver session such as:

  • An exploration of the meteorological factors causing this weather and the impact on our local wildlife – jointly run by Geography and Biology
  • An introduction to Mandarin for our 1st and 2nd form students, who can now all count in Mandarin, by Mr Syddall
  • A workshop on literature in different cultures by the EAL Department
  • Some fun gravity experiments by the Physics Department
  • An introduction to the university admissions process by Mr Burrows
  • Life and opportunities in the 6th form by Mr Syddall and Mr Fogg
  • History coursework clinic
  • The Art and DT Departments have remained open for students
  • The Library was available for private study and reading
  • Public exam support sessions were provided by all academic departments

The afternoons were given over to sport and activities. Students were able to make full use of the sports centre (including squash, swimming, real tennis, football and basketball). There was also a new development with a number of students taking part in their first spinning session. Saturday afternoon was taken up with inter-house dodgeball.

The Chapel, as always, remained at the heart of school life and the boys and staff came together for Vespers and Benediction on Friday night for the feast of St Chad, a principal patron of our archdiocese.

The two days of activities culminated with the whole community coming together for a film in the theatre with some accompanying pizza.

Overall a very different, but also very informative and enjoyable few days.

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