Feeling festive at Kings Oxford
Kings Oxford have been getting into the holiday spirit with a busy schedule of activities and events taking place across both our St Josephs and St Michaels campuses. Our activity team staff, Simon and Elsbeth, have managed to keep a varied and exciting social and enrichment programme running throughout the term despite the new rules and regulations that have been in place in the UK to keep people safe during the pandemic.
The majority of our A-level and Foundation course students have had end of term exams to sit during the first week of December and had been busy revising for the last few weeks. The Christmas events have been a great chance to relax, unwind and catch up with friends before the school closes for the holidays.
Christmas tree decorating
This year, Christmas trees across the UK went up earlier than ever as people began looking forward to the end of a difficult year and wanted to make their homes feel warm and inviting.
Separate events took place at the St Josephs campus, where most of our academic courses are taught, and the city centre St Michaels campus, home to the majority of our Kings English courses. At both campuses, students got together to decorate the trees with fairy lights, baubles and tinsel and make the schools look festive and welcoming for the final few weeks of the term.
Christmas card making workshop
The Christmas card making workshops offered students the chance to get creative and design beautiful customised cards for friends and family. The activity again took place twice across our two campuses for both English language and academic course students to be able to join easily. We definitely have some future artists amongst us!
The Christmas Quiz, hosted in the cafeteria/common room area at St Josephs, was a traditional ‘pub quiz’ in which students got into teams and competed against each other to answer general knowledge questions. There were a number of different rounds covering music, xmas trivia, pop culture and general knowledge. Activity planner, Elsbeth, had also arranged for hot chocolate and non-alcoholic mulled wine for the students to enjoy whilst they took part in the quiz.
The temperature may have dropped a little in the UK over recent weeks, but that hasn’t stopped students at Kings Oxford from wanting to get outside in the fresh air and explore their local area.
On the first weekend in December, Simon lead a group of students on a misty, winter hike from the Wavy Gate residence, down the canal to Abingdon road, across the historic ‘Devil’s Backbone’ raised path, and right up to the top of Harcourt Hill.
Three and a half hours, 10.5km, and 4 very muddy students later, they made it to a bus that would return them to the city centre before dark!
Christmas screening with messages
The term finished for academic course students on Friday 11th December, but some English language course students are still studying for one more week and will finish on Friday 18th. Next week, they are looking forward to a special video screening with Christmas messages from some of the Kings Oxford teachers, and a special surprise from Intensive English course student and Kings Oxford Social Media Ambassador, Sofia...!
Winter holiday ‘youth club’ drop-in at St Josephs
As a number of students will be staying in Oxford over the Christmas and New Year period this year, we have additional activities running up until 23rd December and the St Joseph’s campus will remain open over the holidays as a drop-in ‘hang-out’ space with Ping Pong table, badminton, movies and games for students to come and relax, socialise and study in a relaxed environment as they want to.
Learn more about the Activity and Enrichment programme at Kings Oxford from our Senior Activity Leader, Simon here.