Challenge Ambassadors Learn About Life at Oxford
Key Stage 3 Students take part in an Academic Detectives Workshop
We have just recruited a group of Challenge Ambassadors from Years 7, 8 and 9. Their role is to help promote Challenge Enrichment Activities to their peers. Recently they were invited to an Academic Detectives workshop presented by Dan Pugh-Bevan who is Schools Liaison Office at St Peter’s College, Oxford.
Here is some feedback from two of the participants:
Being a Challenge Ambassador and meeting Dan was a real eye opener about life at Oxford University. I realised once he told his story that Oxford really is within reach. The problems that Dan set us were intricate and interesting and engaged parts of my brain that I don’t usually use. The session has given me great hope for the future and I am looking forward to more sessions with Dan in the future.
The Oxford talk that I was lucky enough to be a part of was absolutely amazing! Dan really inspired me to reach for the stars. I feel very fortunate I got to be a part of this, and I hope I can one day make it into Oxford University. The activity boosted my English skills and I am now very confident in scan reading and annotating. This is really going to help me in year 9 and throughout the rest of my life because I want to be a journalist. Now I really know how important my GCSEs are. I am looking forward to sharing what I learnt with the rest of my form and friends!
Dan also met with the Challenge Reps from each Faculty and recommended several websites, such as OXPLORE:
OXPLORE poses 'Big Questions' for discussion. The questions are randomly generated.
Here are a few examples:
- Can war be a good thing?
- Should we eat animals?
- Is falling in love bad for you?
- Should you have to be British to live in Britain?
- Do you make your own luck?
Do have a look!
Dan will be visiting us again in next term to speak to Year 9 about GCSEs, meet the Challenge Ambassadors and to deliver a training session for staff.