57 Year 10 students from 14 schools settled into halls of residence and became university students for the week in July 2016.
Here’s a quick snapshot into how the week went!
Day 1: Moving In
Laden with everything other than the kitchen sink, students were welcome by the summer school team to their new digs. With a traditional moving in BBQ, followed by icebreakers, the first day was a chance for everyone to mingle in true university style.
Later on, students signed up to join sports and societies at fresher’s fayre, before making makame bracelets, making their point heard in debating soc, or getting competitive at B’ball soc. Things rounded up with each hall competing against each other in the pub quiz, followed by either a film in the lecture theatre or some sports.
Day 2: A visit to Park campus
Settled in, it was time for students to meet our academic staff, and try out new subjects in Media, Business and Computing. Tuesday was the hottest day of the week, and students enjoyed relaxing on the grass in the shade of the trees in between workshops.
We then had an evening of Pizza and bowling, heading to Tenpin Gloucester to don our game-faces and see who could tally the highest scores. Safe to say, the students over-took the summer school staff without too much effort!
Day 3: A day at Oxstalls with some swimming and then Flat wars
An action-packed day, students made the most of their daily fry-up to harness the energy needed for all that was planned. With Sports Management, Sports Psychology, Sport Science and Wheelchair Rugby on the cards, Wednesday was a chance for students to get active. Performing Arts and Drama also got students on their feet to sing and perform in our brand new Performing Arts Centre.
With a choice between swimming and a fiercely competitive game of monopoly with Student Ambassadors Caleb and Jordan, there was plenty to wind-down with before some flat time and dinner. Then it was time for Flat wars! New for 2016, each hall of students in the flats competed against each other for victory and pride, with different tasks to test their agility, problem-solving skills and ability to work as a team. Ambassador Heidi’s team were crowned champions, after a fiercely competitive evening.
Day 4: FCH and the last night party
The penultimate day began with a trip to our third and final campus, Francis Close Hall. Some compare it to ‘Hogwarts’ with its beautiful quad and ivy growing up the listed buildings. With workshops including Education, Advertising, Illustration and Fashion Design, it was another busy day.
After returning to Oxstalls, we continued a tradition of ours by announcing the Summer School awards, before the last night party.
We then hosted a DJ in the Students Union bar to end our summer school in style! Everyone showed off their dance moves, and raised the roof, having gelled so well with their new friends.
Day 5: So long, farewell…
Friday was the final day, with one final workshop in the morning and some time to self-reflect and talk about future plans with members of our Outreach Team. After some photos and a catch up with parents, there was a final presentation before it was time to leave.
From the Outreach Team at the University of Gloucestershire, we wish all summer school attendees good luck with the future. We hope all of you go on to realise your future plans, and hope that you keep in touch with those new friends that you made during your stay with us!