The Year 8 Scholars visited Oxford for a classics and art trip. In particular, we went to Rhodes House, the Pitt Rivers Museum and Christ Church.
We began with Rhodes House, a scholarship trust set up for overseas students wanting to study at Oxford. It was established by Cecil Rhodes, a well renowned businessman, and an alumnus of the university. As he was a major benefactor, the house was built to his high taste, with beautiful gardens and pristine interior.
Next, we visited the Pitt Rivers Museum, where we were greeted by Andy, our museum guide. He talked to us about the history and origin of some of the objects exhibited, before giving us some artefacts to handle ourselves. In the museum there was a range of exhibits, all from different countries and cultures around the world. It was really interesting, especially seeing as some of the objects were very old. After exploring the museum, we did some sketches of the artefacts that we personally found interesting. These included a decoy duck, jewellery and instruments.
By this time it was lunch and, after a short walk, we found somewhere suitable in Oxford Park to sit. The sun was shining and everyone had a very relaxing and enjoyable lunch. The park was a lovely scene, with some excellent climbing trees, followed by an ice cream.
Before going home, we had a tour of Christ Church College and a discussion with the Regius Professor there. We talked to him about his role and his beliefs at Christ Church. He answered some very challenging and intellectual questions and his views were very provocative to hear.
It was a very interesting day out, and it was great to explore such world-renowned places. Our thanks go to Miss Molyneaux, Mr Minter and Mr Field for taking us on such an enjoyable trip.
By Annabelle Moody