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Oxford Trip 2019

On Friday 11th October 2019, I was fortunate enough to receive an opportunity to visit St Hugh’s college in the University of Oxford. I and thirteen other students travelled in a minibus for over two hours to our destination. Although, two hours seemed long to some people, I found that it past quickly due to the interesting and lively talks around me.

The visit started with a tour of the college, informing us of the unique history of the building. Our tour guide led us to a room where she presented a PowerPoint to educate the usefulness and atmosphere the oxford program has to offer. Prices, courses and other colleges were all explained in her talk.

Afterwards, two undergraduate students from the college volunteered to guide half of our group around. We split into groups to either study a science based course or a literacy course. The guide showed us the facilities (library, common rooms and accommodation) to help us understand what it would be like to live there for the next three years. Shortly after we had lunch in their dining room, one thing that stuck to my mind is the elevated floor with a dining table for teachers/professors. This was due to the tradition of hierarchy in the past.

After lunch, we walked for 20 minutes to the natural history museum. We were fortunate enough to have a VIP experience and look at some exclusive items. I was also given the opportunity to hold a hissing cockroach! It was definitely an experience I will never forget. The museum consisted of fossils, taxidermy and live insects. After our tour, we walked around Oxford city and headed towards the cathedral. The architecture of the buildings overwhelmed us with its tradition and history.

We started our walk back to the college to start our journey home. Overall, it was an amazing experience and it opened up my perspective of top universities. It eliminated the stereotypes of posh/rich students and reinforced the idea that it was full of diversity and liveliness. I am certain I can speak for everyone when I say we all had an amazing day.

Jerald Barrion

Our Values

Faith in the presence of God

Concern for the poor and social justice

Quality education

Respect for all persons

Inclusive community

an awareness of the living presence of God in our world, and a calling to see the world through the eyes of faith

a calling to support the poor and victims of injustice, through community service and justice education

to provide an education that is second to none, so that our students will not just contribute to society, but will transform it

that we are all children of God and, as such, at the heart of our education we must respect the dignity of all persons

we respect and value diversity, which means that nobody is left out or left behind, and that we embrace the unique stories and qualities that each of us bring to the world.

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St Simon Stock Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.

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