The following are examples of activities included in our social programme:
Pub Night: This is our most popular activity. It is held every Thursday, when we go to a city centre pub. This is always great fun, and an opportunity for students not only to make friends but also to practise their English. Pub Night is usually attended by 25 – 40 students and teachers, but our record (on two separate occasions) is 62!
Salsa dancing classes: (subject to availability) held in the evenings, our salsa dancing classes are taught by one of our teachers. This is also a very popular activity.
Guitar lessons: (subject to availability) we have several guitars in the school and from time to time we run a course of guitar lessons. The lessons are inexpensive, but students are expected to practise in their free time!
Guided tours of Oxford: during the summer especially, we arrange guided tours of Oxford city centre for new students. Our guide takes them through the old streets and lanes, pointing out the city’s key buildings and in simple English explaining their history and relevance.
Ice skating: the ice skating rink is close to the school, and this is a popular activity (especially in the summer!)
Bowling: this is often included in our summer activity programme.
Barbecues: held during the long hot summer evenings, our barbecues are always well-attended and great fun.
Football: during winter we have football training (with an FA-qualified coach) most weekends, and often play matches against other local teams.
Visits to museums and art galleries: there are four museums and two art galleries close to the school, and we visit them regularly. The Ashmolean Museum is the oldest museum in the western world and has one of the most interesting and extensive collections of artifacts in the UK; while the Natural History Museum is a particularly beautiful building and houses not only several superb dinosaur skeletons, but also the Dodo from Alice in Wonderland!
Outdoor Shakespeare: every summer a Shakespeare play is performed in an outdoor theatre in the park. Despite the difficult language, these plays are always extremely popular with students and we usually take several groups of 12 or more. We always hold special lessons for students who want to go, to explain the play; but whatever the student’s English level, all agree that it is a magnificent spectacle and an experience they will never forget.
Tours of colleges & university buildings: we regularly organise tours to Oxford University colleges and important buildings, including Christ Church College (where they filmed scenes from Harry Potter) and the Bodliean Library.
Christmas party: for students staying with us over Christmas, there is a very special event – our annual Christmas party (see the photograph section). Held in a local club with dancing and prizes, it is usually fancy dress and is probably the most popular event in the whole year.