As summer continues in Cambridge we had a very busy day here at Peterhouse. Instead of usual classes, this morning we had our annual ‘Cambridge Prep Symposium’, which gave the students the opportunity to hear about some of the amazing research and work that their teachers are completing away from the classroom. The morning started with our very own dean, Bill Hudgins, and Speech and Debate teacher Gavin Ayliffe taking the students through the college admissions process in the US and at Oxford and Cambridge, before moving on to the panel talks. The students selected two out of the four panels:
The Power of Self-Expression
How to Win Friends and Influence People
To Infinity and Beyond!
Supporting the World (Figuratively and Literally)
Topics within these ranged from how humanity has adapted and evolved, to authority’s control over the populace, to the relationship between memory and photography.
Then in the afternoon we had a lot of fun at our sports day. Our activities directors had organised a wonderful series of challenges and activities, made complete by the addition of an ice cream van that provided some delicious flavours. In teams made up of their major classes they travelled around different stations, including an assault course, hockey, Ultimate Frisbee and softball. Congratulations to the winners, the Speech and Debate and Social Psychology classes – but, as always, remember that it’s the taking part that counts!
The day finished with a barbecue and a film night in the theatre – all very tired out from the sports! For some, the adventures continued later into the night as they ventured on a ghost tour around Cambridge and heard about some of the haunted history of this very old city.
The CamPrep Team