Letter from the Director – July 17, 2017 – Departure Day

July 17, 2017

Dear Parents of Oxbridge St Andrews Students,

It seems like just yesterday that we were first welcoming your children to St Andrews, taking them on tours of our beautiful town and showing them the places where they would be spending the next month. Now, in the blink of an eye, the program has ended, and we were all so sad to see it conclude. Tears were shed as your children departed this morning, and your son or daughter is now en route back home to you. We will all miss them immensely.

Over the fourth and final week of the program, I had the great pleasure of seeing your children wrap up the month in style. From debates to showcases to presentations from disciplines as wide ranging as Photography, Creative Writing, and British History, your children’s growth over the past month and immense talent shined through as classes wrapped up their final days.

On Saturday, your children danced into the night at our final party. Jannetta’s gelato, quidditch, and games of cards were among the highlights in a spectacular celebration of the conclusion of classes. In the Clan Competition, Buchanan, McHamish, and Swilcan all demonstrated immense creativity and sentimentality in working with their teammates to build their favorite scene of St Andrews out of supplies that could be bought or gathered for no more than five pounds. Ultimately, Buchanan claimed the Clan Cup, as the competition came down to the final day to decide the champion. Last night, at our Closing Ceremonies, we held a wonderful formal dinner that was illustrative of just how amazing our program has been. It has been a special and memorable summer, and they all can be proud of the community they have created.

Your children are now en route back to you. As I told them last night, over the past month, they formed lifelong friendships with students from across the globe, broadened their horizons, and tasted the freedom and responsibility that comes with being a university student. There’s palpable excitement among them about college and the years ahead. Most of all, your children are also leaving with confidence about what they have accomplished and gratitude for the opportunities they have had. I know they’ll take this mindset with them and go far.

Thank you for all your support over the course of the program and for sharing your children with us. It has been a true privilege for all of the faculty and staff to work with your kids, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity. No one will soon forget the summer of 2017 here at Oxbridge St Andrews. Be well, and best wishes to you and your families for a great rest of the summer!

All the best,

Greg Chalfin

Director, Oxbridge St Andrews

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