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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Closing Ceremonies and Evening Bonfire

Last night, students attended Closing Ceremonies. Closing Ceremonies included a formal sit-down meal with the teachers and Deans, who then awarded prizes to their students. Following Closing Ceremonies, the students went to East Sands and enjoyed a bonfire on the beach with marshmallows and music. Although they are sad to leave, the students took full advantage of their final night!

Final Party!

It’s hard to believe that one month just flew by, and our beloved Oxbridge St Andrews is drawing to a close. But it’s not time yet to be sad. On the last night of the program, all students participated in an evening of festivities and each other’s company. There was music, a dance party, chocolate fondues, cotton candies, caricature drawing, Quidditch match, Jannettas icecream bike, poker tables, pizza, and writing thank-you notes for each other… Everyone had a great time, and the festivities lasted a long time!

Clan Cup Winner 2017

The 2017 Oxbridge St Andrews Clan Cup winner was announced in the evening of July 16. After a month of friendly competitions in clan battles (creative contests), classes, sports, activities, and teatime trivia, Buchanan emerged as the winner, while Swilcan came second.

Congrats, Buchanan, for the win (photo below with the Clan Cup trophy)! Good jobs to Swilcan and Hamish McHamish! Thanks for all clan members’ hard work and good memories!

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Final Clan Battle

The three “Scottish” clans of Oxbridge at St Andrews – Buchanan, Hamish McHamish, and Swilcan – engaged in a final clan battle this afternoon. Each clan has to reconstruct a St Andrews scene that is most special for them. Although each clan built a unique representation of St Andrews, all clans, unsurprisingly, included the iconic St Andrews Cathedral in their creations. The students demonstrated creativity, originality, and plenty of team spirit in the process. Winner will be announced at the dance party tonight!

Final Projects

Today was the last day of class for our students. In many of the classes this meant that students were presenting their final projects. Admin members joined most of these presentations and were extremely impressed by how much the students have learned and how well they presented their findings. From real estate in the US to suspension bridges to the intelligence of crows the presentations were creative and well researched. We are very proud of all of our students and their accomplishments over this past month.

Ghost Tour

Last Wednesday students signed up to go on a ghost tour put on by our admin team. Melissa, the activities director  from last year, walked the students on a route through St Andrews while telling chilling ghost stories. Along the way, some of our admin members who were dressed as various scary creatures jumped out to startle the students. It was a lot of fun for everyone involved!