A final message from our Program Director, sent by email yesterday morning:
Our final night was a magical Wonderland here in Oxford. Students moved from final banquets in both colleges, to a closing ceremony in Town Hall, to a Wonderland Ball in Pembroke. Our Activities Directors had created a Wonderland landscape round Pembroke College: from a projected swirling rabbit hole, to toadstools, giant tea cups, a giant chessboard, a wishing wall, fairy lights, contortionists, magicians and a walk-through-able looking glasss. It was an emotional evening for many, as tear-stained goodbyes in the early hours of the morning attested.
Yesterday the following classes had the opportunity to exhibit their work so that it might be admired by fellow students and other faculty: Architecture, Archaeology, Photography, Physics, Engineering, Studio Art, and Classical Civilisation. The exhibition was well-attended, and provided a welcome opportunity for students to display what they have learned and accomplished. Stunning visual displays and animated intellectual explanation and discussion combined to produce a wonderful event!
Yesterday our Creative Writing students also got the chance to perform their spoken-word pieces, before the evening was concluded by a contribution from their teacher, Julie. With a diversity of pieces, from the moving to the comic, students did not fail to impress their peers.
This final week at the Oxford Tradition is packed full of showcase events. Yesterday evening our Filmmaking Major screened their own films–edited, directed, written and filmed all by the the students themselves. The event was hosted by our own Diego Ramirez de Aguilar and was very well attended.
Last week our Philosophy class took a more unusual excursion to a nearby Buddhist temple here in Oxford. The aim of the trip was to experience meditation (especially rest meditation) and to learn about the lives of the monks who live and practise there. This was a unique experience for our students, and an interesting example of philosophy being applied to life.