Papa P warns all the OxPreppers when they arrive, that the first day will be the second hardest day they will have with the program. The hardest day started Tuesday around 4 pm.
Tuesday started out very unusually: there was no bright yellow ball in the sky. But instead there was a thick covering of grey cloud. Just as the Preppers were settling down into their classes, something happened… about 20 days worth of stored rain dropped over Oxford.
As the students flooded the quad, they broke out in dance, cameras came out, and clothing was drenched. There was so much rain so quickly, Magpie Lane filled up and some students were unsure of how they might traverse the now Magpie River!
Once the rain had disappeared as quickly as it came, the students changed into drier things and completed their final major classes, complete with projects, presentations, and parties.
The afternoon assembly informed the students of their major task ahead… packing. For approximately 2 hours, the Preppers diligently cleaned, tidied, and packed the last month up into their bags.
And then it was time for the final dinner, awards ceremony at St. Mary’s, and then the last dance – a Masquerade!
All our students are amazing, but every once in a while, there is a student in a class that will stand out. Not necessarily based on who performed the best academically; award winners could be chosen on their merit and ability to display characteristics the exemplify the course and its goals, their passion, intensity, and effort.
Post awards, the Preppers all headed over to the auditorium for the slideshow and the premier of the “Harlem Shake”, which lead into the shaking and grooving of the students at the Masquerade Ball. There were crazy lights, canapes, macaroons, and an all-request playlist.
The tears started dropping as the last song played and the students started heading back into their staircases. Hugs were abundant in the streets. Many students got up before the sun did to start saying goodbye to their friends.
As it is right now, there are only a few remaining students and we staff are now sadly packing up and beginning to reminisce about the past month.
Parents, thank you so much for all of your support. Students, thank you for your hard work and your enthusiasm.
As for me, this will be the last blog post – the 51st in 27 days. I hope you have enjoyed them and the small insight into the amount of fun that we have here at OxPrep.
Thank you to Anne, Maria, Milan, Elizabeth, Jordan, Vikram, and most of all Ivan for your photographs and input to the creation of the blogs – you helped make my life much easier.
So, that is it, that is all, there is no more, until next year, have a wonderful summer full of adventures and keeping in touch with the friends you have made.