For the last week of Term 2 and two weeks of the school holidays, 18 Year 11 students and two staff participated in the annual London-Oxford Tour.
They spent one week in London, where they visited all the major tourist sites, including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Imperial War Museum, the Science Museum, the British Museum, Piccadilly Circus, Lord’s Cricket Ground, the famous Abbey Road crossing, the London Eye and London War Memorial. They even spotted Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) and Niall from One Direction!
Then two weeks of intensive study at Oxford University saw them through the holidays, mixing with other students from all over the world. They took part in challenging classes in Chemistry and Physics, Political Science and Literature, all taught by Oxford students. They were also very fortunate to be given a tour around the magnificent Christ Church College by Hale Old Boy, Ben Spagnolo (1998). Two of the highlights were the Great Hall – which was used during the filming of Harry Potter – and the garden that inspired Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
“I speak for all the Hale boys on the tour when I say that saying goodbye to some of the friends we had made was tough, but together we shared an experience that we will remember for the rest of our lives,” said student Nicholas Cokis. “I would strongly encourage any interested Year 10 boy to sign up for this tour; it is truly a life-changing experience.”
Expression of interest forms are now available for the 2017 tour from Mr Cecins.