Induction week — helping our students settle into the UK school life is our top priority
As an experienced top international A-Level college in the UK, OIC completely understands being an international student can be challenging. Therefore, we organise a wide range of activities in the College and Oxford during the induction week every year to help our students cope with the pressure of being away from home and settle into the UK school life as quickly as possible. Also, this is where the personal development of our students begins. They learn essential virtues, such as resilience, perseverance, teamwork, etc., through these activities.
Here are some of the activities we had this year:
New students got the chance to explore Oxford and learn some interesting facts about their new city in OIC Annual Scavenger Hunt on Monday 30th August. Students worked in small teams and answered a series of questions and challenges whilst exploring Oxford’s most famous sites and learning about its history. How many books are inside the Bodleian Library? Just ask our students!
Talks / Workshops
New students had a range of talks and workshops designed to set them up for the year ahead. These include an introduction to their curriculum, academic team and academic strategy support, and a range of pastoral sessions highlighting critical team members and opening up discussions on topics designed to ensure our students mental and physical wellbeing whilst here at OIC. To complement this, we brought in an external team, ‘Dynamic Play’, to lead an anti-bullying and self-esteem workshop which they got to experience from Oxford University’s Christ Church.
It isn’t induction without our annual OIC disco! Students from all year groups got the chance to socialise and dance the night away together in this fun-filled event. Students came dressed in their best party gear, complete with glowsticks, to see if they could outdance the OIC staff.
Students took a trip out of Oxford to the beautiful Denham Grove Hotel on a sunny September Saturday, 4th September, to take part in the Crystal Maze challenge. Students worked in small teams to solve a series of mental and physical challenges. Crystals were awarded to teams based on their performances and also their dance moves! The top five teams got the chance to enter the Crystal Dome and grab as many gold tickets as possible to win the day. A team of 9 came first in the crystal maze challenge, and they are Arvin, Joyce, Zachary, Evelyn, Nicole, Jeffrey, Jeanie from Year 12, plus Alex and Athena from Year 11.