Information for any students considering applying to Oxford University

Members of the Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach office, academic staff and current students from the University of Oxford will be visiting schools and colleges across Scotland in September 2017, to talk about the University, and to provide advice and encouragement to those considering an application.Please see details below of the activities happening.

Oxford Explained presentations

These sessions are mainly aimed at S5 and S6 students, but can also be helpful for younger years considering Oxford. We warmly encourage parents to attend too.

The Oxford Explained presentation covers all aspects of student life and the admissions process for Oxford, including course choice, the college system, tutorial teaching, admissions tests and interviews. We aim to leave students feeling much better informed about what applying to, and studying at, Oxford would involve, as well as to break down any misconceptions about Oxford that might deter students from making an application. The sessions will be delivered by Oxford Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach office staff supported by current students who will share their experiences.

  • Monday 4 September, Edinburgh: Venue tbc shortly
  • Monday 19 September, Glasgow: Venue tbc shortly
  • Thursday 28 September, Aberdeen: Venue tbc shortly

To register, please visit our Scotland Tour page at http://www.ox.ac.uk/scotlandtour and fill in the form. We will contact you to confirm your booking, and also to send details of timings and the venue nearer to the date.

Interview Workshops

These sessions are suitable for S6 students who are planning on making an application to Oxford or Cambridge for 2018 (or deferred to 2019) entry and their teachers.

The Interview Workshop comprises a presentation focusing on what students should expect from and how to prepare for Oxford or Cambridge interviews, followed by an interactive session where students will have an opportunity to engage with a series of sample interview questions in groups. The sessions will be delivered by both Oxford and Cambridge staff, academic tutors from both universities as well as current students.

  • Thursday 31 August, Aberdeen: Harlaw Academy, 1.45pm-4.15pm
  • Friday 1 September,Glasgow: Shawlands Academy, 9.30am-12pm
  • Friday 1 September,Edinburgh: Balerno Community High School, 2.30pm-5pm

To book on to the interview workshops please go to: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ScotS6 . Please note that booking closes at 8am on Thursday 17th August

Holland 2017 – Day whatever, like, who cares – What is day anyway?

The day started in a panic as Stuart had set his alarm for 7.00pm rather than 7.00am – who was his maths teacher? Apparently this has happened more than once and Liz has stepped in to provide some maths recovery using FlashCards which she has thrown together on am/pm time and 24 hour clock.

Stuart has been given the opportunity to put his new learning into action as he will be trying again to waken us all tomorrow. Now some of us are not holding our breath – as we unfortunately believe that Stuart has a “fixed mind set” and feels unable, or more likely, unwilling to learn to accurately distinguish between ante meridiem and post meridiem.

Anyway, once we were awake, it was time to set off to Bobbejaanland. The weather was mixed and we had few showers which damped neither spirit nor body, this was largely due to the soaking from the Indiana River running out of us.

Our bold adventurers conquered all of the rides which Bobbejaanland could throw at them and left the park exhausted.

The return to Hotel Op De Boud was very quiet. Dinner, packing, tidy rooms and then down for our traditional last night Karaoke.

Tomorrow is another early start as we begin our return journey to Prestonpans.  We will be stopping for the afternoon in Gouda for some shopping and cheese and then travelling on to Rotterdam for the overnight ferry to Hull.  This will be our final post with no internet connection on the ferry.

Our Staff team wish to thank our parents and carers for allowing us to spend the past week with your wonderful young people.  They have been great company, great fun and an enormous credit to their families and our school community. Many of them have challenged themselves through the activities but more importantly they have all had a blast. #ProudToBePL

 

Preston Lodge High School launches its Learning Festival 2017

The 4th Preston Lodge Learning Festival will be held at the school on Saturday 28th October 2017.

This year we are once again offering a fantastic range of Learning Conversations for teachers to explore, share and develop their pedagogy.

In addition, we’re opening our Learning Festival up to all parents and carers interested in finding out how they could further support young people in their learning.

Click here to find out more http://www.edubuzz.org/lovelearning/

 

Valkenburg 2017 – Day 4 – The Quiet Day

For many years the Monday of the Valkenburg trip has been the day of rest.

All of the activities are within 10 miles of Valkenburg and we all took advantage of lie-in until 07:30.

Our adventurers set of for Snowworld Landgraaf for a few hours of high ropes fun. We are are pleased to tell our readers that each one of the 42 young people took part in this activity. For some this was an exciting and interesting way to start a day but for others this was huge life event. On Saturday several of our young people chose not to take the pretty tame chairlift to the Rodelbaan in Valkenburg but instead to walk up the hill. Today we are pleased to announce these same young people accepted and conquered “Europe’s Largest High Ropes” course, some of them defeating both the easier (Blue Course) and the harder and higher Black Course. #ProudToBe PL #FightTheFear

Lunch was a healthy packed lunch in the sun and then we were off to Mosaqua in Gulpen for a swim.

Indoor and outdoor pools both open in the warm but not too sunny afternoon. Once again everyone of our adventurers took part in this activity which has not always happened on previous PL outings to Valkenburg. Now photographs in the swimming pools are never easy for a selection of reasons but please trust us they all had a great time in an amazing pool.

 

The evening was spent in LaserTag in the lime caves above Valkenburg and then back to the Hotel where despite the staff telling them that the day was still young, our young people all pleaded to go to bed. What chance do we have as a nation when our young folk are so keen to hit the hay when the night is still young.

Tomorrow is an early start for the run to Belgium and theme park number two Bobbejaanland