St Catharine’s Cambridge has kept ORA students busy with their first Masterclasses of the week.
The Photography Masterclass encouraged students to explore the local area and strike a pose, aiming to showcase student’s skills and let them unleash their imagination. Inventive students launched themselves into the air in impressive attempts to capture mid-air shots. Other groups used the natural beauty of the Cambridge architecture to take picturesque photos, whilst some entered a fudge shop to capture an action shot making the deliciously sweet treat.
The Debating Masterclass gave pupils the opportunity to demonstrate their best argumentative skills around a range of topics. They were first taught a variety of techniques to show them successful ways to debate, before testing out their new skills with the rest of the group. The standard of debating was impressive, with lots of individuals harnessing the lessons they were taught to best argue their points. It was great to witness students practically applying theoretical knowledge and refining their skills through this practical workshop.
The final Masterclass of the week for students staying at St Catharine’s was the Zoolab lesson. With a selection of unusual animals from around the world, our Zoolab team wowed students with snakes, lizards and frogs. Those who wanted to were able to hold the creatures as they were taught all about the lifestyle and habitat of the animals. The more squeamish students avoided handling the animals but were still fascinated by the information they were learning.
Masterclasses are always an integral part of ORA Summer Schools and it’s great to see students fully engaging with the activities and asking questions. ORA students at St Catharine’s interacted well with the classes and got as much out of them as possible, which is a delight to see.
The rest of the week brings the end-of-week party and Sports Day and we are certain our students will bring as much energy and enthusiasm to these events as they have to the Masterclasses and lesson so far.