This year, while setting up the IBSCA IB Teacher Workshops, the OSC and IBSCA teams decided to try something new. Alongside the workshops taking place in Oxford in April we planned an event for first year IB students from UK state schools. We wanted to give these students the chance to mix with other IB students through activities, workshops and social events, and thereby gain a wider perspective on their IBDP experience.

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We offered places for 20 students, three or four maximum from each school: two days staying in The Queen’s College, Oxford, dining in the College Dining Hall, exploring the city together and taking part in some specially created IB sessions. The event was completely free for the students and their chaperones. We were delighted that five schools immediately took up the offer, and we had participants from Newcastle College, Varndean College, Exeter College, the Anglo European School at Ingatestone, and Bexley Grammar.

OSC IB teachers and IBSCA’s IB educators enthusiastically supported the event, giving their time for free and leading fun, interactive sessions on Extended Essays, Theory of Knowledge, and university admissions. The students were fantastic: enthusiastic, lively and appreciative throughout, and a delight to be with. They presented work they had created about the IB at their school. They explored Oxford using the OSC Oxford Treasure Hunt. They visited the Museum of Science, armed with questions to help them think about possible EE questions based on what they saw. They had a tour round some of the Oxford colleges. And they spent hours each evening just chatting. They loved it all:

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