Clayfield College offers the exceptional opportunity to attend a Study School at Cambridge University, UK, in the areas of Literature, Science, Medicine and Law. This year, 20 students in Years 9 and 10 availed themselves of the chance to not only study abroad in a residential University program but also to do so whilst still at school.
Although this course did not give credit to any further degree program, it did challenge the students with thought-provoking topics, experiments, mooting and performances. Lectures and workshops were intellectually stimulating, and created and delivered by prestigious academics from the University of Cambridge. Our girls met, worked with, and shared challenging problems with academic students from other southern Australian, Hong Kong, USA, France and UK schools.
The girls lived on campus at Churchill College and were immersed in lectures, excursions, workshops and activities whilst fully supported by mentors and tutors from Cambridge throughout their journey.
Excursions included attending ‘Motown the Musical’ at Milton Keynes Theatre, a day exploring the Queen’s estate at Sandringham, punting on the River Cam, visiting the Museum of Science and the Imperial War Museum Doxford, understanding code breaking at Bletchley Park and a day at Oxford where lunch was served at Balliol College, University of Oxford, which was reminiscent of the Great Hall at Hogworts.
On the final evening, all Clayfield girls performed the indigenous song Inanay at the final concert and presentation evening where Year 9 students Jennifer Lollback and Mia Felsman received awards for Science and Imogen Gilbert was awarded a prize for her achievements in English Literature.
All students returned to Clayfield invigorated by the challenges they gained by attending the Cambridge Program and are now equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to apply to their future studies towards university and beyond.