College Day 2018
Our annual College Day is always a highlight as Hilary Term draws to a close.
The boys of NCS are given the run of New College for the day, with a series of activities based around College and its environs. The day began this year with a talk in chapel about the history of William of Wykeham’s foundation and the reasons behind his passion for education. Year 3 then toured the chapel, before honing their artistic skills in the cloisters. Year 4 enjoyed a Science demonstration by Professor Timmel, followed by a tour of Radcliffe Square and some etching of the Oxford skyline. Year 5 visited Oxford Castle before being given a demonstration of the chapel organ by Mr Poyser.
Year 6 toured some historical sites of central Oxford before visiting the Red Room for an introduction to some of the College’s treasures, including William of Wykeham’s fourteenth-century mitre and some warrants signed by Mary I, Edward VI (when he was dying) and Lady Jane Grey (when she was ‘queen’!). Year 6’s afternoon was then spent drawing misericords back in chapel.
Year 7 investigated microclimates in the College garden, before visiting the Weston Library, while the day reached new heights – literally – for Year 8. After spending some time among the College archives in the Red Room, they were extremely privileged to be shown around St John’s College by its acting President, Professor William Whyte. Inspired by the boys’ recent work on the causes of the English Civil War, the tour centred on Archbishop William Laud and his contributions to the College. Following a hearty lunch back in New College hall, Year 8 visited the Strong Room to see even more bibliographical treasures, before ascending the Tower to enjoy the panoramic views of Oxford.
We are extremely grateful to all those who welcomed the boys so warmly, both in New College and beyond, and who gave them an insight into such wonderful treasures.