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Upon arriving at St Catherine’s college, Oxford, we were greeted by a member of the Outreach and Admissions team – dedicated to opening the college up to potential applicants and showing them just why it is the largest of the colleges of The University of Oxford.

We entered a small lecture room and were talked through the application process and provided with some facts and figures related to both the college and the university as a whole. We were also given a taste of the types of questions an applicant may be asked in one of their interviews – one of the most beneficial parts of the day in my opinion as, due to only 6 students taking part in the trip, the college representative was able to listen to our suggestions of how we would answer the questions and give feedback on the sort of answers interviewers look for and prefer to hear from applicants. Two second-year students at the college also joined in at the end to answer a series of questions we had written up for them, mainly about student life at Oxford University and how they viewed the application process in hind-sight.

After the talk had concluded we were taken on a tour of the college and shown its extensive facilities, including the gym, punt house, library, common rooms and study areas, grounds and dining hall. We then stayed in the dining hall and were provided with lunch, which surpassed all expectations, before making our way back to the lecture room for a sample lecture.

The sample lecture was given by a pair of post-graduate students, each working towards a PhD in Biology, specifically related to human DNA. This session provided a helpful insight into the process of learning and applying knowledge in a lecture scenario.

All in all, the day was a great success and I and the other students present found it to be a very informative and helpful trip.

Dillon Bishop, Year 12



Pepsi is a regular visitor at Sponne and comes in to work with some of our students.

She is registered with the Pets as Therapy charity and her visits are linked to the ‘Read2Dogs’ scheme and general wellbeing.

Spring Concert 
The Sponne Spring Concert was held on 2nd April in the school hall featuring all our extra curricular music groups. They played to a packed audience and provided a fantastic evening of musical entertainment. Thank you to all those who attended, and to all the musicians who took part. 
Music for Youth Festival
Sponnaissance and our String Chamber ensembles took part in the Music for Youth festival in Milton Keynes on the 3rd April

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On Thursday 4th April the Royal Navy catering team came to Sponne School to work with year 9 students who are studying for the GCSE Food, Preparation and Nutrition course. 
After the Navy introduced themselves and the role of cooking in the armed forces, the students had one hour to complete a ‘Ready Steady Cook’ style activity in small groups.   The groups planned and made the dishes with expert advice from the Navy catering specialists.
We would like to extend a massive thank-you to the Navy for this opportunity, which not only produced amazing results and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

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