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Week 4: The Pre-University Programme launch

Week 4 saw the launch of the Pre-University Programme and there was a busy schedule of seminars, lectures and masterclasses for the pupils to attend.

Life Skills Masterclasses

The first week of the Life Skills Masterclasses saw A2s listen to Tim Hewitt from Ivy House discussing ‘how to access your most powerful mind in times of massive change’.

His session focused on how your thoughts don’t have to control the way you behave. In troubling times, he highlighted how, through stepping out of your thought spiral, you are able to demonstrate to yourself that you are not your thoughts. Tim explained how your conscious mind gives you the power to create distance between you and your thinking whenever you want to.

Sit in your armchair and take a step away from your spiralling thoughts.

In the second masterclass of the week, Head of Health and Safety at Bryanston Kieran Williams gave a basic course in the First Aid Essentials. With many A2s soon leaving home to either their first year of university or a gap year, Kieran taught some important life skills. He focused on: initial assessments; unconscious casualties; CPR; bleeding and shock. A2s came away with the key basics of what to do in an emergency.

Pre-University lectures

Alongside the Life Skills Masterclasses, each A2 started their Pre-University lectures and seminars this week. These lectures will be hosted each week by OBs currently working or studying at universities around the world. Last week, pupils were treated to the following lectures by OBs:

OB Dr Andrew Lack, who is the Senior Lecturer in Environmental Biology at Oxford Brookes University, gave the Biology and Geography Pre-University groups an intriguing lecture on ‘The extinction of the world’s megafauna with human colonisation’.

OB medical student Bryony Bennet led a problem-based learning session for A2s wanting to study medicine. This group-based exercise is a key element of medicine degrees and will help our A2s start their courses on the front foot.