Ox­ford trip opens eyes to world of learn­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opin­ion -

STU­DENTS from Aquinas Col­lege re­turned to Aus­tralia with three awards af­ter a two-week study­ing stint at Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity in the UK.

As part of the school’s an­nual Ox­ford Fel­low­ship Abroad pro­gram, eight Year 11 stu­dents trav­elled to the UK to take part in the Broad­en­ing Hori­zons and Global Lead­er­ship Pro­gram at Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity.

Dur­ing the pro­gram, stu­dents ex­pe­ri­enced life on cam­pus as they stayed at one of the uni­ver­sity halls and made in­ter­na­tional friends whilst study­ing sub­jects in­clud­ing physics, phi­los­o­phy and lead­er­ship.

Prizes were awarded to three stu­dents: Raine Bian­chini for math­e­mat­ics; Christo­pher Gallen for hu­man science; Phillip Colic for pol­i­tics and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions; and Thomas Franchina was awarded a run­ner-up prize for physics.

Mr Franchina said all the learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties at Ox­ford had amazed him and re­in­forced his en­thu­si­asm to study physics.

“It re­ally made me re­alise how much there is to dis­cover in the field of physics and now I am much more in­ter­ested in the field,” he said.

Aquinas Col­lege stu­dents Phillip Colic, Ai­dan Lewins, Christo­pher Gallen, Raine Bian­chini and Thomas Franchina with col­lege staff and tour su­per­vi­sors He­len McAl­lis­ter (left) and Mark We­ston.

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