Thursday 23 February 2012

Open Day: What a day! By Adeyemi Adeola

The 18th of February, it was a bright day and the atmosphere was quite clear and from all I could see, it was apparent that the day was going to be a good one.

The open day commenced at about 11:00am and parents were already in because of the meeting with the Director that took place earlier in the day. As a result of this, they went to the classes to see respective teachers with their wards as soon as the meeting was over. 

The day began gradually with parents going to meet teachers concerning the progress of their wards in the academic year. It further went down to sample lecture lessons where some tutors showed parents and visiting students of other schools how lectures are conduced in Oxbridge. 

The first class was the Key skills class with Mrs. Erukuebami. The class consisted of a few students from S.T&T, Dansol High School, Babington Macaulay, Vivian Fowler Memorial College and other visitors. The business IFY students were talking about a presentation on the History and Food in the UK and this had to be shown through PowerPoint for their points to be better emphasized. There was a lot of laughter and ideas were also shared in the course of this class and at the end, the visiting students left with some piece of information from the presentation. Other classes also took place and at the end, the amount of people in school reduced.

Besides that, there were University representatives in the school hall that the parents and their wards could speak to concerning their future education and also to make enquiries regarding the grades requirement, the school fees and other basic stuff related to the schools. The schools present were; the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, University of Leeds, Sheffield University, Salford University, University of Liverpool, and University of Bradford, mostly all schools affiliated with the Northern Consortium United Kingdom (NCUK). 

Guess what happened next? Dark clouds appeared all of a sudden and it was quite evident that it was going to rain, but really the weather these days cannot be predicted, so no one was actually sure of the situation; however, people started leaving in case it actually rained. It rained heavily though, consistently for a few hours.

The day finally ended with students, their parents and visitors leaving school for their respective homes. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek once said, ‘A man has always to be busy with his thoughts if anything is to be accomplished’. If the day wasn’t that pre-occupied, nothing would’ve been achieved. It was useful after all :-)

Adeyemi Adeola
Oxbridge Press


The Character Count Programme, which has been running at the college since the beginning of term, was officially launched on the 18th February 2011 at the school premises. The programme started with the opening prayer by a student of the college and a member of staff of the college, after which the head of the programme spoke on the purpose of and need for the programme in the schools and the society today. He went further to explain that the character count programme is an approach to character education and does not exclude anyone and for this reason, the programme was based on six ethical values everyone can agree on which are not political, religious or culturally biased.

A student of the college Seun Odeyale, lectured parents and members of staff present on one of the six pillars of character; citizenship which he looked at from the perspective of the involvement of students and staff in community services, obedience of rules and regulations and cooperation in the society. Later another student, Edwina Ola spoke on respect and emphasized the need for people to follow the golden rule. 

At the end of the programme, the character counts flag was added to the other college flags and the vote of thanks was given by Mr Oduniyi.

By Deola Salami

Monday 20 February 2012

Oxbridge Open Day

What a success! The Oxbridge Open day last weekend went really well. We welcomed a great mix of Alumni, prospective students and parents. We also had a great mix of international delegates from Bellerbys, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield to name a few.

Huge thanks to the Oxbridge students that took part in the event and Well done! Thank you also to all the partner institutions who took the time to attend the event and make it as useful and insightful as it was.

We've got loads of pictures so here are a few. I'll be sending a writeup giving some student perspectives soon so stay tuned!

Friday 17 February 2012

Hey people,

It's the day before the alumni meeting, I am assuming since I haven't heard from anyone, everyone is coming tomorrow morning.

I look forward to seeing everyone in the morning!

Also we have the following ways of keeping in touch with the Alumni, a blog, twitter and Facebook:

Let's give back to Oxbridge!!!!!!!!!

Viavo Hunponu-Wusu

Wednesday 15 February 2012

Alumni Meeting 18th Feb 2012

Good afternoon people,

I hope we are all well, no one was injured in Hurricane Jibola and everyone "occupied" Lagos!!!

Our meeting is around the corner and we need to have everyone come to the meeting so please confirm your attendance by replying to this email.

I know it's early on Saturday,  but it's for a very good cause and you will be richly rewarded for your efforts!!!!!( at least in heaven!) so let's make it count and please tell other Oxbridge alumni that you know about the meeting so we can have a good turnout. It should just be for about an hour if we all turn up on time and we can go about the rest of our day.

Our agenda remains the same;
1. Nomination and election of Alumni executives and officials.
2. Adoption of Oxbridge Alumni constitution.
3. Discussion of upcoming Oxbridge College Ball and attendance of alumni.
4. Spreading awareness of alumni association and reaching new members.
5. AOB

So once again let's give back to our college and make an impact to the next generation of Oxbridge students by attending this meeting.

RSVP by return mail and I look forward to see everyone on Saturday.

Take care,

Viavo Hunponu-Wusu

OxbridgeTC Open day 18th Feb

Spread the word! We're hosting an open day at the college on Saturday and it's set to be our best ever! 

We've got sample classes taking place, house basketball games, SRC and alumni as well as staff involvement.

We've also got several Partner Universities and colleges form the UK attending the event, we're launching a new programme and much much more. So if you want to know more about Oxbridge and what we do, visit the college between 11am and 4pm on Saturday the 18th at 49 Sobo Arobiodu Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.

Tuesday 14 February 2012

Two more Wall Stencils at OTC!!

We've been debating who to have on the walls in two of the classrooms and last week the students made their decision. I worked on the images over the weekend and with the help of Skype (yes Skype!!!), Lekan (IT Technician) and Mr. Efemena (Art Teacher) I got the images in place and painted up.

Some comments from students include:

I think it's cool. Nice.

Nice because of Asa, a kind of icon in our generation. We can really relate with it.

(Asa) Quite inspiring. She is a Nigerian/African Icon, a popular person who has made it globally.

Nice. Cool. Inspiring.
Chiemeri MOGBOLU

I think the pictures and nice and very modern. They reflect us, but I prefer the Asa picture. It is a picture of our generation. We can relate with it. She is a character we see daily.
Kanyinsade DANIELS

A great work of art.
Onyinye INJOKE

Sunday 12 February 2012

Student Perspective by Toyosi Adeyemi

Recently Toyosi carried out her work experience attachment. Something that we value greatly at Oxbridge and that we feel gives our students valuable insight into their chosen paths. I'll be posting a handful of Student Perspectives on this topic this week. For today here's Toyosi's experience:

My internship experience at Lagos Television was one of a kind.  The world of media is always awake, even when no one is!  

At the time of my internship, there were protests over the removal of the fuel subsidy by the Federal government, so I would say it was a good time to work at a TV station.  I was posted to the news department.  On the first day, I went out with a reporter; on our way back to the studio, we had to hide our belongings and duck down in the car because of protesters.  This made me realize how dangerous the life of an individual working with the media could be.
It was only one week, but I learned in that week what one could learn in a month.   I saw how news was reported, edited, written, scripted, produced and casted.   It was interesting to see how the news was posted on the internet, and peoples’ reactions.  The most interesting aspect was how all the information was collected in one day, and then broadcast on T.V… all in less than eighteen hours!  It was amazing!  It simply showed that , to work with media, efficiency, speed, alertness are essential to be productive and successful.

Another thing that amazed me was the fact that everybody knew everybody at the studio, well, except maybe a few interns (like me) and some corps members who were assigned to work there.  When I went around, greeting and smiling at people was inevitable.  Everyone seemed to possess a sense of humour, which obviously made their work easier.  It was all smiles and comfort; there was little or no form of work tension.  Well, let's just say I didn’t notice any ;-)

In the end, I was happy with my experience.  It was an exciting and enlightening episode.  It gave me a hint of what working with the media would be like.

Friday 10 February 2012

Alumni Meeting 18th Feb

Good afternoon one & all,

Firstly let me thank everyone who turned up to the last Alumni meeting.
Secondly this is to let everyone know that the next meeting is on the 18th of February 2012 at 9am, it is important that we try and make it to this meeting so we can start moving the Alumni group forward. The 18th is also the Open Day for the College and it would be helpful if some of us could make the time to discuss with some prospective parents and students regarding the benefits and advantages of joining Oxbridge. 
The agenda for the next meeting is as follows;
  1. Nomination and election of Alumni executives and officials.
  2. Adoption of Oxbridge Alumni constitution.
  3. Discussion of upcoming Oxbridge College Ball and attendance of alumni.
  4. Spreading awareness of alumni association and reaching new members.
This alumni association will thrive or not based on our individual and collective efforts, so if you know you gained something from going to Oxbridge College here is your chance to give something back!!!
See you on the 18th !!!!!!!

Viavo Wusu