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Trip to the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University

On Tuesday, 6 June, Ms Mulligan and Mrs Mansbridge led a trip to the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University for a group of Year 7, 8, and 10 students who have been dedicated to their work in the library or who have made great achievements with their reading through the Accelerated Reader program this school year.

Upon our arrival at the University, we took part in a printing session at the Weston Library. Students learned about the evolution of printing and its impact on literacy and the sharing of information. Students were then able to make prints using the University’s 1877 Albion press. It was a truly unique experience and students printed keepsakes of our visit as well as copies of The Tempest from Shakespeare’s first folio, and block prints which had been carved by hand.

After this wonderful session, we toured parts of the University and then visited Blackwell’s bookshop. Blackwell is the largest academic and specialist bookseller in the UK and students had a wonderful time exploring this tremendous bookshop and choosing a book of their own to take home as a reward. Students chose books about LGBTQIA+ stories, adventure, manga, thrillers, and many more.

Our visit to Oxford was an eye-opening, one of a kind experience that the students continue to rave about. We look forward to returning!