Students and parents have been overwhelmingly positive about the first Symposium Conference held at Trinity College on 28 June 2019.
Organised with the John Mason School in Abingdon, the event for Year 9 and Year 10 students saw students complete a subject-based project, which were presented to students, teachers, family and friends at the conference. They were supported in their projects by Oxford faculty members in relevant departments.
Pupils were invited to lunch in hall and then treated to inspiring talks by guest speakers Dr Stephen Law (a philosopher); writer Jo Cotteril; and Oxford academic Dr Natasha Ryan from the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages. Trinity College Head of Access Hannah Rolley also welcomed and congratulated John Mason pupils on completing their projects, and encouraged them to think about their potential future as prospective applicants to the University of Oxford.
Chris Davies, English teacher at John Mason School and organiser of the Symposium, said of the conference: ‘I have no doubt that the events of 28 June will set in motion exciting life journeys that will involve application to the world’s best universities and making the world a better place than it is now.’
Hannah Rolley, Head of Access Trinity college said ‘It was a delight to welcome pupils, parents and teachers from John Mason School to Trinity College. This was a wonderful opportunity to recognise and celebrate the hard work of these students, as well as encourage them to continue their personal journeys of academic curiosity. We very much look forward to welcoming next year’s curious minds to Trinity College for John Mason’s Symposium Conference in 2020.’
Feedback from parents who attended the events underscored the positive effect on the confidence of participating students, with one noting: ‘What an amazing day it was yesterday. I felt so proud to be a part of it, not only a proud mum, but I felt proud too of all those other worthy students from John Mason School. The subjects that they researched and the way they presented their ideas was truly inspiring. I really couldn’t believe they are all only 12, 13 or 14 years old.’
Posted: 15 July 2019