Bell lessons (Mon to Fri)
The Cambridge trip is going fantastically. After a busy first six days, everyone was settled in and ready for their first full week of Bell English lessons. On Monday morning, everyone was in great spirits. They checked the board to see if they were in the same classes, then headed to their rooms. Throughout this week, students have been excited about their lessons. It’s clear that they have been studying hard, and it has been good to see some of them continue to challenge each other to use English outside of class, too.
After-School Activities (Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri)
On Tuesday, we took a little break from Bell to go to the local leisure centre as a Kaetsu group. The leisure centre is only about 5 minutes away from Bell by bus. As well as having a number of restaurants and a couple of mini supermarkets, it has a game centre, a movie theatre, a gym, and a bowling alley. Today, we would be enjoying an afternoon of bowling. Scores were higher than expected for some, and lower for others, but everyone had a great time and enjoyed the opportunity to relax a little and let off some steam.
On other days, most students joined Bell activities after school. These activities are popular with all students and provide a great chance to meet students from other classes.
On Wednesday, many of the students made apple pie in the canteen, while others went off to play sports.
On Thursday, students headed to the local park that has open tennis and basketball courts. The weather turned a little and they were playing in a light drizzle, but everyone was laughing and giving it their all.
On Friday, we had the special treat of punting along the college backs. This is a traditional activity in Cambridge and something that everyone who visits must do. A guide punted us along the river that runs behind several of the most famous colleges. As we made our way down the river, the guide shared some popular stories and myths about the university and the activities on the lake.
Punting was a great way to finish the week and is usually the way that the March Cambridge trip ends. However, this time, we still have a few days left. Over the weekend, students will enjoy Brighton, have free time to explore Cambridge by themselves, then have two more days of classes before we head back. Let’s make the most of these final few days!