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Program 1: Explorer 2017 – Day 5

You’d be forgiven for thinking the Reach Cambridge team looked a little bit smarter than usual today… Normally we are used to pulling off a mixture of sports kits, loose summer trousers and orange T-shirts in the knowledge that we will be on our feet for most of the day. Today, however, there was lipstick and freshly combed hair… It could only mean one thing: the Reach school photograph!  After lessons as usual, all the students assembled and encountered their most taxing challenge yet: sorting themselves to height order! Due to the Open Days happening around Cambridge today, our usual spot in Downing College was moved to the Fellows’ Garden: a rare treat.

Thanks to James Brown for the photo

The afternoon played host to a variety of activities. Many students got in the Wimbledon spirit ahead of the weekend with some friendly but competitive tennis. Who needs Federer v. Nadal when we have our very own Adrian vs. Leonardo?! Alongside this were games of football and volleyball. Elsewhere on site, our more musical students enjoyed choir practice, led by Holly and Katie, who took them through a range of music from past classics to new favourites. This afternoon was also the first official meeting of the Community Outreach team, led by supervisor (and past Reach student!) Tomini. This mainly consisted of preparation for the Charity Auction and the ‘Fête of Fun’, both scheduled for next week (watch this space…).

Corridor bonding through friendship bracelets

Instead of the usual college-canteen affair, this evening the students all enjoyed some specially-cultivated time for corridor bonding. Each supervisor arranged dinner and activities for their group of students. This ranged from pizza and volleyball, to Mexican wraps and friendship-bracelet making. There was even a sleepover-style movie evening in Downing, which explained the flurry of girls heading to one of the classrooms with pillows in hand for extra comfort!  These activities lasted well into the evening, but not too late, as a fun weekend of trips await!  

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