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Friday, 24 June 2016

A taste of university life at Goldsmiths

Yesterday, Year 6 were given a day 'on campus' at Goldsmiths College (University of London) and shown what it's like to be an undergraduate student.

The children were given an anthropology lecture in a lecture room: they were taught what anthropology is and what the students studied throughout the three year course.

They learnt about a famous Polish anthropologist, Bronislaw Malinowski (photographed right), who visited and lived with tribes in Papua New Guinea in 1914.

He discovered that across the many islands, in the Kula Ring, the tribes made and exchanged necklaces and bracelets.

This is how the tribes kept the peace and made friends.  Year 6 were then asked to make individual bracelets to exchange with the class.

The pupils were then split into three groups and they were all given a tour of the campus and shown the different areas where the students study, relax, live and attend lectures.  They even discovered that Goldsmiths University has its own cinema - which is open to the public.

After lunch, Year 6 attended another session looking at and discussing what were their strengths and what they hope to do in the future.  There was an interesting careers discussion with the Student Ambassadors (volunteer students who have either completed their degrees or those who are in their first or second year).

This was the first visit to a university campus that Year 6 have attended, but St.Mary Magdalen's hopes to develop this link in the future as part of our plans next year to undertake regular visits and expand our 'outreach' work.

Sally Saunders
Deputy Head