Mathematicians visit Balliol College, University of Oxford

A few weeks ago some of our mathematicians spent the day at Balliol College, Oxford.  Here's Lily Proctor-Heather's (7King) report:

Going to Balliol college was such a great opportunity. I had a wonderful time. Everybody there was so nice when they greeted us.  When we were walking to the lecture room, we saw part of the Balliol college. It was huge. The way the college is laid out is beautiful, the extra parts like the crenulations on top of the buildings, the plant life (trees, flowers) and lots more made the college beautiful!!!

As we went into the lecture room we were introduced to another school. This part of the trip was the listening side. She talked about higher education like universities and different ways they can impact your life.  We were shown their website Oxplore.  On the Home Page you find a question. Our group question was “Should you ever fall for a chat up line?” Then we choose yes or no. Once we had decided it took us to information about the question which we could read. Then the question appeared again to see if we changed our gut opinion.

This led to splitting into groups of five; each group had their own question to answer. My group had “Is a robot a person?” Straight away our opinion was no. Our reason was a robot is not a person because they are made from machinery and don’t have emotions. Next, we were given some information on robots (just like the website). Some of our opinions changed.

There was a challenge to see who could come up with the best question; the winner got special Jellybeans. My group came up with different questions but the best one was “If the universe started expanding would there be enough space for it to expand into?” - our group won the jellybeans.

After that it was time for lunch. The lunch was delicious. The hall was huge. To most of the people who came they thought the hall looked a bit like the Great Hall in Harry Potter.  Then it was time for the tour. We first went to library. We had to be quiet and it is only for students. There were three parts to the library. We got to look in two of them as the third one was for graduated students. Some of the books were quite old.  The next place we went to was the chapel. It was quiet. It was also a nice place to just sit. We were told that the choir rehearse in the church.  The last place we went was the common room. It’s where the students can relax. It had a café, table tennis and more.

Then we went back to the lecture room and were joined by three other schools. This time we were doing maths. James was funny, and he loved maths. He told us that he studied maths lots. Then we started solving problems.  One was “A smoothie bar has six types of fruits, how many different flavoured smoothies can you have with three different fruits?” Everybody was keen to solve it. James told us about two about methods.  Sadly, the experience came to an end. I had a great time. Everyone was so nice to us. Balliol College was so kind for letting us have this amazing opportunity.

In This Section

Bishop Luffa Awarded Prestigious International School AwardBishop Luffa Goes GreenDance World Cup SuccessLily Wins Royal Opera House Design Lockdown ChallengeAfghanistan AidA Fantastic Start to the School YearStudent celebrate their GCSE resultsStudents Celebrate Their A-Level ResultsCovid PicassoKids Just RecycleDesign & Technology Car Design Competition WinnersYear 7 Languages FestivalJohnny Represents Great Britain at Optimist World ChampionshipsDance SuccessRemote Learning CreativitySherborne Win House Drama Festival 2021Sports NewsTreading the Boards in HamletYear 10 EucharistSports Day 2021Fruition 2021Design & Technology NewsShowcasing GCSE Art TextilesGerman Authentic Café Role PlayStudents celebrate World Culture DayA 'virtual' author visit from Stewart FosterCharity Week 2021Sixth Formers take part in virtual 'Beliefs' conferenceEx-Student & Production Company Owner Shares Media Wisdom with Year 12sMia's Poetry SuccessRemembering HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of EdinburghAn Amazing Musical Talent - news from a former studentCulinary CreationsSpring Term in Product DesignOur Spanish "Getting to Know You" ProjectParentMail Communication UpdateCelebrating World Book DayMooting SuccessAn Amazing Way to Celebrate a BirthdayHannah is Number 1!Poetry WinnersAfternoon Tea with Michael VaughanLGBTQ+ History MonthA Celebration of Year 9 Remote Learning ArtworkDid you escape the Percy Jackson Escape Room?Our Charity HeroesCongratulations to our Debate TeamSupporting the BEATS CharityOtter House Valentine Rose SaleCan you escape the Percy Jackson-themed Online Escape Room?Join in the Whole School Lockdown ChallengePast and present students tread the boards in ‘Pinocchio’ at Chichester Festival TheatreInformation on the start of the new termElves & Reindeers take over the SchoolA level Dancers work with Morvell DanceBishop Luffa's "Tonne of Love"News from a former student…Loving Latin LearningBishop Luffa Marks the ArmisticeThe Book Fair is coming to school ...Ridgeway House support Shoebox AppealReverend Emma Ham-Riche joins the Clergy TeamHolly's Bake Off for Project WingmanSucceeding in SailingA new Partnership for Chichester!Year 7 take part in their first Eucharist at Bishop Luffa SchoolRecord Numbers at Bishop Luffa Sixth FormBishop Luffa welcomes our new Year 7Life Finally Moves On For Year 11 Students!Congratulations to all of our Year 13 StudentsBishop Luffa School celebrates the end of a surreal termHelping the Local CommunityChange the World Challenge!Luffa Spring Clean - PICU Appeal UpdateBBC Make a Difference AppealSports Day 2019Steven’s off to a JamboreeOur new School Captains are announced...Opportunity: Applications for Pilot Youth Advisory Board – CFTNew School SkirtThe Latest School NewsletterThy Kingdom come in lockdown!A COVID-19 FairytaleYoung Enterprise WinnersThe Luffa Spring Clean for PICUCommemorating VE DayEaster ChallengeElla's Fantastic FundraisingEx-Luffa Girl in Winning Boat in Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race (Lightweights)STEMFest 2020Climate Change at the Lent LunchDance HouseFrench CuisineYour Daily Coronavirus UpdateKey WorkersYear 10 Experience the World of WorkMathematicians visit Balliol College, University of Oxford#Laptops2Schools Appeal LaunchedCoronavirus Update from the Head - don't panicA Fantastic End to Charity Week 2020Grease was the word!Twirlmania SuccessCoronavirus Update from WSCC - 3 March 2020Georgia awarded Archbishop Chorister MedalBishop Luffa Physics Trip to CERN141 Compass Bus Service - Please read this important information if your child uses this serviceCongratulations Holly!Coronavirus Update for Parents and CarersPreloved Prom Dress SaleAn Inspirational Achievement"It's Greeeaaased lightnin!"Students get creative in Design TechnologyCyberFirst Girls Competition 2020Luffa Latinists Cook Roman StyleAdvice from Public Health England: CoronavirusEarly Success for Harrison!Bishop Luffa marks Holocaust Memorial DayA Great DebateActing Success for Bishop Luffa pupils