ORA’s exciting enrichment programme is aimed at further developing students socially and personally, exposing them to new ideas and perspectives that will help them in their future endeavors at university and work.
Please note that these are example enrichment activities, which may change from year to year and vary according to age group.
Discovering the hidden gems of St Andrews is great fun and the Scavenger Hunt promotes both teamwork and exploration of the historic city. Armed with a list of objectives, students split into small groups and run around St Andrews, taking photos with objects and in specific poses as they go. From having a picture with nature to imitating a shop mannequin, the activity gives students the chance to get to know each other whilst learning more about the city as they go.
What better way to immerse yourself in Scotland than with an evening of Scottish music? Complete with the sound of bagpipes ringing through the Highlands, students have the opportunity to enjoy the traditional music of Scotland and experience a cultural aspect of the country around them.
Debating activities at St Andrews introduce students to the fundamental argumentative skills that will aid them throughout life. Promoting logical and coherent arguments, the workshops begin by equipping students with a refined skill set for producing a structured debate. Once the theory has been taught, students divide into groups and practise their skills as they debate different sides of a motion.
St Andrews Aquarium is located by the sea and overlooks the stunning West Sands beach. This centre is home to many aquatic species, such as reef sharks, seahorses, seals, lionfish and more. There are also a few non-aquatic creatures in residence, including penguins, reptiles, spiders and meerkats. For the aquatically inclined, the Aquarium provides a fascinating and informative excursion.
The broad expanse of West Sands beach, fringed with tall grasses that wave in the breeze, is perfect for an early walk on a sunny morning. The beach lies close to St Andrews and provides a wonderful setting for students and locals alike to absorb natural inspiration and fresh air.
There are plenty of stunning and interesting locations around St Andrews. Lady Braes Walk is a 1 ½ mile route alongside the site of a ruined medieval mill, whilst Blackfriars Chapel presents the haunting ruins of a medieval monastery. The beautiful remains of St Andrews Castle and the Cathedral make ideal spots for historical fanatics, whilst the Chapel of St Mary of the Rock, supposedly once home to the relics of St Andrew, is perfect for those seeking solace.
St Andrews is just under 2 hours away from the beautiful capital city of Scotland: Edinburgh. Students may have the opportunity to visit this medieval city and experience all the culture it has to offer. From the imposing Castle and exotic Edinburgh Zoo to the Queen’s Scottish residence at Holyroodhouse and the National Museum, the city offers visitors a wealth of cultural opportunity.
This small theatre in St Andrews is home to everything from touring productions to student-led amateur drama shows. With a 216 seat auditorium and a 100 seat studio theatre, it always has something interesting on the billing. From drama and comedy to tragedy and opera, the theatre is bound to have something to captivate even the fussiest of theatre-goers.
Scotland is known as the birthplace of golf and St Andrews’ ties to the famous sport are no less impressive. With the game supposedly originating on the Links, St Andrews offers visitors the chance to participate in a fun game of golf in a renowned place, regardless of sporting ability. With stunning views over the Scottish countryside and the town of St Andrews, the Links provide the perfect setting to refine golfing skills whilst gazing over the beautiful Scottish landscape.
Within the town of St Andrews, there are a variety of other sporting facilities, including the canoe club, the junior football team, the Madras rugby club, the tennis club and the university sports centre. If golf doesn’t appeal, there’s bound to be another sport to interest visitors.
The Scottish Deer Centre plays host to 14 species of deer from around the world, as well as brown bears, otters, rare wildcats and Scotland’s only wolf pack. Wolves died out in Scotland towards the end of the 18th-century, so it is wonderful to see the pack explore what was once their ancestors’ natural habitat. For those seeking more flora than fauna, the St Andrews Botanic Gardens are an amazing place to relax and unwind. With over 8000 species of exotic plants and a butterfly house, visitors are treated to vibrant splashes of colour and scents on their visit.
Exploring the gorgeous city of St Andrews introduces students to the cultural and historical area in which they reside. A castle and cathedral provide extensive historical background, whilst golf courses, botanical gardens and museums show students the cultural aspects of the town.