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Taster day in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

Christ Church Admissions Office invites sixth form students to attend a subject taster day in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History on Wednesday 18th June.  The event is open to all first year A level or IB students in the maintained sector interested in pursuing the study of these, or related, subjects at university.  Further information and details of how to book a place can be found (download pdf file)

Kenneth Woollcombe Memorial Service

A service of Evensong in memoriam was held for the late Bishop Kenneth Woollcombe (1924-2008) in the Cathedral on Wednesday 28th May. The service was sung by the combined choirs of St John's College and the Cathedral Singers and the Address was given by The Very Revd Robert Jeffery, Dean Emeritus of Worcester.




Practical Pilgrimage

Benedict Protheroe, a recent Christ Church languages student, is walking almost 1200 miles to Rome, and raising money for the charity Practical Action along the way. Taking time out from a career in television, he left Canterbury Cathedral at the end of April and is now in Reims, walking fifteen miles a day and carrying his tent and equipment himself.






Territorial Army Centenary Service

Christ Church Cathedral played host to the Centenary Service for the local Territorial Army Regiments on Saturday April the 26th. The service concluded with a Parade on the Broad Walk attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire...





The 40% House

Christ Church is to become 'The 40% House' and is on track to cut carbon emissions by 60% by 2050. Christ Church has responded to the threat posed by climate change by launching its first Energy Policy in its 484 year history, outlining a strategy to transform energy systems and reduce carbon emissions by 60% by 2050 (or by 1,634 tonnes of CO2 per annum), The Very Reverend Dr Christopher Lewis,  Dean of Christ Church said today.





Tower Poetry Prize Winners

The winners of the 2008 Christopher Tower Poetry Prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for 16 to 18 year old aspiring poets, have been announced today at a luncheon reception at Christ Church in Oxford.

Eighteen-year old Emily Middleton (left) from The King’s School, Macclesfield was awarded the £3000 first prize for her poem, The Five Stages.  Winner of the second (£1000) prize is Ashley McMullin (The Sixth Form College, Colchester) with Journey to Hilly Country and the third prizewinner (£500) is Nina Bahadur from St Paul’s Girls’ School, London with her poem, Heat.



Literary Festival

Christ Church is welcoming around two hundred and fifty writers and thousands of visitors this week at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, which we are very happy to be hosting once again from the 31st of March to the 6th April. An exciting and far-ranging programme of speakers for the 12th festival are here at Christ Church to debate, discuss ideas and share their passion for their subject.





Easter Celebration

Easter was celebrated joyfully at Christ Church Cathedral this weekend. Despite falling snow, hundreds queued in Tom Quad for the main Easter Sunday services. The First Eucharist of Easter was celebrated on Saturday night in a Service of Light at which members of churches in the diocese were baptised, confirmed and welcomed into the Church of England.





University Challenge Triumph!

A team of Christ Church students has won the coveted University Challenge TV Quiz competition. The Christ Church members Max Kaufman, Susannah Darby, Charles Markland and Alex Bubb beat a team from Sheffield University in the final of the competition, by 220 points to 170. The programme, hosted by Jeremy Paxman, was broadcast  at 8pm on Monday the 3rd of March, on BBC2. We congratulate the team for this outstanding achievement.




Appointment of the Architect to the Foundation

Christ Church, Oxford is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Kennedy, a Principal of Purcell Miller Tritton, as the Architect to the Foundation.







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