End-of-term winter celebrations at EMBS!

Added: Dec 23, 2019

Our first classes of the year came to an end last week. After 12 weeks of hard work at college, we thought our students deserved a little holiday treat to mark the end of the term! Teachers and staff at EMBS came together to throw our students four separate parties at our three locations.

At the adult building in Oxford, we kicked the Christmas party off with an array of silly games. First we played a game called “paper chain.” In teams, students had to construct the longest chain of newspaper without cutting or pasting. Then we moved onto a classic party game, “pictionary.” One member from each team was given a word on a slip of paper, and they had to draw a picture of it for their teammates to guess. Lastly, we ended with a game in which students had to construct towers using raw spaghetti and marshmallows. As you can see by the scoreboard, the competition was fierce. It’s amazing what a stop watch and a few party games can bring out in us!

To crown the winning team, we had a special visitor. Father Christmas and his helper elf came marching in with a bag of goodies to give to the winners!


After the winning team was crowned, we moved on to the best part of our end-of-term parties: the food. Our students brought delicious and exotic foods from their home countries to share with everyone. Sharing a meal is one of the fastest ways to build a feeling of togetherness and to learn about different cultures.

At the Christmas party in our Banbury location, they also celebrated with a potluck lunch. Here is one class, posing for a photo before digging in:

And of course, what would an end-of-term party be without a lot of group selfies?

We cherish and look forward to our holiday parties each year – playing games, sharing food, and celebrating our brilliant students.

Merry Christmas from everyone at EMBS Community College. 

See you back on January 7th!


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