Forty-seven delegates from over twenty countries came to Cumberland Lodge this weekend for the annual Commonwealth and International Student Christmas Conference.

The group began the weekend with drinks and dinner, before participating in a highly competitive pub quiz that was decided by a tie-breaker question.  The Friday evening closed with a tour of Cumberland Lodge that ended in the bar – no doubt posing a hazard for the students who had agreed to participate in the 7am run the next day!  

On Saturday morning after breakfast, the group was joined by Georgina Paget, who screened her internationally acclaimed documentary about a drama therapy programme for Syrian refugees, Queens of Syria, and held a question and answer session.  The artistic theme of the morning was continued by the next speaker, the award-winning author of The Spider King’s Daughter, Chibundu Onuzo, who spoke about the role of literature in reducing cultural stereotypes, and provided advice to aspiring authors in the audience.

After lunch, the group was led on a tour of Windsor Great Park before arriving at the Royal Chapel for an afternoon of mulled wine, biscuits and Christmas Carols.   Upon returning to Cumberland Lodge, the group was treated to a delicious Christmas dinner, pudding, and presents.  An evening of entertainment then followed, as the delegates performed music, poetry, and songs before heading to a party in the games room.

On Sunday morning, the Reverend Ruth Scott led the group in a Christmas Observance before it was time to depart.  The Programme Team thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, and hope to welcome the delegates back to the Lodge soon.