Activities & Sports
At MPW, we organise social and physical activities all year round providing our students a fun and relaxed environment to help them stay healthy, interact with peers who share common interests, enhance leadership skills and prepare for the future.
We believe studies are just part of the student experience; we encourage our students to take part in the social events ranging from raising awareness through a charity campaign, joining a debating session or simply stretching their legs and arms at the local climbing centre.
Students who love sport will have plenty of opportunity to meet up with likeminded friends – or make new ones through a large variety of sports clubs here at MPW.
With the academic year drawing to a close, we dropped into a PSHE lesson to ask Year 11 students Tajasvi, Charis and Zahra to interview each other about their MPW experience.
Charis - What’s your favourite lesson? Why?
My favourite lesson is English. Having been born in the Netherlands, I have always been keen to develop my knowledge of English.
Extra-curricular Project - WORLD CUP HENRY V
It’s nice to do something to promote the BBC charity telethons. Sport Relief came at a very busy time for the college, so we decided to do a pre-shot video to help spread the word through social media, as our contribution.
MPW connects Media Studies students to actors in Birmingham, and the contact led to the idea of making a Sport Relief video in which Shakespeare’s Henry V is re-imagined as the manager of a football team.
Football Season Report 2013/2014
After completing an undefeated 2012/2013 season and being nicknamed ‘The Invincibles’, this year’s squad had a lot to live up to. After losing the opening fixture of the season to MPW Cambridge on home soil, the team showed great character by defeating Bath Academy by an astonishing nine goals.
The Challenge is a UK based charity that supports local people through colleges and other institutions. This year, we joined forces with The Challenge who visited the college to promote their exciting projects to our GCSE and AS students.
We spoke to current A Level student Tajasvi Dhar about her experience of the Challenge last summer and why giving something back to the local community can make a difference.
A Day with Paula Radcliffe: Juggling the five balls of life
It’s not every day that a world record holder visits our college but when Paula Radcliffe came to us during February there was obvious excitement. Before we go onto what Paula presented to students let’s just remind ourselves about Paula’s career achievements and gain further insight into her life.
Paula’s achievements include European Championships gold medallist in the 10,000m, World Championships gold medallist in the marathon, twice winner of the world cross country championships, winner of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award and she is the current world record holder for the Marathon.
Model United Nations 2014
MPW Birmingham attends the annual Model United Nations (MUN) attended by some 700 students. MUN is an international phenomenon. Run by the various United Nations Associations (UNA) across the world, it offers students, from age eleven upwards, the chance to be a delegate at an ‘as real’ General Assembly.
Schools and colleges are given one or more countries to represent at their chosen MUN event. Delegates then prepare to appear at one of a variety of committees, which mirror those sitting at the real UN, including Ecology and Environment, Human Rights and Disarmament.
Debating at MPW
Debating is widely recognised as an excellent preparation for the critical thinking skills required at A level, university and for the presentations often required in interviews. As part of Enrichment this year, room G2 has echoed to the sounds of lively debates, ranging from what students would do if “I ruled the world” through to population controls and equality in developing nations, all great preparation for our English Speaking Union and Model United Nations events.
IKON Gallery and The New Art Gallery in Walsall
This year, A Level and GCSE art and design students were handed their final exam papers outside the IKON gallery in Birmingham, which is a stone’s throw away from the college.
This was an exciting time for everyone as each student started the process of exploring a chosen theme in a gallery. This is a process that lasts right up until the portfolio deadline at the end of the academic year.
During December, international students experienced their first ballet performance. Everyone had a very enjoyable and memorable time while attending the Nutcracker at Birmingham’s Hippodrome theatre. The Nutcracker features a score by Tchaikovsky and is set during a family Christmas, which made it especially appropriate for our winter trip.