Activities & Sports
At MPW, we organise social and physical activities all year round providing our students with 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 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.
Senior Team Mathematics Challenge
Four of our top mathematicians represented MPW in the West London heat of the Senior Team Mathematics Challenge, organised by the Further Mathematics Support Programme in partnership with the UK Mathematics Trust.
Rugby Union: 2013/14 Season Reports
MPW’s rugby team is now in its seventh season. Interest in the sport is extremely high at the college with many of the boys having played the game to a high standard at their previous schools, some to county and International level. We also have many boys who take up the sport successfully for the first time at MPW and represent the1st XV. In our early years MPW was one of the leading teams in the London 6th Form College League having won it for the last two years that it ran.
Sport 2013/2014: Football
Football is MPW’s longest-standing team sport, with a fixture list dating back to 1998 that has featured matches against opposition such as Trinity School, Reigate Grammar, Colfe’s and St Dunstan’s. These schools remain regular fixtures, with the exception of Trinity, which has recently been replaced by Royal Russell. Football at MPW includes regular training sessions during the first two terms of the academic year, raising fitness, skills and discipline. It provides an opportunity for participation in a team sport that is similar to the model available at university.
2014 Summer Art Exhibition
Towards the end of the summer term, the MPW Art Exhibition private view took place and this year there was, as usual, a fantastic range of work to see. All areas of the art department were on display and these included textiles, ceramics and ambitiously staged photography, along with a comprehensive range of painting and drawing.
The examples of student artwork shown here are a small selection of the huge variety of project work produced by MPW students for submission as part of this year’s Art and Design coursework. The themes set for the project work this year were: Surface & Texture (AS Art), Identity (AS Textiles), Contrast (AS Photography), Text & Image (AS Graphics), Transformation (A2 Art), Exploration & Discovery (A2 Textiles), Time (A2 Photography) and Transformation (A2 Graphics). The main instrument to show a student’s response to the coursework or exam theme is their sketchbook. It must document ideas and creative development and, used effectively, it becomes the evidence for marking assessment objectives and awarding the final grade.
Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award Expedition
The MPW Silver assessment expedition was a fun and adventurous journey following the South Downs Link from Guildford to Brighton. For the purpose of the assessment, our team of five cyclists had to demonstrate self-sufficiency by riding at least five hours a day for three days, applying our camp craft training to put up tents and cook food and also by carrying all own gear. Using our orienteering skills and maps, we also had to find our own way through many different villages and unsigned roads. Luckily, the only problems we had were riding in wet weather on the last day and a tyre puncture on our second day.
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Expedition: June 2014
Handed rucksacks, sleeping bags, roll mats and trangias the group of Year-10 boys all looked blankly back. What had they let themselves in for? And so the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award training and assessment expedition began. With some trepidation and nervous laughter we met at Epic HQ for a 9am start (for most of them anyway) to begin our five days away in the outback, more commonly known as the South Downs.
GCSE Creative Arts Week
In contrast to previous years, GCSE Creative Arts Week 2014 was informed by the students’ achievements toward the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. Our Year-10 students had spent the previous week on the Sussex Downs and while on this trip were required to accumulate photographs, recordings and memorabilia, in order to collate this information for a one-week intensive Creative Arts project on their return.
Electronic Music Course
In the Electronic Music General Studies course we have covered many genres: from the earliest electromechanical instruments at the very end of the 19th century, via electronics in modern ‘classical’ and experimental music, to modern pop and dance culture. The lessons since mid-October have followed a set pattern in which the first half of the lesson has been dedicated to the history of electronic music, with examples of music, cultural context and analysis of techniques enabling students to understand the means of production of music in the modern age. The second half has always been a composition-based session where the students can explore different methods of creating a wide spectrum of music, with a strong emphasis on freedom of expression rather than consideration of traditional theory.