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.
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.
Paradise Lost: Cambridge Lectures
On a beautiful spring morning in March, Laura Priestley and I took a 30-strong group up to the Cambridge Union for a day of lectures on Paradise Lost, a key A level text. I had heard Dr
Fred Parker (from Clare College) lecture on King Lear last year and he did not disappoint this time round. His lecture “Free to Fall” raised the vexed issue of how Milton understands Eve’s desire for knowledge, for when we consider the Humanist age out of which this poem came – and Milton’s own status as the most knowledgeable and curious of poets – his stance on Eve’s consumption of the fruit is bound to seem ambivalent to us.
Bank of England CHALLENGE
‘Target Two Point Zero - The Interest Rate Challenge’, an annual competition run by The Bank of England and The Times newspaper, gives teams of students aged 16-18 the chance to take on the role of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, assess economic conditions and the outlook for inflation and tell panels of judges what monetary policy they would set to achieve the Government’s inflation target of 2.0%.
MPW School Play: Teechers by John Godber
For many years, the Theatre Studies department has mounted productions of plays as part of the A level course.
This year we took this to another level by putting on a production of John Godber’s 1984 drama Teechers at a professional venue. Following a long period of planning, the project was made a reality in February 2014. What began as a two-hour weekly Drama Club as part of General Studies with four members in the Theatre Studies room soon became a fully-fledged play with a cast of ten (as well as an entire backstage department) on the stage of the Chelsea Theatre. To say it exceeded expectations would be something of an understatement!
MPW Chemistry students had their most successful first round of the Chemistry Olympiad in terms of number of medals won. Of the 12 students who participated this year, three were awarded Silver medals and six Bronze.
For the first time since MPW London have participated in the competition, which is run by the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Year-12 student scored the highest mark, just missing a Gold medal by one mark. Congratulations go to Paul Li for such an outstanding achievement: let’s hope he can go one better next year.
Tet & Spring Festivals: YEAR OF THE HORSE
Tet Nguyen Dan, the Vietnamese New Year, follows the same lunar calendar that governs Chinese New Year celebrations worldwide. So as the world celebrates Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, the Vietnamese celebrate Tet; in both cultures these are the most important celebrations of the year. It is a great opportunity for family members to unite and enjoy a grand reunion feast. Throughout the year, the Vietnamese and Chinese all look forward to celebrating these festivals, especially the children, as they will receive “red packets” containing money from their elders.
MPW students and staff have raised funds for a number of good causes during the Autumn Term. The Christmas Carol Service included a collection that raised a total of over £620 for the excellent Kids Company, a charity founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh in 1996 to provide practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children.
Christmas Carol Service
On Thursday 12th December, tutors and students made their way after lessons to St Augustine’s Church, standing opposite the college on Queen’s Gate, for the annual MPW Carol Service. It was a perfect winter’s evening, with the end of term only days away, to begin celebrating Christmas. At the church there was a packed house of MPW staff and students – together with a gratifyingly large number of MPW parents – all assembled for the start of the service, held in aid of Kids Company, the charity providing therapeutic support to vulnerable inner-city children.