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.
On 2nd December, MPW Politics students attended an annual national conference at Westminster Central Hall, addressed by leading national politicians.
John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, was first to take the platform. He explained how he had to remain detached from party politics and said he had managed both to make the
Commons move at a brisker pace and to grant far more ‘Urgent Questions’ from backbenchers.
A series of seminars took place this autumn as part of MPW’s preparation programme for prospective medical students.
Back by popular demand after a successful talk last year, Consultant Radiographer Sarah Burnett came into college on 27th September. Dr Burnett is an experienced medical practitioner, having been the lead physician in a Casualty department, worked in the Medical Admissions department of a Russell Group university, and conducted research. She gave an engaging talk about the highs and lows of her profession.
French Film Day at BFI Southbank
On a blustery morning in November, Valeria Givone and I chaperoned an inquisitive group of French-language students to the British Film Institute on London’s Southbank to attend Le Cinéma Français: an Introduction to French Cinema for A level French students.
Ensconced in the darkened interior of Screen One, our day – run for the most part in the target language – was devised to broaden our understanding of the key themes, genres and stylistic movements of French film. Guided by a French native speaker and cinema enthusiast, we watched a plethora of engaging film clips, shared our opinions and tackled a wide range of valuable activities in the target language.
Since 1994, National Poetry Day has engaged millions of people with poetry through a range of live events and web-based activities for people young and old throughout the country. To celebrate verse and encourage students to demonstrate their poetic flair, MPW Library decided to launch their first college-wide poetry writing competition in autumn 2013. The event attracted entries from all corners of the college, from Year-10 students to staff members.
Maths + Challenge
The UKMT Senior Maths Challenge, organised by the University of Leeds, is a competition aimed at the best student mathematicians and is designed to test powers of reasoning and logic in a series of 25 mind-bending puzzles. 2013 marks MPW’s seventh year in the competition and, once again, thanks to some outstanding mathematicians, our student cohort has performed extremely well. Out of a total of 50 Entries, MPW achieved 9 Gold, 10 Silver and 14 Bronze certificates. Nationally,
We aim to give our students as much advice and support as possible if they are aspiring to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Of course, MPW helps all of its students with all of their university choices. There is also special support on offer for the small minority of students who are going directly into the world of work. However, with Oxbridge we have a special programme, the aim of which is to give our students the best possible chance.
"How to achieve your goal as an A-Level student": a talk by Paula Radcliffe
As marathon world record holder for an astonishing ten years running, Paula Radcliffe knows a lot about aiming high. Alongside her sporting commitments, she also passed her A levels and went on to achieve a first-class honours degree from Loughborough University. We were honoured that she was kind enough to share some of her experiences and speak to our A level students about the determination, motivation and organisation that have enabled her to succeed and how they can achieve their goals in lives with these qualities.
NATIONAL Poetry Day
Be carried along on a wave of words was the invitation and who were we landlubbers to decline? It seemed only fitting that I should drag my 4-6pm A2 group away from Madame Bovary and heed the Sirens’ call as the Poetry Society and Southbank Centre celebrated National Poetry Day Live from the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall.
The afternoon event was compered by John Hegley and Joelle Taylor and featured readings from poets including Simon Armitage, Patience Agbabi, Hannah Lowe, David Morley and John Wedgwood Clarke. The theme of the day was Water.
Study Skills Day
The new academic year got off to a roaring start thanks to a very successful AS Study Skills Day in September. Students arrived in good spirits, ready for the challenges of the day ahead. The day consisted of a carousel of various workshops run by key members of staff. The workshops were aimed at equipping students with the essential tools for A level study. For example, one such tool was essay-writing, where students were taught the value of planning, organising, drafting and editing their work.