Gifted and Talented
For her conscientious and creative approach to coursework alone, Emma would be a worthy recipient of this year’s Art Prize. However, she has been such a positive and enthusiastic presence as well and her determination and motivation has influenced everybody she has worked with so positively that she deserves the prize on that count as well. Emma has studied Art, Textiles and Graphic Communication and has consistently achieved a high standard throughout these three subjects, despite having to produce three large (and, typically for Emma, very large) sketchbooks and two outcomes for each at both AS and A2 level.
Alexia Alexander Wight
Alexia is one of our most academically gifted students, but also one of the most rounded, with a wide range of interests and abilities.
She came to MPW from Cheltenham Ladies College in 2009 to study for her GCSEs. She is now principally a scientist, but her artistic bent was also clear from an early age: she won a first prize for her poetry at the Cheltenham Literary Festival in 2007 (the same year she came third in a regional competition run by the Young Engineers).
Thu Ha (Bennie) Khuat
To be a gifted and talented student would appear to be a prerequisite before attempting any creative subject. But achieving success in two or more technically demanding arts A levels requires a particular calibre of pupil. In 2014 Thu Ha, or Bennie as we all know her, emerged as one of our most original and talented Art and Design students, displaying a self-possession, determination and an engaging character.
I have been on the water since I was nine days old and I have been taking part in offshore yacht races since I was nine. Offshore yacht races are longer races, generally either partially in sight or completely out of sight of land.
I have done them on a series of boats called Heartbeat, owned by my parents. Heartbeat IV is the current yacht and is a 45ft long sailing boat. Prior to competing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, my longest race was the North Sea Race, which is around 180 miles from West Mersea on the UK East Coast to Scheveningen in Holland and is organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC).
I have been doing horse riding since I was about six years old and currently have two main competition horses. I mainly take part either in eventing (which is a combination of all three main riding disciplines: dressage, show jumping and cross country) or in ‘pure’ show jumping.
Horse riding is somewhat different from most other sports in that whatever level you compete at you are likely to be against some top-level riders on their younger horses, such as William Fox-Pitt or Zara Phillips.
I have been a member of Tolworth Gymnastics Club Display Team for the past five years. As a team we perform routines using two trampettes and sometimes a vault as well; we also include elements of floor, tumble and acrobatic skills.
The aim of this team is to promote our club by performing in gymnastics festivals all around the UK, in Ireland and abroad. For example, in June 2011 we travelled to Dublin to perform in the Irish Fleadh and in November 2012 we performed at the Blume festival in Gran Canaria for five days.
John is an academically oriented student who has already gained A* grades in the two GCSEs he took early, Maths and Latin. He is currently awaiting the results of his remaining GCSEs (and one AS level). He is modest about all his gifts, but his academic strengths are worth mentioning in order to stress how they form just one facet of a well-balanced personality. Another – equally impressive – one is his long-standing interest in the sport of judo.
Fahrid is one of our brightest students, but his interests are by no means limited to the academic subjects in which he excels.
He was born and raised in Warwick and attended our sister college, MPW Birmingham, to take his GCSEs, in which he achieved a string of A and A* grades. His favourite subjects were already English and History, but he also showed a facility in French and German. In 2011, his father was appointed Commander for the Metropolitan Police and so the family moved to London.
Earlier this year, Johnnie Bland cycled 250km across Ireland with his brother. As if that achievement weren’t impressive enough, they then took part in a bike race. Here he tells his own story.
“My brother and I travelled by bike from Dublin to Cork at the beginning of June. It was a great experience for us both us and made us appreciate the toughness and mental strength it takes to ride continuously for several days and then do a race at the end of it.