Prize giving is an opportunity for the MPW community to celebrate student achievements from the previous academic year. This year’s prize giving was led by Dr Roger Charlton who is Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Nottingham as well as being an active clinician as a GP in Hampton-in-Arden.
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.
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.
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Colfe’s and St Dunstan’s. These schools remain regular fixtures, with the exception of Trinity, which has recently been replaced by Royal Russell.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.
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.
Once the AS exams have finished, students are usually ready to relax after a year of hard work; however there is still a little more for them to do before they can fully enjoy the summer break. In the final few weeks of term we ensure that the students are fully prepared for the challenges related to applying for university through UCAS.
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.
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.
To celebrate the outstanding art, photography and media work created by MPW students this year, an art and media exhibition was held. Parents, students and tutors were invited to view the work and discuss their interpretations of the work on show. “This year’s art and design students have shown great commitment to their work which is reflected in the high quality pieces that are on show this evening.
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