After the launch of Running Club last year, jogging around the grand setting of Birmingham University once a week has become a common occurrence for many of the MPW Students. This year AS student and aspiring Lawyer, Alex Moran has been the figurehead for Running Club which he has developed into Half Marathon Club! He tells us about his experience of running and how he balances his passion with studying at MPW.
“Come to the BBC!” was the rallying cry on the morning of Tuesday, June 4th. Was this an opportunity to be famous on television? No, but it was something just as good – an invitation to “Bridget’s Breakfast Club” Breakfast club has started to become something of a regular feature at MPW Birmingham and has been intended to give students a healthy start to the day when they are having exams.
Bill Shankley the legendary Liverpool manager famously stated: “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.” As an intelligent man it’s most likely the case that Shankley was not being entirely serious when he spoke these words. None the less, the sentiments expressed by Shankley hint at how important it is to keep our affairs in perspective. Enrichment activities form an important part of student life at MPW and the College football team is often a fine showpiece for us.
With the academic year drawing to a close, we dropped into a PSHE lesson to ask Year 11 students Tajasvi, Charis and Zahra to interview each other about their MPW experience. Charis - What’s your favourite lesson? Why? Tajasvi - My favourite lesson is English. Having been born in the Netherlands, I have always been keen to develop my knowledge of English.
After completing an undefeated 2012/2013 season and being nicknamed ‘The Invincibles’, this year’s squad had a lot to live up to. After losing the opening fixture of the season to MPW Cambridge on home soil, the team showed great character by defeating Bath Academy by an astonishing nine goals.
On the 8th of February, college organised an amazing trip to Parliament. A great opportunity to enjoy education in the centre of London.
Each year a student from MPW Birmingham whose academic achievements have been judged outstanding attends an awards ceremony at the House of Lords. The latest student to participate in this most wonderful event is Nathan Tomlinson who is now reading Physics at Imperial College, London.
On Wednesday 19th March, students from MPW were once again privileged to receive prizes awarded by The Council for Independent Education in the august surroundings of The House of Lords. The prizes were awarded this year by Lord Lexden, Honorary President of CIFE. His predecessor, Baroness Perry, gave her name to a special prize, the Baroness Perry Award, which went to Alexia Wight for her outstanding achievements in all of her subjects.
‘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%.
On Wednesday 27th February students studying towards A level Religious Studies attended an Ethics Conference in Cambridge. The sessions covered some of the topics discussed at A level, including Kantian Ethics, Utilitarianism and Abortion. It was a great opportunity to look at the latest research and statistics and the views of Dr. Peter Vardy and Charlotte Vardy were certainly thought provoking.
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