The inaugural Padworth Cross Country Championships took place this afternoon on the first warm sunny day of the year and were there was fierce competition to be first past the finishing line. Well done to all the students who took part and congratulations to the winners.
Our congratulations to Amit Perti, our Head Chef and his hard working catering team at Padworth who have been awarded a 5 Star Rating by West Berkshire and Wokingham Environmental Health and Licensing who inspect all of the food premises in this area.
The GCSE Science students went to Science Live at Oxford where they were treated to some inspirational talks from eminent Scientists including: * Professor Robert Winston who showed amazing footage of ovulation and conception. *Professor Andrea Sella who showed some imaginative Chemistry. *Professor Mark Miodownik who gave a fascinating talk about amazing materials. The students were also coached on exam technique by a Chief Examiner from AQA.
Carol Donner, Biology Teacher at Padworth, has been busy filming for a spot on Channel 4’s ‘Sunday Brunch’ programme with celebrity chef, Simon Rimmer. Carol will be cooking her dish for staff and students at Padworth soon during our forthcoming International Evening. Look out for her on the television in the coming weeks.
Padworth College recently welcomed up and coming band The Parades to perform to the students during assembly. The band played a mix of their own songs and current songs, interspersed with positive messages to the students on drug abuse, alcohol abuse and the effects of smoking. The students really enjoyed listening to the message and the music, which was an excellent wake up alarm for a Monday morning!
The Padworth College netball team played Sherfield School away on Tuesday and won very convincingly 7-4. Despite atrocious weather conditions, the girls overcame all the odds to hold on to their early lead of 6-1 to finish on a high. Sherfield return to Padworth in the coming weeks when we hope, once more, for a thrilling match played at pace. Many congratulations to the whole team and to Timmy, voted the players’ player, for her tenacity, drive and inspiration!
All Padworth College A Level students took park in the UKMT’s (United Kingdom Mathematics Trust) Senior Maths Challenge on 6 November 2013. Year 13 Further Mathematician Tai produced an outstanding performance, achieving a Gold certificate and qualifying for the British Mathematical Olympiad. This places Tai in the top 1% of the approximate 100,000 participants! Tai’s classmate Ali also excelled, achieving a Gold certificate and qualifying for the Senior Kangaroo competition (placing him in the top 2% of participants). The College is very proud of the overall success of its A-level mathematicians, who achieved a total of 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 10 bronze certificates. The table below provides a full list of those students who achieved an award on the challenge. Year 13 Tai Best in School, Best in Year, Gold, Olympiad Ali Gold, Kangaroo Qinghao Silver Kamnam Bronze Enoch Bronze Mingfung Bronze Yasir Bronze Year 12 Jialiang Best in Year, Silver Pei Silver Alixe Bronze Man Hon Bronze Ran Bronze Luke Bronze Year 11 Amartya Best in Year, Bronze Molly Bronze Well done to all those who did so well on what is always a very difficult challenge.
In a move to develop our links with universities, Claire Ballard from Reading University International Admission team visited Padworth and gave a very interesting talk on all aspects of the university application process from choosing a course and university through to accepting offers. She also spoke about Reading itself and invited students to visit either individually or in groups at any time. She has offered to arrange tours and talks and has suggested that students should contact her directly to arrange visits.
A former Padworth College student, Huiping Yang has had her A level Graphics coursework featured in a national art supplies catalogue. She won a voucher to be spent on art supplies which she can use to create more fabulous artwork. While at Padworth College she gained A grades at A level in both Graphic Design and Fine Art. We wish her all the best for her continued success on her Foundation art course at University of the Arts, London which she is due to start in September 2014. ‘Hat Designs’ by Huiping Yang, 15yrs. Media fabric paint on silk, Photoshop and pencil mounted on foam board.
In January, Year 12 students visited Bath and Bristol Universities. An informative day was had by all.