Lower Sixth Take On The Physics Olympiad
This year the Lower Sixth undertook the Physics Olympiad while in home learning: a national competition, notorious for its difficulty.
The Olympiad consisted of two multiple choice papers that encouraged students to think creatively within the subject of Physics. It was an opportunity to apply their understanding to a wider context beyond the curriculum.
While being challenging, the Olympiad offered an incredibly valuable experience, by allowing the students to compete with the country’s top young Physicists. The questions ranged from general Physics knowledge to relevant calculations, which kept the challenge fun as students weren’t constrained to only one type of question. Furthermore, due to social distancing measures at the time, the Association responsible for the Olympiad formatted all the questions to be multiple choice, which made the competition completely different from the previous year’s. As it is not graded, there was no pressure to perform and this allowed the students to enjoy the whole experience.
Caitlin Mason commented, "It has encouraged me to approach problems with a different outlook: considering the basic principles of Physics and recognising patterns. I hope to take this on in the future. It was a fantastic challenge, although daunting at the time, and I enjoyed the chance to apply what we have learnt to real-life challenges."
Archie Hancock, said, "My advice to anyone considering taking part in this challenge is to give it a try. It is no secret that it is unorthodox in the questions asked with some relating to the Nobel prizes awarded to Physicists, but it offers an incredibly fun opportunity with a recognised association and I can only thank the Physics department for encouraging me to get involved."
Dan Lee, Head of Physics, added, "The Lower Sixth students took on the Physics Olympiad with great enthusiasm. I am proud of their results and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all those who took part."
The following students were awarded certificates:
Archie Hancock - Silver
Louis Beck - Bronze
Joshua Rawlings - Bronze
Ben Scares - Bronze
Caitlin Mason - Bronze
Mary Lomas - Bronze
Charlie Wollaston - Bronze
Daniel Hatfield - Commendation
Stan Brocklebank - Commendation