Impressive contest results for Collyer’s’ talented physicists

Successful Olympiad students with teacher Matt Horncastle (far right) SUS-151203-171147001
Successful Olympiad students with teacher Matt Horncastle (far right) SUS-151203-171147001

Once again Collyer’s entered 14 razor sharp physicists into the Physics Olympiad, a national competition designed to stretch and challenge the top young physicists in the country. Students achieved an impressive 3 Silver, 2 Bronze I, 1 Bronze II, and 8 commendations.

Matt Horncastle, physics teacher and organiser of the Olympiad at Collyer’s said: “Every question in this paper is a challenge and it is a testament to the enthusiasm of the students that they put themselves up for this test of problem solving.”

The British Physics Olympiad, which has run for over 25 years, is entered annually by 1,600 young and talented physicists. It is an examination based competition, with the purpose of challenging and rewarding the best physicists in British Schools.

The roll of honour comprised: Aiden Marks, Nicole Choi and Martin Yau (Silver); Sam Holden and Matt Van Yperen (Bronze I); Hugh Crook (Bronze II); Jake Dickson, Tom Hoult, Sarah Maloney, Liam Powell, Aditya Ramani, Alex Tindall, Danny Waughman and Alex Weera (all Commendations).

Joe Brock, Collyer’s Head of Faculty for Mathematics and Science, was keen to get Collyer’s involved with the Physics Olympiad: “It is great that students are keen to stretch their knowledge and demonstrate their understanding. This Physics Olympiad goes along with a suite of extra challenges that students enter for across the science faculty including the Biology Olympiad and the Chemistry Challenge”.

Bronze II medallist, Hugh Crook said: “It is useful to test thinking that is beyond the curriculum, to see the real life applications of the physics we have been studying and although it was quite challenging, it was also rewarding”

Matt Horncastle added: “This is great training for the future when these students go on to the higher thinking needed when they study Physics or engineering at university. I am absolutely delighted with how well they all did!”

Report and picture contributed by Collyer’s.