7 May 2019

Record year for Peter Symonds Sports Teams

Students from a variety of sports teams at Peter Symonds College are celebrating an impressive range of achievements in the Association of Colleges (AoC) National Sporting Championships and Cup Finals.

Fifty-eight students from Symonds competed at the Association of Colleges National Sporting Championships in Nottingham, the largest team representing the South East, competing in eleven different events.

The team from the South East were the Wilkinson Sword winners for the third year in a row, finishing with 210 points, ahead of arch rivals South West, who claimed the runners-up spot with 168 points.

More than 1700 students from 131 colleges took part in 13 different sports at the University of Nottingham and surrounding areas.

Peter Symonds Women’s Hockey, Women’s Cross Country and Men’s Table Tennis teams took gold in their respective events, with silver medals awarded in Women’s Badminton, Women’s Squash and Men’s Cross Country. The Men’s Golf and the Tennis teams won bronze medals, as did the Women’s Rugby team which included a player from Symonds. The Cricket team was awarded fourth place.

Symonds had further reason to celebrate when Lynne Gardner, Head of Activities at Peter Symonds, was awarded the AOC 2019: Hall of Fame Award, for “staff who have made a continuous commitment and significant contribution to college sport and physical activity.”

In addition to success at the AoC Championship, sports teams from Peter Symonds have reached a record five AoC Cup Finals, winning the Cup in Men’s Hockey 4-0 against Farnborough, beating Hills Road 4-0 to win the Women’s Hockey Cup, and beating Barton Peveril 1-0 in Mixed Hockey. The Badminton team drew 5-5 against Newcastle under Lyme in their national final, but won due to an extra set won by Pushpit Bhardwaj.

The Men’s Volleyball and Women’s Football teams came runners up in their respective AoC National Cup Finals against Newcastle College and Itchen College.

Lynne Gardner, Head of College Sports and Activities at Peter Symonds, said: “These are incredible results and some of our best ever. Our sports teams continue to go from strength to strength and it’s great to see the hard work and dedication of our students and their coaches pay off. Sport gives students so many opportunities and benefits, from increased fitness and better health to skills in team work, communication and leadership. It’s wonderful to celebrate so many successes but also really rewarding to offer all our students so many chances to participate at all levels.”

30 April 2019

Jazz Night at the Concorde Club

Over 40 Peter Symonds College music students put on an impressively varied evening of Jazz and Soul music for paying members of the public at the Concord Club in Eastleigh last month.

The programme showed off an incredible range of material and included music by Count Basie, Robert Glasper, Destiny's Child, Snarky Puppy, Earth Wind and Fire, and a unique performance of selections from the famous jazz album "Charlie Parker with Strings."

Students wowed the audience, demonstrating their ability to adapt to different stylistic demands, and many showed off their impressive talents on several instruments. The Concert featured the College Big Band, Soul Band, solo singers and instrumentalists and a collaborative staff and student ensemble piece.

Playing to a full house, all of the proceeds from tickets sales were donated to The Teenage Cancer Trust, raising over £700 for the charity.

Commenting on the event Ted Carrasco, Head of Pop & Jazz Performance at Peter Symonds, said “It's fantastic to see such a large number of students performing complex jazz and soul music to a very high standard and we're honoured to be able to support such a great cause.”

The Jazz Night at the Concorde Club rounds off a very successful term for the Music Department, with students celebrating winning an impressive ten places at prestigious conservatoires around the UK, including one at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and an incredible four places for brass players at the Royal College of Music; 18 University offers to study Music, including an offer to study Music at Oxford; and a full scholarship to the University of Maryland.

14 May 2019

A fun filled day of Boccia and New Age Kurling for Hampshire children with additional needs

Over 100 children with additional needs from specialist schools across Hampshire travelled to Peter Symonds College for a fun filled day of Boccia and New Age Kurling. The day was organised by Peter Symonds students studying the Sports Leaders Level 3 course, where students work with children, the community and participants with disabilities to build leadership skills through sport.

12 students from Peter Symonds organised and took part in the event, supported by 30 Sport Leaders students from The Westgate School in Winchester.

Students from local specialist schools including Dove House School, Great Oaks, Limington School, Samuel Cody Specialist Sport College, Osborne School, Icknield School, Cedar School and Treloar School competed in a Boccia tournament in the morning followed by New Age Kurling later in the day.

Icknield School’s Team A were victorious in the primary school Boccia tournament, while Samuel Cody School Team P took the top spot in secondary school Boccia. Icknield School’s Team A continued their winning run in the primary school New Age Kurling with Osborne School Team G in first place in the secondary school competition.

Participants from the teams finishing in the top three in each category were presented with their medals by Mayor of Winchester Cllr Frank Pearson, who also spent some time chatting with participants during the tournament. Mayor Pearson said “I love attending events like these, it’s one of the joys of the role. Everyone gets involved and I’m a big advocate of the opportunity for individual excellence and doing better.”

Steven, a pupil from The Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College in Farnborough, said “I’ve had a really nice time. I enjoyed the kurling better [than boccia]. It was nice to spend time with other schools and other children from my school.”

Clare Powell, a teacher at Icknield School in Andover, added, “It was an enjoyable day, with lots of enthusiasm from the children and lovely support from Symonds students. Sport is so important, both for interaction with other children and as an opportunity for our children to excel.”

Hannah Alsop was one of the Peter Symonds Sports Leaders who organised the event. She said “The event went well, the children seemed to have fun and the sports leaders had a good time organising everything. The Sports Leaders course is really rewarding - it’s really nice to see how much the children appreciate us volunteering and enjoy the activities we do with them. It’s given me confidence, patience and really makes me think about the children involved.”

24 May 2019

Students profit from hands-on business experience

A group of Business students had some real life experience running their own companies – complete with an entrepreneurial investor.

Students on the Level 2 Business course took part in the #enRich50 challenge to set up and run a mini company from a loan of £50. Students formed companies and developed ideas and business plans for producing and selling a range of items, and then pitched their ideas ‘Dragons’ Den’ style to senior staff at the College.

Local entrepreneur and Symonds alumni Chris Rees, founder of ReesLeisure, visited the College to hear business proposals from each team, offer some advice and to bravely invest £50 of his own money in each business.

Chris returned to the College last week in the hope of recouping his investments. Five of the six teams were able to pay Chris back his £50, with several making a small profit. All profits were put together and donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity chosen by the students.

The most successful company was ‘Mugz With A Z’, who tapped into the Christmas market selling mugs filled with hot chocolate, marshmallows and candy canes, and successfully recouped their £50 investment and made the most profit.

Commenting on the activity, Chris said “I studied business here at Symonds 15 years ago, and a feasibility study completed as part of my course became the start of my business plan. It’s been great to be able to help, support and give students studying business today some real life, realistic experience and to give them some viable targets.”

He continued “It was a pleasant surprise to see how well they did and great to see the profits going to charity.”

Student Olivia Hunt was part of the team running Teerific, a business selling handmade teabags. She said of the experience, “I really enjoyed this project, even though I found it difficult at times. I’ve learnt team work and communication skills, and although doing the presentation was quite nerve-wracking it was a good experience. Sometimes our business was failing, sometimes doing well. It gave me a good view of how businesses work in the real world.”

9 May 2019

Record result for Peter Symonds’ young Chemists in Chemistry Olympiad

Chemistry students at Peter Symonds College are celebrating their best ever results in the national Chemistry Olympiad. Eleven Chemistry students from Peter Symonds College sat the Olympiad paper this year, and all achieved awards, including five Golds, three Silver and three Bronze, a new college record.

Run annually, The Chemistry Olympiad is the leading chemistry competition for students in secondary education across the UK. The Olympiad is an opportunity for teachers to challenge their chemistry students, helping them to develop creative thinking, and apply their existing knowledge in new and interesting contexts.

Silver medal winner Alyaa Atta said “The Chemistry Olympiad has been a great experience and was very stimulating. It helped me improve my analytical and problem solving skills, which are essential in my further studies, and I have gained a sense of perseverance through the experience when working with Chemistry problems. I am grateful for the support I have received from my parents and Chemistry teachers.”

Chemistry teacher David Francis said ‘It’s been a privilege to work with such a keen, bright group of students. I’m delighted with these results.’

These results round off an extremely successful run for all three Peter Symonds science subjects in their respective Olympiads - Biology, Chemistry and Physics - this year. Students have been awarded medals in each Olympiad, with Physics student Chris Lotery being selected to represent Great Britain at the International Physics Olympiad in Tel Aviv in July.

14 May 2019

Symonds Karters get to National Final of British Schools Karting Championships!

Six Peter Symonds College students have won a place in the National Final of the British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) 2019. They will compete against the best school and college teams in the country at Whilton Mill in Northamptonshire on Saturday 29 June, just two weeks prior to the British Grand Prix Formula 1 race at nearby Silverstone. 

Sam Pooley, 18, Dom Cousins, 18, Tom Hastie, 17, (L-R Back row in the attached photo) James Brook, 17, Seb Algieri, 17, and Aaron Farmer, 17, (L-R in the front row of photo) who are all students from Peter Symonds College, earned their place in the National Final by achieving First and Fifth place in the South and South West Regional Final of the UK’s largest school karting competition, which took place at Thruxton on Sunday 12 May 2019. 

Kitty Yarwood, College Sport Maker from Peter Symonds College, said “This is the second time we have had both teams at Regionals qualify for Nationals and we are very excited about this! This will however, be the first time both compete as last year some of the racers from the B Team had clashes on the Final date last year. For the second year in a row, Tom, Sam and Dom who make up the A Team, have won the Regional Final. Last year at Nationals they came Third. We are very much hoping they reach the podium again and are aiming to try and win the competition.”

The British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) is a nationwide arrive and drive karting championship that brings competitive, cost effective karting into UK schools. The championship has been running for eleven years and already nearly 13,000 students have raced in the BSKC and competed for the title of British School Karting Champions. 

For details of the National Final or more information on the BSKC, visit www.bskc.co.uk.

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