10 Jun 2021

Thursday 10 June 2021

Early on Saturday 29 May, six Year 12 and 13 students set off for the International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT) Auckland qualifiers at Ormiston Senior School.

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In normal years, this would be the first stage in selecting the New Zealand physics team, which would travel overseas for an international final. The day involved three “physics fights”, where the teams challenged other schools from Auckland to debate one of seven problems. Problems included trying to make and investigate a metal detector and investigating the flight of hand-held helicopters. The solutions often required university-level ideas and mathematics.

The teams representing the College were:

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King's 1:

Ashley Yang (Year 13, Marion Bruce)
Thomas Gordon (Year 13, Marsden)
Felix Duan (Year 13, Marsden)

King's 2:

Cole Barfoot (Year 12, Marsden)
Bailey Liu (Year 12, Averill)
Gerry Wang (Year 12, Averill)

After a 12-hour day, King’s 1 emerged in 5th place. This is an outstanding result and an improvement on previous years. In pre-covid times, they would have secured a place in the national final. The year 12 King’s 2 team finished in 8th place, with some impressive performances against some strong teams. A big thank you to Mr Haines for helping to judge on the day.

Mr Omar Gardner
Teacher of Physics