Double honours as Tonbridge teams top Physics contest 

Upper and Lower Sixth students from Tonbridge School have been ranked as ‘Best in the UK’ after taking part in the International Physics Brawl.

Hundreds of teams from schools across the world competed in this annual online event, which tests Physics knowledge and problem-solving skills.

Each team of five members is set the challenge of answering questions under time pressure.

Of the seven Tonbridge teams taking part, two were placed first in the UK for Year 12 and Year 13 students respectively. Boys also achieved highly impressive ‘world rankings’ of, for example, 8th, 28th and 49th.

Physics Teacher Chris Powell said: “The calibre of the questions would not be out of place in final year university papers, and I offer my congratulations to all those students who took on the challenge and performed so well. 

“The high number of boys involved indicates the appetite at the School for super-curricular activities. The results show that we have some very talented students, and demonstrates their ability to successfully apply their classroom knowledge to a problem-solving situation.”  

The International Physics Brawl is organised by Charles University, a renowned institution in the Czech Republic. 

Notable results:
Upper Sixth competition:
Team ‘ijk =-1’ came 8th in the world and 1st in the UK for students in Year 13
The team consisted of:
Kiefer Chow (MH5)
Benjamin Gardner (CH5)
Benson Kwok (HS5)
Thomas Masding (OH5)
Sherman Yip (HS5)

Lower Sixth competition:
Team ‘The Dyslexic Psychics’ came 28th in the world and 1st in the UK for students in Year 12
The team consisted of:
Yury Balabin (CH4)
Cameron Dymond (OH4)
Kenneth Lee (MH4)
Alikhan Murat (FH4)
Winner Sotthivej (PS4)

Team ‘Five Guys Getting Physical’ came 49th in the world and 2nd in the UK for students in Year 12
The team consisted of:
Jacques Bowkley (HS4)
Chris Halford (PH4)
James Hii (HS4)
Charlie Guano (SC4)
Ben Moore (WH4)

Pictured above and below: Tonbridge boys working in teams as they take part in the International Physics Brawl. This year boys used the School's OBS Gallery as their team base.

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