TERM TWO EDITION
Three new language assistants join Brooke Weston Page 2
Enterprise Fund Raising Page 3
Jamie’s Everest Expedition Page 2
Oliver plays at the Royal Albert Hall
cultural visit to china
Students and staff from Brooke Weston visited great landmarks during a 12day trip to China. They flew into Beijing and saw the Forbidden City, Great Wall and the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium before flying to Shanghai for six nights. There they stayed in the international division of a massive school where they slept in dormitories, attended lessons on Chinese geography and culture and mixed with students, some from other visiting British schools. They witnessed all 1300 Chinese students marching in perfect formation for the patriotic ‘raising of the flag’ ceremony. The Brooke Weston contingent were given an in-depth tour of Shanghai, where two Chinese students acted as tour guides for each of the British visitors, showing them the city’s parks, museums and landmarks. Sixth Former Edward Lockwood said: ‘Shanghai is really a developing modern city with neon lights, six lane motorways,
lots of traffic but surprisingly very few traffic accidents. They’ve got the things we’ve got and more advanced things like 3D television and high definition TVs that span the whole sides of a building.’ Other highlights included visiting the Shanghai World Financial Centre which, at 492 metres high, is currently the world’s tallest building. Unfortunately the views from the 100th floor were obscured by fog. The Chinese hosts, Hanban, also organised cultural excursions and extravaganzas, such as an acrobatic display and an extraordinary water, light and music show. They also visited landmarks like the Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the final resting place of Chairman Mao, whose body lies in a crystal coffin inside a purpose-built mausoleum. The 14 students from Years 11 and 12 were accompanied by teachers Mr Barrett and Miss Nicholson for the
12,000-mile round trip. Mr Barrett said: ‘Everywhere we went was just fantastic. They didn’t tell us what we were going to see or do; we just turned up and it happened. We had a fantastic acrobat show and we visited the Great Wall of China which is an amazing feat of engineering. It was a fantastic trip.’ Edward said: ‘Western people are such a minority but every Chinese person was so welcoming, pleased to see us, wanted to show us everything that they could and wanted to know about our lives as well. China has grown rapidly and we learned so much about its history and culture. It’s now changing and it wants to welcome the outside world. It doesn’t want to keep itself contained. Shanghai is a very interesting city and it’s a place everyone should get the chance to visit. We made many new friends. It was certainly the most amazing trip I’ve ever been on.’
scientist delivers dynamic space talk Astrophysicist Dr Andrew Newsam spoke about his cutting edge work discovering distant galaxies when he visited Brooke Weston. Dr Newsam, who is the Director of the National Schools’ Observatory, studies the distant reaches of space and charts galaxies a thousand million light years away. He was at Brooke Weston to deliver lectures on ‘Exploring the Dynamic Universe’. The first was an afternoon talk for Brooke Weston’s Sixth Formers while the second was open to the public. Both were organised by Corby Rotary Club Dr Newsam said: ‘The lecture is mainly about how we study astronomy and in
Year 12 student Oliver Newton recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall playing timpani for Youth Brass 2000. Oliver joined the band earlier this year and has already been on tour with them around Germany and Austria. They recently played at the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham and won the outstanding performance category. As a result they were invited to play as part of a three-day festival at the Royal Albert Hall. Youth Brass 2000 performed Caravan by Duke Ellington, a jazz arrangement of Favourite Things by Richard Rodgers and Louis Prima's composition, Sing, Sing, Sing during their 15-minute slot at the famous concert venue. It was the second time that Oliver has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall as he sang in a massed choir nearly a decade ago. Oliver said: 'It was very nerveracking looking out to see the hall filled with thousands of people but the performance was over before I'd really got into it! In rehearsal it felt like it was going on and on, but when we were there it was all over and
particular how we look at things that change ...which helps our understanding of what is actually going on. ’ Dr Newsam, who is based at Liverpool John Moores University which is unique as it has its own telescope. The equipment, located in the Canaries, is the largest robotically controlled telescope in the world. Dr Newsam said: ‘On one trip to Hawaii I discovered 50,000 galaxies; it was a great trip! Most of the objects which I discover just go into a catalogue and we don’t continue studying them. It’s the unusual ones that I’m interested in because you tend to learn more from them.’ Out of the 50,000 galaxies discovered in Hawaii maybe only two would be so unusual that they would merit further research.
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done with. Everyone was clapping as we played through the pieces; there were whistles and cheers; it was excellent and definitely one of the best experiences I've had.' Ol i ve r i s s t u d y i n g Ph y s i c s , Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths at A Level. He said: 'I'm hoping to pursue science as a career but I will carry on with music as a hobby. I play piano, clarinet, glockenspiel and xylophone.' The band, which practices weekly at Wilbarston village hall was conducted by Peter Collins and its musical director is Lord Chris Jeans. More than 40 band members travelled down for the concert with 60 local supporters going along to cheer them on. Oliver said: 'It was probably the most important event in the band's history and both Peter and Chris were really pleased and thought the performance went really well.' Following their Royal Albert Hall performance the band went on to scoop first prize in the Tameside Youth Brass Band Championship, beating off stiff competition to win a trophy and £1,000 prize money.
Dr Newsam said: ‘I’m personally looking for galaxies which are producing too much energy ... It could be that enormous numbers of new stars are being formed or there’s a very large black hole in the centre of the galaxy destroying matter as it falls in. If we can find those we can start looking at the physics of extreme things; that’s when you start looking at really exciting stuff.’ The lecture, which was followed by a 20 minute question and answer session, was well received by Sixth Formers and staff. Teacher Mr Tiktin said: ‘Dr Newsam talked about gamma ray bursts and also introduced to us the idea of robotic telescopes which some of these students will now use as part of their extended project work.’
Principal’s Editorial Christmas is a time of goodwill and our students have been generous both with their time and talents to raise money for charity this term. Firstly thanks to all those who took part in the mufti day in aid of Children in Need. More than
£1,800 was raised from student and staff donations and both tutor groups and individuals came up with further ways of boosting that total on the day through sponsorship. The Year 10 tutor groups have also come up with profitable
ways of making money in the Christmas Market which (at the time of writing) has yet to take place, but it always proves popular and profitable. Money raised from this venture will be sent to The Educational Project run by Brian and June Cox
which provides clothing, food and schooling for some of the world’s poorest people. At this time of year when so many of our students have much to be grateful for it is always pleasing that these events allow us to help those less fortunate.
Depending on your musical taste the Christmas Disco and Carol Concert will doubtless get us in a festive mood and so all that remains is for me to wish students, staff and parents a very happy and relaxing break this Christmas.
introducing our language assistants Two of the language assistants at Brooke Weston saw snow for the first time ever during the recent cold snap. Hai-Ping Tan who is from China and Mbathio Sougou from Senegal were both amazed. They, along with Spanish assistant, Celia Prats, are teaching Mandarin, French and Spanish respectively to our language students. Hai-Ping, who has been a teacher since 1990, has enjoyed teaching students in Years 7,8, 12 and 13. She said: ‘They are interested in anything about China, not only the language but also the culture. Most of them haven’t studied any Chinese before so it’s very difficult and very different for them. This school is very good, the teachers are very responsible and patient to the students and the students are excellent.’ Spanish schools are similar to British ones according to Celia, who is from Cadiz province. She helps out with students from all year groups. She said: ‘In Spain the schools are basically the same but there we start at 8.30 and finish at 2.30.’ Celia has studied
trip to everest in the UK as part of her degree course. She said: ‘I want to study international relations but I also would like to teach Spanish in a foreign country because I like to be in contact with different people.’ Mbathio who is from central Senegal has been a teacher for five years, is
working with Years 11, 12 and 13, giving advice on French pronunciation and grammar. She said: ‘I enjoy it here and being here will improve my English because in Senegal it is our second language.’
remembrance day The 90th anniversary of Armistice Day was the theme of two assemblies at Brooke Weston on 11 November. Head of ICT, Mr Dave Clarke showed a poignant Powerpoint presentation with facts about the First World War interspersed with poems and images. Each assembly for the lower school
(Years 7 –9) and upper school (Years 10 – 11) culminated in a two minute silence while photographs of the carnage were shown and the final slide showed an extract from Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen.’ Mr Clarke said: ‘The students were very respectful and silent as mice during the two minute silence.’
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
Sixth Former Jamie Partridge trekked to the Everest base camp during an expedition to Nepal. As well as experiencing the culture and amazing scenery he also helped out at a school community project during the trip, which was organised by the Army Cadet Corps. The party arrived in Kathmandu where they spent the first couple of days. They then flew over the Himalayan foothills to Lukla where the airstrip was built into the side of the mountain. The trekkers stayed in wooden tea-houses and walked for between four and six hours a day, firstly through land teeming with vegetation but once past the tree line there was just rocks, ice and a few hardy plants. Several members of the expedition had to descend due to acute mountain sickness and even a Sherpa was struck down by it, collapsing on the trail. Jamie himself suffered symptoms during the final push towards base camp. He said: 'I started feeling quite dizzy, people's faces started to wobble and my hands looked like they were shaking. We were going down the next day so I kept an eye on it but I knew that I wanted to get to base camp so I pushed on.' The conditions were so tiring that one member of the expedition turned
back just 20 minutes away from the goal of reaching Everest base camp at an altitude of 5,600m. Jamie said: 'When I got to base camp it was completely different to what I thought it would be. You walk along the ridge of a hill with mountains either side of you. Then you got into the moraines and glacier. We couldn't actually see Everest from the base camp. You had to actually climb up a glacier and then through a V-shape through the mountains to see it although we got great views earlier in the trek from the Everest View hotel.' When they returned to Kathmandu the team then painted classrooms at a school in a neighbouring valley as part of a community project. The expedition, which lasted for 17 days, will count towards Jamie's Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Jamie said: 'It was really a fantastic trip and the scenery was breathtaking. All the Sherpas and the Nepalese were so friendly and everyone on the expedition all pulled together as a team. It was hard when people kept having to turn back due to mountain sickness, but the feeling of actually getting to base camp and reaching our goal meant that all the hard work and effort really paid off.'
Engineering Education scheme launch
New Parent Governor Mrs Debbie Cassie has been elected as the new parent governor at Brooke Weston. Debbie, who has two children here, said: ‘ I look forward to representing the views of parents on the Governing Body and hope that people will get in touch if they have any issues they wish to raise.’ Debbie works in human resources for an educational trust and has previously worked as an administrator in a primary
school. She has also recently completed the Certificate in Schools Business Management combined with a Diploma in Administration Management, and is keen to progress to completing the second year to gain the DSBM qualification. Debbie said: ‘The experience I’ve gained working in the primary and secondary school sector should stand me in good stead in this new role and I’m looking forward to working alongside the rest of the Governors.’ In her spare time Debbie has worked as a film extra on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Atonement. She has also made appearances in lots of BBC dramas
including Silent Witness. Debbie said: ‘It was an interesting time, I could appear in a crowd or small group in anything from a feature film to a corporate video or photographic shoot. It was fun, I met some really interesting professional people and, depending on what we were filming, I did get to see some big stars.’ Debbie, who lives on Oakley Vale enjoys new challenges and said: ‘I’ve always thought about being a governor and I’ve always felt compelled to help out in a voluntary way for my children’s school because they put so much into them I’d like to give something back.’
Six schools from the region attended the launch of the Engineering Education Scheme at Brooke Weston. The scheme aims to get students to tackle real-life engineering problems, come up with a workable solution and present their results to a panel of professionals. The project, which takes around six months from launch to completion, means that each individual student spends around 100 hours on the project and attends a residential at the University of Northampton. Schools liaise with local businesses who provide an engineer to act as a mentor to the students. The industry professionals first pose a technical difficulty and then give expert advice
and guidance during the research and development phase. Schools from both East Anglia and East Midlands regions attended the launch day where they listened to presentations and accomplished practical tasks. In previous years Brooke Weston students have worked closely with engineers from Corus solving a variety of problems, from running electrical cables up lamp-posts to reclaiming oil from waste metal swarf. This year Sixth Formers Diana Gormley, James Doherty, Edward Lockwood and Ilse Lee are all team members and they will work alongside teachers Mr Barrett and Mrs Dean on the project.
Enterprising Student Projects at Brooke Weston
Year 9 students learned how businesses worked during a seminar run by Young Enterprise. Mr Robin Neighbour took students through the perils and pitfalls of setting up and running a business before the students bought and sold shares in each other’s companies. It was a practical introduction to the intricacies of business and, as well as guidance from Mr Neighbour, the students also benefited from the input of three delegates from Barclaycard in Northampton.
Will Scott from Barclaycard said: ‘We are here guiding, providing advice, asking different questions and trying to help students get the most out of the day. It’s been fantastic. They really got into the spirit of the trading, really bartering and trying to promote their own companies to get people to invest in them. It was frantic and fast paced.’ Mr Neighbour said: ‘The students have been fantastic and have really focussed on the tasks that they have been given.’
Enterprising students have raised funds by taking spooky Halloween pictures. Ten Sixth Formers have formed WAP, the Wednesday Afternoon Project group as part of the Young Enterprise scheme. They kitted out students in wigs, masks and other ‘frightfully’ good paraphernalia before taking pictures for posterity. The price varied from £1.50 upwards and money raised will be used to fund other activities, all designed to hone the students’ planning and business skills. The group meet up every Wednesday afternoon to discuss ideas and make plans for the future of the business. They are now planning a range of products to sell, both at Brooke Weston and outside school at markets and trade fairs. They hope to attend a trade fair in Milton Keynes after Christmas which will have over 150 Young Enterprise stalls selling their products in the main shopping centre. Their business adviser is the managing director of BED in Corby. He is available to answer students’ questions and to support them with their ideas. Mrs Rachel Kay, Head of Business Studies said: ‘The Young Enterprise scheme aims to give students the
experience of running their own business, from deciding on a name and coming up with ideas for a product to sell, right through to selling shares and drawing up the final accounts. In addition to experiencing running a business they are also hoping to compete against other schools in the area.’ She added: ‘They will be judged on a number of criteria, including the quality
of a written report that the Managing Director writes; a presentation in front of other Young Enterprise companies and judges; the originality of their product; the quality of communication and how they overcame problems. If they are successful in the early stages of the competition, they could end up at the National Finals held at the Savoy Hotel in London.’
BTEC students get studio experience
Dragon’s Den Fund Raiser Year 10 students have presented their fund-raising ideas to a 'Dragon's Den' style panel and now the best ones will be implemented to raise funds at a Christmas Market. All profits will go to a charity that provides aid in the Gambia. Miss Stringer was one of the 'dragons' that graded the students' ideas for inventiveness, team work and profitability. Now the most creative schemes have been selected with sparkly stationery, a wheel of fortune and African-related games played on electronic consoles being among the money-spinning activities being prepared for the market in December. Funds will go to The Educational Project, which is run by local couple
WORK experience placements needed
Work experience placements are getting harder to find but the benefits to students are as great as ever. Brooke Weston is hoping that more local employers and parents will be able to offer work experience to students in Years 10 and 12. At the moment all Year 10 students complete a two-week annual placement while Year 12 students also spend time in the workplace as part of their new diploma studies. Careers adviser Mr Primmett said: 'At the moment we do have a diverse
Brian and June Cox. The charity provides food, clothing and necessities to many in the Gambia, as well as undertaking bigger projects like building schools and reinstating water supplies. Brooke Weston has supported their work for many years with a variety of mufti days and charity events. Tutor group 10B had a lot of success at the Dragons' Den presentation with many of their fund raising ideas being selected for the market. Their tutor, Mr Clasper told them: 'These ideas which you are now going to put into action will make a huge difference to people thousands of miles away.'
database of local employers who are willing to take students on for work experience but we are always looking for more placements, either for companies themselves to get in touch or else for parents to consider if their children can accompany them to work.' If companies would like further details on offering placements then they can get more details from Mr Primmett on 01536 396366. He said: 'Work experience is an important aspect of our students' lives which gives them an insight into the world of work and what employers are looking for. Many of our existing placements are at shops, schools, nurseries, hairdressers, garages and engineering businesses. We are very grateful that these share their time and expertise with our students and hope that more local employers and businesses will get in touch.'
Sixth Form students spent a week at a professional recording studio as part of their BTEC music course. They joined industry professionals at The Paddocks studio where they learned the basics of studio recording before working on their own track. As part of their project they had to record a song and make it as close to the original as possible. They chose to cover Seven Nation Army by White Stripes with George Walsh on vocals, Paul Taylor on guitar and Matt Murphy on drums. The recording was then brought back
to Brooke Weston where the group are currently mastering it to make it sound as professional as possible. They spent a whole week at The Paddocks learning how to use the recording equipment , complex mixing desk and latest editing software. Matt Murphy said: 'We started off looking at general recording theory; basically how to record a track right from the very beginning, using all the equipment, microphones and software. Each day we did a different thing to build up enough knowledge to allow us to record a track which is what we did
Fundraising for Peru trip Year 13 student, Nichole Flynn is hard at work making jewellery to fund an overseas adventure. Nichole will teach Peruvian children in the city of Cuzco next summer on a monthlong trip organised by travel company
Madventurer. She will teach English to students aged from five to 18 during the week and will spend her weekends sightseeing. Nichole said: ‘I speak Spanish and want to study the language at university so I thought it
for the last two days. It was basically the foundation work for the unit we were doing and it allowed us to cover theory in the unit in an intensive course. There was definitely teamwork involved, arguments and a few creative discussions but we came out of it as a stronger team.' Teacher Mr Duguid said: 'It was very valuable experience as they got the opportunity to work in a real life situation where they have access to a full range of desks and industry standard equipment and the opportunity to learn from working experts.'
would be good to do this trip. I’ve always wanted to go to Peru. I’ll have free time at the weekends so I want to go to the Inca trail and the mountains and everything.’ Now Nichole and her friends, Charlotte Powers and Katy Laing are hard at work making beaded bracelets, necklaces and rings which they will sell at the Christmas market to raise £2,000 towards the cost of the trip. So far they have made about 60 bracelets with the help of teacher Miss Navarro Marin who is herself a beadwork enthusiast. Nichole said: ‘Miss Navarro Marin used to show us what she’d made so last year we made pens and baubles for the Christmas and they sold really well so we thought this year we’d pull out all the stops and just get into jewellery making.’ Nichole is hoping that the reasonably priced jewellery will sell well at the Christmas market which takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday of week eight. Other fund raising projects in the pipeline include holding race nights and a fancy dress party on Valentine’s Day.
Don’t forget, get practising over the Christmas break as auditions will be held in January for a place in the annual BW Factor. The talent show is being held on Saturday 28 March in the Weston Theatre and audition dates and times will be published in the New Year.
Mr Shorrock is compiling a list of swimmers willing to represent the school in swimming competitions. Four girls have recently represented Brooke Weston at a local event which was the first time that a team has been entered in the discipline. Lorna Attwood, Jessica Bellews, Holly Saunders and Courtney Wilson swam at the English School Swimming Association’s competition at Daventry. They competed in the team 50m freestyle and medley events, in which they secured 11th and 12th positions respectively out of a total of 20 teams. Local coach, Keith Attwood who
accompanied them said: ‘ Considering that the girls had never actually swum together before and this was the first time any of them had experienced this type of competition I think they did remarkably well. All the girls swam very well and behaved impeccably.’ Now Mr Shorrock and Mr Attwood, who is assistant swimming coach at Kettering Amateur Swimming Club hope that other students will sign up to represent Brooke Weston in the future. If any students swim at clubs outside school and would like to be considered for a school team they can email their details to Mr Shorrock.
Lee awarded 3rd Dan in karate Lee Stockley is one of the youngest students in the country to be awarded his 3rd Dan in karate which he passed on a training course in Dubai. Lee, who is 17, attended the week-long Masterclass with other high-graded students and instructors from TISKA, the Traditional International Shotokan Karate Association. The Association, which was founded by Sensei Gursharan Sahota, has many clubs in the country and Lee has been learning the art since he was just five years old. He gained his black belt aged 11 and was 14 when he got the higher graded 2nd Dan. When he achieved his 3rd Dan, Sensei Sahota told Lee that he was youngest student in the Association’s history, and maybe even in the country, to be awarded that grade. Lee said: ‘Age isn’t important, the achievement is enough and the best bit was when I passed my grading because 3rd Dan takes a year’s full concentration. When you’ve done it it’s so emotional and probably the best feeling I’ve had in a while.’
Lee and the others got intensive tuition from Sensei Sahota with five hours of daily training where they went through various karate moves known as kihon, kata and kumite techniques, and a total of 15 students graded at 3rd, 4th and 5th Dan levels. The gradings took place over several days at Dubai where the training area, known as a dojo, looked out over a swimming pool, palm trees and beach. Lee, who is in Year 13 at Brooke Weston, said: ‘By breaking the t e c h n i q u e s d ow n w e h a d t h e opportunity to analyse everything involved so it was a great experience for learning and for life. Sensei Sahota went back to the very beginning and then straight through to the most advanced katas we know and broke them all down, emphasising things like positioning that would give you strength.’ Karate is as much about self-control and spirit as about self-defence: Lee said: ‘Anyone can kick, anyone can punch but you need to have the right
mind-set. Because you’ve been trained in karate you can control it as well. Anyone can lose their temper but controlling it is a different thing.’ Lee, who attends at least four sessions of karate a week, would ideally like to become a full time karate instructor. He already helps out by training some of the lower graded students and says that the sport boosts fitness and selfconfidence. ‘Confidence is a big thing. I find it much easier now to get up in front of an audience and it’s also helped with GCSEs as well because you’re more focussed, you know what to aim for, you know what your goals are. I feel really good to be a 17 year old who doesn’t smoke or drink heavily because karate lets you keep your head. They are obviously the main two advantages as well as the friends I’ve made. I’ve never known a sport you could do where you could meet so many people through gradings, competitions and courses.’
Marathon effort fuels Olympic dream Young Sports Leaders Primary school children from Oakley Vale and Our Lady’s schools took part in an afternoon of sports organised by Brooke Weston Sixth Formers. The dozen Young Sports Leaders have been training for weeks so they can coach younger children in activities such as tag rugby, volleyball, indoor sports and athletics. The Sports Leaders previously ran an inter-tutor competition between two Year 7 groups to prepare for the primary school visit where the Year 5 students competed in sprint relays, vertical jumps and speed bounces. Mrs Diane Meehan from Our Lady’s school said: ‘It’s the first time our students have been here and, from the looks on their faces, they’re loving it and cheering each other on.’ Teacher Mr Gillespie said: ‘These
activities with the younger students demonstrate how well the Sports Leaders can explain the tasks with simple vocabulary as well as demonstrations.’ The Sports Leaders course runs as part of the extended activities offered to Sixth Formers on Wednesday afternoons. Student Nicky Griffin said: ‘This is a course where we are trained like ‘mini’ sports teachers for children under the age of 14 and our distinctive uniform means that even the smallest children can easily see who’s in charge if we are organising or marshalling an event.’ Nick Warren added; ‘Completion of this course will count towards UCAS points for university and it keeps us fit, gives us a bit of coaching experience and means we can help younger students, both at Brooke Weston and in the local community.’
Sixth Former Perry Burns is a keen swimmer with his sights set on the next Olympics, but he’s also boosted his training by running and recently completed his first half marathon. Perry was the only student in a trio from Brooke Weston who took part in the Birmingham half marathon. He completed the route in two hours and 10 minutes. Teacher Miss Gonda and groundsman Paul Twamley also took part. They had been members of a larger group from Brooke Weston who took part in a 10 kilometre race around London to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust earlier this year. Now there are plans for the group to sign up for a half marathon in London next March. Perry said: ‘I did it just for the fun of running. I did wear a TCT T-shirt but it was just basic training. Two hours, 10 minutes and several blisters later I finished it! I did a bit of training but if we’re going to go in for the half marathon next time around I’m going to definitely put in more hours.’
Perry’s main sporting interest is swimming and he is hoping to be of a high enough standard to compete in the Olympics in 2012. He has been swimming for Corby swimming club for a decade and has represented the town and county in galas all over the country, swimming four lengths of freestyle in just 55 seconds. He trains for hours every week and intersperses his swim time with boxing training to build upper body strength and muscle tone. His running, which he fits in around weekend swimming competitions, builds his stamina still further. Perry is studying A Levels in Design Technology, Sport and Art and he wants to study product design at university.
Such is his determination to develop his sport that he is even choosing which university he wants to attend by the success of their swimming team. He said: ‘I’ve basically looked at the list of where the top university swimming teams are as I want to go there. It’s going to be a big influence, hopefully I want to strive on for 2012. That’s an ultimate goal of mine; it’s the pinnacle of what I can achieve.’ He added: ‘You have to have quite a healthy lifestyle and I don’t go out with my friends as much as I’d like but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make for a goal that I want to achieve, because, for me, standing on a podium, or even just being at the Olympics in 2012, would be just phenomenal.’