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Spotlight on Staff: Charles Wilkinson

Physics and Computer Science teacher Charles Wilkinson led our Physics students to a 1, 2 placing in this year’s prestigious International Young Physicists Tournament – Auckland region. The passionate physicist believes his subject helps make sense of the world.

What do you enjoy about being a teacher?
Being able to share my enthusiasm and passion for Physics by bringing the subject alive with demonstrations, class practicals and open-ended thought experiments.

What is the most exciting thing about Physics?
You get to use numbers and formulae to make sense of the world and predict what might happen next. You can know where a projectile will land, how long it will be in the air and how high it will go before it is even launched.

What do you consider your greatest achievement as a teacher?
When one of my Physics students got accepted into Cornell University on the back of his Physics grades and the same class achieved the highest combined results for the school for over ten years.

What did you choose to teach at ACG Parnell College?
The students here are incredible to teach. The standards they set academically and morally are the highest I have experienced.

What initiatives have you made in your area?
I have begun updating the Physics resourcing, to incorporate more demonstrations, use of data logging equipment and modern equipment. All Physics year groups now have access to a centralised hub of information contained in a series of OneNote documents allowing students to keep up-to-date with their course from wherever they are at any time.

What is something we might not know about you?
I weld, construct and design furniture in my spare time.

What inspires you?
Surrounding myself with positive people that are not afraid to do things differently.