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International scholars 2017

Congratulations to our recent international scholars from 2017, Tian Qin and Sean Riksen.



Tian Qin has been accepted into one of the world’s top art and design universities, the University of the Arts London (UAL). He will commence his studies in a foundation course followed by a Bachelor of Fashion in September 2018.

When asked why he chose to apply to overseas colleges, Tian said, ‘The colleges in UAL have been widely regarded as the best fashion schools in the world. I wanted to study overseas because I’d like to experience something that is new and exciting.’

‘Studying at UAL will be an extremely tough road, but I am sure it will be a fun and worthwhile journey. I hope to have a profound understanding of the industry and to intern at some famous fashion houses to see how other designers work and how these houses run their companies.

After my successful graduation and a few years of working, I hope to establish a label of my own,’ Tian said.

Tian was an exemplary student throughout his time at Churchie, involved in music, debating, tennis and Churchie’s gifted education programme.

Tian’s proficiency in art was recognised and encouraged. He was a finalist in the Wool4School design competition in both 2016 and 2017 and was awarded the Churchie Old Boys’ Association Prize for the Piece Most Reflective of Churchie Values at CART, Churchie’s annual art exhibition.



Sean Riksen has received an offer to attend one of the world’s leading Ivy League universities, The University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). He will commence in August 2018 with a view to study either Cognitive Science or Mathematical Economics at UPenn’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Receiving an offer from this leading Ivy League university is an incredible accomplishment. Ranked tenth in the world by The World University Rankings, UPenn’s 2018 entry was highly competitive, with only 8.4 per cent of the nearly 44,500 applicants receiving an offer.

Sean said that he applied to overseas universities for a world-class education, the thrill of living somewhere new, access to an international network and the opportunity to learn from world-renown professors. Sean said, ‘Coming out of Year 9, I was not an A student,’ but, with determination and strong mentorship throughout his school years, he has not only achieved success at Churchie but now opened doors overseas.

Ever since he began Senior School at Churchie, Sean has wanted to be a paediatric surgeon, choosing UPenn for its affiliation with one of America’s leading paediatric hospitals, the Perelman School of Medicine.

‘I am also very passionate about forming a universal standard of healthcare, which will require a comprehensive understanding of economics and the law.’

Sean is a passionate, service-minded young man who shows dedication in his studies and commitments. We congratulate him on his successful application and wish him luck with his Ivy League study experience.