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From Churchie to the world

Posted on 30 May 2018

Churchie congratulates Tian Qin and Sean Riksen (Year 12s in the class of 2017), who have received offers to study at two of the world’s leading universities in the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Tian has been accepted into the University of The Arts London while Sean will commence study at the University of Pennsylvania in the USA. The offer to study at two of the world’s leading universities acknowledges Sean and Tian’s commitment to, and success in, a broad range of activities.

Sean and Tian achieved highly in their academic pursuits, but they also made a significant commitment to the sporting, service and pastoral dimensions of the school, embodying Churchie’s four tenets. Their successful applications to world-leading international universities reflects the global focus of Churchie’s academic environment.

During his time at Churchie, Sean was an active participant in swimming, track and field and water polo. He also achieved a gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and participated in a range of community service activities such as the Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp

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.

Tian was also an exemplary student, involved in music, debating, tennis and Churchie’s gifted and talented programme. When asked why he chose to apply to overseas colleges, Tian said ‘Because 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.’