Cameron and Matthew at their graduation from Merchiston this summer.
We got the news this term from the Headmaster of Merchiston School in Edinburgh, the school that two of our former students, Cameron Scott and Matthew Mee graduated from this year, that they had both performed extremely well in their A Level Exams, both gaining a place at their first choice university.
Matthew and Cameron both left BISS Puxi after completing their GCSEs in Year 11, both of them having been with us since we opened 10 years ago, and the experience of living in Shanghai obviously had a profound effect on them, judging by the subjects they took at A-level and what they are going onto study at university.
Matthew achieved all A grades in Art, Geography, Higher Mandarin and Advanced Higher Mandarin and is going on to study Geography and Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at University of London.
Cameron gained all As in Economics, Geography, Higher Mandarin and Advanced Higher Mandarin and will be going to the University of Edinburgh to study Mandarin and Asian Studies.
They were also both highly involved in activities beyond the classroom, with Matthew being a House Prefect, achieving Grade 5 in guitar and playing rugby for the school. Cameron was a Senior Prefect and an active member of the rugby and athletics team and acted in many school plays.
The Headmaster of Merchiston commented that the school was “particularly impressed with Matthew and Cameron’s performance in Advanced Higher Mandarin because they achieved the only As for non-native speakers in the whole of Scotland! The boys are to be warmly congratulated.”
Matthew is currently in the USA with his family, exploring new surroundings. His mother, Gillian, told us that “it would seem that whilst we can take Matthew out of China, we cannot take the 'China' out of him. It has been a huge part of his life and given his choice of study it will continue to be so.”
Matthew will be returning to Shanghai at Chinese New Year to spend a term studying Mandarin at Jiao Tong University before taking up his place at SOAS in 2015.
Cameron has spent the summer cycling from the North to the South of France in aid of Cancer Research. His mum, Janice, told us that “he’s loving life at university and has become heavily involved in theatre as well as sport. In fact he has recently taken part in a triathlon at St Andrews University and his sister, Catriona, who is now in her third year studying English was there to support him.”
Congratulations to them both from everyone at BISS Puxi and if you know of any news from former pupils of our school please do let us know – we love to hear how they are getting on.