Toby Bate, Head of Science, explains why entering these kinds of competitions is valuable for students:
“The Olympiad allows students to challenge themselves against the best students in the world no matter what exam board or subject they are studying. It’s a great thing to talk about at University interviews as you can display to the University that you know that little bit more than another candidate with the same grades as you. Students also get to see how challenging some University level questions can be and push themselves to new levels.”
Of the 13 students from BISS Puxi who entered, three achieved a commended result and one won a silver medal.
Congratulations to Madita Eh, Brendan Loo and Jenna Yoon who all achieved a Commended and to Rhian Whelan who achieved a silver medal, placing her in the top 15% of all the students who entered around the world! The result is especially impressive as it is generally only the strongest candidates who enter the competition.
Rhian, who is applying to study Genetics in the UK next year, said of competing in the Olympiad:
“I went into it feeling quite nervous, because there isn't a specific syllabus to follow for the Olympiad and thus I didn't really know what to expect and it was difficult to study for. It was exciting to think that I would be competing with students across the world - I've taken part in academic competitions before, but none of this scale. It was very challenging, but I enjoyed the opportunity to push myself further in my Biology studies and rise to the challenge. It has definitely made me more confident in my abilities and I think this will carry on well into university.”
Mr Bate challenges students to come back next year to compete again:
“I know a number of Year 12 students who weren't successful this year, will be back next year to re-enter the competition and go for a Gold medal!”