OIC Students offered Prince Philip Scholarship for studies at Cambridge
We’re delighted to share that two of our students have been awarded the prestigious Prince Philip Scholarship for undergraduate studies at the University of Cambridge, commencing in October 2021.
Zi Suen Kok has been offered a scholarship leading to a BA (Honours) degree in Medicine and Pearl Ng has been offered a scholarship leading to a BA (Honours) degree in Law.
The Scholarship is awarded by the charitable organisation The Friends of Cambridge University in Hong Kong Ltd. It was established in 1981 and provides financial support to talented Hong Kong students to study at the University of Cambridge, many of whom would not otherwise have the opportunity to do so.
We are extremely proud of our students and wish them all the best in their future studies.
OIC students launch their own mental health charity
A group of OIC students have founded their own in-college mental health and social care charity, Team 99%. Established for the purpose of taking part in the Wings of Hope Achievement Awards last Christmas, the team decided to take their endeavour to the next level and create a charity aimed at destigmatizing mental health issues and creating a platform for teenagers to speak openly about their struggles.
“We believe teenagers, including ourselves, are generally facing overloaded pressure from parents, peers, schools, society and ourselves. This has driven members of Team 99 to offer a helping hand through different activities.”
The group’s planned activities include launching podcasts and chat rooms, and fundraising through bake sales and a school dance. We look forward to seeing how the charity evolves!
Daniel Chan Selected for European Youth Parliament UK National Session
In a streak of OIC debating successes, Daniel Chan participated in the Midlands Regional European Youth Parliament UK Competition last weekend and has been selected to attend the EYPUK National Session. This is an impressive achievement.
The European Youth Parliament is a politically unbound non-profit organisation, which encourages European youth to actively engage in citizenship and cultural understanding. It involves 50,000 youngsters from all around Europe in its events and has around 5,000 active members in different countries. In the national session, Daniel will be participating in a parliamentary session of the UK’s best debaters.
Congratulations to Daniel and good luck for the nationals!
OIC Students Win Best Delegates at Model United Nations
Last weekend, our student participated in the Magdalen College School – Model United Nations Competition. Congratulations to Alexandre, Alexandra, Ambrose, Zirong, Jamie, Marin, Terence, Daniel, Ella, Saad, Duc, Cindy, Carmen, and Jenny for their outstanding performance. Well done in particular to:
- Ella Lau, Commended for Russia Middle East Committee;
- Terence Kei, Highly Commended for Russia Historical Committee;
- Daniel Chan, Russia Economic and Social Committee’s Best Delegate
- Carmen Tan, Ukraine Historical Committee’s Best Delegate.
Congratulations to all participants!
OIC Students Go to NASA for Space Design Competition
OIC students Zirong Song and Oscar Wong were selected to be part of a team that will take part in the International Space Design Settlement Competition in Summer 2022. This competition is due to be held at the NASA Launch Centre, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida.
This competition is highly prestigious and reaching this stage is a fantastic achievement. Zirong and Oscar managed this by being two of the delegates in the winning team of the Global Space Design Competition in 2019 and through winning video entry to the UK Space Design Competition finals in 2021.
We are very proud of both Zirong and Oscar and congratulate them on all the hard work involved in getting to this stage. Very best of luck for the next round of the competition!
Creative Writing Competition Results
In December we announced a creative writing competition for all students based on the theme ‘It’s Cold Outside’. Students were asked to submit a short creative writing piece of any style based on this theme. The entries were all judged blind by a panel with no knowledge of the student who had submitted each piece – nor the year they come from. The criteria the submissions were judged on were:
- Structure and flow
- Proper use of language, grammar and punctuation
- Clarity and originality of expression
- Style and Interpretation of theme
Congratulations to Aleesha Haq, who has won the competition with an impressive wintry piece, as well to runner-ups Lauren Tse and Michael Chan. Well done for your impressive feats of imagination!
Intermediate Maths Challenge Results
The Year 11 students took part in the Intermediate Maths Challenge on 2 February. Of 35 OIC participants, we had 13 students achieve a gold certificate, 9 silver and 9 bronze. Nationally in this competition, about 7% of students score gold, 13% silver and 20% bronze- so our students’ results were very strong. Congratulations to Silas, who has scored 135 out of a possible 135, and also to Cindy, Aidan and Benedict, who all got at least 23 questions out of 25 correct too.
All 13 students who achieved gold can now take part in a follow-on competition. Congratulations to all participants!
Student Perspective: Debating
for the Cambridge Schools’ Debating Competition that took place last Saturday organised by members of the Cambridge Union. Four OIC teams participated in the competitions, including Karlo, Daniel, Johnathan, Zirong, Oscar, Bernice, Daniel, and Anna. Well done particularly to Oscar and Bernice, who won three out of four debates and were only three points away from reaching the Finals – an impressive feat.
The motions debated included:
- THW ban international aid charities from using sensational, graphic, or overly emotional image of suffering in fundraising and advertising campaigns.
- THBT schools should teach children to be skeptical of parental authority
- THBT medical drugs that haven’t passed clinical trials should be given to patients in an opt-in system
- THB that the IOC and FIFA should allow doping in sports
Congratulations to all participants!
Student Perspective: Debating
ESU Public Speaking competition happened on the 28th of January and was conducted over Zoom. The entire competition consists of three roles, the chairperson, speaker and the questioner. What is rather special about the competition is that the speaker would be cooperating with another school. There are a total of four teams mixed with different schools that present according to the order. With minimal to no delay, the competition went on smoothly with various teams delivering contented speeches and introducing interesting topics. Afterwards, the judges had given out very valuable feedback reflecting on the different roles, which allows us to improve onwards.
Although my team did not win the competition, throughout the preparation and communication is truly what counts. In fact, there is a surprisingly amount of work prior to the competition. As the speaker, I have chosen one of the most challenging questions, at least from my perspective, “There is terror in knowing what the world is about” by David Boyle. This topic truly allowed an opportunity to truly explore and tie in with the current massive changes in the world. I am deeply inspired by the change in how the world develops, especially when the world is advancing with a lot of machine learning and artificial learning. As time moves on, I believe robotics is going to allow humans to further explore what planet Earth is all about. Throughout the research, it allowed me to learn a lot more, including that humans have only known about roughly 10% of land creatures and 95% of the ocean yet to be explored. It is simply shocking to know these facts that I would never have come across without this competition.
There are a lot of learning experiences during the competition as well. As most of the contestants have English as their native language, it enabled me to a broader view of English Public Speaking skills. I never had the opportunity to compete with such level of contestants in Hong Kong. With that in mind, this is the very first time that I had a public speaking competition online, which from the judges’ comments can tell that conducting these competitions online. Through this competition it truly
teaches me to think more in other people’s perspective, to understand the difficulties they encounter. Overall this competition enabled me to be a better speaker, and tailor my performance based on the various situations.