“I came from Shijiazhuang city in the Hebei province. I was fifteen when I enrolled in the AUSMAT programme at SFMS in 2017; I graduated in 2019.

I was very active when I was at SFMS. I enrolled in every extracurricular competition I could find, and even achieved a first for the school by obtaining a “High Distinction” in the Australian Mathematics Competition in 2019. I was also actively engaged in class and social activities. As a member and later as president of the Dance Interest Group, I performed at many school events; I went camping and did debating. When I was appointed as a student councillor, I saw the position as an opportunity to give back to the community.

I shall always be indebted to the school and the Principal. At the end of 2018, I was experiencing an upheaval in my family. The Principal heard me crying and he stopped to ask why. I shared with him my situation and told him that I was experiencing a financial problem. He immediately helped me apply for a bursary. With that, I was able to complete my studies at SFMS. He encouraged me to work hard to achieve good results. I was glad when I received my Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) results. I wanted him to be proud of me.

I have applied to NUS, NTU and University College London and I am now pursuing Business and Computing, double degree at NTU. If I had not come to SFMS, my choices for a university would have been much limited. I made many friends at SFMS; every teacher who taught me here has influenced me greatly. Thank you, SFMS.”

Zhao Yuqing, WACE Graduate (ATAR 99.05)