Prestigious scholarship for Marsden student
Samuel Marsden Collegiate School student Lucy Berger has been offered a scholarship to study at Peking University, the most prestigious university in China. Thousands of students apply but very few pass the entrance exams. “This is an extraordinary achievement for Lucy and we wish her all the best on this exciting opportunity to study abroad” says Marsden School Principal Jenny Williams.
Lucy has had a fabulous grounding in Chinese at Marsden School, having been tutored by award winning Chinese teacher Jing Ying Herrington and benefitting from the Confucius class room status Marsden School holds. Mrs Herrington said “I was very excited to hear of Lucy’s news. To be able to study at Peking University is every Chinese student's dream. I believe Lucy will have a very bright future and this opportunity will open many doors for her, I am very proud of Lucy’s achievement!”
“At Marsden we are committed to ensuring the Chinese language and culture is promoted school-wide and since its introduction in 2007 Chinese has been a rapid growth area of the curriculum”, says Williams. “Our students have experienced considerable enjoyment and success in their learning of Chinese and our Confucius classroom provides an attractive and dynamic work environment to facilitate learning.”
Students Annabelle Jessop, Lucy Berger and Amy Cooper won the national senior, senior runner-up and junior awards last year in Chinese Proficiency Competition - two winners, let alone three, from one school being unheard of. “As the world’s demand for Chinese learning increases our students will stand in good stead to take up global opportunities beyond their studies at Marsden”, says Herrington.
Lucy Berger - Peking University Scholarship recipient