Congratulations to Yohann Sequeira, our Captain of School, who has received a full scholarship from Harvard, the world’s top rated university, to study Economics. Harvard normally accepts only one Sri Lankan student each year, but Yohann will become our fourth student in just six years to go there, which is an incredible achievement.

Six Upper 6th students have received offers to study Medicine or associated courses in the UK, which is a tremendous feat given that Medicine is by far the hardest course to gain admission to. Shamira Ghouse, one of our Head Prefects, has an offer to study Medicine at Cardiff, and Manoj Thogesan at Birmingham, while three students have offers to study Biomedical Science. It is notable that all five of these students, as well as Yohann, are among the longest standing members of the class, having all been in school for eleven years or more. Thulitha Wanigasinghe has also received an offer to study Veterinary Science at the prestigious Royal Veterinary College in London.

A further eight students applied to universities in the UK for other courses and all of them also received offers. These include Ajay Gnanam, who has been offered a place at Durham University to study Social Sciences, and several students to study Engineering at universities including Bristol and Loughborough.

Afeef Sahabdeen has won a full scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at the new NYU (New York University) campus in Abu Dhabi. He will join three of our students there, who all also earned full scholarships. This is especially impressive as, in 2012, NYU Abu Dhabi received over 15,000 applications for its 150 places, making it one of the hardest universities to gain admission to in the world. The excellent impression our students have made there means that NYU is continuing to ask us to nominate students for scholarships each year.

Other students have been accepted by universities in Malaysia and elsewhere. The rest of the Upper 6th are applying to universities in Australia, where applications are made later as courses start in February, or taking a Gap Year to prepare their university applications.

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