In April 2017, Northpine Christian College Year 11 Student Tinashe Sithole submitted a personal statement and essay for admission to the International Oxford & Cambridge Summer Academy for the academic study abroad programme, and was selected with 4 other Australian students and approximately 50 other students from around the world! In July 2017 she attended Somerville College at the University of Oxford in Oxford City, England, for the two-week programme. The focus of her course was Law, as she intends on pursuing Law once she graduates from school. Other activities included a guided tour of Oxford, watching a Shakespearean theatre performance, witnessing a Quidditch International Olympics match, visiting London and its main attractions, as well as guided tours of Bath, and visiting one of the wonders of the world and the best-known pre-historic monument in Europe – the Stonehenge. She was also guided through museums, Oxford Castle, Windsor Castle, and took a ride on a River Cruise across from Magdalen College, where Oscar Wilde studied, among many other exciting activities.
Two weeks after returning from Oxford, Tinashe heard back from another application she made to Crimson Education to attend the 2018 Harvard Model United Nations Tour, and was given an offer! She is yet to accept the offer, which will give her the opportunity to travel to Boston and attend a course in Law at Harvard University. She will then travel to New York, where she will attend a several-day meeting at the United Nations Headquarters. As part of this opportunity, on Wednesday 13 September 2017, Tinashe will be attending the Model United Nations conference held in Brisbane, where she will give a speech on the issue of Child Soldiers in third world countries.
Tinashe Sithole is quite clearly a remarkable young woman. Northpine Christian College is extremely proud of her achievements and confident that she will go far in her future career, whatever path she decides to take. Below is Tinashe’s reflection on her astounding achievements this year:
“It was a privilege to be acknowledged by such an elite institution such as Oxford University, home to a variety of historic documents, artifacts and state-of- the-art research facilities, and to be amongst other young, intelligent and driven individuals. Being given this amazing opportunity has allowed me to be aware of the endless possibilities there are for people like myself who intend to achieve greatness. With my recent acceptance to study in Harvard for a few weeks, as well as being recognised as one of Australia’s United Nations Youth Delegates, I hope to influence other motivated individuals who aspire to seek greatness as well as assist others where possible.” – Tinashe Sithole, 11A