Almancil’s Oxford candidates

Oxbridge interviews are not easy to achieve, but three students from the Almancil area have done so. Simply to be invited to attend an interview is a prestige in itself. They have applied for very different courses, but each student is brilliant in their own way.

Grant Howitt is applying to St Peter’s College, Oxford, to study English, which is always a very competitive course to get on to and Becky Dulieu would like to read music at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Both of these students attend São Lourenço International School in Almancil, which is to be congratulated for helping these students achieve excellent exam results. The third is Nga Si Lau (Gina) who spent her childhood in Macau and Shanghai then came to Portugal with her parents in 1999. She currently studies at Escola Secundária de Loulé and is applying to study engineering at Newham College, Cambridge.

The interview is only a small step in the selection process, each has completed an application form and they have been required to produce several pieces of work to strict deadlines over the last few weeks. Then, before the interviews, which can take as long as three days, they are required to undergo further tests and screenings by the professors. They have been given the opportunity to practice in mock interviews, but know that Oxbridge interviews are notoriously gruelling. Good luck!

If anyone is considering applying to UK Universities, applications must be sent to UCAS by January 15, 2005 for entry in autumn 2005. Contact Gwenda Daud, Careers Adviser, on 918 376 657 if you need guidance.