Alison Yip – Class of 2019, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

  • Recipient of SISHK International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) Scholarship
  • SISHK Sports Person of the Year
  • President of the Athletic Council
  • Captain of the Volleyball and Basketball Teams

University Offer: University of Bath, UK (Architecture)

SISHK has really been my second home for the past twelve years. I still recall joining this school in AY07/08 for Primary One, anxious about being in a new environment with new people, when my teachers and classmates welcomed me into the inclusive and supportive school community.

Many privileges for students in our school include the bilingual learning environment, which builds us a solid foundation in both English and Mandarin. In addition, the interactive style of learning in both primary and secondary school years encouraged my classmates and I to be analytical and inquisitive. Besides academics, school events such as the Christmas Fair, Swim Meet, Sports Day, year level camps and overseas trips were activities I looked forward to in each of the twelve years here, as memories were created, school spirit was heightened, and friendships were cherished.

As a passionate sportsperson, my desire to be a holistic student who balances academics and sports has always been of a great challenge, especially in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) years. Not only were clashes between school events and external sports competitions a difficulty, managing my commitment and stress level in both areas was not easy either. However, my greatest achievement came from overcoming these obstacles, as I learnt that I could not be a perfectionist in every area, so I had to manage my twenty-four hours every day and prioritise my academic and non-academic tasks.

A special mention goes to the Athletic Council, one of the student leadership groups in SISHK secondary that has played a huge role in shaping who I am today. From being a member of this council in lower secondary, to taking on the role of vice presidency and presidency upper secondary, my experiences in the council has taught me to be a humble leader and passionate team player, and made me appreciate working collaboratively with others. As such, I am forever grateful for the guidance from my seniors and teachers in charge of the council.

Last but not the least, my advice for newcomers would be to stay open minded, humble and committed. Try out different CCAs to develop new skills and talents, you will also meet new friends who share the same interests as you! SISHK is a welcoming and supportive family, one whose teachers are always dedicated to nurturing us, one whose parents willingly volunteer in school events, and one whose students are always there for one another.