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“Our school feels like one big family”

Michelle with Shawn

Since joining ACG School Jakarta three years ago, Year 11 student, Michelle Wilding, has loved her time on campus. The support and encouragement she received from staff has provided her with an environment in which to flourish and extend her abilities academically, in the arts and on the sporting field. Now in her final year, sixteen-year-old Michelle shares her thoughts on her time at the school, and the memories and skills she will take with her.

What do you enjoy most about the school?
The relationship between students and the staff is really wonderful. They are always very enthusiastic and happy to lend a helping hand when you need it. I love the environment at ACG as it makes me, and everybody else, feel safe, comfortable and, most importantly, happy. One difference between ACG and my previous school is that students are very accepting of those in the years below or above them. With this, our school feels like one big family and it really is a very heart-warming feeling.

What are your favourite subjects and why?
My favourite subjects are Biology, Art and, as of recently, Mathematics. My interests have always gravitated towards the biological aspect of science, and art is something I’m passionate about and constantly do best in. I'm proud to say that I've improved significantly at mathematics during my time at ACG. I believe the biggest factor is the difference in the way teachers teach and ensuring students can fully comprehend the material. I've been able to push myself more and more to become better and stronger in the subject. I see it as a way to truly test my understanding of the material and practicing my application skills when it comes to real-world situations.

Are you involved in any sports or extracurricular activities?
Currently, I am part of the school's Senior Girls' Soccer team. I have always been an academically driven kind of student, but I decided to push myself past my comfort zone and just give it a shot. To my surprise, I really enjoy soccer and I'm so glad that I decided to join the team. In the second season, I'll be joining the Senior Girls' Basketball team.

Do have any plans for what you’d like to do when you leave school?
Upon the completion of my Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations, I am planning to start a Foundations course in Biotechnology in the International University of Malaya-Wales in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As I’m part Welsh, after that I’d like to study Forensic Sciences at either the University of South Wales or Glyndwr University.

At this stage, what are your career aspirations?
I would love to pursue a career in either a Forensics DNA Analyst or Forensics Crime Scene Investigator. I've always been very interested in the concepts of Law and Criminality so this would be perfect because it involves both Biology and the Justice System.