The hardworking 16-year-old received an outstanding seven A* grades (90% and above) for IGCSE level biology, English, art and design, business studies, global perspectives, Bahasa Indonesian and English literature, plus an A grade (80% and above) for mathematics.
Scores like these will ensure Michelle stands out from the crowd as she moves overseas and onto higher level studies in forensic sciences or biotechnology.
“These results mean so much to me. It’s made all the hard work worthwhile and is the most gratifying feeling,” says Michelle, who recently graduated from ACG School Jakarta and will study her A-Levels next year at Sunway College in Malaysia.
“All my teachers at ACG were insanely supportive and were always there to stand me back on my feet whenever I doubted myself. They saw the potential in me to achieve top grades and always pushed me to strive for them, even when I didn’t think I could. For that, I’ll be forever grateful.”
ACG School Jakarta’s nurturing learning environment sets students up for success, even in these globally challenging times where online learning and virtual classrooms have become the new norm.
“I think it was vital to have the support and guidance of teachers during these times. Their feedback played a big part in keeping me engaged to reach my potential as it allowed me to continue improving my skills – and that’s what’s important because that’s what learning is all about.”
Michelle has loved the three years she has spent at ACG School Jakarta. Among her highlights are the overseas class trips to Thailand, Singapore and Bali, and the solid foundation of skills and knowledge she has gained.
“I’ve learnt the importance of focussing in class as this saves a lot of time when it comes to revising for tests and exams. It’s no good going over material the night before and not understanding any of it!”
She has also learned the value of doing what makes her happy and surrounding herself with people that she loves.
“Me-time is essential. It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re trying to analyse all 15 of Carol Ann Duffy’s poems, but setting aside the time to pamper yourself, pick up a new hobby or join a sports team is what’s going to help you stay healthy, mentally and physically.”
It’s great advice from the top scholar, but the advice she shares from her father is even better.
“Whenever I doubted myself my dad always said to me, your best will always be enough because you can’t give more than that.”