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Student selected for Atlantic College scholarship 28 April 2008

A STUDENT at Ballakermeen High School has been selected for a prestigious scholarship to Atlantic College in Wales.

Corrine Payne, 16, who sits her GCSEs this summer, will be funded by the Department of Education to study for an International Baccalaureate diploma for two years from September.

Corrine is an outstanding musician who plays cello with the Manx Youth Orchestra and in her school’s string group. She sings in her school choir and with her church’s youth worship band. She has played major roles in school drama productions.

She is working towards her Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award and is assisting bronze-level entrants. Corrine Payne

Corrine, who attends Broadway Baptist Church, helps lead a youth group and enjoys being part of a lively church community. She plans to go to university to study medicine and hopes to carry out voluntary work in Africa as part of her studies.

Corrine, the eldest of three children, already has a grade A at GCSE science under her belt and is described by Fiona Parpaillon, her Head of Year at Ballakermeen High School, as an ‘enthusiastic and popular student’.

Corrine said that the scholarship would allow her to gain valuable life skills, become more independent and mix with students from all over the world. She hopes her attendance at Atlantic College will help her application stand out when she applies to universities in two years’ time.

‘The International Baccalaureate contains different subjects to the ones offered to me at A-level and I know that learning about these different topics will increase my knowledge of things on a world scale and allow me to contribute my views and opinions too,’ Corrine said.
'I know that universities, when I come to apply, will look for the distinctive qualities and experiences I have that might make me different from other applicants. I believe that having attended a United World College and studied the International Baccalaureate will show that I have experienced opportunities others haven’t.’

Atlantic College, a United World College, is located in St Donat’s Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan on the south coast of Wales and was founded in 1962 by Kurt Hahn, who believed it should provide an atmosphere that would draw out of students a greater range of talents than they believed they possessed.

The International Baccalaureate requires a broad base of study in six fields – a mother tongue language, a second language, mathematics, art, experimental sciences and technology and a study of individuals and societies.

The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, board and travel home for the two-year, pre-university course.

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