Student of the Week
Hok, who lives in East Finchley, came to Woodhouse from St Aloysius College.
He is currently studying maths, physics, chemistry and biology - having achieved four fantastic A grades across all of his subjects last year.
"I'm hoping to study engineering at Cambridge University and am completing my application at the moment. Lisa Fry and Principal John Rubinstein have been helping me with my personal statement.
I'm really interested in aeronautics and rocket science and would love to work in that industry. I guess it's just a dream job - but I'd love to work at NASA."
And with those grades why wouldn't he aspire to Cambridge... and beyond!
But that's not the end of Hoks story. We are featuring him today as he has been involved in something rather special this summer.
"I was born and raised for the first half of my life in Macau..."
(Macau - officially known as the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China since 1999 - was once a Portugese colony, situated next to Hong Kong. With an estimated population of around 636,200 living in an area of 30.3 km2 (11.6 sq mi), it is the most densely populated region in the world.)
"I still spend a lot of time every summer in Macau. When I was very young I learnt to swim there and aged nine and ten swam in competitions.
When we moved to the UK, I continued my swimming and up until my GCSEs was training every day and swam with Camden Swiss Cottage Swimming Club.
Back in Macau the swimming coaches know me from when I was young, and when I was back there in the summer they picked me to swim on the National team as they know I have a pretty fast backstroke.
And so, at the end of August, I ended up swimming in the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore, competing in the 50m and 100m Backstroke for under 18s.
Against world class competition, I wasn't expected to win - and didn't - but it was a great experience taking part in such a big event.
My coaches may ask me to swim again next year but for now I'm concentrating on my A levels and uni applications and will just train a couple of times a week."
Hok also has a grade 6 in Piano and plays a bit of cello but his music studies are also on hold for his A2s.
"I just play piano for fun at the moment.
In year 11 I heard that Woodhouse was a very prestigious college and hard to get into. I came to the open day and everyone was so friendly that I really want to come here and am glad I did because I really like it here. The teachers know their subjects very well and are always ready to help with stuff."
We wish Hok the best of luck with his future studies. With such a polite and pleasant demeanour, coupled with his obvious drive and ambition, we are sure he will go far. And if he gets a job at NASA - he may go very far indeed!
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