A: My mum originally looked for an agent to look for boarding schools in the UK who provided for Swimming Academies. We went through a few, but my mom really had her eyes on BCS because of how small the school was. I think she preferred smaller schools other than the bigger boarding schools.
A: We were considering Mount Kelly because they also had a really strong swim team. But we decided to choose BCS because my mom thought I would work better in the smaller group.
A: It was all done online. I didn't have any visits.
A: I started swimming competitively when I was 11, and then I joined the Malaysian National Junior team in 2020. But then I left when I came over here.
A: Yeah, It's really nice. Everyone there is just so friendly. I really like it. They were really welcoming to me. Mr Woodward is my main coach, he's really supportive, and he really helps me a lot.
A: I train about eight times a week. My earliest session starts at 6am.
A: I think I've got quite a good balance. Sometimes it can be a bit tiring, but I think swimming almost takes the stress away from like studying. So in a way it's really stress relieving from training as well.
A: I was really nervous when I first arrived, but boarding seemed lovely and I had my mum with me. But the boarding staff and prefects were very friendly so I felt at home and settled pretty quickly.
A: I haven't really been to that many boating trips because I'm usually swimming, but I really enjoyed Winter Wonderland in London. That was really fun.
A: I'm really excited. Almost feels like home here.
A: I love the beach. I haven't really been down to visit that much, but I really enjoy it. I really like the weather here compared to Malaysia. It's really hot and humid in Malaysia. We only have one season that's like summer. Technically, we have a summer season and a monsoon season.
A: It was always the UK because when I studied in Malaysia I went to a British International school, so I was already studying the British curriculum.
A: I also do EPQ, that's quite fun as well, even though I only have it once a week.
A: Oh, I think I'd say Dr. Pumphrey. I just feel like I wouldn't survive Physics without him. Before I came to UK, Physics was one of my least favourite subjects. But I feel like because of him, it's now become one of my favourite subjects. He really knows how to make the subject interesting. And if I don't understand anything, I feel very comfortable just asking him about it.
A: Yes. Especially cause my, like, class sizes is really small. I feel like teachers really focus on individual students.
"It's a very small community, but it's very close. I feel like everyone knows everyone else. It's also fantastic for sports, because not many schools accommodate for both academics and sports - it's usually one or the other. I feel like BCS really does accommodate for both."
A: I want to go to university in the UK. Probably to study Engineering.
A: I've definitely received a lot of help with career guidance from Miss Rowe. Yes. And I'm still looking into other options.
A: Not really. Most of the time I'm swimming! But I do also run a Film Club every Wednesday night.
A: It's for students in Years 7 to 9. The original plan was to basically just watch films for the first couple of sessions and then after that, I'll let them go off and make their own short films. And it can either be like a re-creation of any of the films they've seen, or their favourite movies, or an original piece that they've created. And then at the end of the term, we will all come back and watch their creations.
A: I quite enjoy films. I don't think I have a favourite film. I just enjoy watching films.
A: Probably just competitively on the side? I don't think I'm good enough to make it a full time career. I think I continue to keep it as a hobby.
A: Winning a gold in nationals and Malaysia. And at BCS, probably qualifying for regionals.
A: I usually wake up at 5.30am and then I'd get to the pool by about 5.50am to 5.55am, and then the session starts at 6am till 8am. Then I would have breakfast followed by classes. In the afternoons, the swimming sessions are usually about 1.5 hours, between 4pm and 5.30pm. After that it's dinner followed by prep time where I do all my homework. Some days we focus on freestyles, and other days we focus on butterfly or your second stroke.