Ex-student a Rhodes Scholar
Pymble Ladies’ College ex-student, Angela Cummine, had her vision to attend Oxford University come to fruition when she became the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship.
“Oxford had always been at the back of my mind,” said Angela. “Once I knew my interests lay in government and political thought, Oxford was an obvious choice and a scholarship was the best way to achieve this.
My education at Pymble had given me an unapologetic commitment to striving and achieving. My years at Pymble were incredible for confidence building; I could stretch out in infinite ways and enjoy recognition for a variety of successes. I think that is one of the school’s greatest strengths.”
Angela commenced her Oxford studies in September 2007 with a Masters in Political Theory and is currently completing her PhD. Her commencement year also marked the 30th anniversary of women being awarded the Rhodes Scholarship.
“At Pymble Ladies’ College, there is no limit,” said Angela. “It has such good resources, no matter what you are good at, you can pursue it. The College is strong on fostering the potential of young women, providing a wonderful environment for them to flourish individually."
After completing her HSC at Pymble, Angela attended the University of Sydney and completed an Arts / Law degree with Honours in Political Science. Gaining an interest in policy, Angela worked at Warringa Baiya, an Aboriginal women’s legal centre, and joined the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to work in the National Security Division before accepting her Rhodes Scholarship.
Ex-student at Yale
Pymble Ladies’ College ex- student, Rey-Hanna Vakili, had her lifetime dream of attending Yale University, America’s most selective university, come true after becoming one of the 1,900 selected from 30,000 applicants from across the world. Rey-Hanna was one of just three Australians to be selected to attend the Ivy League university’s undergraduate program.
“I always wanted to go to Yale,” said Rey-Hanna. “I believe the world of opportunities I received at Pymble from Kindergarten to Year 12, strengthened my application. Yale looks for strong all-rounders. I am so grateful for everything Pymble has done for me.”
Pymble Ladies’ College Principal, Mrs Vicki Waters, said she was delighted with Rey-Hanna’s news. “Rey-Hanna was an outstanding student in every respect. As Head Prefect, she led the student body with dedication and flair. She was Dux of the College and achieved a UAI of 99.85, came third in the state in French, was on the All-rounders Achievers List, earning marks of 90 or above in 12 units, was included in the Board of Studies ArtExpress and was involved in numerous College activities including debating, speech, drama, netball and soccer.”
The Yale Undergraduate Program is a four-year Liberal Arts course.
“The application process to Yale was incredibly involved and also meant sitting SAT exams and writing essays while doing the HSC, so it was very hectic,” said Rey-Hanna. “I thank my family and teachers at Pymble for supporting me and ensuring I persevered with my application.”
Rey-Hanna was on scholarship at the University of Sydney undertaking an undergraduate degree in Economics, Social Sciences and Law. She has deferred her studies to attend Yale.
Ex-student represents Australia in cricket and soccer
Pymble Ladies' College ex-student Ellyse Perry has performed impressively representing Australia in both cricket and soccer.
“While at Pymble Ladies’ College, Ellyse played a positive role in life at the College, including leadership roles of Prefect, Captain of Athletics, Captain of Cricket, Sports Captain and Captain of Soccer, achieving great results in the HSC and was nominated for the national title of Sydney Morning Herald Young Performer of the Year. We are extremely proud of Ellyse’s achievements within and beyond the College,” said Mrs Vicki Waters, College Principal.
“The support provided by the College, encouraging me to maintain a healthy balance between studies and other interests really helped me,” said Ellyse. “My time at Pymble was a tremendously rewarding experience. I enjoyed every moment at the College, and feel it was an instrumental part in helping me achieve my academic and sporting goals.”
Ellyse is currently studying at university and continues to balance her studies with her busy international sporting commitments.
Ellyse Perry wins the world title for Australia. Click here to read more.