For the second successive year a graduating BGS student has been accepted to Oxford University. Xavier Redmond this week received an offer to study law at the famous university, after 2015 graduate Andy Wang began a philosophy, politics, and economics course there last year.
Acceptance into Oxford University is extremely competitive, involving multiple steps in the application process, including challenging and rigorous interviews at the individual college. Redmond was successful in gaining a place at Magdalen College.
Magdalen is on the eastern side of Oxford’s city centre, located on High Street.
After receiving his offer to Oxford, Redmond paid tribute to his teachers. "BGS teachers offer their students the opportunity to flourish intellectually," he said. "Mr Howes, Mr Timms, and Mr Price are proof that there is little substitute for teachers who are intensely passionate about the intellectual pursuit of their subjects. Their mentorship and support was invaluable, and in no uncertain terms allowed me to think seriously about a place like Oxford."
Redmond also singled out Headmaster Anthony Micallef for his work in the classroom. "I can’t think of many schools at which the headmaster would not only take a senior English class, but give so much of himself to the task of teaching poetry as Mr Micallef did," he said. "I was also excited to learn that one of Mr Micallef’s favourite poets, Seamus Heaney, was a fellow at Magdalen in the early 1990s."
During a busy final year of schooling at BGS, Redmond juggled a number of extracurricular activities with his studies. He captained the championship-winning Queensland debating team, and travelled to Berlin to compete with the Australian team. As a member of the BGS mooting team he won a national championship, and represented the School in the national Youth Model United Nations grand finals. He also spoke at a TEDx event organised by BGS.
Redmond said listening to 2015 Speech Day address by the Honourable Justice Patrick Keane AC, also an alumnus of Magdalen College, confirmed his goal to attend Oxford University. "His discussion of the role of schools like BGS in developing the elements of responsible constitutional government in Magna Carta confirmed my interest in public and constitutional law," Redmond said.
"I’m very excited to study at the same college that taught legal heroes of mine like Justice Keane, Lord Atkin, Lord Denning, Lord Sumption, and Justice Edelman, as well as many of the people whose work Mr Howes and Mr Timms intellectually provoked me to engage in, like Oscar Wilde and Julian Barnes."
Xavier Redmond, pictured debating for BGS last year, will attend Oxford University this year.
Read more about Magdalen College here.