Dunoon girl off to Oxford
Way back in 1991 when a little curly haired four-year-old started at Dunoon Primary School, few would have imagined she would end up studying at arguably the most prestigious university in the world.
Alexandra Murray recently discovered she has been awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to go to England to study experimental psychology at Oxford University, much to the delight of her family friends, who said the selection process was long and gruelling.
Alexandras always aimed for the best and Oxford is the best in the world, although Im English so Im biased, her mum, Gina, said. She was competing against people from all the Commonwealth nations Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa etc so we were quite blown away when she got it. The scholarship was actually to study in England but she still had to apply for a place at Oxford. To actually get a place at Oxford is really something.
When Alexandra began at Dunoon Primary School the principal was Brian Marsh, Alexandras favourite teacher of all time. Whether through her natural talent or his guidance, or a combination of both, she was named dux of Dunoon in 1997 before starting at Trinity Catholic College in Lismore. After six years at Trinity, and having been awarded the Trinity Cup, she moved on to the University of Sydney at the age of 17. During her four years at university she maintained a high distinction average every year and was awarded many scholarships and merits, too numerous to mention. At the end of last year she completed her Bachelor of Psychology Degree with First Class Honours, and was short-listed for a Rhodes Scholarship.
She is our only child and wed be happy whatever she chose to do, but this makes us very proud, Gina said.