Cayley wins Coveted Research Internship at University of Glasgow

Cayley won the University of Glasgow’s Dobbie Smith Award for 2023.

The Dobbie Smith Award is a summer research internship awarded by the university every year. Applications are open for first and second year students across all faculties of Science. A maximum of only two students in total may be accepted and the successful candidate will do a research internship in an area applicable to their area of study.

Cayley will perform her internship with Professor Marshall Stark in the School of Molecular Biosciences during their summer holidays.

The University of Glasgow is a Research University founded in 1451 and is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is ranked 81 in the world and their Life Sciences rank 44th in the world.

Good day Mrs. van Heerden

I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pretoria and received a full bursary from Glencore for my second year.

I became an Engineering academic mentor in my 2nd and 3rd year and finished my Mechanical Engineering degree cum laude.

Thank you for the incredible journey of making me “Real World Ready.” I am deeply grateful for the experience I had at Mountain Cambridge School, and I wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to you and all the dedicated teachers who played a pivotal role in shaping my academic and personal growth.

Your unwavering support and belief in my abilities pushed me to excel in ways I never thought possible. You instilled in me the confidence to overcome challenges and the conviction that I could achieve anything I set my mind to. Through your guidance and encouragement, I discovered my true potential and developed the skills necessary to thrive in the real world.

The impact of your teaching and mentorship will stay with me for a lifetime. It has not only prepared me for the challenges that lie ahead but has also inspired me to embrace lifelong learning and continuous self-improvement.

Once again, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to you and the entire staff at MCS for being instrumental in my journey of growth and success. I will forever cherish the memories and the valuable lessons learned during my time at the school.


Good morning Mrs van Heerden.

I hope you are doing well.

I am sending this email as I would like to tell you about some of my experiences and accomplishments here at The University of Pretoria.

My first year was an overall delight. I was ahead in most of my classes as I had already completed the work at MCS. I was also usually the one that everyone would come to ask for help in accounting. Yes, it was busy as I was working two jobs at the same time, but I never felt that it held me back from my studies. In fact, I thought that they were helping me to achieve my goals. I completed my first year with mostly distinctions, except for statistics, but to be fair, math was never my strong point (sorry Mr Bailey, I tried). But I persisted. I was invited to apply for a scholarship that works with NSFAS to provide NSFAS students with better opportunities. I applied and heard nothing back from them for months. But then I received an email from the scholarship, The Dell Young Leaders (Sikelela Scholars), confirming that I had been successful in my application. I was one of 150 successful students of more than a 1000 applicants. They have provided me with resources that I would not have been able to afford on my own (namely a new laptop, access to private tutors and a pyscologist) and I couldn’t be prouder to be one of their ambassadors.

Then, the second year started with a bang and I didn’t know where I started and where I ended. So far everything has gone according to plan even if there are some days where it doesn’t feel that way in the least bit. However, last week was a bit of a shocking week for me. Friday night at about 8pm I received an email. In this email was an invitation to join the Golden Key Committee. I am one of the top 15% students of the BCom Financial Sciences degree course that qualified for an invitation. To say I was shocked is an understatement. Nearly a week has passed and I still cannot believe that it is true.

I must admit that varsity has its tough days but it also has its rewarding days and those are by far my favourite days. These are also only a possibility due to the support and guidance that I received during my time at MCS. Thank you to the entire MCS family!

I hope that this email has brightened your day a bit more. I cannot wait to hear back from you.

All the best,


Hi Ma’am,

I just passed my CTA and will be writing my first board exam in January as well as start my articles at PWC.

Thank you once again to the MCS for instilling a sense of self development, confidence and determination which has contributed to my success thus far.


Hi Mrs Van Heerden,

I just wanted to send you my marks for the first semester of my course BCom Accounting Sciences at Tuks.

Economics: 84%

Business management: 91%

Academic information management: 85%

Financial accounting: 78%

Commercial law: 80%

Statistics: 95%

Thank you for making me “Real World Ready”

Chailyn – Dux Scholar 2021

I am pleased to send this message to you to update you and express my gratitude towards all the staff members that where part of my journey at MCS.

I have followed my childhood dream of becoming a Commercial Pilot and joined as a Student Pilot at Loutzavia flight academy at Wonderboom airport in November 2015. I currently have an 85% average for my theoretical exams for this year and my training is progressing well.

I received news recently that shows the value of doing the Cambridge curriculum, because of my first language AS English CIE certificate I was not required to write any English exam at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

But undoubtedly MCS and the Cambridge system helped me immensely to have discipline in my studies and giving me tools for effective learning.

It simply feels foreign to me that just yesterday I was part of the very first LSL group of the MCS High School and how time went by so quickly.

I could write pages and pages similar to my Business case studies (Sorry Mrs Crothall) of my experiences over the years at MCS.

However, to sum it all up I would just say thank you! Thank you for the encouragement and the patience.

Thank you to all the MCS students of 2013 for giving me the opportunity to be one of their Prefects for 2014; Thanks to you and Mrs Human hard work in bringing the Cambridge curriculum to a small North West town and building an award-winning school that I am always proud to say, “I am from Mountain Cambridge School”


Hi Mrs Van Heerden,

I just wanted to let you know that I got my results from my degree Today from London South Bank University (I got a 2nd class honours (1st Division) for my Business Management with Project Management BA (Honours).

And I wanted to thank you and all the teachers at Mountain Cambridge for helping me push myself back in school and helped me believe that I could achieve anything I put my mind to.


Good evening Ma’am,

I just wanted to send you my BCom Accounting Sciences results at TUKS. I received distinctions for all my 1st semester subjects!

Academic information management: 85%

Academic literacy: 95%

Business management: 90%

Commercial law: 84%

Economics: 89%

Statistics: 83%

All thanks to the well laid foundation of MCS! Please send my gratitude to the teachers.


Hi Ma’am,

I attended University of Alabama-Birmingham and played goalkeeper for them. Its was a great challenge because they were ranked in the top 25 teams in the country.  I was on my university’s honour roll for academics. And became part of Alpha Kappa Psi which was the largest and oldest professional business fraternity in the USA. I scored in the upper 80’s in academics, but that is only because The Mountain Cambridge School has helped me a lot!

I have recently received my Permanent Residency in Canada and I’m now a teacher in Vancouver. Teaching business subjects, computer programming, career education and physical education; and I am loving it! I just finished my first year of teaching and it’s been extremely rewarding experience.

Best wishes,


Hi Mrs van Heerden,

I just came here to say that it’s true, you need Bio!

I’m doing some Psychology work and there’s a bunch of IG2 Bio and thanks to you it’s all going by very nice and fast.



Good day Mrs. van Heerden,

I would like to share that I have received the Fly@UP Senior Undergraduate Award at the University of Pretoria.

It’s truly a wonderful recognition for the hard work and dedication I put into my studies. Achieving a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 80% was not an easy feat, but I’m grateful for the support that helped me reach this milestone.

The Fly@UP Assist Senior Undergraduate award comes as a tremendous blessing, as it will provide me with a generous bursary to support my degree studies.

I feel motivated and inspired to continue striving for excellence in my studies and to make the most out of this opportunity. Receiving this award serves as a reminder that hard work, perseverance, and determination do not go unnoticed. Thank you for instilling this within me during my time at MCS.

I’m determined to make the most of this award and excel in my academic journey. Thank you again.


It has been months since I last wrote to you. I often look back at my years at the Mountain Cambridge School, and I think “How lucky was I to have you and an amazing group of teachers?” To have something so good it made it hard to say goodbye.  I will forever be grateful to you and the staff at MCS, for giving me the best two years of my life.

I look at my life now, and all my achievements and I know that I wouldn’t be where I am and who I am if it wasn’t for you and the staff at MCS. Currently, I’m doing my first year of Biotechnology (doing my last semester, because I am a second semester intake student). I will start my second year in July.  I am excited ma’am, excited for the future, it doesn’t scare me anymore because I know that whatever life has to throw at me, I am ready; I am real world ready.

I only ask of you one thing; that you keep me updated with whatever is going on at the MCS, be it events or anything, I will be there when I can. MCS is part of me, a part that I will keep for the rest of my life.

With love and respect,