Who would have thought that a love born at five years old for a very specific form of Kyokushinkai Japanese karate would grow into a love of all things Eastern - and to a degree in Korean Studies for King’s Rochester Sixth Former, Delphi Day- Winter?
“As a little girl, karate was a great passion of mine”, said Delphi. “I remember having to bow when we entered the Dojo, calling my teacher Sensei and being taught to count and the names of the moves in Japanese. From that point onwards, I was hooked on the East!” “My interest only deepened with age and, as access to Korean popular culture grew, I began to watch dramas and listen to music and to learn more about Korean history and culture too”.
Delphi’s A* B C in Art, English and Religious Studies respectively have opened the door to a place at Sheffield University to read for a degree in Korean Studies – and she couldn’t be happier. “One day I hope to live and work in Asia and this is the first step to realising that dream”, she said.
King’s Principal, Jeremy Walker, added, “One of the major strengths of King’s as a broad-ability school is our commitment to ensuring that each individual pupil obtains the results at A level to get them on to the best course in the best place for them to study their chosen subjects for their future careers. Pupils and their staff work hard here to enable aspirations to be realised and Delphi now has a very exciting future in her sights. We wish her all the very best in her studies”.