Isabelle Matharu is as much at home in the arts as she is the sciences, and as happy on the sports pitch as in the Chapel’s stalls. Joining the dots of her various and numerous talents reveals the clear outline of Renaissance accomplishment. She lends her voice to the Chapel and Chamber Choirs, as well as the a cappella group, yet her contributions to school life are not limited to such ethereal sounds: they extend also to the physicality of the sports pitch. Isabelle represents the school in netball, hockey and rounders, enjoying each for the challenge it brings. Outside of school, and when her busy schedule allows, Isabelle pursues her love of drawing and opera and is not averse, in true Renaissance fashion, to composing poetry.
Such an array of talents (and have we mentioned the study of GCSE French off-timetable?) means Isabelle has yet to decide on her Sixth Form subjects. She is keen to maintain a balance between the arts and sciences and the possible choices of Mathematics, Chemistry, English and Drama would keep the productive tension between the academic camps, as well as doors open to university courses that would allow Isabelle the cerebral breadth she rightly holds so dear.
Isabelle’s wholehearted engagement with all aspects of school life is testament to her firmly held belief that life is about experience. A narrow view, she argues, means missing the whole world. It comes as no surprise, then, that what Isabelle considers of especial value at St Edmund’s is its cultural diversity, the perfect complement to its academic and extra-curricular breadth.