Ourschool is a not-for-profit alumni service helping former public school students connect with their old secondary schools. Why?

Because alumni can be inspirational, relatable role models for current students.

We help public secondary schools build their alumni networks to benefit students and strengthen their school communities. 

Ourschool unlocks the power of alumni to inspire students about study and career pathways and to create new opportunities for students.

Building supportive alumni networks is a practical and meaningful way to help schools lift student aspirations, broaden student opportunities and enhance equality of opportunity in school education.

We’re creating systemic change in public school education thanks to partnerships with our pioneer supporters.

OUR VISION:  Every Australian public secondary school has a thriving alumni community whose members are easily able to give back to their old schools.

OUR PURPOSE: To help public secondary schools form and grow their alumni communities for the benefit of current students and schools.

Ourschool’s Reach and Impact:

  • 9000+ students in our alumni career pathways sessions
  • 220+ alumni career pathways sessions held by us
  • 460+ alumni volunteers took part in these sessions
  • 5000+ alumni connected to their schools and the program
  • 104 student work experience placements offered by alumni
  • Three student scholarships established, three fundraising school projects involving alumni
  • Embedded with 10 city and regional public high schools in Victoria
  • Helping another 10+ schools build an alumni program
  • Creating local jobs for local alumni at their old schools – 8+ jobs

We surveyed students, teachers and alumni about the impact of our program. Click on the button below to see the results of the independent evaluation report.

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Ourschool’s response to COVID-19

Caroline Milburn, Ourschool’s CEO, has released the following statement about Ourschool’s response to the coronavirus outbreak: “These are hard times for schools. More than ever it’s important for students and teachers to feel they belong to a supportive community. “At Ourschool we’re continuing our work building supportive alumni networks for public high schools and we’re … Continue reading Ourschool’s response to COVID-19

Global recognition for Ourschool

An article about Ourschool was featured recently in a publication by inHive, an international organisation working with partners worldwide to strengthen young people’s access to strong networks and relatable role models. Here is the article: Australia’s first non-profit alumni program for secondary schools!  Ourschool, Australia’s only not-for-profit alumni program for state secondary schools transitions from its initial … Continue reading Global recognition for Ourschool

Ourschool links industry with schools at Peter Mac

More than 120 public high school students from regional and Melbourne schools involved in the Ourschool program have gained an insider’s view of what it takes to get a job at one of Australia’s leading cancer research hospitals. The career pathways session at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in North Melbourne was the biggest high school … Continue reading Ourschool links industry with schools at Peter Mac

Opening corporate doors for public school teenagers

Peter Raftopoulos, credit controller at KPMG Australia, is giving back to his community and inspiring young people by taking part in Ourschool. Peter, an alum of Springvale High School, which is now Keysborough College, recently hosted two Year 10 work experience students from Keysborough College. He also held a seminar at KPMG’s Melbourne office for … Continue reading Opening corporate doors for public school teenagers

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