What alumni say

Public high school alumni want to give back to their old schools. They’ve told us that they’re honoured to be invited back. Here’s what some alumni say about their experiences of the Ourschool program and its career pathways sessions:

Photo of Sharna, an alum involved in the Ourschool program

“Alumni programs are really important for state schools.

“This program gives the students a perspective about different pathways and how they can move forward once they finish school.”

– Sharna, municipal emergency management officer
Matthew Flinders Girls’ Secondary College alum

Photo of Graeme, retired sugeon and Sunshine College alum.

“We’ve set up a student scholarship with our friends from high school.

“We hope it grows with the alumni program to encourage Sunshine College students to progress to tertiary education.”

– Graeme, retired surgeon
Sunshine College (Sunshine High) alum

Photo of Samuel, an alum involved in the Ourschool program

“It’s important for young people to see themselves in role models.

“For me, coming back to school is about trying to inspire new Australians to see themselves in roles that exist for everybody; to see themselves as part of this country.”

– Samuel, diversity and inclusion co-ordinator
Keysborough College (Heatherhill High) alum

Photo of Ashley after speaking at an alumni career pathways session at her old high school

“It’s good for students to see what Matthew Flinders girls are capable of. Having an alumni program gives them hope for the future.”

– Ashley, youth worker
Matthew Flinders Girls’ Secondary College alum

Photo of Suraya after speaking at an alumni career pathways session at her old high school

“The program gives students ideas about how to manage their life, control their study time and how to do well.”

– Suraya, Melbourne University student
Matthew Flinders Girls’ Secondary College alum

Photo of Manisha in her office at Slater & Gordon (law firm)

“Hosting a work experience student from Princes Hill was a great way to give back to the state school community that supported me so well during my school years.”

– Manisha, lawyer
Princes Hill Secondary College alum

Photo of Keysborough alum Clinton Troung

“We never had an alumni program during my high school days. It’s wonderful to be able to be part of this program and to give back to my community. It’s an honour.”

– Clinton, engineer
Keysborough College (Heatherhill High) alum

“It’s really beneficial for past students to be able to come back and share their experiences with current students.

“It would have been helpful when I was in Year 12 to hear some advice from people who’d been through it before.”

– Mariah, physiotherapist
Matthew Flinders Girls’ Secondary College alum

Photo of Keysborough College alum Dominic

“Reconnecting with my old school has been an extremely rewarding experience.

“It’s given me the opportunity to help students realise that their dreams can be achieved regardless of their background.”

Dominic, surgical resident
Keysborough College (Heatherhill High) alum

Photo of Liam, Fountain Gate alum

“An alumni program broadens the horizons of the school community. It shows you how networks can be important for support and how they can further your career.

“It benefits alumni as well as school students.”

– Liam, Monash University student
Fountain Gate Secondary College alum

video snapshots of alumni

Bonnie, Marketing Manager
Bendigo Senior Secondary College alum
Nilu, Paralegal
Mt Waverley Secondary College alum


Peter, Credit Controller
Keysborough College (Springvale High) alum