What school leaders say

We work closely with public school leaders. Together, we build alumni networks at their schools to benefit students and strengthen their school communities.

Here are some school leaders’ views about their experiences of our program and why they want to create thriving alumni networks:

Photo of Karen Wade in a classroom, with students in the background.

“It’s given us a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with past students and hear their expertise.

“Having alumni come and talk to our students about their careers and what they’re doing now is so powerful. It’s good to see alumni programs happening in state schools because traditionally these programs have operated in private schools.

“This is a great program and we’re very proud to be part of it.”

Karen Wade, principal, Mount Waverley Secondary College

Dale Pearce, Principal of Bendigo Senior Secondary College poses for portrait in front of school building

“The program works both ways – former students feel valued and they’re also able to add value to the lives of current students.

“We have students go on to success in a wide range of careers, locally and worldwide. We want our students to graduate knowing they’re part of that worldwide alumni community.”

Dale Pearce, principal, Bendigo Senior Secondary College

John Baston standing in a sunny school courtyard

“This program has enabled our students to have a greater range of career aspirations. Many of our parents haven’t gone on to tertiary education and as a result, many of our students have fewer examples of careers they can aspire to.

“The alumni program gives our students alumni they can relate to, who are part of their community.”

John Baston, principal, Keysborough College

Dave Clift, principal of Warnambool College, sitting at a table in a school office

“The Ourschool program is about government schools linking up, with a sense of pride, with students who’ve walked the same corridors as the current student cohort.

“We can see how the students respond with positivity to peers who have come before them; the opportunity to provide inspiration and aspirations for Victorian country students was, for us, too good to pass up.”

Dave Clift, principal, Warrnambool College