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:
Karen Wade, Principal
Mount Waverley Secondary College
“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.”
Dale Pearce, Principal
Bendigo Senior Secondary College
“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.”
John Baston, Principal
“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.”
Kerrie Dowsley, Principal
St Albans Secondary College
“We’re already seeing the impact, the results and the alumni connections from the alumni program.
“It’s enriching our curriculum.”
Dave Clift, Principal
“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.”
Fiona Taylor, Principal
Western Heights College, Geelong
“This program has been wonderful for our school to connect with our different communities and provide an opportunity for our graduates to support us.
“Our parents are really happy with it and our students are enjoying the amazing variety of alumni coming back. It’s created opportunities for our teachers and curriculum across the whole school, not just in our senior classes.”
David Sutton, Principal
Maryborough Education Centre
“This program really helps us raise student aspirations by showing our current students the successes of our previous students.
“I’m so encouraged by the willingness of our alumni to come back and share their story and give opportunities to our students.”
Michelle Crofts, Principal
Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College, Geelong
“Our teachers love seeing alumni return. They really value knowing where their past students have gone and the stories they share with our students.
“Hearing from alumni about their pathways to their careers and their different life experiences encourages our students to strive for these things in their own lives.”
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