The Old Collegian community have very much embraced this year’s College theme of Connectedness by leveraging their experience and skills to assist career development and networking opportunities for our students.
Throughout the year St John’s hosts a number of events that not only prepare our students for their senior years and beyond but provide opportunities for our students to develop a deeper connection with the Old Collegian network.
In Term Two, St John’s Old Collegian Zoe Christofis (Class of 2018) came along to speak to our Year 10 students at their subject selection evening to offer advice and share her experience of selecting subjects for her preferred pathway. Zoe is currently studying a Bachelor of Behavioural Science majoring in Psychology at QUT and is volunteering as a Youth Mentor at YMCA Brisbane mentoring at-risk youths in emotional regulation and human connection.
We welcomed back a Class of 2021 graduate and current Bachelor of Medical Science student, Isuka Muthumuni, as the guest speaker at our annual Academic Assembly to talk about his experiences in his final year of school and offer helpful advice to our students on reaching their individual academic goals.
A number of Old Collegians also returned to talk to our Year 12 students on strategies for exam preparation at the Year 12 External Exam Masterclass sessions as well as some taking on the role of supervisors at the trial exams.
The opportunities this year have also extended beyond the classroom to judging at the Design and Engineering Technology (DET) Bridge Building competition with Engineering Manager, Jason McGavin (Class of 2011) in attendance, Old Collegian sporting coaches being recognised at the Sports Awards dinner and the inaugural Old Collegians vs Students Basketball game in October with the students winning 56-54!
While we prepare to farewell our Class of 2022, we look forward to welcoming them to the Old Collegian community where the opportunities are endless to share their life experiences and remain connected to St John’s.
Ms Samantha Jackson