Lyn Walker (YG 1974)
Claire Ham (Avent, YG 1991)
Congratulations to Claire Ham who was awarded the Vernon Parker prize for outstanding Officer qualities in training, and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2021.
Claire joined the Royal Australian Navy Band in 1997, leaving in 2001 to run a music teaching business. Claire married her husband Mark in 2005, becoming a step-mum to two boys, Luke and Jim, before the family welcomed their two daughters, Mia and Bridget. During that time they lived throughout Australia; in Brisbane, Sydney and Tasmania, followed by a return to Sydney.
After joining the Navy Reserve as a Musician in Tasmania, Claire worked in the Royal Australian Navy Band, Defence Force Recruiting, and Navy Community Engagement. Claire later completed a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning Practices, commissioned to the rank of Sub-Lieutenant and commenced Officer Training at the Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell in 2020.
Having completed her training at HMAS Cerberus in June 2021, Claire received the Vernon Parker prize, awarded at the end of Initial Employment Training to a Navy Training Systems Officer who demonstrates outstanding officer qualities throughout their training, and embodies the Defence values: Service Courage Respect Integrity and Excellence.
Claire is now posted to Maritime Warfare Training Authority as a Training Development Officer, based at HMAS Penguin in Mosman, NSW.
Congratulations LEUT Claire Ham.
Fifi Box (YG 1993)
Congratulations to alumna Fifi Box (YG 1993) who was crowned as a 2022 Moomba Monarch, alongside news presenter Peter Hitchener
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Maria Ruan (YG 2018)
Scotty James (YG 2013)
Congratulations to Scotty James (YG 2013) for winning gold in the men’s Superpipe event at the 2022 X Games in Aspen on Friday 21 January!
Kate Jenkins (YG 1985)
Alicia Cornwell (YG 1981)
Phill Grecea (YG 2012)
Madeline Townsend (YG 2008) and Stephen Coles (YG 2008)
Brayden Stokes (YG 2019 ) and Freya Bryson (YG 2021)
Lilly Trevorrow (YG 2021)
Christabelle Sriratana (YG 2021)
Congratulations to alumna Christabelle Sriratana (YG 2021) and current student Zak (Year 12) for recently being selected as 2022 Grid Kids at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. They both had the exciting opportunity of being on the grid prior to the race, and being up close to the formula 1 drivers at the event!
Cass McCarthy (Hoskins YG 2011)
Julie Hoskins, Aunty of Cass McCarthy (Hoskins YG 2011), made these beautiful knitted Tintern dolls, complete with a school skirt and badge.
Celia Pacquola (YG 2000)
Congratulations to alumna Celia Pacquola (YG 2000) and her partner Dara on their recent pregnancy announcement.
Rebecca James (YG 2006)
Congratulations to alumna Rebecca James (YG 2006) and her partner Sam Mac on their recent pregnancy announcement!
Sarah de Witt (Grecea YG 2009) and Samantha Green (Brown YG 2003)
As part of our Alumni Mentoring Program our incredible Alumni have been working with students to help them develop their skills and businesses.
Sarah de Witt (YG 2009) is mentoring Zara Jansz in Year 10, who business is the Embellishment Emporium. Zara says of her company, “Embellishment Emporium began from a passion which originated from baking cakes for friends and family. Embellishment Emporium then evolved to a cake decorating business. We aim to make baking effortless and straightforward for busy schedules. No matter who you are, Embellishment Emporium has a product for your every cake decorating needs.”
Sarah opened her first specialty tea house business, Impala & Peacock in 2014. I late 2016 Sarah expanded and re-branded as Mary Eats Cake, celebrating special moments with High Tea. During the Pandemic Sarah founded talklink, Australia’s first completely anonymous online mental health directory. The concept of talklink originated after co-founders Sarah de Witt, husband Ruan de Witt and friend Eric Nastase recognised that many Australians were waiting up to 12 weeks to access mental health support and in many cases, were disheartened by the lack of rapport they felt with their practitioner when they were eventually treated.
Samantha Green (Brown YG 2003) is mentoring Chloe Hong, also in Year 10. Chloe’s business, Clay or Origin, began as a small project inspired by a combined variety of contrasting designs, with an aim to bring simplicity while also making a statement. With a selection of handmade rings, earrings and bracelets available for sale you can view her website here: https://www.clayorigin.com.au/
Samantha Green is the CEO and Founder of JACK, an end-to-end marketing & events company that has been transforming people, businesses and brands since 2005. Samantha has more recently taken on the role of Managing Director of Mentor List, a collaboration of business services and professional growth, we are dedicated to connecting the very best minds, insights, technology and talent in Australia in order to achieve greatness together.
Thank you to Sarah and Samantha for sharing their experience and mentoring Zara and Chloe.
If you are interested in more information on the Alumni mentoring program please contact Di Lacey in Community Relations on 9845 7777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.