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Year 10 Career pathway Speed Networking Session

As if this year wasn’t big enough already with a 50th anniversary to celebrate, it was a genuine pleasure to welcome back eight Fairhills High School alumni for the 2023 Fairhills High School Knoxfield Year 10 career pathway speed networking session!

The annual event is specifically designed to help Year 10 students, all on the cusp of course selection, gain an insight into as many different careers as possible through the generous help of former students.

In a fun, two-part session, current students had the opportunity to hear from former students from many different professions / career pathways spanning; Clinical Nursing Specialist, Digital Coordinator at Ronald McDonald House Charities, e-commerce business owner, Lawyer in corporate law firm, Building company owner, Furniture industry business owner and Train Driver for Metro Trains & AFL Super Coach Insider Podcaster!

Each alum addressed the year 10 cohort, giving their name, year they left Fairhills and a brief overview of their career pathway to present day. After hearing from each alum, students split into small working groups and spent ten minutes chatting to each alum. They completed a worksheet with questions about each profession, finding out important pathway and profession facts and information. When the bell rang, each group moved clockwise to the next alum to learn about another profession!

With alum’s ‘Then & Now’ posters and large images of each of their profession on their individual desks, students quickly grasped two key facts: Rarely are any two career pathways ever the same, and irrespective of past norms, nowadays career pathways are rarely ‘linear’ in their progression.

The Year 10s gained exposure to diverse and inspiring alumni, insightful career pathway information, and brilliant life-advice too. Some memorable quotes from the afternoon were:

• “It’s not what happens to you in life, it’s what you do about it” Ben Stallworthy, Class of ’03.

• “The secret to confidence is knowing your self-worth” Adam Sherwell, Class of ’80.

• “When you make a mistake, there are only three things you should ever do about it: admit it, learn from it, and don’t repeat it. Dave Swierzbiolek, Class of ’02.

We are so grateful to all the returning alums for being such fantastic role models. Not only did the students clearly enjoy themselves, (not wanting the session to end!), but they also took away the important knowledge that when they leave high school, there is a growing, highly engaged Fairhills alumni network waiting to connect and support them in the adult working world. Thank you to all the participating alumni for giving back to your old high school and directly supporting current students, and strengthening the wider school community with such positive energy – we look forward to seeing you all at the #Fairhills50thanniversary later this year!


Save The Date – Fairhills is 50!

In 2023, Fairhills High School Knoxfield celebrates 50 years of history-making, a significant achievement for any school or organization.

Our 50th anniversary will be a memory to hold for all current and former students, staff, parents, and the community. As an amazing school, we want to share our experiences of the last 50 years and look back to see how the school has changed from 1973 to now, 2023, and see just how far it has come.

Across Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October, Fairhills High School Knox is delighted to play host, and invite you to join us celebrating the people, the stories, and the growth of the school over the last half-century and looking ahead to the next 50 years…

Planning is underway on a terrific line-up of exciting events and activities across the two days for all members of the Fairhills High School family- and we hope that all our staff, students, parents and community members – both past and present – will be able to join us in celebrating our fantastic school!

The future is bright for Fairhills, be part of it!




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