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Term 2 Year 12 Academic Citation Awards, United Nations youth event, creative writing success, Art and Design, Old Scholar pathway feature and much more!

IN THIS EDITION Principal’s Note


Academic Citations


UN Youth Australia Conference 2016


Year 12 Drama Production


Making News - Jordan Routley


Mentor Highlights


Creative Writing - Anna Sophia Rynes


Alumni Feature- Rebekha Sharkie


Mock Trial Competition


Creative Writing - Jayal Amaratunga


Art and Design Update


Exploring a career in business


Poetic Success - Anjali Malhotra


Teachers Recognised


Old Scholars - Where are they now?


Creative Writing - Rose Masicone


Photo Gallery


Term 3 Calendar & Upcoming Events



Welcome to the recap of Term 2 in this edition of the Eynesbury Times.

As always, you’ll find the Term 3 calendar for diary dates and upcoming events.

In the last 10 weeks, the students and staff have enjoyed many successes including an impressive amount of Year 12 Academic Citations awarded and multiple creative writing pieces published. There were nominations and kind words for our teaching staff in A Day Made Better.

Highlight events in Term 2 included Meet the Business Leaders, United Nations Youth Conference and the Mock Trial Competition.

I am sure you’ll enjoy the many colourful spreads containing great photos, student art and interviews, all of which capture the essence of Term 2. The election has been a big topic of conversation and we have a feature interview with Old Scholar Rebekha Sharkie the newly appointed Member for Mayo. We also touch base with a few other alumni, following interesting career pathways in law, fashion, journalism, film, small business and technology.

Term 2 also saw the launch of our new website, the E-Times email newletter and the creation of the Eynesbury Senior College Parents, Staff & Friends Association. As we mark the half way point of 2016 and begin Semester Two, I hope you have all enjoyed a restful break and are ready to start Term 3. I look forward to seeing what this next Term brings, including the glamour of the formal, the hilarity of the drama play and many other events on the way! Claire Flenley PRINCIPAL

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Well done to Year 12s on personal bests, academic achievements and service citations. Of the 71 students in the Class of 2016, there were 75 certificates awarded. Your hard work and dedication shines through with the outstanding amount of awards presented. You should be proud of your efforts so far and we wish you all the best for your upcoming exams!










18 SUBJECTS Accounting, Australian & International Politics, Biology, Business and Enterprise, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Drama, English Studies, English Communications, English as Second Language Studies, French (Beginners), Legal Studies, Mathematical Applications, Mathematical Studies, Modern History, Physics, Psychology, Specialist Mathematics.


The 2016 Semester One Year 12 Honour Roll 5 Academic Citations Elizabeth Kong Zidan Nguyen Kian Rafie-Ardestani

Zidan, Claire, Kian and Elizabeth.

DIARY DATE The Year 10 and Year 11 Citations Ceremony will be held during an EMP session in Week 3 on Monday 1 August 2016. Stay tuned to facebook for updates and photos of the day.

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UN YOUTH CONFERENCE Will, Annalise, Ed and Shannon.

Students William Broderick, Annalise Delic, Ed Harris and Shannon McGarry were four lucky participants in the Evatt Competition held in June. “This conference differed from the State Conference in April because it was purely the Evatt Competition, which is a mock UN Security Council, rather than a whole weekend with numerous different activities,” said William. “The part of the Competition that I most enjoyed was the Negotiation Chamber, where one person from each country could go to discuss viewpoints with other countries, clarify positions, and gather support for amendments, not to mention finding out who was favouring, abstaining from, or opposing the resolution as a whole,” said William. William, there were some interesting hats being worn in the event pictures - what was that for? One of the resolutions was on the question of ‘Animal-Human Hybrids’. Therefore, there were some ‘hybrids’ (facilitators wearing sheep and other animal hats) while we debated the resolution.

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Has the event helped improve your understanding of politics? I am not doing politics or legal studies until next year, but, given that they are two of

my interest areas, I found the competition to be good for that, and also a good grounding for when I do those subjects next year. The competition has also given me a good insight into the inner workings of diplomacy and how the UN passes resolutions, as well as how countries interact with each other. Some of the skills that I improved or learned were my negotiation skills and public speaking skills, both of which I utilised when discussing the resolution at hand as well as amendments in the Negotiation Chamber. Is there anything you would change? The first round was on the Saturday before Revision Week, so we were able to prepare for that without too much trouble. However, given that we didn’t find out that we had made it through to the semi-finals until part way through Revision Week, we decided that it would be too much to do both the Competition and study for our exams. Hopefully, it will be a little different next year in this regard and we have more time to prepare and can attend the semi-finals. Would you recommend attending the event to other students? Yes, I would definitely recommend it to others. It is a great and rewarding experience. See more pictures of the event on facebook.

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LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS ‘LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS’ promises to be not just a step back in time to the colourful and progressive 1970s, but an opportunity to look at – and laugh at – the lovers and strangers in our own lives. “It was the play I did when I was in Year 12. I have been waiting for a class who would have as much fun with it as I did,” said Year 12 Drama Teacher and Associate Principal, Aldo Longobardi. Set somewhere in New York, sometime in the 1970s, a group of twenty-and-thirty somethings are hooking up, breaking up, and making up. Amid the laughs, the familiar situations, and easily identifiable characters, the play also explores such topics as why some couples choose to stay together, what it means to be a man or a woman, what has changed in relationships since the 70s and what, scarily, has stayed the same…? “The play explores lots of different aspects of relationships in hilarious ways but there’s some nice sensitive moments, too. Audience members will have the opportunity to see how much has or hasn’t changed,” said Aldo.

The Year 12 Drama Production is happening in Term 3, Week 3, 10-12 August from 7pm at ‘The Studio’ Holden Street Theatres, Holden Street, Hindmarsh. Tickets are available online, just $10 for students and $15 for adults. To purchase visit

Year 12 Students involved • Ricky Albeck • Jack Bloomfield • Renae Bruno • Emily Cribb • Joel Gray • Indya Holt • Aidan Hwang • Olivia Poon • Aydan Shillabeer • Laura Turale • Taliah Wysoke

The play was written in late 70s in America by Renee Taylor (better known as Sylvia Fine from ‘The Nanny’ and her husband Joseph Bologna. It was made into a film with Diane Keaten and Bea Arthur (Golden Girls). “How did I go with ‘Lovers and Other Strangers’ when I was in Year 12? I did well! I played Johnnie and Frank and was awarded the Year 12 Drama award at my school,” said Aldo.

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Meet Jordan Routley, Year 10 Student, and sports journalist in the making.

How are you finding Eynesbury? I joined at the begining of the year because my old school really wasn’t for me. I came to an Open Day, then a Trial Day on the recommendation of a friend, and I really liked it. Everyone is really nice and helpful at Eynesbury. You can see teachers outside of class and they are happy to help you. Tell us about your website I had a blog in 2015, but started the website in October last year so I had a more responsive and comprehensive platform. I have a deep love and passion for being a journalist. That would be my dream job! Writing is something that I enjoy, and something that I want to do as a job. My website jrsportshub allows me to put my passion into practice. It provides another news source away from mainstream media. The website has reports on AFL and Cricket matches, articles on Soccer and Basketball and features the AFL fixtures.

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“My website jrsportshub allows me to put my passion into practice.” Jordan Routley.

How much time does it take to manage a sports website? It depends how much news there is to be reported. A usual week will require about 15 hours, most of which are over the weekend. I enjoy the sporting focus, so I don’t get involved in the scandals and mainly focus on writing match reports. I choose an image from the AFL website to accompany my piece. A picture tells 1000 words, after all. They don’t mind me using an image for journalistic purposes. Since getting more involved in sports journalism, have you had a highlight moment? There have been quite a few! One of the best moments was when I met Michelangelo Rucci from The Advertiser. I had a smile from ear to ear when he told me he liked my work. I love his work in The Advertiser, and aspire to be like him, so that was a very cool moment. These school holidays I also completed work experience at 5AA with the sports show. I listen to Rowey and Bicks most afternoons, so it was amazing to be behind the scenes. I spent 5 hours a day, a total of 25 hours, at the Hindmarsh Square based studio. I got to sit in on pre-show meetings. I got to experience how they planned and researched what they’ll say and what they’ll ask their guests.

Who is your footy team and what are your hopes for the finals? I try to be as equal to every team and player as possible. Despite being unbiased, Essendon is my favourite team, and Jobe Watson is my favourite player still, even though he has been suspended this year.

Sometimes they only had 1/2 hour to prepare before interviewing someone. High stress moments can arise if they can’t get the person on the phone.

It’s pretty sad... I think that they may only finish with 2 wins this year from 22 games. That’s if they win this weekend. I have my fingers crossed!

After being in the studio, I don’t listen in the same way as I used too. I can imagine what they are doing and I know the amount of work which went into preparing their show.

What’s in the future? With the website, maybe a few more friends will collaborate on some podcasts or articles. After school, I hope to do a Journalism course at University.

MENTORHERO DAY HIGHLIGHTS Every Monday students enjoy a variety of different activites in the Mentor Program (EMP). Highlights this term included ‘busting a move’ in Hip Hop classes and learning Self Defence techniques. The action took place on Level Two and even Year 10 Mentor Holly Langridge got involved! “It’s nice to see the students get a chance to interact in a fun way outside of an academic class and learn some different skills,” said Holly.


Anna Sophia RYNES Oz Kids in Print – May 2016

Congratulations to Anna Sophia Rynes who had two poems published in the national magazine Oz Kids in Print.

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SHARK CAGE DIVING Adrenaline rushed through me like a bolt of lightning. I was surrounded, intimidated by blood thirsty beasts with beady eyes. Stiff with fear and paralysed I stare ahead entranced by the hypnotic creatures, hunters of the sea.

SNOW I am snow, the image of winter, my gentle flakes drift from above and create a wonderland of fog. I am fun - I love holidays, snowballs, angels! I am drizzle dancing through branches, falling on the tips of dog noses giving them a frozen kiss. I form crystals and sparkle like a shattered mirror in rays of light. I can be threatening like thunder, cause havoc, bring blinding blizzards, but my enemy is the warmth of spring, and as I disappear and forget another year, I face a slow, agonising death.

ALUMNI FEATURE REBEKHA SHARKIE Class of 1990 graduate, Rebekha Sharkie is the Member Elect for the Federal Seat of Mayo in South Australia.

Tell us about your experience studying at Eynesbury. I attended Eynesbury College in its first year, 1990. At that stage the campus was an old house on Belair Road at Kingswood. I had a bumpy first experience at Year 12 in 1989. My grandmother had recently passed away and I was in England for many months assisting with my grandmother’s funeral and settling of her estate, which meant that I didn’t have the foundation needed to succeed in my matriculation year. I was so disappointed in myself at the time and wanted to do better but the idea of going back to ‘school’ and putting on a uniform again filled me with dread. Eynesbury was different; it was a senior campus, we were independent, we were expected to have the maturity to manage our studies and weren’t treated like ‘kids’. Do you feel the independent learning environment helped you to succeed? At Eynesbury I developed a love of learning. Dr Tony Stimson, one of the founding Directors, taught me Australian History and Politics. Importantly though, he taught me to critically think and to source widely to create a sound argument.

“At Eynesbury I developed a love of learning.” Rebekha Sharkie. I remember my first essays were returned to me covered in red pen, but by the end of the year I had learned the skills to structure an essay. I was fortunate that 1990 was an election year, so our politics class was an exciting place to be. Aside from learning political theory and Australian political history, we also chose a research topic for the year. I covered the election campaign for the Seat of Kingston. The campaign was interesting because the late Hon Senator Janine Haines contested the safe Labor seat, challenging the Labor/Liberal duopoly. My time at Eynesbury gave me the skills needed to successfully transition to university and the workplace. Tell us a bit about your career pathway. 1990/1991 was a fairly difficult time to be a young person. We had a dreadful recession, high unemployment, particularly youth

“My time at Eynesbury gave me the skills needed to succesfully transition to university and the workplace.” Rebekha Sharkie.

unemployment, and high interest rates. I think they peaked at about 17%. After Eynesbury I was fairly keen to travel and live out of home (it was common then for kids to leave home at 18/19 years old). I decided to travel to Darwin to study, I think I was enrolled in journalism. I realised very quickly that I had moved to a place more expensive than Sydney and I wasn’t entitled to any financial assistance, so I had to look for a job. The recession in the southern states wasn’t so pronounced in the Northern Territory and I was fortunate to land a job as a junior clerk in a law firm. I studied at night (university and computing courses - computers were still very new back then!) and quite quickly climbed the ladder at the law firm, moving into conveyancing and settlements. I returned to Adelaide a couple of years later and worked in law firms as a paralegal and conveyancing clerk. I completed an undergraduate degree at Flinders University with a double major in Australian Public Policy and American/International studies. I believe the degree is now called International Relations, but back then degrees were fairly basic in title. I continued to work while studying. In 2006 I moved from working in law firms to the position of Legal Researcher to the then Shadow Attorney-General, Isobel Redmond MP. This was my first role in politics and I would tease apart proposed legislation and write briefings on the application of that proposed legislation. This was

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a part-time role and I supplemented this work with work in other political offices. By 2009 I was based in Parliament House as part of the campaign team for the 2010 State election, writing policy and responding to stakeholders and members of the community. In 2012 my career took a slight change in direction. I accepted a national role as the Executive Officer for the Federal Government program, Youth Connections. My contact with Senator Nick Xenophon came about through this program. In 2014 the program faced de-funding by the Abbott Government. I was determined to advocate for young people and talk to as many politicians as I could about the possible impact of the 2014 Federal Budget proposals. Through Nick Xenophon I was encouraged to present to the Senate Select Inquiry into the Abbott Government Budget of 2014. I was struck by his commitment to South Australia and wanted to be involved in any capacity possible.

Would you recommend Eynesbury? I imagine the college is quite different today than it was in 1990, however, I believe the values and philosophy of the college have not changed and I remain very grateful for the experience of being part of the college’s inaugural year. We wish Rebehka all the best and look forward to following her political career with intrest. For more information on Rebekha Sharkie, follow her on facebook, twitter @mayomatter or visit the NicK Xenophon website.

MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION The Mock Trial competition is a simulated court case in which the participating student teams contest a fictional legal matter in a mock court. There were 30 teams across South Australia competing and 4 made it to the finals. Congratulations to students who performed well in rounds two and three at the Sir Samuel Way Building, and at Eynesbury. Narrowly missing out on the finals by mere points, the improvement gained in such a short time by all involved was admirable.

Well done in particular to Bella (Alex Sharp) the first witness, who was named as the most valuable performer by the judge. She knew her statement, handled the examination-in-chief and was unflappable in the cross-examination from other team. Phoebe and Shannon thought really well on their feet, objected and explained their objections clearly and had many upheld.


“That comes from solid preparation and thinking on your feet! Janine and I are proud of you all,” said Teacher Tyson Wood.


LENSES- JAYAL AMARATUNGA To have seen, through that photochromic lens, was to not see the summer sun, in its soaring entirety. To have not felt its mystic beams, touch me, caress me, embrace me. I lived in the darkness – in a tower, locked away. I only saw the light in snippets, in dim shades of maize. I broke away from the cocoon, a butterfly, with a thick and rosy lens, fortunate and free. I saw a rainbow glistening in front of me, all in shades of pink. Its colours, from the benevolent blush,

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to the festal fuchsia, all gently embracing me. I started to see the mountains, and the valleys in between, both far and near, for the bifocals did their deed. I steered over the bumps, and down the dips on the road; maintaining stability, between my kin and my creed. At the end, I came to see – to see the leaves, falling off the trees. Through this lens, now scratched and grey, I see His silver seborrhoea, fall down on me; scathing, scrabbling, scraping, my sleeping skin. I live in the darkness, no light, no colour to guide me – waiting for the winds of winter, to carry me, my shattered pieces of glass away.


For Individual Projects in Term 2 Art and Design classes, students responded to their experience of the city. “Being a city school, students have many opportunities to use their environment as a starting point for their own creative work,” said Art and Design teacher Lindy Neilson. “I use the city as an extension of the classroom for an authentic connection to a lived experience. They can draw on their day to day life which they pass through everyday as a starting point for their own creative expression.”

Cody Toser

Aidan Hwang

“Students Cody and Avi have really captured the colours of the city in their two works. It shows they are attuned to their city environment,“ said Lindy. “Year 12 Design student Aidan Hwang attended the Fashion Illustration workshop at the Art Gallery of South Australia.” “He got to experiment with contemporary illustration techniques working from a clothed model.” “Learning at the Gallery provides students with the opportunity to think creatively and flexibly, express ideas and feelings in individual ways, take risks, develop visual art skills and celebrate diversity.”

Aidan Hwang Jules D’Onfrio at the Art Gallery

“We have several students featured in the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Secondary Student Drawing Exhibition opening on Friday 5 August as part of the SALA Program,” said Lindy. Radford Auditorium, Art Gallery of South Australia 6-28 August 2016, 10am–4:45pm.

EXPLORING A CAREER IN BUSINESS Business and Accounting Teacher Tim Williams took a handful of lucky students to the Adelaide Oval for the Meet the Business Leader event. “We heard from a variety of people of different ages and specialities, from base level accountants to CFOs and some of the most successful Chartered Accountants in the country,” said student Connor Butterfield. “Engaging with successful people can be helpful, even inspiring. Students were able to ask questions and seek advice about the exciting possibilities a career in business offers, from the people currently living it,” said Tim Williams. “Students found out practical information such as how much you earn in your first year and also the difference between being the accountant in the business compared to being an external auditor working for a an Accounting firm such as PWC.” “Overall, there was great general advice for having a career in business and how accounting can be a good base for becoming a senior manager in the future,” said Tim. “Commerce is something I am looking to do at Uni so I found this a valuable experience and would recommend it to other students. The food was also delicious!” said student Ned Smith.

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Click here to find out more from young and inspiring Chartered Accountants from around the world.

Tim Williams, Connor Butterfield, Ned Smith, Isabella Lanceleaux


“I feel lucky to have had my piece chosen to be published in this anthology.” Anjali Malhotra.

by Anjali Malhotra

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A Day Made Better is a national competition that rewards and recognises exceptional teachers across the country. Eynesbury Senior College had a total of 12 teachers nominated. This is one of the highest amount of teacher nominations from a single school or college in Australia. “I am extremely proud of our committed, enthusiastic and experienced Eynesbury teachers. It doesn’t surprise me at all that so many were nominated,” said Principal, Claire Flenley. “Teaching is a complex and demanding job. I hope everyone of us is able to reflect on at least one teacher who changed our lives for the better in some way. Sometimes we only realise the true extent of this years down the track. 5 minutes out of a day to write a note of appreciation gave our teachers much needed fuel in their tank to continue to teach, inspire, nurture and encourage other students, especially late into a busy term.” Thank you to all who took the time to write a message of support.

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Read all the messages of support on our facebook page.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Olivia filming of The Holiday (2016).

OLIVIA ROUSH (NEE BANKS) - CLASS OF 2010 Now living in LA, Olivia has just wrapped several films that will be widely released this year including “Nocturnal Animals”, directed by Tom Ford and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams and Armie Hammer. We catch up with 2010 graduate Olivia Roush (nee Banks) to hear about her Eynesbury experience and get some tips for students considering a career in the film industry. Why did you decide to make the move to Eynesbury and what did you most enjoy about your time at the College? I transferred to Eynesbury for independence of learning. In 2009 I was attending a private, all girls school that was strongly focused on extra curricular activities and community spirit. I wanted to focus on the subjects I wanted to learn and not waste time on other aspects of schools. When I transferred, I was half way through year 11. In my final year, I studied Business Studies, Maths Methods, English Communications, Modern History and IPP (Information Processing & Publishing). IPP was a class that I did over the internet. What I loved most about Eynesbury was the eclectic and diverse group of students. In every class, students came from different backgrounds and neighbourhoods all over Adelaide. I also loved how the teachers treated students as adults who wanted to learn, not as kids that needed supervision. There was a certain degree

Click to watch the short film The Misson online.

of mutual respect and understanding. I found this kind of treatment made for a more positive and effective learning environment. Were you ready for life at University? Eynesbury definitely gave me the learning tools I needed to be prepared for life after high school. In 2015 I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications (Media Studies) from Swinburne University of Technology. I actually completed my degree expedited online (12 units a year instead of 8), while

I worked full time. Without my experience at Eynesbury, I would not have been able to manage my hectic study schedule or have been able to learn independently. How are you finding LA and the film industry there? I moved to Los Angeles in December 2013 Los Angeles is a tough city and shouldn’t be attempted by people who are not prepared to work very hard. Starting out in Los Angeles as a production assistant was exciting but exhausting. I had to work 70+ hours a week on minimum wage for 1 year before I began to climb the ladder, and that was considered efficient! Now, I’m working as a production coordinator on independent films and the hard work was well worth it.

Where do you hope to take your career? I am working towards becoming a Line Producer/ Producer. I would like to achieve this before I’m 30, ultimately! What advice would you give someone considering following a career in film? Be prepared to work HARD! I strongly suggest that you know the exact position you want to work towards before choosing this career. For example: if you want to be a writer, begin your career as a writer’s assistant or an intern for the writer’s room - not an intern at a casting agency. If you want to be a cinematographer, it would be best to start as a camera assistant or in retail at a camera house - not as a production accounting clerk.

How long have you been interested in a career in the film industry? Funnily enough, the film industry had not always been my career of choice. It wasn’t until I met some hardworking, passionate Americans that were working in the film industry that I even considered it. I think that some industries, like the entertainment industry, can seem very exclusive and too far fetched to people in towns like Adelaide. It’s important to remember that with our globalized economic system, you can work in almost any industry! Film and cinema studies have been a passion of mine since I was a young teenager. What projects do you have coming up? I have just wrapped several films that will be widely released in 2016. ‘Nocturnal Animals’ directed by Tom Ford and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams and Armie Hammer. ‘The Little Hours’ is directed by Jeff Baeana and stars Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, John C Reilly and Fred Armisen. I will also be working on a Kevin Smith TV show this August.

CLAIRE MOFFATT - CLASS OF 2009 Tell us about your time at Eynesbury? I joined Eynesbury at the beginning of 2008 for my last two years of secondary school. I had always been a pretty mature and motivated teenager, and had struggled to feel challenged or like I fit in at my previous high school. My Dad had heard about Eynesbury and its adult-learning style focus through a family friend, and thought it would be a better fit for me. I attended a school tour and scholarship interview, and was blown away by how enthusiastic the teachers were and how the students appeared to be so much more focused, friendly and accepting. I studied English Studies, Drama Studies, Chemistry, Modern History and Australian Politics, and achieved an ATAR of 93.6.

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What did you study and how did you find the transition to university? I entered into a Bachelors of International Studies at the University of Adelaide. I worked hard in my first year of University and transitioned into a double degree combining this with Law at the start of 2011. The most important lesson I learnt in my first year at Uni was that you can’t do everything. I was trying to study full time, work 30 hours a week, volunteer and act in community theatre projects. I was stretched in so many directions, and as a result I was doing everything with about 40% effort. When you are used to being a high-achieving student at school, you feel like, as an adult, you have to be able to do everything at once in order to be successful. I learnt that it’s better to give your whole self to a few things that are really important to you, than try and do everything and burn yourself out. Eynesbury was a nourishing academic community filled with great friends and incredibly supportive teachers, and university was like going from this wonderful safe pond to the big wide ocean. It was difficult going from a place where everyone knows your name, gives you feedback and is supportive and invested in your future, to University – where suddenly there’s no one watching you to make sure you’re coping okay and no real advice or feedback offered to help you improve. How has an Eynesbury education influenced your learning?

“Eynesbury taught me to think and have my own voice, and the importance of staying curious and questioning information.” Claire Moffatt.

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The greatest advantage Eynesbury gave me was how to think and argue clearly. I had some incredible teachers at Eynesbury who exposed me to ideas and writing that have influenced how I see the world today. At university, I found other students from more traditional high schools struggled to evaluate sources and think critically about what was presented to them.

Now that you have completed your degree, what are your plans? Since graduating University I have moved to Perth with my partner and used the extra time to find some balance and gain perspective after such a busy and stressful period of my life. I do not intend to pursue a career as a lawyer, but I’ve been interviewing for jobs in a variety of corporate fields, and I’m enjoying finding what interests me and looking forward to what comes next. Do you have any advice for those who are wanting to follow a similar pathway? Completing a law degree is hard, and staying motivated in an industry where there aren’t promising job prospects can be demoralising. My advice is to have a clear reason in your mind why you are attending law school – whether that is to become a lawyer, academic, to work in government or social justice, or whatever personally motivates you – and use that drive to keep you focused and optimistic. Having something you’re striving towards makes the hard times easier to push through, and overall makes the experience more rewarding and positive.

“My advice is to have a clear reason in your mind why you are attending law school – whether that is to become a lawyer, academic, to work in government or social justice...and use that drive to keep you focused and optimistic.” Claire Moffatt.

LACHLAN HORNE - CLASS OF 2004 When did you join Eynesbury and what did you enjoy most about the College? I joined Eynesbury in Year 12. I wasn’t doing very well in a traditional school envrionment, and the university style of education was appealing. I think what I enjoyed most, and what was most valuable, was taking responsibility for my own education. I had to learn good study habits and discipline, without which I don’t think I would be where I am today. I studied Economics, IT, and two Maths courses. Did you feel succesfully prepared for life after school? Definitely. Not just the study habits I picked up, but the diversity of friends I made. Meeting and working with international students at Eynesbury broadened my perspectives and understanding of the world, which has been invaluable ever since. I studied Mandarin at university and spent a semester in China, which was an amazing experience I might not have considered otherwise. Tell us a bit about your career pathway and what you are up to now. I didn’t leave school with a clear idea of where I wanted to work. I ended up studying Computer Systems Engineering and Computer Science at Adelaide University, since I’d done hobby electronics and programming.

Fortunately, this was the right decision for me, and I did well enough to work on some research projects which convinced me to continue on to do a Ph.D. So, after finishing my Bachelor’s at Adelaide University, I did an internship with Google in Sydney, working on Google Maps. I then went on to do a Ph.D. at the Australian National University, working with Bionic Vision Australia and NICTA on vision processing algorithms for the bionic eye. I’m currently living in Seattle, working for Microsoft as a software engineer in networking for the Azure cloud platform.

Tammy Tu.

Working in a large company opens up a lot of unexpected opportunities that I am still discovering.

Lachlan has had an impressive career to date. We look forward to following his pathway with interest.

TAMMY TU - CLASS OF 2010 Why did you choose Eynesbury to finish your secondary schooling years? I joined Eynesbury in 2009 when I started Year 11. It sounds strange but I was feeling very safe at my previous school and I felt like I wasn’t being challenged. I definitely needed a change in environment. I also had friends who had gone to Eynesbury before me and they all told me about how much they loved it. I did English Studies, Modern History, Psychology, Politics and Legal Studies in Year 12 and ended up with a 95 TER (or ATAR now!)

Which university degree did you enter into, and was this your first choice? I entered into my first preference of a double degree in Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Studies at the University of Adelaide. After a semester though, I changed my second degree from International Studies to a Bachelor of Media. So I’ve just completed my double degree in law and media. Did you find the transition between Year 12 at Eynesbury to first year university to be difficult? I don’t remember it being particularly difficult but I think being thrown into such a large pool of other first years who were also experiencing everything I was going through for the first time made it feel a little easier. Did you feel as though Eynesbury gave you a headstart for life at university? Absolutely! It’s something that I still talk about today when people ask how I found my time at Eynesbury. While the teachers were all incredibly supportive, we were given a level of freedom that university students have and it taught me a sense

Left to Right: Tammy Tu, Tammy interviewing Paul Vasliff and The Project’s Carrie Bickmore wearing a Paolo Sebastian gown.

“Expect the unexpected. If there’s anything I’ve learnt since leaving Eynesbury its that it’s okay to not stay on the path that you saw yourself going down. “ Tammy Tu. of initiative that a lot of other students who came from traditional schooling backgrounds didn’t understand. What was the most important lesson you learnt from first year university? Expect the unexpected. If there’s anything I’ve learnt since leaving Eynesbury its that it’s okay to not stay on the path that you saw yourself going down. For example, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer at first but coming to the realisation that it wasn’t for me didn’t make my law degree any less valuable. If anything, continuing it for the subsequent 4 years after has given me an incredible amount of experience and knowledge in problem solving and persistence, which are invaluable qualities when you enter the workforce. Now that you have completed your degree, what do you plan to do? I currently work at Opinion Media - which is the parent company for publications such as CLIQUE Mag (formerly Attitude Magazine), Rip It Up and The Adelaide Review. I am a staff writer, copywriter and

stylist for CLIQUE Mag. I am also doing freelance writing on the side and hoping to pick up more of that to build up my portfolio before I move overseas next year. Do you have any advice for those who are wanting to follow a similar pathway? Get work experience!!! Whether you want to do law or writing or anything, always volunteer! There are an incredible amount of students who get to final year and don’t have any real practical experience in their field - it’s hard to prove to employers that you’re passionate about the field if you haven’t actively sought out any experience. Where are you planning to move next year? I’m looking at going to Berlin because there’s a really strong creative industry over there as well as a large network of Australian creatives I’ve already met on previous trips there. Is your passion fashion (you mention styling), or writing? Fashion writing is definitely my strength but I hope to be writing feature pieces for publications like Vanity Fair and New York Magazine somewhere down the line. So I guess, mainly magazine writing.

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“I really loved the Eynesbury culture and the way in which it allowed me to develop a real sense of self. “ Emily Jones. opportunity to more thoroughly understand the world in a global context.” “I really loved the Eynesbury culture and the way in which it allowed me to develop a real sense of self. “ EMILY JONES - CLASS OF 2005 “I joined Eynesbury in Year 11 as I felt that the culture and opportunities provided to me at ESC would ensure greater success in the most important two schooling years of my life. It was absolutely, without a doubt, the best choice I made. “ “I studied English, Visual Arts, History, Biology and Physics. I enjoyed the humanities subjects the most as they provided me with an

“Since graduating I have explored a few different study options, but have found my true passion and calling in food! I have recently launched my own business called The Baker’s Dozen and am in the process of growing this as we speak to help make other peoples sweet dreams come true!”

Click here to find out more about Emily’s new business The Baker’s Dozen.



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I am a volcano, quiet and dormant for a long time, but oh so sudden with an unexpected fight. Everybody screams and shouts, the rumbles of terror echoing about. Some come out to see the once peaceful sight erupt to spit hot rocks and lava, they flee in fright. I can be a nightmare, sending hot red liquid down a slope. I can run, I can destroy, those who decide to get in my way are eliminated, incinerated to nothing. But once the era of terror is over, I am yet again quiet for a long, long time sitting in silence.

PHOTO GALLERY Transition Day for new students and Christmas in July end of Term celebrations.

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CLASS OF 2011 5 YEAR REUNION DATE: SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER Catch up with fellow students and teachers for a ‘Sunday Sesh’.

Hosted by Amy Rowe and Sam Loughlin, they encourage you to join the event group and share, share, share!

Join the Social Justice Group on Friday August 5 or donate and support the Hutt Street Centre.

“It would be great to get as many old classmates there as possible and we welcome partners to come along as well.”

The hour long walk starts on Wakefield Road, then onto Hutt Street, past Hutt St Centre and finishing in the South Park Lands.

“We can’t wait to hear what you have all been up to!”

Contact Tyson or Jacquie to get involved.






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