At St Teresa's our students remain a part of our family for life. Every student leaves their unique impression on the College. We love hearing the stories of our students' journies of life and career after finishing at STCC. If you are not in touch with the College and would like to join the Alumnae of share your post -school journey with us, please register by clicking the link below.
Graduating from UQ with a double degree in International Relations and Communications, including study at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA, 2012 graduate Georgia Brown braved a move to the United States focused on a career in international development in the philanthropic sector. After 7 months of applications under the J1 Visa, she secured an ideal position, with IDP Foundation, a global NFP based in Chicago, as Program Associate in education projects for poverty reduction. In 2019 she was selected to represent her organisation at the United Nations Week in Manhattan, New York, and a month later travelled as their rep to Ghana, Africa, undertaking impact studies in the 200 schools funded by their innovative Rising Schools Investment Program. Her passion is social justice, applying skills in grant-making, program monitoring and evaluation. Despite the Chicago Covid, riots and the bitter winters, she insists on the benefits of study and work opportunities abroad for making a global contribution and of staying focused, positive, grateful and being adaptive.
Michellie Gourlay, 2017 graduate, joined the Royal New Zealand Navy in September 2019 as a medic. Graduating from her Basic Common Training Course in December 2019, she is now conducting her Tri Service Medic training at Burnham Army Camp, Christchurch. She is following in the family tradition joining the Navy as her mum served for 26 years, dad for 8 years and her grandfather served as well.
After being encouraged to apply for her dream university course as her first option, 2010 graduate Jean Lukin was accepted into a double degree in Arts/Law at UQ. Specialising in French for her Arts degree, along the way to completing her degree, she has spent a couple of six month breaks in Canada and working in a high end retail store in the fashion district in Paris. Completing her degree in 2017, Jean has moved back to the Sunshine Coast and now practices Environment, Planning and Native Title Law. She loves that her work is intennectually challenging and feels as though her work can make a tangible difference to the environment and community.
2017 graduate, Fraser Morris, is about to complete his Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Accelerated) with a major in Biomedical Science and minors in Clinical Embryology, Medical Microbiology and Anatomy, at the University of the Sunshine Coast. This two-year high intensive course required him to complete five subjects per semester and placement during the study break. He will then complete a Masters by Research focusing on blood transfusions in patients undergoing elective major abdominal surgery in Sweden.
St Teresa's 2016 graduates, Eamon Sandwith, Matt Boggis and Josh Price loved music throughout high school. After completing Year 12 they continued with their school band named "The Chats," practicing in a garage in Verrierdale and they began making their own film clips. In late 2017, their lives changed when their song "Smoko" went viral. They struck a chord in the Australian music scene that has continued to embrace these young men. Their "Smoko" video has now has over 14 million views.
Recently they opened a concert in Melbourne for Iggy Pop to rave reviews, and they've been interviewed on MTV and several radio stations. Their tour schedule is fully booked as they travel around Australia and overseas. They have already toured the UK and Europe and later this year head back to Europe and the US. The boys have signed a 2-year contract with Universal Music and have also started their own record label, Bargain Bin Records. In 2021, they were all set to perform at Coachella until COVID-19 intervened. Whilst their music may not be everyone's cup of tea, they have certainly made an impact, and they continue to Dare the Dream.
Aaron Robertson graduated in 2017 with a dream of playing professional football (soccer). After finishing high school Aaron moved to Scotland where he has been training with Peterhead FC. He is facing the challenges head on and putting in the work to continue his dream. He has had playing time in matches and works on staying positive and motivated. His message..."Learn not to take no for an answer and never give up. If you have a dream, make it happen, be brave."
A love of maths and science has never faded for 2011 graduate Jordan Yates. Jordan has completed a Bachelor in Engineering (Honours) and a Masters of Engineering studying at the University of Qld and the Technical University of Munich.
Halfway through his third year of University Jordan applied for a program to study in Germany. Six months later he was accepted to complete the Integrated Bachelor/Masters program in Munich. Finishing this program, Jordan headed back to Brisbane and is enjoying a career as an embedded Engineer with the CSIRO, focusing on low power wireless devices. Jordan was one of St Teresa's Catholic College's first OP1 students.
2011 graduate, Grace Younie completed her Bachelor in Paramedic Science at Queensland University of Technology. Whilst Grace was studying, she worked as a member of the Apple Chermside team which she said "was an amazing environment to work in and it assisted me in expanding my experience and interactions with people." Grace is now in her dream job as a paramedic and lives in the UK. She loves her job and especially enjoys meeting inspiring people every day. She regularly travels throughout Europe discovering new countries and cultures.
Gabi Barnett, 2013 graduate, studied a Bachelor of International Studies at the University of Qld. As part of her degree she studied at Science Po in Paris - France's highest-esteemed University for Political Science and International Relations.
Gabi has recently received a scholarship to study her Masters Degree in International Security at Sciences Po in Paris, specialising in African Studies and Project Management. Gabi says the St Teresa's Immersion experience to Sri Lanka inspired her to "pursue a career path where I can make a positive difference in the lives of other people."
Luke always had a passion for drama when he was growing up and used to sneak away from his AFL training into the Noosa Arts Theatre to practice. He is now well on his way to stardom in Hollywood featuring in the Netflix thriller "The Mist." In 2015, Luke won the best Actor award in the Australian Screen Industry Awards for the short film "Disc of Love." The media describes Luke as a "star on the rise." Luke featured in Zen Master in 2020 and continues to pursue his carer in Los Angeles.
After graduating in 2012, Dayna Yates went on to complete a three year film degree at Queensland University of Technology.
Based in Brisbane, She now works in commercial filming as a Production Coordinator/Manager, involving herself in large TVC productions for companies like AFL, Toyota, Isuzu and Dominos and short films. She has also had opportunities to work with large scale productions such as Aquaman and Pacific Rim 2.