Host alumni

Public schools in NSW have educated premiers, lawyers, champions, performers, artists, entrepreneurs and innovators in all walks of life.

Recognising what your school’s alumni have achieved is a great way to celebrate public education in your community and provide your current students with inspiring mentors and role models. A school visit from an ex-student can often provide the stimulus for other students to follow their passion and strive towards achieving higher goals. It can facilitate thoughts that “they once came to this school and look what they’ve achieved … I can do it too!”

During Education Week, invite your school’s exemplary alumni back to the classroom to share how their years of public schooling set them up for success. Suggested activities include:

Alumni mentor event

Alumni are invited to speak to groups of 6-8 students for 10-15 mins about their career and how they got there, share tips for success and advice they recommend students can do at school to improve their resilience and employability.  Students can also ask questions. After the allocated time the students rotate to the next mentor. Students form small groups and reflect on their learning and share group reflections with the larger group.  This would be suitable for primary and secondary.

Connect with Inspiring the Future volunteers

Invite Inspiring the Future volunteers from your local area to guest speak or participate in a ‘speed dating’ style workshop. Students prepare two questions each and then at the end identify and share three things they learnt from the speaker(s).

Remember to ensure you have consent to publish for all students that will appear in photographs and videos, so you can make the most of the publicity for your school.

Tips for secondary schools

Consider your alumni and how they might connect with your students.

You may wish to direct them towards addressing particular questions in their presentation:

  • When they entered Year 7, where did they think they would be in 10 years?
  • Did things turn out the way they intended?
  • What opportunities did the school offer them that they made use of?
  • What did the school offer that they wished (in hindsight) that they had taken up?
  • If they could give words of advice to their 12-year-old self about high school, what would they be?

Alternatively, you might like to set up an “interview' with your alumni.

  • Have your Student Representative Council (or another appropriate group of students) prepare a list of questions for the presenter and forward these in advance to your guest.
  • Make a video clip of the interview for use on your school’s website and/or social media pages.
Tips for primary schools

Consider your alumni (they may still be in secondary school, but already be starting to achieve on a larger stage, such as  state and national sporting fields, Schools Spectacular featured dancer or musician etc.

You may wish to direct them towards addressing particular questions in their presentation:

  • What are their three best memories of their time at your school?
  • What opportunities did the school offer them that they made use of?
  • What did the school offer that they wished (in hindsight) that they had  taken up?
  • How do they intend to continue to build on these experiences in the next few years?
  • If they could give words of advice to their 8-year-old self about primary school, what would they be?

Alternatively, you might like to set up an “interview” of your alumni.

  • Have each class prepare 1 - 3 questions (depending on the size of the school) and nominate a class representative to sit on stage with your guest, taking turns to come to the microphone to ask their question/s.
  • The interviewers could each be presented with an “I interviewed our guest” certificate (template provided here ), providing a great opportunity for a photo and story for local media.
  • Make a video clip of the interview for use on your school’s website and/or social media pages.
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