Old Scholars’ Association
St Columba Anglican School’s first graduates were the class of 2007. In that year, 18 students trod the boards of the school. Early next year we hope to welcome the Class of 2007 back for their first reunion.
Many schools and universities attempt to keep in touch with their graduates for a variety of reasons. Over the years a student attends SCAS, be it 13 years, 6 years or 1 year, relationships develop that often endure. Everyone has their favourite story from their school days and most of us are at least a little curious about what each of our former peers might be up to. Each year at our Graduation ceremony our departing Year 12s are issued with a “St Columba Old Scholars’ Association” (SCOSA) badge as a symbol of our desire to have an ongoing connection with our graduates. This is the first step in the formation of alumni.
Schools have a responsibility to look out for their graduates, to continue to assist them as they adjust to life. The relationships forged through good times and bad cannot be cast aside just because a student no longer attends the School. We want to prepare our graduates with skills and knowledge to take on the world, but we’re not going to say to them you’re no longer welcome after you graduate. Teachers love nothing more than to hear of the exploits of their former students. We celebrate their achievements and mourn their losses. Past students can play an important role in the School community. They can offer valuable support, advice and assistance, and, as mentors can provide current students with exciting opportunities and advice as they share their experiences of the world. The relationship is symbiotic. SCAS has had several former students complete teaching practicums with us, complete traineeships with us and even work for us.
Welcoming our Alumni is an exciting development in the life of the School. St Columba will be enriched by the experiences and expertise of our former students and they in turn will have life long connections to the institution which helped them start their adult lives.
Mr Allan Guihot
Head of Secondary School
For more information on our Old Scholars Association, please email us.
Reunions are a great way to stay in touch with school friends, renew social contacts and perhaps make some valuable professional ones.