Westsiders Return Home to Share Their Stories

What do a Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist, a high-flying financial advisor, a PE teacher and a world-famous dancer have in common? They’re all former Westside students!

In Week 8 Westside students received a glimpse into the vibrant futures which lay ahead of them. In assisting students from all walks of lives to consider what life-fulfilment means to them, Mrs Rechelle Edwards, Alternate Pathways Co-ordinator, organised four alumni to discuss how they found fulfilment, balance and passion in their careers beyond school.

Across two sessions, students heard from Simone Kite, Ric Baker, Steven Johnson, and Deborah Acason. Mrs Kite, an accomplished aerialist, actress and dancer at the world-famous Moulin Rouge, spoke of

Year 9 and 10 students with Mrs Simone Kite at Westside Christian College

Westside students getting to know elite performer, Simone Kite.

balancing life, family and a career in the creative arts. Mr Baker spoke of his journey into the world of elite cycling and running his own financial advisory business. Later in the day, Mr Johnson spoke of his career in the Australian Defence Force and how his education shaped his dream of becoming a physical education teacher. Finally, Mrs Acason spoke of balancing a world-class weightlifting and coaching career whilst practising law and raising a family. All spoke glowingly of their time at Westside, leaving the students wide-eyed about their futures. All were grateful for the work of God in their lives in and beyond Westside.

Head of Secondary, Mr Joshua Mansfield was ecstatic about the chance to reflect on so many life-journeys, ‘There’s no doubt that as much as we can speak these words of wisdom into our students’ lives when they hear them come from somebody who they don’t see each day, it can be very powerful.’

Mrs Edwards (better known to some of the guest speakers for her previous role as the Head of Junior Primary), noted ‘each past student who gave up their time spoke with clarity and wisdom and there was something for each and every student to pick up on and apply to their situation.’

With increasing social pressure on students to make important career choices, early, Westside prides itself in offering students firm foundations to achievement in any field, whether Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics or beyond. By drawing on our past, we create a richer future for all.

If you are a previous Westsider who has found fulfilment in your life choices and career, we’d love to hear from you! Who knows, it might be you inspiring the next generation of young people.

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