This week’s Wee Waa News edition features more stories from Wee Waa High School’s ‘Where are they now?’ series.
WWHS 2020 graduate Michael Horne said he jumped at the chance when he saw an opening for an apprentice electrician at Namoi Cotton advertised earlier this year.
Three months in and he is finding the opportunity ‘incredibly interesting’.
“I was a part of the WWHS Bush Bots for four years and my role on the team focused a lot on the electrical aspects of building and maintaining our robots,” Michael explained.
“This experience really developed my interest in electronics”.
Of his time at WWHS, Michael said, ‘I really enjoyed the small school environment because you get to know most people in your year really well.
“My most memorable moment was our Houston trip to compete in the first International Robotics Championship and our visit to NASA.”
CLIFFORD TOOMEY JNR
WWHS 2020 graduate, Clifford Toomey Jnr is loving his work as a school learning support officer at Narrabri High School.
“Switching from being a student to an SLSO is different,” said Clifford.
“You go from being the learner to helping facilitate someone else’s learning.
“I’m really enjoying the students here at Narrabri High and I enjoy my role.
“I focus on encouraging students and building their confidence in themselves, what they are capable of learning and achieving.
“I feel it’s important that I am a good role model for our students and that I demonstrate the kind of behaviour of someone they would want to look up to”.
During Year 12, 2020 graduate Thomas Gavin was trying to decide between two degree courses: he was really interested in pursuing economics and exercise physiology.
Unable to decide in time for the application cut off dates, Thomas chose to take a gap year in 2021 so he could work, gain new skills, save some money as well as further consider the career direction he most wanted to pursue.
Fast forward a year or so, and Thomas said his gap year experiences have helped him determine a career that enables him to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives is his greatest motivation.
And so, next year, Thomas is off to university to study exercise physiology.
“A gap year may not be right for everyone, but it was just what I needed, and I am really happy with my choice of career direction,” Thomas said.
Thomas came to WWHS from Sydney in Year 9.
“A small school really benefited me,” he said.
“It enabled greater engagement because of the smaller classes and effectively, it boosted my learning”.
See more stories like this:
- Where are they now? WWHS shares stories of former students
- Former WWHS student Jessie Freeman (née Pfeffer) shares her story