Our past students are an important part of our community. They represent where we have come from, who we are and where we are going.
The past students featured on this page are just a small collection of the many interesting stories of life after school. We would love to feature you and your achievements on this page, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calderwood’s High Achievers for 2016
ATAR: 91.55 Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering/Masters of Biomedical Engineering at UNSW.
Being independent and moving out of home and having to fend for myself is an exciting challenge! I am also keen to further my studies in the engineering field, and eager to meet new, fantastic people along the way!
Calderwood was a very supportive school, where the teachers, staff and classmates, all encouraged each other to work hard and pursue their goals, and at a time where motivation can become an issue, this encouragement was needed.
Then there was the Kindy Buddy Program, it was amazing for me. I would visit Kindergarten (or other Primary classes) as a break from studying; for me it was a fun way to relieve stress.
ATAR: 75.00 Bachelor of Computing Science (with majors in Big Data and Finance) and a Diploma of Mandarin (Non-Chinese background students) at UOW.
I’m looking forward to the travelling opportunities that UOW offers through exchange programmes, while also meeting different people with the same interests as myself.
I hope to in the future work in the Banking and Finance sector overseas.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank the staff for nurturing and preparing me for the HSC. They all gave me the confidence to achieve my best and I was particularly proud of my Business Studies result and Mrs Brennan’s expertise.
This year I am doing a Diploma of Christian Studies as a gap year before I commence a Bachelor of Music and Education, which I have deferred for a year.
I have felt a call by God to take time to focus on missional and spiritual growth. I really want to put into practise my faith, through local and also cross-cultural mission.
I am also keen to expand my Christian friend base and discover independence.
2017 excites me because I will have to face challenges and much of the ‘unknown’ which might of perhaps scared me in the past.
I’m excited to rely more on God who gives me all my strength.
This year I am doing an Outdoor Education Traineeship with St Andrew’s Cathedral School. I look after a lot of their gear; fixing it, storing it and setting it out when needed for programs, as well as leading on all their school camps. I felt like God was leading me to do outdoor work. He really laid this on my heart and there were many people around me who strongly encouraged me to do it.
I am pretty excited to be independent and gain a level of freedom. I had to move out of home for this which has been great and scary all at the same time. I am so glad to be able to go home on weekends; my brothers would miss me too much otherwise.
I am also really excited for all the adventures that this year will hold. I absolutely love exploring creation, and this year I have the opportunity to do it in a capacity I never would have been able to afford. God is good, and He gives me the strength to get through each day, following as He leads me places I never expected.
ATAR: 95.3 Double Degree – Bachelor of Law – Bachelor of Commerce
I’m excited to start my law degree as it’s a course that I have wanted to study for many years and I am excited and a little daunted about what is to come.
Small classes meant that we could really engage with the content that we had to learn and the teachers were always available to help.
Since graduating, Adam has certainly been making loads of hay while the sun has been shining. At the moment, Adam is in property management and is currently managing 5 large properties across the Illawarra region from Albion Park to Berry, encompassing over 1000 acres of prime farmland. Adam is entrusted by the owners with these properties to manage, maintain and renovate the land for the desired purpose of the client.
Waking up at dawn and spending time working and maintaining the rolling, green hills is what gives Adam the energy and motivation he needs each day. He regularly works long hours, but says he truly enjoys the outdoor office and feels lucky to have a career such as this.
He enjoyed his time at Calderwood, and really valued the Christian perspective that he received from his teachers, “It gave me a good basis for understanding life and dealing with all kinds of different people.” He knows the value of being on good terms with all people, and tries to run his business life with honesty and integrity.