Queen Precones - Graduate 2021

My name is Queen, and I graduated at Findon High School in 2021. I am currently studying Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Advanced) at The University of Adelaide. My time as a senior student was stressful that’s for sure, but the school provided all the support and resources that assisted me to still enjoy my journey as a high school student. Findon High School prepared me to the education system at a university level as I had the opportunity to study a wide variety of subject areas which helped me choose the degree I am undertaking right now. While nothing and no one can really tell you how different high school is to university, Findon High School still guided me to become an independent student, taught me how important it is to have time management to balance school, work, and personal time and set me on the right path. Findon’s supportive staff were always willing to give me a helping hand and instilled in me, the motivation to dream big, plan ahead to achieve my goals, which I was able to and got the grades I wanted to get myself into my course. That support is something I miss now that I am a university student but I still feel welcomed whenever I pay the school a visit from time to time. In year 12, I was also given the opportunity to be part of the school SRC as a Senior House Captain of Hoffman Hawks and it allowed me to explore a more creative side to myself as I discovered I had everything it takes to be a leader. I worked with the other student leaders and staff in organising sport competitions, fundraising events, and other activities to ensure the needs of all the students were met by the school, including a sense of connectedness through House spirit. With this experience, I managed to step out of my comfort zone, used my voice, and became a role model to students in the younger year levels. The students vs staff sports competition, the G & D Shield is something I will never forget as it helped to solidify an amazing bond between us, senior students, and the teachers.

Queen Precones - Graduate 2021

Josh Vawser - Graduate 2021

My name is Josh Vawser, and I attended Findon from 2017-2021. I would like to share why I believe Findon is a school worth attending. Firstly, the school’s atmosphere is excellent for making friends, largely due to the strategic placement of the aquatic’s carnival and sports day at the start of the year. It’s consideration for new student’s wellbeing as they move to high School reflects the supportive environment students experience more broadly. I immediately became involved in building the house culture which ensures that all Findon High School students feel connected to their school environment. This something I would stay involved in until I graduated through the opportunity to be a school leader. Findon provides many leadership opportunities, which I experienced through my involvement on the SRC (Student Representative Council) every year and being a Prefect in my final year. As a student of Findon High School I worked with staff who were supportive and caring. Throughout year 12, I had teachers regularly checking up on me, tracking my progress, and keeping me motivated. My teachers were extremely organized in year 12, with notes and schedules, and they did everything possible to help us achieve our best. dedication helped me to be able to achieve a 94.65 ATAR and ensure my place at University. Overall, I loved my time at Findon.

Josh Vawser - Graduate 2021

Ciarra Prodan - Graduate 2020

My name is Ciarra and I completed SACE Stage 2 at Findon High School in 2020. I was fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to engage in an accelerated learning program, enabling early completion of my senior studies. This opportunity allowed me to exercise my full potential and participate in areas of study that kept me interested and challenged me. The great thing about Findon small class sizes, ensuring teachers are able to get to know you personally and understand where your strengths and weaknesses are to support you through your education. Without the endless support from a great variety of teachers and SSO’s, I would not have developed into the person I am now with a strong mindset, knowledge and a great interest in learning. Also unique to Findon is the sense of community; you truly feel connected to staff, peers and members of the broader community as a Findon High School student. Findon High is currently implementing Student Centred Learning enabling all students to take control of their education, selecting subjects aligned to their unique capabilities, which is very exciting. I would recommend Findon High to any parent who wants their child to be not just academically successful, but to thrive in all aspects of school life, including the development of strong social skills.

Ciarra Prodan - Graduate 2020

Vivien Zimmerman - Graduate 2019

"My name is Vivien Zimmermann and I was a student at Findon High School from 2016, graduating in 2019. I am now studying Bachelor of Psychological Science at The University of Adelaide. My time at Findon High School greatly impacted my attitude towards further education through the influence of several of my subject teachers and several demonstrations presented throughout my final year regarding all the different pathways available to me after graduation. Throughout my experience at Findon High, I acquired various skills, both academic and social, that prepared me for University such as being able to engage in the learning activities with approachable teachers, successfully studying independently and managing my time effectively, along with the encouragement to take advantage of future learning opportunities of all kinds. It was mainly through my teachers that I learned the basic fundamental factors to being a successful student including creating quality assignments, receiving detailed feedback, following clear directions on class work and using communication towards peers and teachers throughout. My experience at Findon High School prepared me well for University and was overall a positive experience. I am very grateful to all the teachers and staff who helped me understand my potential and encouraged me to go where I am today."

Vivien Zimmerman - Graduate 2019

Sam Hinds - Graudate 2018

"My experience at Findon High School enabled me to develop skills in effective communication, increase my levels of independence when working on projects and tasks as well as the ability to think and learn independently, exploring my own interests and passions as a springboard. The learning environment at Findon high School has a strong sense of community. This provides a safe space for students to be in when issues arise, ensuring that Findon High School students develop as respectful and empathetic individuals. The biggest strength of the school is the network of staff available to help young people achieve their goals, help with problems and assist with anything and everything that the students might be struggling with. Consider Findon High School for your child if you want them to learn real life skills with teacher support, be challenged in a way that pushes them, building resilience and overall achieve wellbeing and happiness Findon High School has inspired me to take my next steps which include: - Helping the younger generation within music, specifically percussion - Assisting around the school with various classes and events, acting as a peer mentor and continuing to learn alongside students through teaching them - Continuing to build a range of work skills in hospitality and customer service"

Sam Hinds - Graudate 2018

Michael Ivanov - Prefect / Graduate 2018

"As student and prefect of Findon High School, I have played an enthusiastic part in the school’s Student Centred Learning journey. This new approach to learning has truly allowed students to explore their passions and develop a meaningful and comprehensive understanding of the material they are taught. It is thanks to the student centred approach, and the support of all staff members that I successfully completed Year 12 achieving an ATAR which has enabled entry in a Bachelor of Laws at Adelaide University. The working relationships built between students and staff at Findon High School ensured the continuous support of my teachers, which was displayed through their willingness to critique my work and suggest ways I could build on my understanding, maximising results. Along with being academically successful, the practical knowledge I have acquired through leadership opportunities afforded to me at Findon High School see me well placed to play an active and meaningful role in society."

Michael Ivanov - Prefect / Graduate 2018

Sumaya Keyse Abdinoor - Graduate 2018

"Beginning secondary school was both nerve wrecking and exciting. I saw this new beginning as an opportunity to reinvent myself: I wanted shy and quiet Primary School Sumaya to learn and grow into a confident and empowered young woman as a student of Findon High School. Immediately I was pushed out of my comfort zone with aquatics, the Year 8 camp and a range of sports carnivals which really helped me learn more about myself and strategies necessary to overcome challenges. As the years progressed Findon continued to present opportunities outside the classroom in regards to student leadership, and I became a member of the SRC where I grew as a communicator and team player. In 2019 I was voted Prefect and had the amazing opportunity of representing my peers; I was their voice and I relished every chance to make a difference ensuring it was heard in all aspects of school life, from the upcoming architectural developments to the transition to Student Centred Learning. I even had the chance to experience what it’s like being on the other side of a media interview desk. Being a prefect also allowed me the honour of meeting a range of dignitaries as our school representative; a responsibility I took very seriously, ensuring that the messages I conveyed captured the vision of Findon High School. The opportunities extended to the classroom, and the learning I undertook along the way enabled me to successfully complete my final year at Findon. Year 12 was a full stop; the end point. Everything seemed so final and in the beginning, it was a little scary. I truly believe that without the support of Findon High school teachers and staff I would not have achieved academically and finished the year the way that I did, achieving an ATAR of 85.75, enabling me to enter study towards a Bachelor of Psychology. Any and every year 12 student at Findon can tell you that in the final year you make a bond with your teachers like no other, which is something other, larger school students do not get to experience. At Findon, teachers do a lot more than teach. They are mentors who support and guide and walk alongside students to bring out their best. Although most people can tell you high school, a time where you are finding yourself and learning who you are and preparing for the future, is hard, I can personally attest to the fact that the journey I undertook at Findon High School was both challenging and supportive. I firmly believe that it is the wonderful staff that make Findon what it is, so special."

Sumaya Keyse Abdinoor - Graduate 2018

Jessica Hampton - Graduate 2017

"After completing my Secondary Schooling at Findon High School I have now decided to go to the University of SA and study a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to study at University without the support of my teachers and their unwavering belief in me. When I began at Findon as a Year 8, I lacked confidence and I didn’t believe that I had the ability to one day enrol at University. The day the Year 12 results came out was a daunting day for me but I was excited none the less; I knew that this would be the day that I would find out if I would be continuing to work towards the career that I aspired to for my whole life. The teachers at Findon High School pushed me to be the best version of myself. Their support, guidance and the educational opportunities they offered helped me to finally believe I was capable of achieving my goal if I believed in myself, and now my dream is a reality. My teachers instilled within me, the work ethic and dedication needed to be successful and I definitely learnt that I couldn’t just sit back and wait till the last minute to complete my work if I wanted to achieve my best. I needed to put time into completing homework, studying for tests and seeking teacher feedback. I will take this knowledge into my University studies. I know that wouldn’t have had this opportunity without the support from the teachers and staff at Findon High School."

Jessica Hampton - Graduate 2017

Hana Ali - Graduate 2017

High school can really shape one’s life and studying at Findon High School was one of the best choices I have made. Findon has inspired me so much. Not only have I completed High School as a more confident individual, but I have been inspired to always think big and always aim high. I was always challenged to my best and believe that anything was possible if I persisted. I remember in Year 10 one of my teachers made me stay in the more challenging Maths classes even though I thought I couldn’t succeed and because of the continuous faith he had in me I stayed the whole year and then went on to do Maths in Year 12; I learnt to enjoy Maths. All my other teachers have had a positive influence and always pushed me to push past my road blocks to achieve my personal best. Findon High School opened many doors through opportunities to be involved in the community, enabling me to establish new friendships and make wide networks that I will definitely use into the future. Being a part of the SRC, the She Leads leadership program, countless sports carnivals and even assisting receptions and grade ones for a term, teaching Drama have been integral in these community connections. I was also given the opportunity to do work experience in a migration law firm in which I now work. My teachers were the most supportive people I have ever met. I was inspired to want to study law from Year 10 because of the support and enthusiasm from my inspirational teacher, Mrs Campbell who even built a courtroom for us. I am now on the path to complete a double degree in Law and Sociology at the University of Adelaide. I will take away the many lifelong learning lessons, the beautiful memories and most importantly the inspiration that Findon High School provided me. I implore all current and future Findon students to take advantage of the many doors of opportunities Findon High School will open for you.

Hana Ali - Graduate 2017

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