Alumni


On Wednesday the 4th March 2020 we held our first ever Alumni event.  It was a momentous occasion and was wonderful to see so many smiling faces of former students as they reconnected with their primary school surroundings, peers and teachers from previous years. They also enjoyed reflecting on their primary school learning and how this has set them up for success in secondary school.

 

Thank you to the 300+ alumni who made the effort to attend and we look forward to our next event which will be held early in 2021!



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Congratulations to our Alumni for their Outstanding Achievements:

 

March 2020: Congratulations to Uvindee Wijesana


 

Uvindee is an avid cricket player and in February 2020, she represented Victoria in the Under 15 National Championships in Canberra. At the conclusion of the tournament, Victoria placed a very commendable 3rd (out of 8 teams). Individually Uvindee ranked 35th in batting and 16th in bowling out of 108 participants. Uvindee is another very proud GWPS alumni and we look forward to hearing how her cricketing career progresses.


  

 

 

SENIOR ALUMNI


Vishal Kapoor - Past Student

 
Grade 5 – 1986                              2020



Years attended GWPS

1983-1987

Secondary school/s attended

Glen Waverley Secondary College

 

Study beyond secondary school

Deakin University Burwood

Australia & New Zealand Insurance Institute & Finance  

Current qualifications


Australia & New Zealand Insurance Institute & Finance (Fellow)

Bachelor’s in Commerce (Insurance & Marketing)

Diploma in Financial Services (Broking)

Qualified Practicing Insurance Broking


Current work


McLardy McShane Kapoor  - Director


Family


Wife (Shivani) & 1 son  (Arjun)

Greatest achievement/s thus far


Professionally  - Board member of 6 companies, Managing Director of McLardy McShane Kapoor 

Personally -  small young happy family !!


Fondest memory of Primary School


Playing 4 square (now called handball) early mornings


Words of advice for current GWPS students

Keep your options open and sponge knowledge



Gihan Jayaweera -
Past Student

 
            2001                                          2020


Years attended GWPS

2001

Secondary school/s attended

Glen Waverley Secondary College

 

Study beyond secondary school

Medicine

Current qualifications

MBBS
BMedSc(Hons)
FRACGP


Current work


General Practitioner (GP)
Founder of " The Health Ninja Licence"


Family


Makes everything worthwhile - Amazing wife, phenomenal son, inspirational parents and very close extended family. 

Greatest achievement/s thus far



Marrying someone who makes me a better human being.

Becoming a General Practitioner – my dream job!

Spreading  “The Health Ninja Licence”, a fun program designed to teach every Aussie primary school kid the skills they need to eliminate their risk of developing preventable diseases – both physical and mental.


Fondest memory of Primary School



I was known to be able to throw balls accurately. I used to stand my friends against a wall and throw the ball all around their body without hitting them. Once the principal at the time came out and asked me to either stop or throw the ball with HIM against the wall – I was tempted to proceed but I stopped. It was the right decision.

I made some friends that to this very day, are some of my closest friends.  

Mrs Barnes was my teacher and always made us feel good about ourselves.

A special shout out goes to those EPIC handball battles we had during recess and lunchtime.

I also kicked a basketball into a window and broke it. I can’t quite remember what happened after this but it couldn’t have been good. The only thing I remember was freezing in fear because I was “the new kid” and now I had broken something.  


Words of advice for current GWPS students



Prioritise your happiness and that of others.

Have you ever heard of the saying “Treat others    the way you want to be treated”? I find that most people are much kinder to others than themselves. I would challenge the above by saying “Treat yourself the way you treat others”.

Think of your dreams and then multiply them by 10. If people don’t think your dreams are crazy, they are not big enough.

Try to help as many people as you possibly can – what you say, what you do and what you create has immense power.  

Respect and love your parents or caregivers – there are only a handful of people that love you like they do.

Respect and love your teachers – they are teaching you things today that you may be able to use tomorrow to make your life or the life of someone else, better.

Don’t try to be better than other people, try to be better than yourself yesterday. It’s a much more enjoyable way to live life.

 

 

 

Introducing the world's first Virtual Health Ninja Challenge - Dr Gihan Jayaweera

 




Nethmi Jayakody - Past Student


                 2020


Years attended GWPS

Years 3 to 6

Secondary school/s attended

Glen Waverley Secondary College

 

Study beyond secondary school

Bachelors degree in Science at Monash University
Masters in Public Health at University of Melbourne

Current qualifications

Currently studying Diploma of Human Resources


Current work

Workforce Development Coordinator at Travellers Aid


Family

Mother, father and sister (who also attended Glen Waverley Primary. 
Husband who attended Glen Waverley Secondary.

Greatest achievement/s thus far

Completion of my studies and being employed in a job that I absolutely enjoy and an organisation that makes a difference


Fondest memory of Primary School

My teacher Ms Mackey, friendships that have lasted a lifetime.
I was fortunate enough to take friends from primary school to secondary school to university.


Words of advice for current GWPS students

Enjoy your youth and don't be afraid to try something new. Take advantage of every opportunity. Don't be scared to make mistakes, as you will be surprised at how much you learn from
your failures.

 

 

Gunya Jayakody - Past Student

 

  

        2002                                 2020

 

 

Years attended GWPS

2002

Secondary school/s attended

 

Glen Waverley Secondary College

 

Study beyond secondary school

 

Bachelor of Civil Engineering at Monash University/University of Melbourne

Current qualifications

 

Bachelor of Civil Engineering

Current work

 

Engineer/Estimator at Fulton Hogan

Family

 

Husband, 2 year old boy

Greatest achievement/s thus far

 

1.       My family

2.       Having a job that makes me think.

Fondest memory of Primary School

 

 

Mrs Barnes! I was the new kid and she was the bright part of my day. Mrs Barnes was known to go out of her way to help the kids and it shows because my husband and I still talk about her to this day.

Words of advice for current GWPS students

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to your parents.
Respect your parents.
Love your parents.

At the end of it all, they are going to be the one constant in your life. This was a piece of advice I got when I was a teenager and it’s true to this day.

Everything your teachers do is to make your life better so make their day a little brighter and do something nice for them. 

 

 

Gabrielle Harrison - Past Student

 

Years attended GWPS

1977-1983

 

Secondary school/s attended

 

St Michael's Grammar

Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School

Shelford Girls' Grammar

Study beyond secondary school

 

Monash University

University of California, Riverside

RMIT University

TAFE New South Wales

University of South Australia

Current qualifications

 

Bachelor of Arts

The Honours Degree of the Bachelor of Arts

Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (Applied Social Research)

Diploma of Frontline Management

Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Business Analysis)

Graduate Diploma of Data Science  (still slogging through the Masters)

Certified Business Intelligence Professional

Certified Data Management Professional

Certified Data Vault Modeller

Certified Data Governance Professional

Current work

 

Senior Analyst, Strategy, Planning and Performance in Chancellery at The University of Melbourne

Family

 

Paul (husband) and kids, Alex (GWPS class of 2014) and Aeryn (GWPS Class of 2020)

 

Greatest achievement/s thus far

Two great kids

 

Fondest memory of Primary School

Being allowed to have a lunch order from the tuckshop for my birthday each year.

Words of advice for current GWPS students

 

Enjoy the journey of your life.

Everyone’s journey takes a different path and yours will intersect with many others over time and will never follow an exact route on the map of life.

 

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