Home' Capricornus Quarterly : October 2013 Contents 8
PAST STUDENT PROFILE
Broken leg brought good fortune
Hayley James (Hayley Kenna, RGS
1993) may have spent her school years
attending twelve different schools
across three Australian states – but
her Rockhampton Grammar School
days of Years 9 and 10 hold a special
place in her heart and mind.
Founder and Managing Director
of Melbourne-based blue chip
executive search and advisory
firm Ampersand, the mother of two
“absolutely loved” her time at RGS
before briefly boarding at Geelong
Grammar School and attending
Melbourne’s Carey Grammar School.
“T hey (RGS) were the best years
of my school life – the experience
of being a boarder,’’ Hayley said.
“I felt the School was a very
progressive environment with fantastic
facilities and great people – Mr
Vincent (Anthony Vincent, Deput y
Headma ster) was a phenomenal
leader and an inspiring person.
“It was a beautiful school with a
good balance between the structure,
responsibility, empowerment and
discipline. It also instilled strong
family values. It was great to meet
people from all walks of life.’’
Hayley arrived at RGS following
in the footsteps of her brother
Cameron (Class of 1990).
Hayley had a passion for running
at RGS. Sports psychology was her
preferred career choice at that time.
“I didn’t really know what I
wanted to do after school, but sports
psychology became a natural choice
due to my athletics interest. Then in
Year 12 I developed stress fractures
and a minor break in my leg so my
attention turned to business.’’
Hayley earned a Bachelor of
Arts and worked in marketing
and communications for five
years before entering executive
recruitment, specialising in
marketing and communications.
Five years ago she started Ampersand,
at the peak of the GFC (global
financial crisis). Small
recruitment agencies were
closing and the big companies
“ We took a few deep breaths
at the time, but we were
and focused. It’s been a
wonderful journey since with plenty
of challenges and learnings, but also
incredibly rewarding and stimulating.”
The company has offices in
Melbourne and Sydney, led by her
brother Cameron, and Singapore.
The former RGS student, who
says she will never stop learning,
offers some advice to students about
to start their own journeys.
“Th ink laterally and challenge what
you like doing. Be really open to
possibilities. Work out what you are
passionate about and apply that to
your career choice. You need to be
focused on your goals and ambitions.
You don’t have to have all the answers
when you leave school or university.”
But you need a ‘learning attitude’ and
a good mentor according to Hayley.
“L i fe is about continual learning.
Learn from the best [and] model
yourself a s a future leader.’’
Think laterally and challenge
what you like doing. Learn
from the best [and] model
yourself as a future leader.
FROM THE IN-BOX: RECOLLECTIONS OF A 1940’s PAST STUDENT
career signal at RGS
Headmaster Jardine, Maths lecturer KC Gillham,
Prefect Pat Seeney come vividly to mind as I
type this... writes Lawrie Waller (Class of 1946)
in an email to the School in August. I wonder if
“ Brats” still have to learn the School “war song”.
It was a lifetime ago for the young man
from Cracow, whose love for radio would
take him all around the world thanks to
an encounter with Headmaster Fitzroy
Jardine, a man he greatly respected.
The RGS Assembly Room had the staff room
at one end and Scaffold Alley at the other end.
Scaffold Alley was the waiting area leading to
the Headmaster’s office, where miscreants often
received cuts to the hands and the buttocks.
One day toward the end of my junior year I
was chasing a friend who had a letter of mine
and who had run through the Assembly Hall,
when I saw the Headmaster emerge from his
office. I stopped abruptly and [pretended to
be] intensely interested in the notice board.
Lawrie’s eyes focused on a brochure
headed “A CAREER IN RADIO.”
I heard the Headmaster say in his unmistakable
voice: “Waller are you interested in a career
in the Postmaster-General’s Department?”
Lawrie subsequently applied, was accepted
and started his career in telecommunications
the following year in Brisbane, graduating
from the University of Queensland with a
BE (Electrical Engineering) in 1956.
Posted to Brisbane, Rockhampton (in the old
Post Office building in East Street), Melbourne
and Adelaide, he later held enginnering positions
and was Director Corporate of the Overseas
Telecommunication Corporation until he retired
in 1992. He travelled to most of the world’s
capitals pursuing Australia’s commercial and
technical telecommuncations interests.
Lawrie lives in Sydney today and writes:
My professional career can best be
characterised as a journey that took a barefoot
kid from a two-room State School in Cracow
to being the Australian representative on the
International Telecommunications Satellite
Organisation board in Washington DC. It has
been a long, satisfying and exciting journey
that commenced in earnest on the day I
avoided a visit to Scaffold Alley at RGS.
My very best wishes for the continued growth
of RGS with the sincere hope that the school
will impact as profoundly and positively on
the lives of its students as it did on mine.’
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and picture(s) about your memories of
School to firstname.lastname@example.org
Brown brothers place
ball in their court
Congratulations brothers Jake (RGS 2010)
and Reegan (RGS 2012) Brown on their
continued post Grammar success on the
tennis court. Their King’s College team blitzed
2013 Inter College Tennis Competition for
2013. Jake is in his third year of a University of
Queensland double degree in Economics and
Commerce and Reegan, a first year student, is
studying engineering and economics at UQ.
Past students are doing...
Congratulations to LNP Federal Members
of Parliament Ken O’Dowd (RGS 1968)
and Stuart Robert (RGS 1987) for
successfully retaining their seats in
the September Federal Election.
Brad Stacey (RGS 2009) is studying
Environmental Management and Sustainability
at Bond University. He has been elected Vice
President of his facult y’s Student Association.
Steve Deaves (RGS 1987) married Meghan
Rothery at Ritamada on 8 June (below).
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