Forging ahead: 10 Outstanding graduates from the past 10 years

At Ivanhoe Grammar School, what we teach in the classroom stretches beyond the specific lesson of that day.

Receiving an education with us is about laying a foundation for our students to take with them as they move into the professional world. Nurturing a lifelong sense of connection to their Ivanhoe Grammar past, we are lucky enough to stay in touch with our alumni and celebrate their achievements. Here we look at 10 graduates who have completed schooling in the past 10 years and who are already making an impact in their chosen professional fields.

Xavier Agostino, a graduate from 2010, has taken with gusto to a career as a pharmacist, and while completing his tertiary studies held the highly-prized role of President of The National Pharmacy Student’s Association.

Since graduating in 2009, Emily Bamford has soared to amazing heights as a professional athlete. The school could not have been prouder to see Emily don the green and gold for Australia at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Alpine Skiing, where she placed 50th in the Giant Slalom.

Whether it be academically or on the sporting field, Ivanhoe students are encouraged to excel. Dylan Buckley, a graduate from 2011, not only plays AFL at the highest level for the Carlton Football Club, but his impressive skills have also been recognised when he was nominated for the NAB AFL Rising Star in Round 2, 2014.

At the tende age of 16 Sam Bramham entered Paralympic competition with a splash when he broke the 100m Butterfly world record at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games. Since then he has travelled the world claiming golds, breaking records and experiencing life. In 2009 Sam was awarded with the Order of Australia Medal for services to his country and for being a role model for his younger team mates. 

Sarah, a graduate from 2009, is quite literally helping future generations, having embarked on a career in midwifery. Her dedication saw her receive an Excellence Award while studying at the Australian Catholic University where she became the ambassador for the Bachelor of Midwifery.

Keeping with the theme of generational change, Lucy is undertaking impressive work to preserve the environment. This graduate from 2006 is the Co-Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and has garnered national attention, receiving the 2013 Prime Minister’s Young Environmentalist of the Year Award. 

We often celebrate students who excel in more traditional professions, however, we also see see graduates embark on a much broader range of successful careers. Alexia (2011 alumni) has taken on the world of fashion blogging, journalism and illustration. This has included covering major international fashion events, such as Paris Fashion Week, and more locally, seen her creative illustration work.

Katrina has excelled since graduating in 2008. She has undertaken a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law at Monash University, consistently obtaining marks in the top two percent of her course, resulting in her gaining a place on the Dean’s Honour List. She also secured a highly-coveted internship at King & Wood Mallesons in Hong Kong. 

The prestigious international professional dance circuit has embraced 2008 graduate, Joshua, who secured a place with the Leipzig Ballet Company (Germany), widely regarded as one of the best on the international stage, for their 2014/15 season.

With her eye on the importance of global citizenship, 2013 graduate Anna has taken on the role of Australia’s delegate to the 2014 G(irls)20 Summit, an event that sees one young delegate from each G20 country offer up ways to empower girls and women in the areas of politics, economics and social growth.