After graduating in 2011 College Captain, Alister Hadley undertook a gap year working at the Phillip Island Adventure Resort. This enabled him to save money and move to Bendigo to complete his Bachelor of Outdoor Education (2013-2015).
From 2015 to 2019 Alister worked as a freelance Outdoor Educator, travelling around Australia, delivering a range of Outdoor Experiences to a variety of students. Alister is just about to compete his Master of Applied Learning and Teaching with Deakin University (2021).
In April 2021, Alister choose to return to the College for his University placement. He thought it would be great to come back and see the 'modern' Newhaven College (compared to the Boys Home Road campus). He was quite nervous on day 1, but everyone was helpful, kind and supportive. Alister enjoyed reconnecting and working with the staff and teachers, and the students were great.
Alister’s fondest memory of Newhaven College was back in 2011 (Year 12). “I was planning to move into Outdoor Education in Bendigo. At the time you needed a study score of 25 in English to apply and be accepted into the course. I spoke with Jane McGillivray about my ambitions as she was my Year 12 English teacher, and she recognised that my essay writing and general English abilities needed improving. She told me I needed to practice my writing and encouraged me to write an essay every week (to which she graciously marked and gave me feedback). By the end of Year 12, I achieved over the required score and was accepted into the course, the rest is history.
Without Jane, her recognition of my skills and her willingness to take extra time with me I would never had made it into Outdoor Education nor continued into being a teacher! Thanks Jane!”