Four of Endeavour Sports High School’s former star pupils dropped into the school as part of Education Week to speak to students about how to make the leap from high school to elite sport.
Australia rugby league representative and South Sydney NRL player Alex Johnston, Sydney FC W-League captain and Matildas representative Teresa Polias, Southern Districts Rebels and ACT Brumbies player Dewet Roos and US college basketball star Clae Martin returned to their former school on Wednesday to give insights into how to chase an athletic career while balancing academic success.
The players spoke and took part in a question and answer session with the students.
Principal James Kozlowski said the school had a long list of alumni that had graduated into successful careers in sport.
“Giving our current students a chance to hear from former students who have made the transition to professional sporting careers is an important opportunity to get insights into what made them successful both academically and on the sporting field,” Mr Kozlowski said.
“Hopefully it will also inspire our students to work even harder to achieve their sporting dreams.”
Department of Education secretary Mark Scott said this year’s Education Week theme, ‘I Learn, We Learn’, reflected the department’s focus on continuous improvement so that every child, every teacher, and every school would improve every year.
“Great learning and teaching occurs in classrooms in public schools every day,” he said.
“Our evidence-based approach to quality teaching ensures our public schools are meeting the diverse needs and strengths of each individual student.”