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Sarah Sweet (nee Easton)
Class of 1998
Studied: Bachelor of Business Management, Bachelor of Science (Maths), Bachelor of Science Honours (Physics), PhD in Astrophysics, Grad Cert in Research Commercialisation.
Currently, Sarah is a Postdoctoral research fellow at ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Mt Stromlo Observatory where she is using better-than-Hubble-Space-Teles
Naomi Mason (nee Dickson)
Class of 2008
Qualifications: Bachelor of International Relations, Bachelor of Law at Bond University & currently studying Masters of International Human Rights Law
Naomi practiced law in Australia for 2.5 years and then moved abroad to the UK with her husband, Jordan Mason (Class of 2009). They now live in London and Naomi currently works as a Legal Consultant on a high profile banking remediation project. She notes that it is "very exciting and it has been interesting to get to work within one of the worlds most thriving financial markets."
Naomi's main ambition is to work as an International Lawyer in Human Rights / Public International Law, so she is currently making a career shift. She plans to be a part of a generation of lawyers who promote the rule of law and human rights for all.
"My husband often has to give me a bit of a pep talk that even though passion wise I feel like I could serve on a tribunal prosecuting international war crimes tomorrow, that it takes time to learn how to do that best and that I will get there one day. Patience is a lesson I am getting very familiar with. Other than that I am loving living in London and enjoying the travel perks of being on Europe’s doorstep."
"I've learned that rather than focusing on what I don't know or understand, I should turn my attention to what I do know. I know God. I know He loves me. I know He's never failed me. I know He wants what's best for me. I choose to trust Him and acknowledge Him without having to understand everything."
Class of 2009
Jacob Ritchie founded Two Birds Social. He now has over 100 clients nationally and internationally, including Marriott Hotels across all of Australia, Uber Australia, Uber New Zealand, Sheraton, Novotel, Accor Hotels, Stockland Shopping Centres and Ray White. He also has a studio space called Poly Studios, which serves as a hub for podcasting, Youtube videos and media. Poly Studios has clients including Flannerys, Price Attack and international glassware companies. Jacob was the 2018 runner-up in Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Class of 2002
Bel is graphic designer and photographer on the Hillsong Communications team. She designs and shoots campaign artwork for the national and global church. She also co-owns 'The First Hello' which is a collaborative photography company, founded by herself and River Bennett. The First Hello focuses on shooting the raw and real moments at live births. As a team, they've also recently launched 'The Daily Hello', which has expanded their business to capture fun and fresh kids' portraits.
Class of 2006
Qualifications: Bachelor of Urban and Environmental planning.
Sam works in town planning for the City of Gold Coast. Over the last seven years he has been assessing new developments on the Coast, ranging from small scale residential and commercial, to high-rises and shopping centres. He specialises in new church developments and large residential developments.
Currently, he is working within Gold Coast City Council's CBD office, promoting Southport as the CBD of the Gold Coast and dealing in economic development and investment attraction for the CBD and overall Gold Coast. His future direction is hopefully in private property development and urban design.
Class of 2014
Currently involved in a Griffith Internship Program
Student Exchange to UCF in Olrlando Florida Semester 2 2017
Golden Key International Honours Program
Double degree at Griffith University: Bachelor of Psychological Science and Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Science.
Academic Achievement Award for Griffith University
Recipient of the prestigious Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship
Aynsley Campbell (nee Knight)
Class of 2003
Bachelor of Communication Design
Runs her own Creative Design Agency: Aynsley Knight Design
Previously worked at an advertising agency for nine years, working on national and state ad campaigns.
Aynsley has a passion for real estate and has bought four investment properties. She is an animal welfare leagues foster carer and volunteer.
Class of 2009
Masters of International Relations
Completing PHD. Thesis: "Reconceptualising Faith-based Diplomacy to Expand the Diplomat's Toolkit"
Bachelor of Arts & International Relations
Semester Teaching Fellow at Bond University 2014-Current
2015, 2016 and 2018 SDSA Teaching Excellence Award
2014 McPherson Community Service Award
Class of 2001
Bachelor of Business (major: Marketing) and Bachelor of Arts (major: Public Relations) from Griffith University
Diploma of Leadership from SURFCITY International Training College
Currently: Promotions Manager for Triple M in Brisbane
Previously: Tactics Manager for Southern Cross Austereo, Promotions and Brand Manager for 92.5 Gold FM, Voiceover Artist and TV/movie extra.
Winner of an Australian Commercial Radio Award (ACRA) and finalist for seven others.
Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Involved in the Philippines Island Reconstruction Build, following Typhoon Haiyan
Class of 2006
With a love of cars and racing, Matthew started volunteering in local car racing events from the age of 15. After graduating from King's, he spent the next few years volunteering for a small team in the V8 Supercars Development Series. By 2012, Matt was working full time in a workshop for the V8 Supercars Championship, travelling Australia and the world.
Currently: A crucial part of the Pit Crew, Matthew works full time in its workshop, managing tyres and brakes and changing tyres in pit stops in around four seconds.
Matt had the privilege of working in the Bathurst 1000 Race and was able to celebrate in Adelaide in 2013 with the team, where the Driver & Team got two Pole Positions and a Race Win.
Class of 2011
Competed in 2012 Olympic trials (swimming)
Surf Life Saving (North Burleigh Club):
* 2015 - 1 gold medal (State) and 1 silver medal (National)
* 2016 - 2 gold medals / 1 silver medal (State) and 3 silver medals (National)
* 2016 - Part of North Burleigh IRB team to win World Championships in the Netherlands
Year of 2006
Bachelor of Biomedical Science.
Doctor on the Gold Coast, currently working in emergency.
Awarded John Flynn Placement Program Scholarship in first year of medical school.
Published first author in Neuroscience Letters for Honours thesis in Parkinson's Disease.
Involved with the GSPN (General Practice Student Network) national working party for community health and Chair of the local GPSN club.
Class of 2014
Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce (Bond University)
Sanjana is currently working at KPMG and is completing her Chartered Accounting & Chartered Tax Accounting.
She was awarded Bond's Vice Chancellor's Award of Academic Excellence and was the treasurer of Bond's ideas Club: 'Bond Think.' She attended the Northern University Games for Volleyball and completed a student exchange to Bentley University in Boston, USA.
While at King's:
- Competed two 'Student for a Semester' courses through Bond University
- Awarded Collegiate Scholarship
Class of 2014
Qualifications: Bachelor of Digital Media and Bachelor of Business
After graduating at King's, Melody went on to study a Double Degree in Business and Digital Media at Griffith University, where she was awarded The Griffith Award for Academic Excellence (2015-2018), Best Portfolio Award for Photo Media (2018) and Highest Academic Achievement Award for Digital Media (2018).
Melody founded her photography business, Kodo Creative, while still at King's. She has since had her photography work published in international magazines including Bella Rae Magazine, The Argus and Collective Quarterly. Melody works as a freelance photojournalist and has photographed campaigns for non-for-profit organisations such as Surf Life Saving Queensland, Glow Church and Hillsong. In 2018, Melody was the Managing Editor for The Argus Magazine.
Melody can now be found creating unique and emotional photographs & video stories for families on the Gold Coast for her business, as well as working at King's on the Marketing team and freelancing as a photojournalist.
Class of 2006
Studied: Bachelor of Sports Science (2008), Dr of Physiotherapy (2012)
Career: Head Physiotherapist Sandringham Zebras Victorian Football Club, Physiotherapist at Sandringham Sports Medicine
Currently: Director of O'Donnell Sports Rehabilitation Pty Ltd.
Class of 2012
Champion rower, Emily, was Newton House Captain and a prefect at King's.
She has represented Australia 3 times (Youth Olympics 2012, Under 21 Australian 2013, Under 23 Australian 2014 in Italy)
Awards: Rising Star Award at the Laine Beachley Awards (2013), NSW Double Championship winner (2013), n Under 19’s NSW Single Champion (2012), Gold Medals in Regatta (Australian Rowing doubles) SA (2010)
Bachelor of Science at Syracuse University, USA, where she received a full scholarship