Sean Davies remembers graduating from the Carramar Campus on a Tuesday in 2005 and starting full-time work on a building site by the Thursday, eagerly saving up to study theology at Bible College the following year.
Since then Sean has held a number of positions in various industries including working as a tradie, running small businesses, private music tuition at St Stephen’s, youth work and recruitment.
“As of now, I have recently started a position with Forpark Australia, the largest playground manufacturer in Australia, as a design consultant,” he said.
“Basically, I get to design playgrounds and park fitness equipment all day for the local government, resource, education and building sectors.”
“I work with my customers to develop the perfect equipment (parkfit or playground) suited for their target audience, whether it be kindy, primary or senior school students or even personnel working up north that want alternative options for exercise other than the tradition gym – think Australian ninja style.”
Sean has spent some time abroad, travelling through South Africa, Uganda and Zambia with a few trips to Europe and South Asia and his favourite place Tasmania.
“My current plan is to travel as much of WA as possible with my wife and three children,” he said, listing stand-up paddle boarding, reading and going on random adventures with his family among his hobbies.
While he is living a bit closer to the city these days, Sean reflected fondly upon his time at St Stephen’s School.
“I was awarded the citizenship award in my final year, which was really special as well as having the opportunity to play drums in pretty much any school event from 2003 onwards.”
Sean said he had always thought he was best suited for a trade or Tafe pathway but with some more life experience and confidence under his belt, he has realised his capabilities and is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Ancient History.
“My time at St Stephen’s School was certainly enjoyable and I was supported in a number of different ways from faculty over the years, especially in the areas of my faith and music,” Sean said.
He said he had grown up accepting that he was “just not smart enough for uni” but that, on reflection, “I, like most students, are capable of more than what others believe and, given the right push and opportunity, can achieve greater things than they may even believe themselves”.