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SJPHS Alumnae

We would love to hear about what is happening in the lives of our many alumnae, who now live all over the world.

Our past students and teachers have been pioneers and frontrunners in fields as diverse as science, politics, sport, medicine, technology, business and the law.

Some of our stories come from young men and women who are are just beginning their journey while others are part of the first students and staff to attend our school. What unites us is our sense of community and service to others, who rise and meet the challenges of life.

For more information on the St Johns Park High School alumnae, please contact the school.  

Mr Brian Caswell

Taught at our school 1980 to 1992

Over more than 40 years, Brian Caswell has achieved international success in the fields of both creativity and education. He is the author of over 200 books, numerous published articles, an award-winning song-writer and the creator of a number of highly-successful education programs, including a world-class curriculum S.M.I.L.E.S, for preschool.

Brian wrote his first novel while teaching in the History Faculty at St Johns Park High School. His novels have won many national and international awards including: the Children’s Peace Literature Award; the Multi-cultural Children’s Literature Award; the Aurealis Book of the Year for Science fiction and Fantasy; the Talking Book of the Year Award. He has appeared on the International Youth Library’s ‘White Ravens’ list of the best international books for young people five times and achieved numerous shortlistings in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. He has also judged the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and was appointed to the Australia Council Board of Peers.

Mr Chris Bowen

Attended our school 1985 to 1990

Chris Bowen entered Parliament in 2004 and has held a wide range of portfolios including serving as Treasurer, Minister for Human Services, Minister for Immigration, Minister for Financial Services, Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Competition Policy, Minister for Small Business and Minister for Tertiary Education. Chris has been responsible for a range of significant policy reform programs in these portfolios.

He served as Interim Leader of the Labor Party and Acting Leader of the Opposition following the 2013 Federal election and currently serves as Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Small Business.

Chris served on Fairfield Council for nine years, was a former Mayor of Fairfield Council, and former President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC).

He has a Bachelor of Economics degree, a Masters Degree in International Relations and a Diploma in Modern Languages (Bahasa Indonesia).

He lives in Smithfield with his wife Rebecca, children Grace and Max and Ollie the Labrador. 

Mr Daniel Thai

Attended our school 1998 to 2003

After getting into some trouble during and after attending our school, Daniel decided to turn his life around. In 2004, he followed his passion and began a Bachelor of Information Technology at Western Sydney University.

While completing his degree, he began working at St Johns Park High School. Seeing that 21st Century learning relies heavily on the use of technology, Daniel decided to start his own company - Xenontech. Xenontech provides technology support to schools and teachers and has served over 164 schools across New South Wales over the past 14 years. He employs over 20 staff who monitor, maintain and upgrade the technological facilities and support teachers deliver innovative and engage lessons to students. 

Daniel still lives locally with his wife and 2 children.  

Ms Sera Yilmaz

Attended our school 2001 to 2006

Sera completed a Bachelor of Laws/Social Science with honours majoring in Criminology and was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2013.

She has worked in a range of areas including as a family law solicitor, tenancy advocate at Redfern Legal Centre, at the taxation office and researcher for University of New South Wales.

Sera has always been an activist and is currently an advisor to the Federal Member for Fowler and Councillor for Fairfield City Council. Through these roles she chairs the Bonnyrigg Town Planning committee and the Multicultural Advisory Committee, and a member of the NSW Public Libraries Association Committee, Smithfield and Wetherill Park Town Planning Committee.

Sera is currently completing a research degree focussing on temporary skilled migration in Australia.  

Ms Kevin Lam

Attended our school 2005 to 2010

Kevin received the Senior Sportsmen of the Year jointly and the Ruben F Scarf Award in his final year. He credits the leadership, belief and inspiration of his teachers for his stellar achievements.

Kevin completed a Bachelor Degree in City Planning in 2016 and worked as a Research Assistant at UNSW City Futures. He then moved on to work as a Town Planner at Fairfield and Blacktown City Council.

In 2021, Kevin was elected as Councillor for Fairfield City Council. He works alongside Mayor Frank Carbone and Fowler MP Dai Le to help represent and shape Fairfield City.

Kevin now works as a Development Manager at Landcom, a state owned government corporation. For the past seven years, his role involved delivering sustainable master planned communities across NSW with a focus on increasing affordable and diverse housing.

Kevin and his twin brother co-founded Sydney West Riders in 2012, a motorcycling community of over 11,000 riders. He currently plays for the local Mounties soccer club and lives locally with his wife.

Mr Allen Janmee

Attended our school 2006 to 2011

After deciding university was not for him, Janmee was hired as a sales trainee by Suttons Motors Group in 2015. In this role he worked with various high profile clients and was part of the sales team to provide sponsorship to the South Sydney Rabbitohs Football Club.

In 2018, Allen took a position with Mitsubishi Motors as an Area sales manager entrusted with running and managing 12 franchises in New South Wales. He has contributed to record profit margins in sales and finance.

After finding his passion, Allen has returned to university to complete a Bachelor of Business.   

Ms Christina Kumar

Attended our school 2006 to 2011

Christina was supported to complete a TVET Certificate III course in Health Services Assistance while completing Year 12 at St Johns Park High School in 2011.

This allowed for an transition into University where she completed a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Technology. She is currently a registered nurse specialising in Perioperative Nursing. This requires her to assist surgeons in a variety of operations including hip and knee replacements, caesarians and intestinal resections. She is currently working to become a Nursing Educator.  

Ms Sushan Neav

Attended our school 2008 to 2013

Sushan Neav left SJPHS and completed a Bachelors of Economics at the University of Sydney. She majored in finance and economics but always held a strong interest in information technology.

This passion has enabled Sushan to work as a Client Advisor with a focus on on Cloud, Internet of Things and Analytics at IBM Australia.  

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