Getting to know your Alumni

By August 4, 2021 News

NOLAN SHARKEY – CLASS OF 1991

When did you attend Prendiville Catholic College?
I joined Prendiville for year 10 in 1989 and finished year 12 as part of the second ever cohort in 1991. We had moved over from Melbourne and my two brothers and I joined at the same time. My sisters were too young then.

What were your interests/specialist subjects at school?
In year 10 I did some odd subjects like Technical Drawing as we arrived too late for all the good electives.  I did well enough in the core subjects despite having a massive catch up as we had immigrated before Melbourne and I never did year 9 or much of year 8. I even managed to get a ‘Most likely to Succeed Award’, and I think my maths teachers were particularly helpful with all this.

What is your current profession?
Now I am a Professor of Law at UWA, an Adjunct Professor of tax at UNSW and I have done work for the United Nations. I am a barrister of law and have degrees in Law, Accounting, Chinese Studies, Taxation and Theology. My history studies brought the cultural element into my work that has been behind all my academic research that looks at law and government in different parts of the world. https://www.uwa.edu.au/profile/able/nolan-sharkey

Describe your experience at Prendiville Catholic College
The location of the school was the best. It felt like the end of the earth at the time. With the kangaroos on the fields in the morning and the untamed ocean so close by.

What were your most memorable moments at Prendiville Catholic College?
Just moments with my friends and particularly enjoyable teachers like Mr O’ Gorman for Maths, Peta Hills, Carla Bormolini in History and Mr Makimomsky. I had only just arrived in Perth and the school seemed to be on the edge of the world.