Kaide Wheelock – CLASS OF 2020
When did you attend Prendiville Catholic College?
What were your interests/specialist subjects at school?
I loved the hands-on subjects and doing practical work especially art. My favourite Year 12 subjects were ATAR Art, Cert 3 Art, Woodwork and Marine Science.
What is your current profession?
I am currently studying at Edith Cowan University, doing a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management) and I’m in my first year at the moment. I also work for MADALAH as a mentor. MADALAH is an organisation that was founded to help the next generation of Indigenous Australians succeed in their studies and become leaders in their communities to make the world a better place. I mentor indigenous high school students at a variety of schools including Prendiville Catholic College, teaching them leadership, cooperation and teamwork. I’m not a teacher to them but more of a big brother, helping them become the best these students can be.
Describe your experience at Prendiville Catholic College
I really enjoyed being at Prendiville, meeting my friends and making memorable moments with them. The subjects they had to offer at Prendiville were very interesting and fun to experience. I also was a part of Yirri Yaarkin – a program to help Indigenous students become the best versions of themselves, which I loved being part of.
How has Prendiville Catholic College influenced you and made you the person that you are?
Being a part of Yirri Yaarkin influenced me the most and made me into the person that I am now. I was the first to graduate out of this program and I was the oldest student there so I took the role of the older brother figure, to help the younger students and let them know they have support from Cheryl and myself. This in turn helped me become a better person, gaining confidence, leadership, teamwork and responsibility.
What were your most memorable moments at Prendiville Catholic College?
My most memorable moments at Prendiville Catholic College were meeting my friends. We made a lot of memories during our time there. Graduating was also a very important and memorable moment of my schooling.