Blackfriars hosts inaugural Old Scholars Business Networking event

More than 50 Blackfriars old scholars have attended the school’s inaugural Old Scholars Business Networking event.

Blackfriars Director of Development Patrick Kelly said the event was a fabulous way to bring together old scholars from across more than 60 years and a wide range of professional backgrounds.

“We really value our old scholar community,” said Mr Kelly, himself a Blackfriars old scholar (BPS’90), who hosted the evening.

“While we host several reunions every year, we had never run a business networking event; we hadn’t captured that group.

“The feedback from the attendees was excellent. They really valued that opportunity to make, or strengthen, business connections and, in many cases, catch up with old friends.

“It was great to see old scholars from my era chatting with men who had graduated 15, 20 years before us.”

Guest speaker was Sean Tasker (BPS’85), the Head of Education & Sport with NeuroFlex, who spoke about his journey from education management to ground-breaking brain science.

Sean Tasker (BPS’85) addresses the inaugural Blackfriars Old Scholars Business Networking event at Pavilion at Prospect.

Among the attendees was Michael Boyle, who started in Year 8 at Blackfriars the week the school opened in February 1953.

Another attendee, Michael Nong (BPS’20), is currently studying maths at university and, since attending the event, is now volunteering with Blackfriars’ Homework Club.

Blackfriars Old Scholars & Community Officer Tahlia Gutte hoped the regular Business Networking events would “further enhance the sense of community among old scholars”.

“I want these events to provide an opportunity for old scholars to connect and reconnect with former classmates,” said Ms Gutte, who organised last month’s event at North Adelaide Football Club.

“Old scholar business networking events play a crucial role in fostering lifelong professional and personal relationships, promoting career growth and enhancing the sense of community among old scholars.

“And old scholar networks can provide emotional and professional support. Whether facing career challenges or exploring new ventures, having a trusted group of peers can be incredibly beneficial.”

Sean Tasker is the the Head of Education & Sport with NeuroFlex.

The next Old Scholars Business Networking evening is on Wednesday 14 August, at The Archer Hotel, North Adelaide.

The guest speakers will be newly minted publicans and the graphic designers behind Retail Ink Joe Calabria (BPS’94) and Ross Calabria (BPS’99).

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