Recognising and celebrating

the achievements of our Alumni

This year the Sheldon College Alumni Advisory Board launched the inaugural Young Alumnus of the Year Award, recognising the achievements and successes of Alumni in the broader community who have significantly created positive change through demonstrated excellence and continuous improvement in their chosen field of endeavour. 

Nominations were received from a range of external members of the community who work closely with our Sheldon College Alumni, as well as from parents, friends and staff of past students. 

Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board, past Sheldon College student and Academic Staff member, Ms Lauren Cossettini, had the pleasure of presenting the inaugural award at the 2020 Senior College Celebration of Excellence Ceremony to the very worthy winner, Ms Alicia Partridge.

Alicia graduated from Sheldon College in 2014 and went on to study a Diploma of Nursing with QUT, graduating with Distinction in 2017. Alicia then participated in the Graduate Program, which saw her work and experience life, as a Nurse, in the Fraser Coast region. This experience was a steep learning curve, where she was abruptly forced out of her comfort zone, and into a situation to put her skills and knowledge from the classroom into immediate practice.

Throughout the unprecedented and challenging times this year due to COVID-19, Alicia demonstrated selfless acts of kindness and her caring nature through her chosen profession, by voluntarily travelling to Melbourne to assist with the COVID-19 testing in commission buildings, pop-up respiratory and drive-through testing clinics. She spent all of July 2020 testing patients whilst wearing full protective gear for up to 10 hours a day. Upon returning to Queensland she then again, offered her services for another month to the Fever Clinic in operation at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, once again selflessly putting the health and safety of others ahead of her own welfare.  

Alicia’s valiant service to the greater community during a very uncertain time this year is worthy of recognition enough. Beyond this, she has worked hard to continuously grow and learn in her chosen field and has demonstrated integrity and the ‘Sheldon spirit’ in her actions and endeavours post school. She currently works in both the nursing pool and on a contract on the respiratory ward - where she manages both complex respiratory patients and COVID-19 pending patients.

Alicia said “I am extremely humbled and honoured to win the 2020 Sheldon College Young Alumnus of the Year Award. It is not often that people from the Nursing profession are acknowledged and I am very proud of this achievement and for receiving the recognition. It’s great to be back on campus.”

Alicia herself believes that it was the guidance and support of her teachers at Sheldon College, that helped her uncover her love of learning and calling as a Nurse. “My education journey commenced at Sheldon College and it instilled a lifelong love of learning in me. I plan to continue my studies further by completing my Masters in Nursing and commencing a role in the Australian Defence Forces. I feel my time at the College has influenced this decision, as it’s the structure, sense of belonging, culture and community aspects that appeal most to me about pursuing my career within the Defence Forces.”

“I am so passionate about my career and educating and helping those in need. I take great pride in knowing that everyday someone is placing their life and trust in my hands and that I am able to make a contribution to their life in even the smallest way.”

Since graduating Alicia has epitomised the 4 core behaviours of Sheldon College – Consideration, Cooperation, Courtesy and Common Sense as she continues to strive forward in all her endeavours by demonstrating strong Sheldon College values in the broader community.