Strathy Stories

Pathway to Medicine

Four students from the Class of 2020 were accepted into Medicine and are now studying together at Monash University. Head of Careers and Partnerships, Ms Joanna Buckley interviews Anoushka Baruah (’20), Rebecca Evans (’20) and Caitlin Eccleston (’20) about their chosen career and the steps involved to enter Medicine.

Designing the Urban Future

Alumnae Emma de Haan is a 3D designer and architect helping transform the urban landscape. With an impressive career spanning across the globe, Emma has a strong passion for design and creating, and this teamed with her natural curiosity of human behaviour has developed a successful architectural career.

amanda whitfort

2020 Medallist recipient

This year we are proud to present Associate Professor Amanda Whitfort (’87) with the Strathcona Medal. Amanda is a shining example of alumnae who has a positive impact on our world. She has made significant legislative and policy changes for animal rights in Hong Kong and continues to do good work in Animal Law.

marlena ahrens


Marlena Ahrens (’09) is a passionate World Champion Kayaker and Physiotherapist.
Her passion for kayaking started in Year 9 at Strathcona. The appeal of being part of
a team competing in a five day race was the start of her paddling success.


Leisl Leighton (’88 ) is one of Strathcona’s unstoppable women and an author of award-winning paranormal novels. Passionate about music and creative writing Leisl has always read everything from fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi, romantic historical and suspense stories, not to mention classics such as Shakespeare. Leisl has won the Indiana Romance Writers Golden Opportunities Competition and the …


Strathy Stories. Unstoppable Women: Ashleigh McInnes (2003)

Ashleigh McInnes (’03) graduated from the University of Melbourne and went on to found a PR business called Papermill Media. Her company, Papermill Media debuted in 2017 annual Australian Financial Review ‘Fast100’ list as one of Australia’s fastest growing companies, coming in at number 43. The agency has achieved annual growth of 53.4 percent and …

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Strathy Stories. Unstoppable Women: Laura Stitzel (2001)

Laura Stitzel (2001) is an independent artist in Melbourne, Australia. She has been working as an illustrator, designer and animator in Australia and Canada since 2008. Laura’s work has appeared in many children’s television shows such as Emmy Award winning Peg + Cat and Arthur. On Arthur, the world’s longest running children’s series, Laura was …

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