Since the first TIGS cohort graduated in the 1960s, TIGS alumni have taken the benefits of their education on to pursue very diverse and remarkable futures across the world. Whether it be practising law in London, working as a missionary overseas or film directing in Sydney, our graduates have flourished, building incredible careers that are having an impact in their chosen fields.

United by the community that is TIGS, they are still very engaged with their classmates and are always happy to assist future generations of TIGS students with their world-class education.

TIGS would like to invite its Alumni, past community members, staff and parents to re-connect.
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Mia Osman (Class of 2012)

After graduating from TIGS in 2012, Mia went on to pursue her passion for science, studying a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Physics Advanced (Honours) at the University of Wollongong and graduating in 2016 with Class I Honours. She has since commenced a PhD researching Lung Tumour Segmentation on 4D PET/CT images for Radiotherapy Treatment and Planning. Mia’s studies have taken her internationally to China and Japan over two years to advance her research and network. Her effort and dedication to her studies have also seen her awarded with the Dean’s Merit Award and the Physics Discipline Prize in her 3rd and 4th year of her Bachelor’s degree.

During her studies, Mia continues to work in her family business while teaching other students as a first-year Physics Demonstrator/Tutor at UOW. Once her PhD is complete, Mia will be pursuing a career as a Medical Physicist. During her schooling years, Mia was given the opportunity to participate in the Gifted and Talented Programme at the University of Sydney. Mia believes that this programme cemented her focus for the HSC and played a vital part in where she is today.

I have to give a big thanks to TIGS and in particular the Science teachers that encouraged me to pursue STEM subjects.

Tessa McMillan (Class of 2012)

Tessa McMillan (left) has always had a passion for business and a love of fashion. After her graduation from TIGS in 2012, Tessa enrolled at the University of Wollongong in a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and Accounting. Her studies at university and entrepreneurial spirit prompted her to open her own women’s fashion boutique, Elba the Store in Wollongong during her final year of university. Learning how to run and operate a business provided the scope for the theoretical principles she acquired at university to be implemented in a practical environment.

Graduating in 2016, Tessa made the move to Sydney to begin a new role as an Associate in assurance at Ernst and Young. In this role, Tessa has been able to implement her accounting knowledge for her clients while protecting the integrity of global corporations. Tessa’s work gives companies, investors and regulators confidence in the validity of financial statements and their processes. During her time at Ernst and Young, she has worked with over 30 clients including companies on the ASX-200.

Nicola Xanthopoulos (Class of 2012)

In the six years since graduating TIGS, Nicola Xanthopoulos has started her own business, won national awards and studied internationally. Graduating from TIGS, Nicola took her education to the next level by enrolling in a Bachelor of Education at the University of Wollongong. During her time as a university student, Nicola’s studies saw her travel internationally to Harvard University with the Harvard Summer School exchange programme. Nicola was the first Australian student to be accepted into a Harvard exchange programme.

In 2012, Nicola launched her Shellharbour based education business, Nicola’s Tutoring. This small business started with only two students but soon grew to over 30 students a week across 17 streams of education. Her business teaches students anything from piano lessons and singing, to Mathematics and English. In 2018, Nicola’s Tutoring was awarded the much sought after ‘Australia’s Best Sole Trader’ award at the Australian Small Business Champion Awards. Nicola’s business has also been a Finalist for ‘Outstanding Educational Service 2017’ and Nicola herself was a finalist for ‘Outstanding Business Person of the Year 2017’. Nicola’s success and expertise in education is a testament to following your passion and being creative with your ideas.

It’s not a job for me, it’s a social thing. I like to see my students and I like knowing that I have their support and they have mine.