Since the first classes graduated in the 1960s, TIGS alumni have taken the benefits of their education and gone onto to pursue very diverse and remarkable futures across the world. Whether it be practicing law in London, Christian radio announcing in Wollongong or film directing in Sydney, all these graduates have flourished, building creditable careers that are having an impact in their chosen fields.
United by the community that is TIGS, they are still very engaged with their networks/classmates and are always happy to assist, in a variety of ways, the future generations of TIGS students with their world class education.
Ben Kumanovski, TIGS Class of 2003
Ben’s story begins as a boy here at TIGS, fascinated by the production of great films, and a burning desire to tell stories on screen. For his Year 12 Art major work he produced a short film called “Big Night Out” after which he decided to embark on a career in film production and confirmed his tertiary studies. This passion for visual storytelling has fueled his career as a director.
Ben's list of qualifications include a Bachelor of Communications with the University of New England (UNE), a Graduate Diploma of Screen Business at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and an Advanced Diploma in digital television production with JMC Academy.
Ben has developed a professional approach to production and during his career has worked with a variety of television personalities. Working with brands such as Toyota, TAFE, Mortgage House and Lowes, Ben has directed campaign films, branded content, TVC’s, corporate videos, short films, training videos, music videos and documentaries. He has won numerous awards for his work and has been written about in the media.
Ben now runs his film company in Sydney where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
Georgia Kollaras, TIGS Class of 2010
A very well-known performer in the Illawarra, Georgia has contributed her amazing voice to numerous musical theatre productions, not only at school but at venues like IPAC and WIN Entertainment Centre.
She graduated TIGS in 2010 to join the family business, taking out the award for 2013 Illawarra Vocational Student of the Year and is now the Contact Centre Manager, Kollaras Trading Company where she has oversight of the Domestic Sales Team.
Georgia is an inspiration, an extremely talented singer with a world of opportunity at her feet, who could have chosen to only pursue a career in performing. Instead her determination and commitment motivated her to honour three generations of her family by joining them in business whilst still auditioning, performing and honing her craft in performance and vocals.
In her busy working life she has also achieved an Advanced Diploma in General Sales, Merchandising and Related Marketing Operations and an Illawarra Women in Business Young Achievers Award 2014.
Patrick Meaney, TIGS Class of 2009
After TIGS, Patrick went to the University of Sydney where he completed a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws degree, graduating at the end of 2014. During his university studies, Patrick was accepted onto an internship program in London with Herbert Smith Freehills. In his final year at university, directly after the internship, Patrick spent six months studying EU law at Vrije Universitet Amsterdam. After graduating from USyd, he moved to London to start a graduate position with Herbert Smith Freehills. He is currently in the second rotation of the firm's graduate program, working in the competition/antitrust department.
At school, Patrick was keenly involved in extra-curricular activities such as debating, mock trial, public speaking. He says that he found those activities were enjoyable and are useful to his current career. His high school studies in French have provided him with the opportunity of doing an exchange in Paris, have enabled him to speak to people from all over the world, and have been useful in his job, especially as one of the cases he spent a lot of time on was for a French client.
Paul Partland, TIGS Class of 1995
Paul can’t quite believe that its 20 years since he was School Captain at TIGS but his children, now in TIGS Junior School, don’t let him forget! Paul studied Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, surviving the first lecture, most of which was delivered in Latin, to graduate with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (with merit) 5 years later. He has been practicing as a veterinarian in Wollongong since graduation and was a partner at a small animal practice in Wollongong for 4 years. Paul has a passion for all things veterinary and willingness to always go the extra mile to care for his patients. He has a keen interest in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery of dogs and cats, as well as having lots of experience treating birds, reptiles, rabbits, guinea pigs and rodents too. Recently he says he got his mid-life crisis out the way vetting with horses and a range of species small and large in the Central West of NSW.
Paul reports that he has two dogs, two fish, two rabbits, two wonderful children, Sarah and Tom but so far only one beautiful wife Merewyn, who is a Director of the Cancer Council NSW.
Semaema Grace, TIGS Class of 2005
Ten years on from her TIGS education, Semaema works at Pulse 94.1FM, the Christian radio station here in the Illawarra. Despite many challenges in her life with moving to Australia as a young girl and battling subsequent severe health problems, she has persevered and has founded ‘Semaema Grace Projects: project and fundraiser planning’.
Semaema is multi-talented and describes herself as a Singer, Songwriter, Recording Artist, X-factor contestant 2012, Performer and Worship Leader. She is always very happy to share her incredible journey of life as a Christian youth leader here and overseas. She is a passionate advocate of raising awareness for organ and tissue donation. Recently she has been campaigning for practical support for her homeland of Fiji, as the villagers struggle to recover from the devastating effects of the latest cyclones.
Ken Kencevski, TIGS Class of 2007
In the few short years since he graduated from TIGS in 2007, Ken has achieved a great deal in business. Obtaining a Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT), e-Business, Ken has gone on to start several enterprises including Speedmaster, Devika and Kencevski GP. Officially founded two years ago, Devika currently has ventures in motion in the entertainment, nutrition, coffee, locomotion and education industries.
Thanks to the Devika Method he invented, Ken says that he looks forward to building and mentoring businesses that want to solve meaningful problems in the world, and place the planet and people to the same priority as profit.
Prior to his current venture, Ken successfully assembled and led the frontier operations to propel his innovation Speedmaster and was listed amongst Australia's Top 100 Retailers, having been nominated as Australia's 'Best International Conqueror' for introducing new e-commerce marketing channels. This movement subsequently enhanced the demand for Speedmaster products and in turn has opened doors to his Authorised Reseller Program which facilitates integrated solutions for B2B2C sellers.