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Chantal Russo (nee Le Feuvre)

Chantal completed her entire schooling at Ormiston College, commencing in Year 1 and continuing through to Year 12. Following her graduation Chantal commenced a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Journalism, a dual degree, at the University of Queensland.

Chantal graduated from University with First Class Honours in Law and was the recipient of the 2008 Queensland Environmental Law Association Prize. She now works as a commercial lawyer. Chantal continues to be involved with Ormiston College and was appointed as a Director of the College Board in 2013.

Many past students have successfully taken to Law as their chosen career. Senior students at Ormiston College are offered the opportunity to commence their tertiary studies in Year 12 through the STARTQUT legal program.

Mirusia Louwerse

Mirusia was known at Ormiston College for the lead roles she played in major school productions such as Oliver and The Wizard of Oz and for many vocal presentations she gave during her time at the College. Whilst at Ormiston she won many Eisteddfods and on graduating she was offered numerous scholarships and bursaries.

Mirusia went on to study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and was the youngest singer to receive the Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award. Mirusia toured the world as Andre Rieu's leading soprano for five years and has had two number one albums and a platinum DVD. Mirusia is an Ambassador for the Australia Children's Music Foundation.

Ormiston College had the great pleasure of welcoming Mirusia back to its community as the revered performer took to the stage at the 2012 Speech Night.

The strong Arts program offered at Ormiston College has allowed many past students the opportunity to make their career in the performing arts, music, dance and theatre as well as visual arts and creative design.

Timothy Smith

After graduating from Ormiston College in 2001, Tim undertook a Bachelor of Applied Science at the Queensland University of Technology. Tim worked part time as a medical scientist while undertaking a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Queensland, graduating in 2008.

After six years of training in Urology, Tim was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2017.

After fellowship, Tim moved to England to undertake a year of subspecialty training in robotic urologic surgery at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Tim returned to Brisbane in August 2018 to practise at the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital and Brisbane Urology Clinic as an Urological Surgeon with an interest in robotic and oncologic surgery.

Tim's wife, Melinda Howells, a fellow Ormiston College Alumni, is a broadcast journalist with the ABC. Their daughter, Lucy, was born in 2015.

A large number of Old Collegians have entered the medical field.

Mark Broadmeadow

On graduation from Ormiston College, Mark Broadmeadow, Class of 2005, received a Dean's Scholarship to Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to study Informechatronics. Mark completed his undergraduate project in Industry with Surtek Pty Ltd in 2009 and graduated from QUT with an Honours degree. He then commenced a Ph.D. in Power Electronics sponsored by Surtek and went on to receive the Australian Postgraduate Award and the Vice Chancellor's Initiative Scholarship. In late 2011 he completed a Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation at QUT.

Mark is currently undertaking Ph.D. research and is working as a Lecturer in Power Engineering at QUT. Mark is a member of the committee for the Queensland Chapter of the Electrical Energy Society of Australia (EESA).

Chelsea Roffey

Having been given the opportunity to act as umpire for school matches at Ormiston College gave Chelsea a taste for being a sports officiator. Chelsea was also a very strong music student and after graduation was accepted at the Queensland Conservatorium. At weekends she acted as umpire whenever the opportunity arose and soon moved into the big league.

Chelsea umpired throughout the QAFL competitions for three years and in 2004 umpired her first game at the Gabba. After moving to Melbourne in 2007 she climbed up through the ranks to become the first ever female to officiate at the 2012 AFL Grand Final, which was held at the famous MCG.

Ormiston College has an excellent sporting program that has been the inspiration for many young men and women who have gone on to play their part in the professional sporting arena. In 2012 Ormiston College was delighted to congratulate their very first Olympian, Diver James Connor.

Sarah Whiteford

After graduating in 2001, Sarah moved to Sydney to study Veterinary Science before transferring to Engineering at UNSW. After graduating with a Petroleum Engineering degree, Sarah travelled to Perth where she worked on several key projects, locally and internationally.

In 2012 Sarah moved to Thailand, later transferring to Korea and finally settling in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sarah now splits her time between KL and Houston, where she is a Founding Director for a new oil-field technology venture.

Sarah & Sam Betts (Class 2000) married in 2016 and share a passion for traveling the world, supporting start-ups, and helping local communities.