Keira Johannessen - Studying Bachelor of Business


Since graduating in 2016, our Female School Captain, Keira Johannessen, has been studying a Bachelor of Business at QUT. We caught up with Keira to see what else she has been up to since leaving Holland Park SHS and some memorable moments about the school.

What have you done since graduating?

I’ve started working as a barista at a local coffee shop and I am now studying a bachelor of Business at QUT.

Do you think your time at Holland Park helped you to pursue this?

Being School Captain gave me an insight into the business side of a workplace, through organising weekly parades, presenting at awards night and being an ambassador for the school when attending events such as the international woman’s day morning tea and a parliament house tour.

Did you enjoy your time at Holland Park SHS?

Yes. In my time at Holland Park I made many amazing friends, some of which I see regularly at university, and learned skills on how to study and manage myself under stress.

Who was your favourite teacher? Why?

All of my teachers were awesome. They all had their individual styles of teaching and were able to adapt to the class if we were struggling to understand a concept. They always tried to make the lessons fun and engaging and always had time to answer any questions we had and help us on homework or assignments.

What was your most memorable moment as a student?

I have a lot a great memories as a student at Holland Park. I remember the very first day of grade 8 when we were all arriving. There were so many new faces, we played games with the grade 12’s and got to know one another. I also remember being part of the musicals, practising lines with friends and joking around in our breaks. The sports carnivals were also enjoyable days, everyone was very supportive of each other and it was a good opportunity to get out of the classroom. The most recent favourite memory of Holland Park would be the parade when the school captains and senior leaders were announced for 2017. I enjoyed my time as school captain, presenting at the Anzac day service, awards night and finally the graduation ceremony.

Are you still friends with anybody you met at Holland Park?

Yes. I am lucky to have a close group of friends that attend the same or close universities and we still keep in touch and catch up when we can.

The advice you’d give to younger students currently in high school:

Don’t worry about trying to decide what you want to do when you leave school. I myself had no idea what I was going to when I left school until the very end of grade 12. Just follow your heart and be your own person, don’t let anyone try to change who you are.
Last reviewed 25 March 2020
Last updated 25 March 2020