Old Andrean in Profile: Jack Toohey (OA2010)

February 24, 2020

Creativity is in Jack Toohey’s blood. During his time at St Andrew’s from Year 7 to Year 12, Jack (OA2010) was involved in all types of musicals, dramas, artworks and creative efforts.

After being employed by the school to create marketing content for five years, he took a leap of faith in creating yeahsure., a content creation agency that works with leading brands to create engaging stories.

Included on his list of clients: Elton John, Qantas, Gang of Youths, Weet-Bix, and Gawura.

Returning back to the school community every year to take pro bono photos for Gawura, Jack uses his skills to promote a cause he’s been passionate about since school.

“I was in Year 9 when Gawura started in 2007, and we soon heard Kevin Rudd’s National Apology speech in 2008,” Jack recalls. “Before that, I don’t think I was very conscious of the Stolen Generations and I didn’t know much about the struggles of Indigenous people.

In Year 10, he became involved with Gawura. He read with younger students before school and came back after school to help with the Gawura Homework Club.

“I quickly realised Gawura is a really valuable endeavour.” 

“I take photos of students in Gawura almost every year. It’s cool to see the students grow up. I took some photos of Year 7 students this morning who were off to Kirrikee and I remember taking photos of them way back in Kindergarten!”

And it’s not just photography. Jack serves on the Old Andreans Association Council and was its Vice President from 2012-2016.

“SACS is all about community and I think that is really fostered here,” Jack says. “I don’t feel disconnected from the school. Things change, but it’s still the same school. It’s just more colourful and modern now.”