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Old Andreans at SACS

October 17, 2017

Alex Watson (OA2014)

When did you join SACS as a staff member?
I joined SACS as a member of staff in mid-2015 as a Design and Technology mentor for the Friday afternoon makerspace program.
What is your role?
I moved from this mentor role into a department technician for DT, Textiles, Visual Arts and Software Technology. It ranges broadly from resource management to more interesting things such as operating 3D printers and laser cutters. There is also an informal teaching component to help students with school and hobby-related projects. I have been able to include my post-school experience in Industrial Design to guide students through design processes and specific model making techniques.
What have you enjoyed about working at SACS?
The familiarity of the school makes it feel like I never really left! It’s also a humbling position to be a guiding figure for students who are in the same position that I was in just a few years ago.
Is it helpful in your work role to have been a student here?
It helps a great deal, from simple things like knowing your way around the school to already having relationships with the teachers who become colleagues. For the students involved in the department, they are often keen to ask questions about degrees and life after school. Much like I did, they find it helpful to have the opinion of an ex-student with the relatability of my position. That’s why I was happy to be a part of Learning the Ropes.
How has SACS changed since you were a student?
The school always appears to be growing! Every term more facilities pop up and renovations change the way the school looks from when I was a student here. While many of the teachers I had during school are still here, many new faces have joined since I’ve joined the staff.

Michael Richardson (OA2015)

When did you join SACS as a staff member?

I joined at the start of 2016 doing a traineeship full time with the outdoor education department, I now work part-time for the Design & Technology, Visual Arts, Textiles and Software Technology Departments.

What is your role?

From the start of this year I have been working as a technician for the Design and Art (DART) department, whilst still occasionally doing casual work for the outdoor education department. As a technician for DART I do a wide range of jobs from managing orders, to helping with the formulation of new work units for year groups, maintaining machines such as the 3D printers and laser cutter, designing parts or components where needed and also helping students whether it be with 3D printing/laser cutting or just general advice about their project.

What have you enjoyed about working at SACS?

There are many things I enjoy about working at SACS, from interacting and being able to help students with their work (many of which I have taken on camps in 2015) to being a part of the overall great community that SACS provides.

Is it helpful in your work role to have been a student here?

It has definitely been beneficial being a past student. Obviously, it helps knowing most of the staff already, but as mentioned above it’s also great for helping students as being someone that they can relate to since I’ve had to do most of the same work that they are currently going through.

How has SACS changed since you were a student?

There are a quite a few new staff members since I was a student. Many parts of the BBC and SAH also look quite different, such as the science department in BBC and music department in SAH, but overall the great community feel of SACS is still very much the same!