James Craven, Class of 2014
Achievements at Elderslie High School
•During my time at Elderslie High I achieved a lot of great things that I believe set me up to be the person I am today. I always enjoyed being involved in as many aspects of the school as I could. If it was early morning starts feeding cattle in the Ag Plot to late nights operating the sound desk for school functions it was great way to build my ‘life skills’. Yes education is important, but turning these into skills is fundamental. To this day I still use these skills day in day out to complete my daily tasks.
•Whilst I was at Elderslie High I must say that becoming Vice Captain was my biggest achievement. I enjoyed the role and it gave me skills that allow me to be a better person, employee and community member. Community is a big part of my life our support networks are built out of communities and family. Living in Camden now and walking through the main street seeing current students wearing EHS uniforms fills me with a great sense of pride.
•I was a key member of the Stage Crew for as long as I can remember. I learnt skills there that I now use in my job as a Broadcast Engineer. From Sound, Lighting to Vision these skills are something I cherish day in day out.
•I completed my Bachelor of Stage and Screen (TV Production) in 2017. I completed this at Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga. Moving to Wagga was one of the biggest challenges I have faced thus far. After graduating in 2014, being 18 moving to a Regional Town in NSW, was a big challenge, however I had learnt a lot of personal and Leadership skills from my time at Elderslie High.
Achievements post Elderslie High School
•I work for a major outside broadcast company in Australia as a Trainee Broadcast Engineer. It is actually a really hard job to explain to people because there is not many of us in Australia. I would say there is probably 50 people. The easiest way for me to explain what I do is simply I make “television”. You’re probably reading this watching the footy and I’m probably making sure it gets to your lounge room.
•My job is never boring and I have achieved a lot in a very small time. I have worked on The Voice Series 7, State of Origin, The NRL Bunker, NRL, AFL, BBL, A league and probably the coolest is the 2018 TV Week Logies as the Red Carpet Floor Engineer. I love my job and part of the reason I am so passionate is because of Mr Burke who introduced me to the Entertainment world whilst I was at Elderslie High School.
•As part of the Alumni for Elderslie High I feel very privileged to be able to share my story thus far with you.