Meet our new Pathways Counsellor

Sunshine Coast Grammar School is excited to welcome past student, Lauren Condon to our community as Pathways Counsellor.

Working alongside Head of Pathways and Partnerships, Lauren will work with students and families to foster effective time management skills, organisation and study planning and help them discover their unique passions and purpose.

We sat down with Lauren to hear what she has been up to since graduating from Grammar and learn more about her passion for psychology.

What are you most looking forward to about your new role?

I am looking forward to supporting our students and building relationships with families. I am also excited to be advancing my career.

Do you have a particular passion within the psychology industry?

I have always had a passion for Neuropsychology. It is defined as “the study of the relationship between behaviour, emotion, and cognition on the one hand, and brain function on the other.” Having a deeper understanding of these relationships and being able to interpret them in everyday life is fascinating.

Throughout my degree, I have studied Organisational Psychology, so I will be able to work alongside students to assist them in effective time management, organisation and study planning.

Pathways is about individualised learning and supporting students to follow their unique passions and purpose. We use a holistic approach and are able to create study plans together that focus on maximising time to ensure all study and assessment requirements are fulfilled whilst still having time left over for yourself (and sleep!). 

It is important for students to have a happy balance of life and school to ensure a positive impact on mental health. I’m really looking forward to supporting our students and building relationships with families.

How does it feel to be back at Grammar?

It is so exciting to be back at Grammar. It is a beautiful school and I have so many beautiful memories here. A few things have changed since graduating, mostly the incredible new Aquatic Centre as well as the Art and Science facilities.

Question: What have you been up to since graduating from Grammar?

Since graduating I have built my first home, got married, and have two beautiful border collies! I love to exercise and enjoy taking my dogs for swims at the beach or dam. They love to exercise with me and on Sundays, we like to take long walks – up to 20 kilometres!

What is your fondest memory from your time at Grammar?

My fondest memory from my time at Grammar would be my senior Hospitality classes with Carolyn Stafford. She had a big influence on my senior education and shaped the woman I am now. I am so grateful for everything she taught me, and even more grateful I get the opportunity to work alongside her now.

Seeing firsthand the impact she had on me, makes me unbelievably excited and proud to think that I now also have the opportunity to have that impact on our future generations.

Thank you, Lauren for sharing with us.