Issue 215 Jun 2017

Alumna Kate Semken follows her dream of caring for animals

Kate Semken attended Arden from Year 5 – Year 12 (2012).  She then studied Certificate III Captive Animals at Taronga Training Institute, Taronga Zoo while working as Guest Experience Officer at Taronga Zoo.  She subsequently gained keeper positions at Sydney Sea Life Aquarium (for the Dugongs) and Wild Life Sydney Zoo in Darling Harbour.  In May 2016 Kate started as a Casual Keeper at Taronga Zoo in the Bird Department, a long held goal.  Kate said “It really shows how after much hard work and determination, things really do happen.”

The background to Kate’s animal career is doing Year 10 work experience at Featherdale Wild Life Park, volunteering at Taronga Zoo for eight years and studying Certificate II Animal Studies at Ultimo TAFE while in Year 11 – Year 12 as one of her subjects.

When asked what she learned at Arden, Kate reflected:  “I learnt how to follow my passion, through the help of teachers encouraging me and doing my best in class.  I learnt that the HSC wasn’t the be all and end all and that the important thing was to try your best.  I had my dream and post-school options awaiting.”

Favourite memories included “I loved going on camps, multi-cultural day, being a godparent to my Kindergarten child, competing at athletics carnivals, and performing at theatresports. I also enjoyed attending Girls’ Night In, mufti days, and making friends with the exchange students.

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