Youth get insights at information evening

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The Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, CMDR Paul Gall shares a moment with students from Mackellar Girls High, Manly Vale (photo: WO John O'Brien)
The Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, CMDR Paul Gall shares a moment with students from Mackellar Girls High, Manly Vale

Senior high school students from Sydney’s north had a close up look at some of the specialty career options in Navy when they visited HMAS Penguin recently for a Youth Information Evening.  

Hosted by Commanding Officer Penguin, Commander Paul Gall, the information evening in the Sir David Martin Mess brought together personnel from the Royal Australian Navy Diving School, the Penguin Health Centre, the Hydrographic School and the Maritime Operational Health Unit and students and teachers from Mosman High School, Oxford Falls Grammar School, MacKellar Girls High School, Balgowlah Boys High School and Wenona School. 

"The youth information evening was a great success and continues to build on our strong relationships with the schools in the area," Commander Gall said.

"The informal, relaxed atmosphere enabled the students to interact more directly with Penguin's personnel and the students were very keen to learn more about what we do to support the Fleet. 

"These information nights create better understanding for both students and teachers about the Australian Defence Force as a whole and in particular, about the Royal Australian Navy.

"I was particularly pleased to be able to tell the many female students present that all the categories represented at Penguin - including clearance diving - are now open to women,” Commander Gall said.

For Oxford Falls Grammar Year 10 student Eleanor Martin, the evening provided fresh insight on the numerous career options available to her as a young woman in the Defence Forces.

“Naval officers warmly welcomed me to the evening and keenly chatted positively about their experiences. 

“I was inspired by the personal presentations of the two divers and the display of their diving apparatus,” she said. 

Head of Senior School at Oxford Falls Grammar, Ms Rae Doak, said that her students valued the experience and the information gained from attending events hosted by HMAS Penguin.  

“I personally have had the privilege of attending the Community Reception and Ceremonial Sunset for two years. 

“On behalf of the school, I appreciate and thank HMAS Penguin for the programs it so generously offers local schools and the community and believe Oxford Falls Grammar School has developed a friendly and supportive relationship over the years,” she said. 

For more information on roles in the ADF or how to initiate an application,  visit the Defence Force Recruiting website www.defencejobs.gov.au or call 13 19 01.