THIS man had 900 high school students hanging on his every word, while some of his former work was hanging off the body of this woman.
Former Sydney Morning Herald editor-in-chief and now Australian Publishing Media director Sean Aylmer was a James Sheahan Catholic High School student in 1984.
In a speech that was described by students and staff as truly inspirational, Mr Aylmer told students to make the most of every opportunity given to them.
“Understand what you’re good at and work on that, but you must be respectful to everyone you meet,” he said.
Mr Aylmer scoffed at the idea that opportunities don’t come along for everybody.
His response was that sometimes you need to make your own opportunities.
Throughout his success he never forgot where he came from and never forgot his family.
“It’s quite emotional coming back to your school after so many years,” he said.
Being a journalist is the best job in the world, he said, despite the turbulent climate for newspapers.
The trick for anyone wanting to follow his career choice was to focus online, move digitally and be open to different platforms.
He was a judge for the annual Year 12 dance off at James Sheahan and in a move that caused much controversy, the boys were awarded the honour over the girls.