Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not (The Lorax, Dr Seuss)

This is the mantra and motto of Hills Grammar alumna Camille Goldstone- Henry (2009) who has devoted her studies and adult life to creating partnerships and collaborations for the greater good.

Her background in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience with a focus on Australian native fauna, conservation and wildlife management made her the perfect Partner in Learning for Senior Geography and Primary IB students, in recent weeks.

Superbly timed on National Threatened Species Day, Camille’s visit, both in person and via Zoom, addressed Ecosystems at Risk for Year 12 and Animal Extinction for Year 6 students.

“Returning to Hills as a Partner in Learning has been a rewarding experience. It’s an honour to give back to the community that has given me the tools to achieve success. Having the opportunity to discuss with students the importance of wildlife conservation and the preservation of biodiversity is a perfect reflection of the beautiful bush setting in which Hills Grammar sits. It’s an environment which inspired my conservation career and which I hope inspires future students’ passion for protecting our environment,” Camille reflected.

Camille is the founder of Xylo Systems Australia; a web-based platform set to revolutionise how Australian conservation teams track, manage and connect conservation initiatives.

Year 12 student, Scarlet, commented on Camille’s presentation, “This was an incredible learning experience providing us with the reality of the mismanagement in certain areas of wildlife care. Xylo’s innovative approach will create a better way of coordinating and managing the protection of ecosystems. The scientific data that was presented really helped me to understand the effectiveness and the need to improve the conservation of species.”

In addition to the tremendous depth of knowledge and experience graduates can offer current students, the lasting impression is their passion and inspiration. Camille, another Hills Grammar Original.

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