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Sophie White Class of 2008

From a young age, health and fitness played an important part of Sophie White’s life and learning pathway.

The power of lifelong learning

From a young age, health and fitness played an important part of Sophie White’s life and learning pathway. This began with a love of all things sport and has evolved into a vocational journey that has seen Sophie adapt and challenge herself professionally, progressing from Physiotherapy to Medicine.

As a Newcastle Grammar alumnus, Sophie’s fondest memories are linked to the fun, camaraderie and sense of personal achievement of swimming carnivals, athletics events and involvement with the School’s sporting teams. Outside of school she also played Basketball for the Newcastle Hunters and high-grade Netball. Sophie attributes her desire to carve out a path in the Health Sciences to the access she had to a range of co-curricular opportunities and the encouragement given to develop her personal areas of interest.

As Macquarie House Captain and a Prefect, Sophie reflects on her senior years with gratitude, “NGS not only provided me with great academic opportunity but also encouraged the importance of co-curricular activities, in sports, drama and taking on leadership roles.”

Graduating in 2008, Sophie was accepted into the Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Newcastle University and secured her first role at John Hunter Hospital, taking a particular interest working within the Intensive Care Unit as a cardiopulmonary physiotherapist. Being part of a multidisciplinary team exposed Sophie to a range of opportunities and inspired her to embark on further studies in Medicine.

No stranger to commitment and hard work, Sophie relocated to Armidale to pursue her Medical Degree at the University of New England whilst continuing to work as a physiotherapist to support her studies. Emerging as a Medical Officer within the Hunter New England Health District, Sophie continued to build her passion in the field of critical care and chose to specialise in Anaesthetics.

In her current role as an Anaesthetic Registrar, Sophie thrives from the daily privilege of providing patients with exceptional care, in what is often their most stressful moments of life. Her learning opportunities, personal interests, tertiary studies and career path have led Sophie to a vocation truly reflective of the value of shared humanity developed at NGS.

“Being able to support them (patients) during their procedures and provide the best anaesthetic options makes me feel incredibly grateful for my chosen career,” she says.

Whilst it may seem that Sophie has little time for anything else, she is a fierce advocate for maintaining balance across all areas of life and makes it a priority to spend time with family and friends, exercising and travelling. Recently, Sophie and her husband, Luke, embarked on a trip of a lifetime, travelling overseas for six months – a reminder that being well rounded gives so much fulfilment and happiness – spurring motivation and success.

This is a lesson Sophie learnt years earlier from her school days: “NGS helped me develop a healthy balance in life amongst my many interests. The NGS community is one to be admired and I am grateful to be a part of this history.”


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