I went to school at Bass Hill Primary and then Bass Hill High in Sydney’s western suburbs. My brother was a few years older than me, so I followed him through school – that created a network of people and support.
It’s a long time ago now, but I enjoyed those years and playing sport, it was a positive experience, all working class families in together. I had good relationships with teachers; there weren’t huge numbers of us in Years 10 to 12 so that made for a close knit group. I thought there was a fair bit of pressure on us to do well, but that was around 1984, nothing like the pressures on students today.