The “Houses” were created as representatives of past Valley View Secondary School students that have committed themselves to their pursuits and excelled in their chosen fields.
The House System complements the positive learning and wellbeing culture at Valley View. The four Houses were named after former old scholars Councillor Arman Abrahimzadeh, Assistant Police Commissioner Linda Fellows, Dr Melissa Pitman and Raymond Crowe.
Together with our Living values, each ambassador demonstrates and role-models determination, perseverance and excellence for our students.
(Mascot: Sharks) Dr. Melissa Pitman completed her Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology at Flinders University, and undertook an Honours project, for which she was awarded a University Medal. Her PhD work around the discovery of a lead inhibitor compound has resulted in six publications. Dr Melissa Pitman is now the head of the Drug Discovery Unit within the Centre for Cancer Biology’s Molecular Signalling Laboratory, where Melissa and her team are currently involved in research to discover better treatments for cancer.
(Mascot: Dingoes) Linda Fellows is an Assistant Police Commissioner in South Australia. Linda joined South Australian Police as a cadet in 1987 and graduated the following year. Her first posting was on general patrols at Elizabeth, before becoming a surveillance operative. She has held numerous other postings including with the Crime Investigation Branch and was promoted to Inspector in 2002 and Chief Inspector in 2005. In 2012 she was awarded the Australian Police Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
(Mascot: Crocodiles) Arman Abrahimzadeh is an anti-domestic violence campaigner who co-founded the Zahra Foundation Australia in 2015, with his sisters Atena and Anita, in honour of their late Mother. In 2016 Arman was awarded South Australia’s Young Australian of the Year and in 2018 was the recipient of the Order of Australia Medal. Arman is an ambassador for the White Ribbon Campaign in Australia and Our Watch Australia. He passionately advocates for the protection and empowerment of women and their children and was elected to the Adelaide City Council in 2018.
(Mascot: Red Backs) Raymond Crowe is Australia’s only unusualist, performing for audiences all around the world with intricate hand shadow puppets, ventriloquism, physical comedy and illusions. His performances include the UK’s Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen, Sunday Night at the London Palladium in the UK, The Illusionists Live on Broadway in New York. NBC’s The World’s Greatest Magician and The Late Show with David Letterman. He was also the Grand Finalist on Australia’s Got Talent.