Great occasions

Great occasions

The College hosts a series of large social events each year, each managed by its own Students’ Club convenors who work with the College staff to combine spectacle with style.

The Freshers’ Welcome Dinner is held in Hall on the first night of O-week, before the main body of students return. It is a gala night but relatively informal, and is designed to welcome freshers and their parents to the College, to give a preliminary taste of College life and to provide information vital for a successful year.

The Students’ Club marks the new year in College, and the arrival of a new cohort of Paulines, with an informal Dance Party , called Surreal Sounds, for approximately 800 in the Quadrangle. Previous artists have included Sneaky Sound System, Rogue Traders, Mark Dynamix, Craig Obey, Groove Terminator, Jimmy Barnes, Leonardo’s Bride and AC/DC.

The Music Dinner, in March, gathers musicians from various quarters and features several musical performances, as well as a talk about music and life. Recent speakers have been the Hon Bob Carr, Kim Williams AM and Robert Albert AO.

The College and University Dinner, held early in Semester One, celebrates the academic success of the previous year and the deep connection of the College with one of world’s great universities.

The Jazz Dinner Dance is black-tie occasion staged by the Students’ Club in Semester One, and takes full advantage of the picturesque beauty of Quadrangle, Cloisters and Hall.  This spectacular night traditionally includes a big band playing in a silk-lined marquee.

The Students’ Night of Victoriana! is held on the first night of Semester Two and is always a popular and convivial night. For more information on Victoriana! click here.

The College Formal, towards the end of Semester Two, compares with the Jazz Dinner Dance in Semester One. Following the Senior Student’s Dinner, 400 guests gather in the Quadrangle for the entertainment. In previous years, this has variously included dodgem cars, a casino, spas, hot air balloon rides and a ferris wheel, and there are always fireworks.

The Valedictory Dinner is held at the end of each year to farewell departing students.

The Fathers’ and Sons’ Dinner and the Mothers’ and Sons’ Dinner are held in Hall during Semester One and Semester Two respectively.  These very popular dinners bring parents to College for an evening and, year by year, reinforce the wider College family.

Faculty dinners are usually more low-key affairs, to which members of particular University faculties are invited, and which feature an after-dinner speaker. But some of our recent Faculty dinners have attracted major speakers, including Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Australian of the Year (an Old Pauline), Professor Dame Marie Bashir AD, Professor Brian Schmidt AC FRS, Nobel Laureate, and Mr Glenn Stevens, Governor of the Reserve Bank.  These dinners give students the chance to develop a commonality of interests, and to mix with their lecturers as well as members of the professions they are preparing for. Law dinners, in particular, can draw large numbers of city lawyers as well as staff from the Law School.  There are five or six such dinners during the year.