The College is quiet as exams are underway, and students and staff look back very positively on a rewarding and successful semester at St Paul’s, in which, following a busy and exciting first semester…
- we welcomed many new members of the College, including several Study Abroad students from the US and UK, as the new Ivan Head Building for undergraduates was fully occupied for the first time (and its new gym came quickly into constant use)
- following strong academic results in first semester, academic support for our students has included the College’s tutorial programme, with over 55 tutorials a week, led by the Senior Tutor, Mr Philip Barr
- the academic and intellectual life of the College has been further enriched through faculty dinners featuring guests speakers historian Professor Dirk Moses (Arts), heart transplant surgeon Dr Emily Granger (Medicine & Science), constitutional expert Professor Anne Twomey (Law), banker Mr David Gribble (Economics & Business), and biomedical engineer and entrepreneur Dr Greg Roger (Engineering)
- other speakers at the College have included former High Court judge, the Hon Dyson Heydon AC (St Paul’s 1960-64)
- we came second to St Andrew’s in the Rawson Cup intercollegiate sporting competition, having won tennis for the fifth year in a row (a record run of wins), and come second to St Andrew’s in athletics and soccer, and third in basketball
- we won social rugby against St Andrew’s, and the Callaway and Daubney Cup for rugby against King’s College at the University of Queensland
- we competed well in the Palladian intercollegiate cultural competition, with strong efforts in debating, ensemble vocal, art, ensemble instrumental music and ensemble drama (the Palladian Cup was won by The Women’s College)
- other cultural highlights included a Choir concert and a hilarious Mummers performance of “The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered” (following a superb performance of the absurdist play “The Bald Soprano” in first semester)
- the Chaplain, the Revd Antony Weiss, has led Evensong services each Tuesday night, and special Chapel services for the Valedictory celebrations and to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of 11 November 1918, with the Carols Service this coming Sunday (25 November) at 7pm – all welcome!
- we have further strengthened our close cooperation with The Women’s College, reflected (amongst other things) in a joint barbecue and concert in aid of drought relief on Sunday 28 October – a joint activity in support of community service which will become an annual event
- members of the College have been increasingly active in community service Outreach in other ways, including (for example) working at the Newtown Mission and supporting the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, and participating in City2Surf (part of an intercollegiate effort that raised some $15,000 for charity)
- a new Students’ Club Committee has been elected, led by 2019 Senior Student Max Glanville, and we thanked the outgoing Students’ Club Committee, led by Barney Archibald, for their excellent leadership and service
- the College committed to implementation of all recommendations of the Broderick Report on the culture of the College, through our Action Plan for cultural renewal
- social highlights of the semester have ranged from the Formal to the Mothers and Sons Dinner to “Beer and Pizza” at the Warden’s Lodge and – coming soon – end-of-exam drinks on the rooftop terrace of Graduate House, and
- the Valedictory Dinner saw 45 students “valedict” and welcomed by the Head of College as the newest alumni of the College, grateful for all the College has done for them and committed to passing on the opportunities they have had even better to students of future generations.
After a very good year in College in 2018, we look forward to another great year ahead.
A high proportion of members of the College (over 70%) will be returning to College for 2019, and demand from prospective students for places in the College is very strong.
Preparations for 2019 include strong emphasis on the values of respect, inclusion and safety, including respect and dignity for all regardless of gender, with implementation of our Action Plan for cultural renewal well underway.
The College will be joined in January by an experienced educator, Ms Carrol Evans, who has been appointed Registrar at St Paul’s (after 15 years as Registrar at SCEGGS Darlinghurst).
The New Year will, of course, see the commencement of the community of 140 postgraduate women and men students and academics at Graduate House, under the leadership of the inaugural Dean, Dr Antone Martinho-Truswell (a zoologist and Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford) and Mrs Emma Martinho-Truswell.
Graduate House is a historic addition to the St Paul’s College community. Read about its exciting development here. Applications for places at Graduate House are open now – and, like the College’s other facilities (including the Ivan Head Building), it is available out-of-semester for events and accommodation.
Both prospective postgraduates and undergraduates are welcome to visit the College at any time to learn more about life at College, and to tour our grounds and buildings. A warm welcome awaits!
21 November 2018