Sydney Law School an international stand out

Vered Lalrinpuii who holds a LLM from the National Law University of New Delhi, discovered the Sydney University Law School to fulfil her dream of studying overseas. She met Graduate House Alumna Zoe Brereton (at College 2019) while studying in Delhi who explained the life and benefits of living at St Paul’s while studying for a Sydney higher degree.

Vered arrived at Graduate House in July 2022 and is enrolled in LLM. She is the recipient of a Sydney University Dean’s Scholarship as a result of Professor Simon Bronitt’s visit to India and becoming aware of the limited opportunities for the minority community of Mizoram in Northeast India. Simon is Dean of Law and was a resident academic at Paul’s 2019-20.

Vered was part of the India-Immersion program as a liaisons officer signing MOUs with law schools and meeting Vice Chancellors with Dean Simon Bronitt. Her stance on anti-corruption law has allowed her to undertake comparative studies with her alma mater in Delhi. She has also discovered many shared passions between Indians and Australians beyond cricket, curry and the Commonwealth!

Vered is on a pathway towards a Law PhD. When her studies are over Vered wants to give back especially in her own country where there are formidable challenges. She aspires to establish a research centre for Northeast India within the University of Sydney. She draws inspiration from two remarkable Northeast Indian scholars, Dr Yankee Modi, co-director of the Centre for Cultural-Linguistic Diversity at Sydney University and Dr Dolly Kilkon, Anthropologist at Melbourne University.

Whilst being part of St Paul’s College Vered has put Mizorma on the map and added significantly to the diversity of culture and thought in the Graduate House community. She is inspired by the genuine engagement of the College community with its First Nations students. After a year living at Paul’s she is contributing to the life of the Graduate House community in many ways, enjoys the traditions of college and is fast becoming a leader and mentor to newer students.

Intercol Touch Football Gala to raise funds for bush charity

St Paul’s will host a Touch Football Gala Tournament on the St Paul’s College Oval on Friday 15 September from 3 pm as a fund raiser. This intercollegiate event will support the non-for-profit charity ‘Boys to the Bush’ provides boys from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to participate in camps where they are surrounded by positive influences that help them to maintain resilience, feel a sense of belonging and ultimately learn how to be a good man.

Alumni, parents: can you help? Need are a range of prizes for the raffle – all proceeds going to charity. Please contact Richard Morgan in the Community and Advancement Office (

All are welcome to come along from 3 pm to cheer on the teams, sausage sizzle, drinks and college bands The Dirty Dishes and Salted Ham perfoming from 5 pm to 7 pm. 

As a university student residing at St Paul’s College, the oldest residential college in the country which until this year was a male-only environment; I understand the importance of providing young men the important opportunity to learn how to be a good man and treat each other and their female counterparts with respect.

Each year, St Paul’s hosts an intercollegiate charity event, raising money for an organization of the colleges choice to give back to the community. This year, I proposed ‘Boys to the Bush’ as the charity in which we support.

St Paul’s understands the importance in giving back to those from disadvantages backgrounds and raising money for a charity that is playing such an important role in the lives of so many young boys within NSW and the rest of Australia.

Debating win for Paul’s

The Intercol Debating fixture is part of the Palladian competition and over a two day tournament in August Paul’s was victorious. Led by Debating Convenor and coach Sophie Jeffries, the team members were Bryson Constable, Isander Mesimeris (2nd highest speaker score in the whole competition), Jack Sandelin, Will Nicholas, and Will Defina.

The final debate was “That we support the imposition of a significant inheritance tax” (Negative) (won against Drew’s in the final). During the competition the following motions were debated by Paul’s:

  • “That we support the rise of youth wings of political parties” (Negative) (Won against Wesley)
  • “That we regret the rise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe” (Affirmative) (Won against Drew’s)
  • “That we regret the norm of parents financially supporting their children after they become adults” (Negative) (Won against John’s)
  • “That Latin American countries should form an economic and political bloc similar to the European Union” (Affirmative) (Lost to Women’s)
  • “That we regret the prioritisation of sportsmanship over maximising competitiveness in sport.” (Negative) (Won against Sancta)

Paul’s was very successful at characterising the debates in a way that was advantageous while each topic and opposing team presented their own challenges too.

Congratulations to the Debating Team on their impressive weekend campaign and bringing home the Debating Trophy once again.

Graduate House Monday Dinner Seminars

An interesting line-up of Semester 2 speakers at the Graduate House “Dinner Seminar” series has dug deep into considerations about the future society into which our postgraduates will be emerging.

In Week 1 Jordan Baker, Chief Reporter at the SMH, spoke about the future of news and the future of education. Jordan was previously the senior education reporter and has often written about St Paul’s and the other colleges. Jordan focussed on the future of educational choice, government funding, and the need for more excellent teachers. 

In Week 2 Frances Foster-Thorpe, the founding director of NSW’s strategic foresight team – Shaping Futures and Data Insights, spoke about shaping the vision for the future within NSW Government. Her lifelong interest is in public policy and how the public service can be evidence-informed, effective and accountable. As a strategic policy professional, Frances has worked on complex, national reforms ranging from the NDIS, education, water policy and data for the Commonwealth, NSW Government and (briefly) as a consultant. As a senior executive over the past five years, Frances has become focused on how the public service can transform itself into the capable and trust-worthy institution needed to tackle the multiple challenges of our times. Her presentation raised many questions about ethics and public perception of politics and leadership and the important part university research can play in developing trust and respect for future governments.

Alumnus Angus Dawson (at Paul’s 1991-94) gave the Week 4 Seminar. He engaged those present with a global perspective on assumption versus fundamental belief in a world full of rapid change by asking the audience for their perspectives on WW2, the Cold War and COVID-19. Angus is Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company and is the former Managing Partner for McKinsey in Australia and New Zealand. He is one of the thought leaders at McKinsey and used world-wide resources from statistics to primary sources to well-researched scholarly articles that define the world in which we live and what leadership is needed. He shared his insights on where the world is going and what our future standard of living will look like. 

These seminars are very popular, drawing together guests, post graduates, undergraduates, and staff. The discussion and debate kicked off at the seminars continues at formal dinner in the Refectory and after dinner back in the Chalmers Common Room.

Football or Soccer – the most popular ball game

On the heels of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Intercol Soccer was being held. Football fever had certainly settled at St Paul’s for August; the Matildas were making history, the games all being broadcast on the big screen in the Salisbury, and the Rawson and Rosebowl teams were flying. Support for both teams was huge. The hard work given to both campaigns was evident with the men notching up their fifth consecutive campaign victory, and the women finishing the tournament in a valiant 3rd place.

RAWSON: Paul’s 3 def John’s 0; Paul’s 3 def Wesley 0; Pauls 2 def Andrew’s 0

ROSEBOWL: Andrew’s 2 def Paul’s 1; Pauls 1 def Wesley 0; Women’s 1 def Paul’s 0; Paul’s 1 def Sancta 0; John’s 1 def Paul’s 0.

Congratulations to the St Paul’s College Rawson Football team on their win. This brings the Rawson Cup into contention with Andrew’s on 21 and Paul’s on 17 points. With Basketball, Tennis and Athletics to go there is great hope in a Rawson Cup victory for 2023.

An Academic College – Semester One “the proof of the pudding”

Our Freshers have their first semester of uni under their belts, our Seniors have made a great transition to their increasingly demanding academic workloads, and the results are in!  Senior Tutor, Katie Newcombe reports: “the overall picture is an exceptionally positive one.” The Semester Average Mark (SAM) for the College was 72.29% with the Freshers scoring a SAM of 74.3%. Over 43% of all students received a Distinction or High Distinction average – an impressive figure indeed!

Our top-ten undergraduate performers were: Mr Ed Taylor (Bachelor of Engineering/Arts II), Mr Ben Varela (Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science I), Mr Austin Markwick (Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science I), Ms Bella Taylor (Bachelor of Science (Medical Science I), Mr Aidan Riethmuller (Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Commerce III), Mr William Defina (Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Commerce I), Mr Jack Bouvier (Bachelor of Advanced Computing II), Mr Miku Sugimura (Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) I), Mr Andrew Brennan (Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science I) and Assistant Senior Tutor, Mr Riley Jones (Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science III).

From this list, it’s clear our budding engineers and scientists gave quite a showing last semester. In these difficult degrees, these results are seriously impressive and we are very proud of these students’ hard work. Last semester, with the help of our fantastic senior engineering students, we also reformed the engineering College tutorial offering with all first year students having a College mentor for their various streams (mechatronic, mechanical, civil, etc) as well as for their professional engineering experience programme which we hope contributed to these outstanding results. Five out of our top 10 performers were also Freshers – indicating the College’s academic future is in safe hands!

For Graduate House, students studying taught courses (around 1/3rd of Graduate House) received a SAM of 70%. We have a wonderfully diverse range of taught courses in Graduate House this year – from the Juris Doctor, to Masters of Social Work, to a Masters of Architecture. It was also fantastic to see all our research students have a successful and enjoyable start to their degrees – from PhDs to Honours projects!

As usual, 1st year medical students and allied health students had a busy semester working through their introductory blocks in the muscular skeletal system, the respiratory system, and cardiology, and learnt clinical skills such as taking patient histories. Our Graduate House medical students are also using their knowledge to help out undergraduates this semester, tutoring undergraduate medical science and helping aspiring medical students ace the GAMSAT. Within Graduate House, our comprehensive medical tutorial programme, for all years 1 and 2 learning blocks, continues under the guidance of our Assistant Senior Tutor (Medicine), Meheer Zaveri.

Other good news for the student body was the return to in-person exams for most students in Semester 1. Technical issues in exams, and the stress which comes with them, were significantly reduced. For some students, the first in-person exams during their university career was an adjustment! But we are ably supported by our army of capable tutors and other seniors who provided tips and tricks to survive exam season.

Semester 1 also saw another successful semester of in-College tutoring. 675 tutorials took place across College in Arts, Languages, Commerce, Economics, Engineering, Health Science, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Nursing, Programming, Education and Life and Physical Sciences. Assistant Senior Tutor, Riley Jones, reports: “Through the College tutorial programme, Seniors and Freshers have worked together to foster an academic-driven environment.” 

In the early weeks of Semester 1, Riley encouraged our students to see tutorials as a great way for Freshers to get to know Seniors, benefit from their experiences both at university and in College, and feel more quickly at home at St Paul’s. The Freshers’ commitment to the tutorial programme has been impressive with over 90% of students making use of the tutorial programme. Our students report that tutors: “go the extra mile in helping others understand concepts”, and are “extremely encouraging and set [students] on the right track to achieve excellent results.” Of one tutor, a student said, “Quintessential Pauline. Puts others before himself.”

We are so proud of all the young people who teach in our tutorial programme – more than tutors, they are wonderful academic leaders and role models. College tutorials began for Sem 2 this week, and we’ve already logged 26 tutorials! So we’re off to another great start.

Judged on Semester 1 results, the St Paul’s community is committed to academic excellence: “The proof is in the pudding!”

Summer Soiree

A perfect winter’s day for the Parents’ Lunch on the Lawn

To celebrate the students’ return to College for Semester 2, we invited all parents to attend a lunch in the Quad on Sunday 30 July. It was wonderful to see so many parents come along, eager to catch up with old friends, meet new ones and enjoy a relaxed lunch on the lawn. We were spoilt with a glorious sunny day and our St Paul’s caps sold out before lunch. Lunch turned out to be a long one, with many parents enjoying the chance to visit the renovated Salisbury Bar in the afternoon.

This event was also an opportunity to tell everyone a bit more about the new Waddy Performance Centre and gym expansion, that is due to open later this semester. The Warden Spoke about the importance of philanthropy throughout the history of St Paul’s, and current parent and Old Pauline, Stephen McMillan, shared with us his own story of supporting the College through his generous philanthropy over many years. Both emphasized the important role that all supporters of the College play in making a fundamental difference to the lives of future students, learning and leadership.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Waddy Centre building fund*, please click here.

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