An historic start to 2019 for St Paul’s
The Ivan Head Building and McMillan Building

An historic start to 2019 for St Paul’s

1 year ago

What a positive, exciting and historic start to 2019 at St Paul’s!

Highlights include:

  • Nearly 100 new undergraduate students have joined the College, with the new academic year seeing activities that have included
    • A highly successful “Welcome Week” that built on an excellent “Leadership Week” of training for our student leaders, including newly-appointed Peer Support Leaders, and that included social activities with The Women’s College, Sancta Sophia College, and Wesley College
    • Positive discussion on what it means for St Paul’s and our students to fulfil our commitment to be leaders in fighting sexism, and other continued implementation of the College’s Action Plan for cultural renewal, giving effect to our commitment to implement all recommendations of the Broderick Report on College culture
    • An inaugural joint Commencement Dinner with The Women’s College, with Ms Julie McKay (Chief Diversity Officer for Pwc Australia) and the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence AC, as guest speakers,
    • Commencement of the College’s tutorial programme, with tutorials for 65 subjects being offered – a record for the College,
    • Our winning Rawson cricket matches against Wesley and St John’s, with the match against St Andrew’s coming next week, and
    • Renovation of the College Bar, and the appointment of College alumnus Angus Begg as Bar Manager
  • Graduate House has come alive as a vibrant and welcoming community for women and men postgraduate students and academics, including
    • A Commencement Service and many social activities, including a Founding Dinner to mark the foundation of their community,
    • The appointment of a provisional Middle Common Room committee, who led the first Welcome Week in Graduate House, and are preparing for a “constitutional convention” to establish student leadership in the Graduate House for years to come,
    • A visit from the Chancellor of the University, Ms Belinda Hutchinson AM, who had afternoon tea with Graduate House students,
    • The first Dinner Seminar of the year, where Professor Julia Horne, University Historian, spoke of the founding of the University of Sydney and its colleges,
    • Welcoming international and regional postgraduate students to Graduate House cocktails, as part of the University’s official Welcome to Sydney programme, to introduce them to the remarkable opportunity the Graduate House community offers
  • Hundreds of members and friends of the College taking part in the truly historic and uplifting official opening by the Chancellor of the University of the Ivan Head Building for undergraduates, and of the McMillan Building, which houses Graduate House – after the College announced that this magnificent new building would be named for St Paul’s alumnus Mr Stephen McMillan.
  • The commencement of our new St Paul’s College Act on 4 February 2019, following a long period of careful consultation with the St Paul’s community, leading to the adoption of new By-laws, to appointments and elections for a new Council that will come into being on 31 March 2019, and to the Head of College, Dr Don Markwell, becoming officially the Warden of St Paul’s College.
  • University classes commencing in the St Paul’s Colonnade, a space of over 2,000 square metres beneath the Ivan Head and McMillan Buildings which the College is leasing to the University for teaching. This has already resulted in many more students of the University learning about the College.
  • Alumni Mr Roger Massy-Greene AM and Dr James Renwick CSC SC were listed in the Australia Day Honours, and St Paul’s alumnus Justice Andrew Bell SC was appointed President of the NSW Court of Appeal.
  • Ms Carrol Evans, long-time Registrar of SCEGGS Darlinghurst, has joined the College staff as Registrar, and Mrs Louise Hambridge, previously Director of Finance and Enrolments at Danebank School, has joined as Business Manager – and the College has warmly thanked Mr Geoff Lovell for outstanding service as Vice-Warden/Deputy Head of College from 2016-19.
  • The St Paul’s Events + Stays team have had a stellar first summer of making College facilities available for external events and guests (especially outside of semester), which will enable the College to thrive in future.

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8 March 2019