Beyond All Expectations! – Waddy Performance Centre Open

With a warm welcome from the Warden to start, and a great flourish to unveil the plaque, the opening of the Waddy Performance Centre went beyond all expectations. Apart from showcasing some of the marvellous College talent and showing off the great new facilities, it was a time to honour “one of the greatest and most dedicated servants this College has ever produced” as stated by the Warden in his opening remarks.

The Waddy Performance Centre lifts the opportunities for performing arts, music and theatre at Paul’s to a new level. During the opening we were entertained by the Chapel Choir singing Thomas Dosey’s Precious Lord, Ola Gjeilo’s The Lake Isle and Sir Edward Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory; Mummers gave us Monty Python’s  The Four Yorkshiremen; a student rock band played Golden Slumbers/Carry that Weight; members of the Victoriana! cast sang Gilbert and Sullivan’s Three Little Maids from The Mikado, Fred Leigh’s Waiting at the Church and Oley Speaks’s On the Road to Mandalay;  and current Victoriana! Master of ceremonies, Jonathan Borg joined Lloyd Waddy to sing Charles Coborn’s Two Lovely Black Eyes.

The cast was supported by David Drury and Bill Brooks on piano and the show was planned and directed by the College Director of Music, Jack Stephens.

In the Anglican tradition we celebrated the opening through a dedication to God led by the Chaplain Rev’d Antony Weiss.

The Chairman of the Foundation, Geoff Lovell, took the opportunity to address the audience about Lloyd’s greatest gift to the College, being the establishment of the St Paul’s College Foundation so ably supported by its first chairman the late Robert Albert. He reminded us all about the legacy the Foundation has provided, and will provide, for hundreds of students who, like Geoff, gained an opportunity to attend St Paul’s through Foundation Scholarships. Geoff reminded the gathering about philanthropy and donating directly to the Waddy Performance Centre. The donations to date have raised over $500,000 still short of our goal for this project.

Donors to the centre have been acknowledged in the printed program and in the excellent new display screens which are in the performance centre lobby.

Lloyd spoke about his whole life being joyfully absorbed by St Paul’s, about his many theatrical interests and the delight of having a theatre space named in his honour.

For Lloyd’s short biography CLICK HERE

For Lloyd’s speech CLICK HERE

For the list of donors to the Waddy Centre CLICK HERE

Anzac Commemoration

The commemoration of the fallen is a time-honoured traditional of St Paul’s College. This is particularly meaningful because of the chapel memorial with the Pauline Roll of Honour that includes the names of John Mair who died in the South African War of 1899-1902, the 20 men who died in the First World War 1914-18, the 25 men who died in the Second World War 1939-45 and Ian Mathers who died in the Vietnam War 1962-72.

The College community gathers at 10 am on Anzac Day for a commemoration service and this year the College Chaplain, Revd Antony Weiss, is preaching about the sacrifices made in war with a focus on the first Australian officer killed in action in the First World War, Captain Brian Pockley, who was at St Paul’s 1909 to 1913. A link to his sermon can be found by clicking here

We will remember them – LEST WE FORGET

MUMMERS Presents …

… the very first performance in the Waddy Theatre.

Black Comedy by Peter Shaffer follows the chaos that ensues when a power outage strikes during a dinner party, plunging the characters into hilarious misunderstandings and farcical situations.

Join us for an rollercoaster evening as the actors and characters must deal with unexpected arrivals, unwelcome guests and of course, no electricity!

At the St Paul’s College new Waddy Performance Centre, by arrangement with Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French, it promises to be entertaining, engaging and enthralling!

It is the ideal Mother’s Day gift, with Mumm Champagne from the ‘Mummers’ for mothers, served at the Centre’s new Lobby Bar, with other refreshments and snacks to provide a true collegiate theatrical experience!

By Arrangement with ORiGiN Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French, a Concord Theatricals Company


– Friday 17th May (7:30pm)

– Saturday 18th May (7:30pm)

– Sunday 19th May (4:00pm)

TICKETS ON SALE HERE Prices: Student $10 / Adult $20

200th Anniversary of the NSW Supreme Court

There are many links between St Paul’s College and the Supreme Court of NSW book-ended by the third Chief Justice, the founding chairman of the College Council Sir Alfred Stephen, and the Current and 18th Chief Justice, old Pauline and former College Council Vice-Chairman, Andrew Bell (pictured above).

17 May 2024 marks the bicentenary of the first sitting of the Supreme Court, a significant milestone for the law in Australia as this court is one of the oldest jurisdictions in the world. To commemorate there is a new exhibition gallery at the Banco Court level 13 of Sydney’s Law Courts building and a book celebrating the 200th anniversary, Constant Guardian: Changing Times – The Supreme Court of New South Wales 1824 – 2024. “It’s guarding the rule of law, with all that important phrase entails,” Chief Justice Bell says of the Supreme Court. For a recent news story CLICK HERE [The Supreme Court of NSW is turning 200. Here are some of its biggest moments – ABC News]

St Paul’s has a deep history of producing alumni who serve the greater good of society across all walks of life. Apart from many serving the law today Paulines who have served on the NSW Supreme Court are:

The Hon Robert Pring (1853–1922; in College 1870), justice 1902-22, and acting Chief Justice 1918-19.

The Hon Sir Philip Street, KCMG KStJ KC (1863–1938; in College 1881-83), justice 1907-33, 8th Chief Justice 1925-33, and Lieutenant-Governor of NSW 1930-38.

Richard Windeyer, KC (1868-1959; in College 1889-90), barrister, acting justice 1936-37.

The Hon Edward Stephen (1870–1939; in College 1890-91), justice 1929-39.

The Hon Sir Kenneth Street, KCMG KStJ QC (1890–1972; in College 1908-10), justice 1931-60, 10th Chief Justice 1950-60, and Lieutenant-Governor of NSW 1931-72.

The Hon Frank Stephen, QC (1901-71; in College 1920-25), NSW District Court Judge and Acting Supreme Court Judge 1953 and 56.

The Hon William Windeyer, AM RFD ED (b 1936; in College 1954-56), judge 1992-2008.

The Hon Henric Nicholas, QC (1941-2021; in College 1958-61, Fellow 1987-2006, Chairman of Council 2002-06), judge 2003-13.

The Hon Terence Cole, AO RFD KC (b. 1937; in College 1955-59), judge 1988-98.

The Hon Robertson Wright (SC) (b. 1955; in College 1978-85), judge 2013- , and first President of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The Hon Mark Leeming (SC) (b 1969; in College 1987-90), judge 2013- .

The Hon Andrew Bell (SC) (b. 1966; in College 1985-89, Fellow 2004-11), Chief Justice 2022- , Lieutenant-Governor of NSW 2022- .

Sports Up-date – April

Rowing Triumph. Exciting stuff for St Paul’s in early April during the Intercoll regatta at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith. The first event was the Rosebowl VIII with six crews and high expectations from their supporters. The St Paul’s crew took an early lead and their disciplined approach stretched their lead every minute of the race with a strong first place some 20 seconds ahead of St Andrew’s. This is a historic win for St Paul’s bringing in the first ever Rosebowl trophy.

In the Rawson Cup VIII again expectations were high and the usual rowing rivalry with St Andrew’s ensured a tense start. At the end St Paul’s crew was victorious beating St Andrew’s by a 14 second margin. This brings home the Rowing trophy for a fifth year in a row.

The ‘social’ event of the mixed VIII was going to be anyone’s at the start but right at the end St Paul’s crossed the line first giving the St Paul’s Rowing team a clean sweep of the 2024 regatta.

This results in two victory dinners for the one sport which is another first in the College’s history. A Rawson Cup Victory dinner was held in Week 7 and a Rosebowl Victory Dinner is planned for Semester 2.

Swimming 2nd and 5th. There are giants of the pool and there are great teams and the mix of these makes or breaks a competition like Intercol. On the night at the Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre Women’s won the Rosebowl, St Paul’s came in 5th out of the six colleges and St Andrew’s won the Rawson Cup followed by St Paul’s in 2nd. Special mention to our winners: James Kerr 400m Freestyle; Archie Taylor 100m Freestyle; Ben Varela 200m Freestyle; Zac Warden, Charlie Rutledge, Jack Bailey and Alex Ranson 4x50m Freestyle Relay (B).

Netball done and dusted in March, 5th. The St Paul’s Rosebowl campaign got off to a great start with our Netball Team giving strong performances in all their games. Here are the results:

Round 1 Wesley def. Paul’s 32 to 15; Round 2 St Andrew’s def Paul’s 69 to 25; Round 3 Paul’s def Women’s 44 to 35; Round 4 Paul’s def Sancta 44 to 29; Round 5 St John’s def Paul’s 50 to 41.

Cricket in February, 4th. The Rawson Cup is a time-honoured tradition at St Paul’s and has provided 120 years of quality competitive sports. The cricket season was dominated by some excellent players from St Andrew’s and St John’s and Wesley. The Wesley game was a nailbiter with them hitting the winning runs 8 or 9 down. The St Andrew’s game was a tough one without too many highlights. The St John’s game had Axle Bailey score 80 odd runs. The final scores were:

vs Wesley won 8/136, Paul’s all out 10/135 (Baffsky 30, Lynch 29, Matthews 24, Bouvier 11, Craig 11, Taylor 8, Rowsell 1, Robbinson 0, Bailey 0, Brownie 0); vs St. Andrew’s won 6/185, St Paul’s all out 181 (Bouvier 36, Robinson 35*, Lynch 25, Mathews 17, Baffsky 16 Robinson 15, Taylor 9, Rowsell 5, Cole 1, Bailey 0, Dimmock 0).; vs St. Johns won 8/280, St Paul’s all out 156 (Bailey 86, Lynch 27, Rowsell 7, Taylor 6, Mathews 4, Craig 3, Robinson 2, Bouvier 1, Cole 1, Girle 0*).

The tally. ROSEBOWL: St Andrew’s 23, Women’s 15, Wesley 15, St Paul’s 11, St Johns 6, Sancta 5. RAWSON CUP: St Andrew 13, St Paul’s 8, Wesley 4, St John’s 2.

Monday Evening Seminars at Graduate House

Graduate House Seminars provide an edifying forum for a range of topics that, so far this semester, have proven both popular and stimulating for post graduate and undergraduate members of St Paul’s.

The first dinner seminar on 19 February was presented by Dr James Dunk a research fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. His topic “Ecological anxiety and planetary mental health” explored the steep rise in anxiety caused by eco-anxiety, climate anxiety, ecological anxiety.

The second dinner seminar on 26 February was presented by old Pauline Dr Lukas Opacic on the topic “Religion, Public Reason, and Neutrality”. Lukas teaches constitutional law at Sydney Law School. He completed a PhD here in 2021 and has also taught constitutional law and jurisprudence at Macquarie University. He was a resident of St Paul’s 2011-13. His paper argued that public reason cannot form a fair basis for determining whether religious exemptions to laws of general application are justified. He created plenty of discussion amongst the jurors and philosophers in the room about partisanship. Lukas posed several questions including: should someone be allowed to discriminate in a modern liberal society? The discussion ventured into the space of religious law in places where there is no liberal democracy, as well as the tension between religious law and state law in places like India. The Q&A also drew out discussion about the benefits of widely held and wide-ranging public values in western-style democracies.

The third seminar on March 4 March with Prof Nick Enfield discussed the topic “Does language control you?”.  Nick is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. He is the author of the book “Language vs. Reality: Why Language is Good for Lawyers and Bad for Scientists”. Nick states, “we use language in all walks of life and it is like water for fish: it surrounds us but we are seldom aware of it.” He discussed some of the ways that people are both made by language and played by language. This produced some robust discussion and Nick concluded how language directs our attention and shapes our understanding of the world.

In week five the fourth seminar was held on 18 March. It was great to welcome our own Dr David Martinez-Martin who is one of the longest-standing members of Graduate House and is a physicist and innovator who has created multiple patented technologies that are already in commercialisation. David is Deputy Director of Sydney Microscopy and Microanalysis, co-chair of the sensors and diagnostics cluster of the Nanohealth Network and Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney. In his topic “Along my journey of innovation”, David shared his passion and journey through the exciting world of creating and translating new technologies to addressing key scientific and technological gaps. He discussed how the application of some of these technologies has enabled him to discover new phenomena that challenge the status quo in areas of physics and cell biology, particularly regarding our understanding of one of the most basic processes of life: the regulation of a cell’s mass and size, a process whose dysregulation is linked to many disorders including cancers, hypertrophies, obesity, and aging.

The tremendous value of these seminars makes them a very popular part of the offerings of being a Pauline these days. They also forge a strong bond between academia, the College and the University. The seminars are open to all residents and guests. The programme continues during semester weeks on a Monday at 6.10 pm in the McCredie Room.

Renovations in the Christmas Break

Over the long break the College was surging with tradies completing much needed renovations of the student facilities and conservation of heritage items.

The bathrooms refresh this year included those in Tower and Albert Wings which were completely stripped out so remodelling and new waterproofing could be completed.

Throughout the residential wings re-painting and many repairs to the internal fabric occurred. External work included the sanding and repainting of many of the metal framed windows and in Blacket and Radford repairs to leadlight windows by a stained-glass window specialist.

An exciting refurbishment was done to the City Road Gates. This heritage item is part of the extensive university fencing that runs along City Rd from the corner of Carillon Ave to Broadway which was installed in the 1890s. The orange sandstone gate posts of the College are carved as cylindrical stone blocks with a semi-spherical and crenelated capstone which are in contrast to the square cut designs of the University gates. The Paul’s gates have wrought iron work and a pair of lamps atop the posts and both feature a Tudor crown. The metalwork has been sanded back, rust-proofed and painted in shiny jet black with gold leaf highlights.     

The Senior Common Room was also renovated with new paint colours, new rug and sanded and coated floor timbers. The new decorative scheme will be completed in due course with gold curtaining to complement the traditional College colours.

The Hall dining chairs are a constant maintenance task and the in-house team provide the craftsmanship and care for these items year-round. Dr Antone Martinho-Truswell, our Dean of Graduate House, who is a skilled carpenter, has put the finishing touches on the new table legs of several of the refurbished hall tables and he is pictured above applying his hand-carved timber shields to the cross beams.

Scaffolding of the Ivan Head and McMillan buildings also occurred to provide safe work platforms for the corrective work being undertaken by the builders. All the balconies and some of the very tops of the external walls required realignment to rectify the problems resulting in rainwater intrusion.

The final touches to the Waddy Performance Centre and Tag Gym expansion were also underway. This large space has been fitted out as a theatre for music, drama, lecture and performance events. A large studio for ballet, dance, pilates, yoga, stretch and other aerobic activity has been built. Also a space has been provided for additional resistance training machines greatly expanding the ever-popular gym space. 

Invitations to the official opening on Saturday 4 May will be sent out via email from the College soon.

Zachary (Zac) Simon Lerner (9 December 2003 – 16 March 2024)

The College is in mourning at the sudden and tragic death of Zac Lerner at St Paul’s on 16 March 2024. Zac came to St Paul’s in 2022 from Auckland Grammar School where he had been a school prefect, played tennis at the highest level and been in the Big Band. He was in his third year of a commerce degree and had followed in the footsteps of his two older brothers to St Paul’s, Jacob (2018-20) and Ben (2020-21).

Zac was a much loved member of the College community. He was a respected leader and had significant roles organising Surreal Sounds and the College Formal as well as representing the College in Tennis and serving as that sport’s Convenor in 2023. Zac was gifted academically and was excelling in his studies. He was known for his selflessness and always being willing to do anything for his mates.

With a wonderful sense of humour and an infectious smile, Zac arrived at St Paul’s with an impressive afro. He quickly became a well-respected member of his cohort. When he wasn’t representing the College himself, he was a proud supporter of his fellow students in their endeavours. He was a very devoted member of the Boomaladbrokes club and enjoyed all that was involved in their activities.

Zac will be greatly missed in our College. We will continue to hold Zac’s mother, Rachel, and his brothers in our prayers along with his close friends and wider family.  

The Largest Distinction and High Distinction Cohort to Date

The Academic Dinner at the start of Week 3 acknowledged the highest individual scholarly achievements of 2023. There were 26 students honoured for attaining High Distinction averages and another 103 honoured for attaining Distinction average in 2023. That is a very healthy 40% of the 2023 cohort.  Eleven of them were awarded University prizes for 2023. Another 41, all Freshers, are winners of University’s Entry awards for 2024. The full list is below.  

The Guest of Honour was Professor Nicholas Davis who was at Paul’s 1997-2001 and is Industry Professor of Emerging Technology and teaches about artificial intelligence at UTS. Nick presented the College prizes and spoke to the gathering about his career, which included being a senior member of staff at the World Economic Forum, and how he structured his life and learning goals around a model rather than a plan.  

Nick competed LLB while at Paul’s and later an MBA at Oxford. As well as a professorship at UTS he is also co-Director of the Human Technology Institute (HTI). HTI aims to put human values at the centre of Australia’s capability to develop, deploy and govern emerging technologies, thereby ensuring they are accountable, accurate, fair and fit-for-purpose.  He was formerly the World Economic Forum’s Head of Society and Innovation and a member of the Forum’s Executive Committee.

Ben Varela (saxophone) and Alexander Back (piano) performed ‘The Swan’ from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) during the dinner.

The College is delighted to also acknowledge and congratulate its prize winners for 2023:

  • ST PAUL’S COLLEGE TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD, awarded to the most outstanding Tutor nominated by their fellow students: Ed Taylor
  • MCWILLIAM PRIZE, Established through the generosity of Bruce McWilliam (College 1974-79),
  • later a Fellow and Bursar of the College, awarded for Law other than final year and for service to College: Jack Holt and Julian Visalli
  • JUDGE HUMFRY HENCHMAN PRIZE, in memory of Hereward John Humfry Henchman (College 1922-28), Acting Judge of the Supreme Court of NSW and Judge of all District Courts in NSW, awarded to a student in final year Law: [Not Awarded]
  • SIR IAN MCFARLANE PRIZE, in memory of Ian McFarlane (College 1941-44), engineer, economist, philanthropist and major innovator in exploration for shale oil in Australia, awarded for exceptional results in Economics and/or Commerce and for service to College: Alessandro Petagna
  • PORTUS PRIZE, in memory of Garnet Vere Portus (College 1903-04), the College’s first Rhodes Scholar, awarded for exceptional examination results in History, Economic History or Philosophy: Isander Mesimeris
  • UTHER PRIZE, established by a bequest from Allan Hammill Uther (College 1888-90), principal founder of the University Sports Union and Fellow of the College, awarded for three years’ distinguished examination results and service to College: Riley Jones

Examination Results 2023

High Distinction Average (85-100)

  • Jack Bouvier
  • Andrew Brennan
  • Kate Brenner
  • Ashley Buchanan
  • William Defina
  • Tia Durovich
  • Rebecca Galeano
  • Nicholas Horne
  • Riley Jones
  • Ben Lee
  • Jack Lockhart
  • Tommy Lu
  • Austin Markwick
  • Luka Mattani
  • Isander Mesimeris
  • Abbey Ridgewell
  • Miku Sugimura
  • Edward Taylor
  • Isabella Taylor
  • Elinor Trevelyan-Jones
  • Lucy Tucker
  • Ben Varela
  • Julian Visalli
  • Luka Vujanovic
  • Adam Wong
  • Andy Xie

Distinction Average (75-84.99)

  • Luke Amjah
  • Mitchell Arcus
  • Fergus Back
  • Alexander Back
  • Mia Baggett
  • Annica Bendall
  • Hamish Beveridge
  • Charlie Bishop
  • Henry Blackwell
  • Claire Blattman
  • Ryan Bond
  • Eric Bong
  • Sakura Brennan
  • Benjamin Broadley
  • Thomas Burge
  • Rohan Cameron
  • Allegra Carlton
  • Samuel Choi
  • Elodie Crichton
  • Jack Dawson
  • Alice Dawson-Damer
  • Gabriel Desiderio
  • Charles Dight
  • Lachlan Donaldson
  • Michael Dowe
  • Nicholas Dower
  • William Edwards
  • Alexandra Edwards
  • James Edwards
  • Louis Eglinton
  • Chloe Gunning
  • Joshua Hall-Johnston
  • Max Hammond
  • Phoebe Henry
  • Archer Howard
  • Finn Johnson
  • Annika Johnson
  • Harry Joils
  • Helen Jordan
  • Hugh Jordan
  • Dominic Kadmon
  • Caleb Kadmon
  • Elise Kraska
  • Armand Larché
  • Olivia Laverty
  • Matthew Leijer
  • Christopher Lennox
  • Leo Li
  • Ryan Lynch
  • Juliet Malcolm
  • Rocco Marcolongo
  • Owen Marschner
  • Velvet Martino Zlojutro
  • Samuel Matruglio
  • Sam McCredie
  • Zoe McHutchison
  • Michael Mingay
  • Theodore Mower
  • Lucy O’Brien
  • Eugenie O’Rourke
  • Jack Parker
  • Alessandro Petagna
  • Maximilian Philips
  • Mathu Pushpakumar
  • Thomas Ramsay
  • Alexander Ranson
  • Dylan Reid
  • Zoe Renowden
  • Samuel Richards
  • Holly Richards
  • Aidan Riethmuller
  • William Rivlin
  • Timothy Robinson
  • Alexander Robinson
  • Jack Sandelin
  • James Saywell
  • Harry Scambler
  • Joseph Scopas
  • Gabe Scott
  • Belle Sherlock
  • Aakash Singh
  • Toby Smith
  • Mia Sorensen
  • Georgia St John
  • William Stafford
  • Joska Steinbusch
  • Joshua Taleb
  • Phoebe Then
  • Alexandre Thevenon
  • Olivia Thoma
  • Orlando Throsby
  • Simon Toscan
  • Joshua Turner
  • Charlie Veeneklaas
  • Matilda Walker
  • Bligh Walter
  • Everett Whelan
  • Gemma White
  • Lucas Woods
  • Jason Zhu He

University Prizes and Awards 2023 (as notified to date)

  • Dalyell Scholar (awarded on 1st Year university results): William Edwards
  • Dean’s List of Excellence: Bryson Constable (Economics), Austin Markwick (Engineering), Luka Mattani (Vet. Science), Julian Visalli (Law)
  • Business School Change Maker Scholarship: Ryan Lynch
  • Ashurst Litigation Prize: Julian Visalli
  • PD Jack Prize: Rocco Marcolongo, Armand Larché
  • Walter Reid Memorial Prize: Charles Dight, Sophie Jones

Awards on Entry to University 2024

Dalyell Scholars:

  • Zoe Anderson
  • Jackson Beck
  • Heidi Best
  • Jackson Broad
  • Libby Carey
  • Aidan Cheung
  • Luke Chopra
  • William Cox
  • Oscar Everett
  • Tom Girle
  • Ella Graves
  • Sean Hamadi
  • Olivia Hills
  • Charlotte Hocking
  • Sahara Hotchin
  • Arlo Johns-Hammond
  • Matilda Johnson
  • Darcy Maple-Brown
  • James McCreery
  • Ethan Melton
  • Grace Merrilees
  • Francesca Richards
  • Robert Sanderson
  • Maya Stapleton
  • Zoe Thompson
  • Tom Wait
  • Levi Williams
  • Ella Winterbottom
  • Lily Wood
  • Sophie Wright
  • William Wright

Chancellor’s Scholarships: Stella Constable, Grace Merrilees

Business School Change Maker Scholarship: Jack Beck

Business School Scholarship for All-Round Excellence: Victoria Spark

Women in Engineering Excellence Scholarship: Christine Smith, Jacqueline Masamba

SUSF Elite Athlete Scholarship: Sophie Bradshaw (AFL), Eleanor Campbell (Water Polo), Grace Morrow (Sailing), George Perkins (Athletics), Mason O’Brien (Water Polo)


A great tradition, thanks to our great oval, is ‘tip’ (touch footy). It began with a bang in Welcome Week and is a favourite excuse to burn some energy every day. Tip was occasionally played in the 1960s and “thanks to the marshalling efforts of James Bell, touch became a pre-dinner activity for everyone interested, freshers versus the rest, at least while evenings were long and warm” (A Atkinson, Hearts and Minds, 2017, p 418).

At about 5pm most days the Tip Convener encourages the residents with a call “tip, tip, tip…” which echoes through the Quad and beyond.