Rawson Rugby Campaign off to strong start

Rawson Rugby Campaign off to strong start

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The College’s 2021 Rawson Cup Rugby campaign began on Tuesday May 4th against St John’s on St Andrew’s Oval. It was the second Rawson Rugby fixture of the day at St Andrew’s Oval, following Wesley’s 116-3 defeat at the hands of Drew’s. John’s bounced back quickly from a very early knock-on off the kick-off, scoring a runaway intercept try from the scrum immediately after the initial error. 7-0. Paul’s went on to slowly but surely grind away against the men in the green and gold. The wet weather, compounded by the fact that a game had already played prior, meant that the track was ripped up and slippery, making for quite a conservative and slow style of rugby. Good day to be a forward; bad day to be a back. Paul’s momentum picked up, despite constant stoppages for scrum resets and errors, allowing the College’s piggies to run in a

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Rugby League: Paul’s snatch defeat from jaws of victory

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The Paul’s rugby league team suffered a close defeat at the hand’s of St John’s College on Wednesday April 21st. The fiery encounter, played on the College Oval, was well received by players and supporters from both colleges. The match doubled as a fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, with pink donned by both players and spectators. The contest was played in good spirits by both sides with lots of passion displayed from all who took the field. The Paulines came out of the blocks firing, laying on three consecutive tries, however failed to convert any. Freshmen playmakers, Jonah Edlington (halfback), and Ollie Thorne (hooker) complimented each other’s game magically, and as result, comfortably steered the side around the park. While Edlington manufactured linebreaks on the edges for his forwards, Thorne demonstrated his excellent rugby league IQ with crafty dummy-half ruck plays, allowing space to open up around the

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Murch Returns

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Arthur Murch (1902-1989) was a noted early modernist painter and sculptor who was responsible for two significant artworks at the College: the portrait in Hall of former Warden Arthur Garnsey (also entered in the 1942 Archibald Prize) and the Trigg Memorial fountain (1966-67). On Tuesday 27 April we were delighted to welcome Arthur Murch’s daughter, Michelle, to the College. Michelle is researching and compiling a website dedicated to her father’s work (http://arthurmurch.com/) and was very keen to revisit his work at St Paul’s. We are indebted to Michelle for her generous donation of photographs taken of the artist at work on the fountain and its installation in the original quadrangle.

Paul’s Jag Bronze at Rawson Swimming

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Despite a strong show of character and determination in both training, and the event itself, Paul’s finished in third place behind Wesley College (second place), and St Andrew’s (first place) in the 2021 Rawson Cup Swimming. A fantastic effort was demonstrated by all involved. Freshman, Tim Hough, was outstanding in his Rawson debut, finishing second place in two of his events. Convenors, Connor Whiteley and Ben Bradshaw, along with swim captain, Nathan Taplin, and diving captain, Lachlan Croker, displayed excellent leadership throughout the night, ensuring that morale remained high among the competitors despite many results on the night not going the College’s way. This leaves Paul’s placed second overall, sitting on six points, in the 2021 Rawson Cup, behind Andrew’s on eight points. Rowing has been pushed back to Semester 2 due to a blue-green algae outbreak at the Sydney International Regatta Centre. As such, Paul’s will look to bounce

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Community engagement re: co-residency at St Paul’s College

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At several points over the last fifty years, the Council has considered whether becoming a fully co-residential College would be beneficial to St Paul’s and its future. As part of the Council’s continued strategic development, and particularly in relation to how the College can best achieve its vision into the future, this question is again under consideration. The undergraduate community has been all male for 165 years and therefore any change would be significant. As such, the Council is inviting feedback from current residents, parents and alumni on this issue. This feedback will be very beneficial for the Council’s deliberations. In 2020, the St Paul’s College Council developed and adopted the following vision for the College: St Paul’s College aspires to be internationally recognised as a place of rigorous intellectual, moral and spiritual engagement at the heart of the University, which aims to provide a transformative experience for students by

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Chapel organ celebration

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Here is a clip from the Re-dedication concert on 17 April with director of Music Mr David Drury (organ), Mr John Foster (trumpet) and Miss Elise Morton (soprano) performing GH Handel’s ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’. After the welcome from the Warden, the College Chaplain, Revd Antony Weiss, led the re-dedication of the organ. The organ remained silent until the organ scholar Miss Stacey Yang of Graduate House began the concert with Felix Mendelssohn’s celebratory Sonata No. 4 (Allegro con brio). The music continued with David taking over the bench and performing a broad repertoire from a 16th century Erbach Canzon to J S Bach’s Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C to a 20th century Moreau Cantabile. Both Elise and John joined David to augment the splendid sound of the newly refurbished organ that was built by the Dutch firm of D A Flentrop in 1971 thanks to the generosity of

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Remembering Prince Philip

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The College community mourns the loss of HRH Prince Philip KG KT PC OM GBE AK AC(Mil), Duke of Edinburgh who played such an influential role in the Commonwealth as consort to Her Majesty the Queen throughout her long reign. At 99 he was just two months short of his 100th birthday and his service to Queen and country is a long read that includes: Field Marshal of the Australian Military Forces, Admiral of the Fleet of the RAN, Marshal of the RAAF, Colonel-in-Chief of the Australian Army Cadets, [plus equivalent roles in the British Military Forces], Lord High Admiral (2011-21), Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh (1953-2010), Chancellor of the University of Salford (1967-91), Chancellor of the University of Cambridge (1976-2011), Founder of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and served as a Royal Navy Commander in WW2. HRH visited Australia on 21 occasions during his lifetime including the

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Re-opening of the Flentrop organ & concert

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The recently refurbished Chapel pipe organ will be re-dedicated during an opening concert on Saturday 17 April – 2.30pm.

Program will include works by Bach, Erbach, Handel, Peeters, Karg-Elert and Moreau. Organ – David Drury; Trumpet – John Foster; Soprano – Elise Morton.

In 1972 when the organ was installed it was described as one of the finest organs in Australia, its mechanical action “is beautifully engineered” and “the sound of the organ fulfils exactly our expectations”. After 47 years of service to the College and the music community of Sydney the organ was taken apart, all 880 pipes cleaned, all worn parts replaced, the keyboards rebuilt, and the Kromhoorn 8′ stop replaced with new pipework from Germany. The installation of a traditional Klokster has added a vibrant new sound to the instrument very much in-keeping with its classical Dutch organ principles.

The organ was built in 1971 by the Dutch firm of Flentrop and made possible by the generosity of the late Sir Alexis Albert CMG and his family. Sir Alexis was in College (1926-28), as were his three sons: Robert 1953-56, Ted 1956–58 and Tony 1958-62.

The refurbishment project has been undertaken by the Sydney organ building firm of Peter D G Jewkes Pty Ltd. Despite the difficulties of 2020 factory closures and freight disruptions it was still somewhat an international project involving the organ works of Aug Laukhuff in Weikersheim and Killinger Killinger Pfeifen in Freiberg.

The organ is sparkling once again and sounding brilliant. It is now possible to play a range of musical styles which enrich the musical and devotional life of the College.

ALL ARE WELCOME on Saturday 17 April. A donation for the Chapel Music Fund on exiting the Chapel would be appreciated. Refreshments are being provided after the concert. Seating in the chapel will be guided by the COVID rules of the day.

A For Effort: Tutorial Program Thriving

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The College’s tutorial program has been widely regarded as the superior program among the intercollegiate community for some time now. 2021 has proven to be no different. Spearheaded by recently appointed Senior Tutor, Ms Katie Allan, the Paul’s tutorial program has already been a monumental success. Utilising current undergraduate and postgraduate Paulines, as well as the vast alumni community, the College offers tutorials in the subject areas of commerce, economics, engineering, law, medicine, science, mathematics, computer science, and music. By the end of Week 4, over 110 tutorials had been held. Eighty percent of these took place in the undergraduate community, with the remaining twenty percent taking place either exclusively in Graduate House, or with mixed attendance from both communities. This year has proven to be a year of firsts for the College in terms of tutorials offered. This is the first year that there’s been a Graduate House tutorial

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Last chance … Opera in the Quad

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OQ Video Prepare to be transported back to the early 6th Century, as we embark on a tale of medieval adventure and mysticism. One of the greatest works of western music, Purcell’s operetta ‘King Arthur’ tells the story of King Arthur’s Britons as they battle the Saxons. Led by Ross Cobb and performed on a period orchestra of Australia’s best historically informed musicians. Performed in the open-air; bring a picnic rug or a chair and BYO drinks whilst surrounded by the stunning sandstone Quadrangle of St Paul’s College. Venue | Quadrangle, St Paul’s College, within the University of Sydney Date | Friday 9 April 7pm Cost | $60/40 Tickets | tinyurl.com/kingpurcell