Our Union

The St Paul’s College Union was founded in 1892, on the joint initiative of resident members of the College and of former students

The Union's Objectives

- To unite the past and present members of the College
- To support the College and its institutions by financial assistance, and otherwise to promote the interests of the College
- To endow scholarships and prizes at the College
- To hold reunions, athletic contests, and other social functions

St Paul's College Union Online

Who are we?

To ensure we meet our first objective all residents of St Paul’s College are members of the Union. After leaving College former residents are asked to transfer their “caution money” to the Union which becomes their Life Membership fee. These members of the College are then admitted as Life Members of St Paul’s College Union.

The Life Membership fees are held in trust in the Life Membership Fund.

What do we do?

The Union supports the educational objectives of the College and gives strength to many aspects of ‘collegiality’ so critical to the success of any university residential college.

The comradeship of undergraduates will never breed the spirit of learning. It must include the older men. Woodrow Wilson, ‘The Spirit of Learning’ (Princeton University, 1909).

The Union conducts a number of activities for the enjoyment of Life Members and current residents.

Victoriana!

The main annual event for the Union is Victoriana! which in 2021 is in its 58th year – the longest running musical production in Australia.

In 2020 the show was recorded under COVID-conditions in a studio and is available to watch by clicking here

A live show is being planned in the College Dining Hall for Friday 24 and Saturday 26 September and Friday 1 and Saturday 2 October 2021.  For more details click here

Reunions

Very importantly the Union encourages and helps with the organisation and hosting of Fresher Year Group 50, 40, 30, 20 and 10 year reunions. Generally a year group convener picks the date and gets the message out to his cohort and these reunions take many different forms from black tie dining in the Hall to a relaxed afternoon at a local pub.

Other events

Other Union events include the annual Union Dinner and, when appropriate, Life Members join the Resident Members of the College community for major events such as the Rawson Cup Rugby final, the Anzac Service, faculty dinners and the Carol Service.

Alumni Records

The College has a complete record of all those who entered the College during its history and became Paulines. It is a priority for the College to stay in touch with its living alumni and information is held about each one for that purpose. Paulines are encouraged to contact the Alumni and Foundation Office to up-date their records upon change of address or to give the College current and recent news for publication.

Student Mentoring - 'The Grisp'

The “Grisp” is a professional mentoring programme managed by the St Paul’s College Union. The Union has established a Register of Paulines working in the various professions, the arts, the sciences, academia, journalism and business who are interested in providing some voluntary form of mentoring or career advice for current senior residents of the College or Graduate House.

If you can help out as a mentor please contact the Alumni and Foundation Office.

Student Travel Grants

Annually the Union seeks applications from current and recent students for Study Travel Grants. These provide financial support to enable young Paulines to undertake travel as an adjunct to their study or to begin degree programme at universities overseas.

Merchandise

College merchandise and Union crested goods are available for purchase from the College Office. Stock includes:
• College crested ties (silk or polyester) and crested silk squares
• Crested cuff links
• There are also a limited number of the 2020 ‘harlequin’ footy jerseys
• The College history Hearts and Minds (2017) by Pauline Prof Alan Atkinson is also available for purchase.

Supporting the College

The Union supports the College in all its endeavours by providing a formal body of ex-residents, many of whom are also eligible to vote at the election of Lay Fellows, who form the governing council of the College alongside Clerical Fellows.

The Union also assists the College with the publication of Boomalakka and the Students Club with the publication of The Pauline.

The Union has been a binding force as well bringing together alumni and students for mutually beneficial pursuits that support the education provided at Paul’s through such activities as tutorial support, inspiring speakers for formal dinner, and support to Student Club events like its very successful faculty dinners.

Governance

Union Management

The Union is governed by an elected committee who manage the Union’s functions and finances. This committee includes four resident student members and Life Members from across the decades. Under the 2020 Constitution the committee includes: the Patron (our Warden), the President, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer, and 9 ordinary committee members.

Members' AGM

All Resident Members and Life Members are welcome to attend the Annual General Meetings held at College and usually linked to a reunion or annual dinner. During the AGM reports are presented and the executive and committee is elected for the ensuing year.

In 2021 the first AGM under the 2020 Constitution will be held after the College Anzac Service on Sunday 25 April. A notice of meeting will be emailed to all Union Life Members.

Changes Proposed in 2020/21

The Union Committee has been working on the reform of governance of the Union for a number of years. A new Constitution was adopted at a Special General Meeting on 19 December 2020 and the Union was registered under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 (NSW) on 23 December 2020 (number INC2001338).

To see the new constitution and arrangements please refer to the Union Online page. Note: Union Members will need to obtain a password to access this page.

Your point of contact

Alumni and Foundation Office can be found
under the Tower Block:

Director of Community Development – Richard Morgan (1978-82)
Tel. 02 9550 7472, email. community@stpauls.edu.au

College reception:
Tel. 02 9550 7444, email. reception@stpauls.edu.au