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1980/81 Freshers Reunion

POSTPONED due to Sydney’s COVID Lockdown. New date to be advised. We look forward to the return of Freshers from 40 years ago [plus and minus] for drinks on the Roof Top Terrace and dinner in the Dining Hall followed by a visit to the Salisbury Bar. If you (or a fresher colleague) have not yet been contacted please let the College know by contacting the Director of Community Development, Richard Morgan, by phone or email.

Rawson Cup Rugby

Wed 26 May is the final round of the Rugby. All are welcome. First Rawson game is at 5.30pm followed by the final of the Womens’ Rosebowl 7s and Paul’s v Andrew’s begins at 7.30pm at Uni No. 2 Oval (Sydney University Football Ground). SUSF flyer CLICK HERE Please RSVP to The College Union is putting on a bar tab for Alumni.

A concert of choral, vocal and instrumental music

8pm Friday 21st May 2021 – all welcome Elise Morton, Brooke Shelley and Alison Tung – sopranosDavid Drury and Stacey Yang – organNatalie Kendy – violinwith the St Paul’s College Chapel choir Including music by Bach, Faure, Handel, Rheinberger & Rutter St Paul’s College Chapel9 City RoadCamperdown Exit by donation – refreshments

Re-opening of the Flentrop organ & concert

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

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Last chance … Opera in the Quad

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 |

Chapel services for Holy Week

29 March to Easter Day 2021 Monday in Holy Week: 8:30am Morning Prayer – (20 mins) & 5:30pm Holy Communion – (30 mins) |Tuesday in Holy Week: 8:30am Morning Prayer – (20 mins) & 5:30pm Choral Communion – (45 mins) | Wednesday in Holy Week: 8:30am Morning Prayer – (20 mins) & 5:30pm Holy Communion – (30 mins) Maundy Thursday: 8:30am Morning Prayer – (20 mins) & 12 noon Holy Communion – (30 mins) Good Friday: 9:00am Morning Prayer and the Litany – (20 mins); 9:30am The Passion Narrative from John’s Gospel – (30 mins) – Followed by Hot Cross Buns in the Chapel Quad Easter Day: 9:30am Holy Communion – (30 mins) – Followed by Easter Eggs in the Chapel Quad


Tutes emanate from a far(m)

The famous College “tutes” have become the focal point of intellectual life within the College, according to one of our tutors.  Since the start of Semester 2 around 200 tutorials have been provided in all courses ranging from: languages to space engineering; to ecosystems science; to digital music production, in the Graduate House and undergraduate communities plus a number of tutorials bring both together. Tutors and students are ‘Zooming’ into tutorials from overseas and all over Australia. Mr Angus Malmo (Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies Year 3) who would normally be resident in Lower Radford runs tutorials in biology and chemistry and Zooms-in from his family farm in the Riverina. Angus reports: “Whilst the whiteboardless nature of online tutoring is definitely not ideal, the fact that the academic cogs are still moving at St Paul’s is a credit to the College staff. Even in this difficult period, I think we all need

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Sapphire Coast high school engaged

As part of the College seeking to engage with the broader community, contact has been made with principals of a number of NSW regional high schools to offer free on-line tutoring by current Paulines to Year 12 students who are preparing for their HSC. A pilot programme will commence in early October with Eden Marine High School, located on the Sapphire Coast, 550km south of Sydney. 15 of the current cohort of 56 Year 12 students at Eden Marine are keen to tap into the know-how of undergraduates at St Paul’s across a wide range of subjects. Year 12 students have been paired with Paulines who will tutor them for one hour per week via Zoom. The benefits for the Pauline tutors is personal development through confidence-building, articulation of concepts and ideas and digging deep into their knowledge of the subjects taught. Our volunteer tutors have obtained their Working with Children Check

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Generous bequest received

St Paul’s College is the recent beneficiary of the distribution of assets in accordance with the will of Rev’d Peter Blackburn who died in 2018. Peter’s estate was across multiple jurisdictions which led to additional time to complete probate and property sales. Rev’d Peter James Whittaker Blackburn, in College 1968-69, was born on 9 January 1947 and lived in Maroubra and Carringbah as a child. In 1965 he came to Sydney University from Woolooware High School to study for a Bachelor of Arts. At that time Peter found he enjoyed participation in services at Christ Church St Lawrence and for a year he was President of the Sydney University Anglican Society. He moved in to Paul’s for his honours year and in 1969 commenced a Law degree. He was a Chapel Warden, member of Mummers and according to his uni friend Robert Tunbridge was a fabulous entertainer in his room

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Girdlestone gets bronzed in Tokyo

The College community congratulates the Australian Rowing Quad Sculls crew of Cameron Girdlestone (in College 2007-09) Jack Cleary, Caleb Antill and Luke Letcher on winning Bronze on 28 July in Tokyo. A day after the 25th anniversary of the original Oarsome Foursome’s gold, Australia delivered an awesome day from a quartet of crews in the most spectacular hour of rowing the nation has ever witnessed. Two gold and two bronze medals were won by Australia’s rowers in four successive races in a breathtaking 60 minutes on the water in Tokyo. First came the women’s four, holding off the fast-finishing Dutch to claim gold in six minutes, 15.37 seconds. They were barely out of the water when the men’s four surged down the Sea Forest Waterway with a stiff wind at their backs, and held off the closing Romanians to win gold in an Olympic record time of 5:42.76. With the

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Med tutes don’t stop for Lockdown

Sydney may be in lockdown, but the academic year continues at St Paul’s. Our first year medical students attended their first tutorial of the new semester at the end of July, an introduction to endocrinology. The tutorial was led by MCR Middle Prefect Mr Meheer Zaveri (GH Year 2 MD). The students are determined to keep each other safe in lockdown and use the collegial environment to work through the Pandemic restrictions together using online audio-visual technology. Despite this, the first year of running the Paul’s Med Tute programme now feels part of the normal rhythm of College life for MD and other post-graduate medical students. This programme is being managed by the Assistant Senior Tutor Hayden Randall. The tutorials are ‘blocked’ for the Stage 1 and Stage 2 medical students and include, amongst others, endocrinology, gastroenterology, oncology, sexual health, urology and renal tutes, as well as anatomy revisions for

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Pauline now at US Study Centre

Mr Edward Palmisano, in College 1991-94, was appointed Chief Operating Officer at United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney in July. The College is delighted to have another Pauline in university staff ranks. Edward said: ”I’m excited to start as Chief Operating Officer at the United States Studies Centre. The Centre is an independent foreign policy think tank dedicated to strengthening Australia’s relationship with the United States. It’s such a relevant time to be working on the bilateral relationship. Through rigorous analysis of American politics, foreign policy, defence and economics, the Centre has become a national resource, building Australia’s awareness of the dynamics shaping American society and their implications for Australia. Thank you to the many people who have provided support and advice on this step in my career.” Edward’s career has included appointments in the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and for four years he was

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Oxford Paulines – Patrick Hall and Codey Swadling

Patrick Hall (2013-16) and Codey Swadling (2016-20; Sem 2 2021) have just finished up at Oxford after a long nine months intensive study nearly overshadowed by the UK’s issues with the Pandemic. Patrick studied for a Bachelor of Civil Law (the Oxford Law Faculty’s taught masters programme) which he says was one of the most rewarding yet challenging academic experiences because of COVID. “I found that my educational grounding at Paul’s and the University enabled me to respond and grow in this environment”. When not in lockdown, Patrick rowed for Wolfson College, joined the Real Tennis Club, and attended various speeches at the Oxford Union. He will be starting in September as a solicitor in litigation at Slaughter & May. Codey used his time at Oxford to undertake a combined Master of Studies and Master of Philosophy programme focussing on Classical Greek and Latin. Codey returns to College to resume his

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Paul’s success in international law comp

Mr Tim Berney-Gibson (GH Year 3) and alumna Ms Aoife Hogan (2020), representing Sydney University, were placed 2nd in Negotiation in an international legal negotiation competition in July. This amazing achievement was the result of being chosen to participate in Consensual Dispute Resolution – the Dispute Resolution of a New Generation competition conducted by the Vienna International Arbitral Centre and the International Bar Association online out of Vienna. The competition is an innovative type of educational competition combining the arts and skills of mediation and negotiation held over five days with mock mediations, educational programs and social events. University teams from around the world are selected on competitive entry and compete in mediation and negotiation with professionals from law, academia, business and governments over more than 50 competition sessions. The 2021 event involved student from 22 universities from around the world. Tim and Aoife had an outstanding coach, Ms Emily Knoblanche, a senior

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COVID-19 impact on the College this July-August

YOUR CO-OPERATION IS APPRECIATED The Sydney Lockdown is affecting the whole College community in different ways. Thanks to everyone for their co-operation and support during these difficult times. In particular, a special mention: the incredible job being done by the College’s contract catering and housekeeping staff from Spotless who are coming in to provide the essential services to support the residents. We also acknowledge that many of the ‘familiar faces’ are those people who live in Western Sydney and are prevented from travelling to work at this time. STUDENTS The Students Club Committee and Middle Common Room Committee are providing wonderful support and leadership to the students who are in residence, as well to the many who are in contact but staying at home. The tutorial program is being managed entirely online and fitness activities are being arranged utilizing all the wonderful outdoor spaces of the College. Extended meal times

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Mummers Mia

The St Paul’s College Mummers presented, “A Night on Cobalt Street”, across three nights from Thursday 3rd June to Saturday 5th June. The play was written by our very own Archie Hancock, and was a huge success with the audience in hysterics from start to finish. Dedication from all involved was required to make the production the success that it was, and the cast and crew should be commended for their efforts.

Oxbridge bound Paulines

A number of Paulines have been, or are about to commence, studying at the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge. – Mr. Jack Blair (2014-17, Cambridge, MPhil in Technology Policy) – Mr. John-Patrick Asimakis (2015-18, Oxford, Private International Law/Public International Law/Commercial Law) – Mr. Codey Swadling (2016-20, Oxford, MSt in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature) – Mr. Patrick Cook (2016-19, Cambridge, MPhil in Population Health Sciences) – Mr. Thomas Osborne (2017-20, Oxford, MPhil in Economics) – Mr. William Clarke (2017-18, Oxford, DPhil in Theoretical Physics (Plasma Theory Group)) – Mr. Hayden Randall (2019- , Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital) – Mr. Ash Dixon (2019-20, Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital) – Dr. Tishan Wellalagodage (2019-20, Oxford, DPhil in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics) Truly a great effort, well done, and congratulations from the entire St Paul’s community!

Queen’s Birthday Honours

The College community congratulates David George Edward Rickards, in College 1973-75, and Revd Dr James Anthony Collins, Fellow since 2015, who were awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours. David Rickard’s award was given for service to the not-for-profit sector, and to the environment. David has been Chair, Social Enterprise Finance Australia Partnerships Ltd, since 2016 and a director and Co-Founder, since 2011. David has also served as a volunteers in the environment and social enterprise sectors as Treasurer and Board Member; Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN), since 2017; Trustee, Carrawa Foundation, since 2013; Board Member and Treasurer, Bush Heritage Australia, 2006-2015; and Board Member, Midlands Conservation Fund (Tasmania), since 2011. His other community roles include Board Member (Treasurer), Macquarie Community College, 2010-2019; and Trustee, Australian Museum Foundation Ltd, since 2015. David has been active in business and finance as a member, Investment Committee, NSW

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