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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

Anzac Service

Resident members of the College will commemorate Anzac Day and pay tribute to those Paulines who died in the service of their nation on Anzac Day at a 10 am service in the Chapel. Seating for this service will be strictly limited due to the high number of resident Paulines who are planning to attend. If old Paulines would like to attend please contact Mr Richard Morgan at College by phone (02 9550 7472) or email ( to discuss arrangements. [Pic: 2nd Lieutenant AEH Cooper (in College 1914-16) killed in action, France 1917]

Carol Service

The Annual College Carol Service this year will be pre-recorded for broadcast. The Video will be available to view at the scheduled time of the service – 7.30pm Sunday 13 December and will remain on line. CLICK HERE As is our tradition the service will be the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and feature organ, choir and readers. There is no participatory service due to COVID rules.


Rawson Rugby Campaign off to strong start

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

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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Paul’s Jag Bronze at Rawson Swimming

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

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

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

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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St Paul’s Medicos are Oxford-bound!

Usually only two Australian medical students were selected to undertake a prestigious placement at the University of Oxford and the John Radcliffe Hospital. We’re delighted that both – Mr Hayden Randall and Mr Ash Dixon – are Paulines!  Each year, fifty places are offered to non-Oxford international medical students to complete elective study at Oxford.  For one term, Mr Hayden Randall and Mr Ash Dixon will work alongside experienced doctors at the renowned teaching and research hospital, the John Radcliffe Hospital, and enjoy all the opportunities and experiences of being a student at Oxford.  Ash and Hayden are third year medical students at the University of Sydney and joined St Paul’s Graduate House in its inaugural year in 2019. Hayden is also our Assistant Senior Tutor, has been a sessional academic at USyd’s Department of Anatomy and Histology, and has been a tutor at St Paul’s and The Women’s College

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Derek Young and the dark side of COVID

Derek Young, in College 1984-86, is one of a number of Australians, one-in-five victims of the COVID virus, who have a debilitating ‘Long COVID’ illness. Read Derek’s story by following the link below and learn more about the severe ongoing problems associated with the pandemic. At this time we only know of one Pauline who has died as a result of the pandemic, Robert Crichton-Brown (in College 1962) whose obituary can be found on the Requiescat in Pace page. Link to SMH Story As a matter of interest there are now over 25 students in College studying Doctor of Medicine or other post-graduate health degrees. These emerging health professional face an increasingly complex career in the health care profession. We would love to hear from Paulines in front line health who would like to share their progress, warnings and achievements. PIC: Gabriela Domicelj and her husband Derek Young (from SMH)

Celebrating our academics!

The Undergraduate Community welcomed the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney, Professor Stephen Garton AM, as the guest of honour at the annual Academic Dinner on 22 March. The Vice Chancellor addressed the gathering which filled the Hall and overflowed and was live-streamed into the JCR. The evening included the formalities of recognising the academic achievements of 2020 and those awarded University prizes, to nine Paulines, and College prizes to seven Paulines. Among the 2020 achievements for the College community there were 17 undergraduates with HD average and 90 with Distinction average. The gathering was entertained by Mr Ernest Lam with his performance on vocal and guitar of Daniel Caesar’s R&B hit Best Part (2017). The St Paul’s community congratulates all our high achieving students. The prize lists: UNIVERSITY PRIZES AND AWARDS (as notified to date) Nathaniel Gleeson: Sydney Scholars Award 2019 Ross Johnston : Business School Student

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Pauline appointed to the Federal Court

Mr John Halley SC, in College 1979-82, has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia and took up office on 19 March 2021. John was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1986 and began his career at Allen Allen & Hemsley (now Allens Linklaters) and called to the NSW Bar in 1993. See the Federal Minister’s media release HERE. The College joins with the Australian legal community in congratulating John on this important appointment.

Cricket XI Secure Victory, Break Drought

The College Cricket XI has broken a five-year drought, winning Rawson Cup Cricket for the first time since 2016. St Andrew’s College had been undefeated for the entirety of those five years, however, on the 17th of March 2021, the Androvians went down to the Paulines. The successful campaign comes off the back of a great pre-semester camp, combined with a noted attitude improvement at training, driven by Senior Student and Cricket Captain, Matt Moran, in conjunction with convenors, Steven Parras and Sam McCutcheon. Rainfall from the night before, and during the morning, delayed the start of the match as both teams waited for the pitch to dry. The Paulines won the toss, and went on to bowl out St Andrew’s for 79, before chasing that total down with 6 wickets in hand. Congratulations to the 2021 Rawson Cup Cricket Champions!

Paul’s Off To Strong Start In Palladian Cup

St Paul’s opened the 2021 Palladian Cup campaign with a bang, placing first in the Solo Instrumental tournament. Saxophonist, and second year, Ben Lerner, performed “Chasin’ the Trane” by John Coltrane on an alto saxophone. The piece was performed in standard blues form, but approached by Mr. Lerner in a chordless trio context, without piano or guitar. “I approached the performance like a live gig and wanted to bring the same energy that I’d bring on the first tune of a gig, rather than unnecessarily flaunt technique, which is typically expected in competitions like the Palladian Cup,” said Mr. Lerner after his set. Freshman, Thomas Mah Chut, was the other representative from Paul’s. Mr. Mah Chut performed “Evocation” by Isaac Albeniz on piano, and was very well received by the audience.  Paul’s has not placed first in a Palladian Cup event since Hugh Jameson’s Solo Vocal performance in 2018, and

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