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6th Sony Foundation SAC Children’s Camp Wraps Up

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St Andrew’s College proudly hosted the sixth consecutive annual camp for children with disabilities sponsored by the Sony Foundation. The 2017 camp ran from the 30 November – 3 December, providing four fun-filled, action-packed days for the twenty children who participated. The camp is entirely student-led, predominately by an organising committee of seven St Andrew’s students from a mixture of years, who began organisation in late March.

Prior to the camp, the forty-five student volunteers from St Andrew’s and the wider university community, spent two days transforming our College from a learning space and residence for university-age students to a colourful, activity-filled haven for children. They attended professional seminars from organisations such as Guide Dogs Australia and spent time preparing for the week ahead.

The disabilities that the campers possess on camp are varied; some are physical such as complete blindness, while others include Autism, Down Syndrome and Global Development Delay. This event is run for its incredible value in several areas. While there is the obvious significance of giving these kids an opportunity to enter a new, welcoming environment where the sole focus is on their wants and needs, there are also much deeper impacts. Firstly, the camp provides these kids with the often unprecedented opportunity to form a bond with young people outside of their own family. The campers really appreciate having a ‘mate’ for the week who understands them. This year, one of our campers made sure he took home the numbers of at least ten of the volunteers that he had gotten to know, so that he could keep in touch, while another camper even received an invitation to his companion’s Christmas Day lunch. Beyond this, the camp provides much-needed respite to the families of the campers. The needs that these kids have on a day to day basis requires unimaginable emotional and physical engagement from their families, which can be exhausting for loved ones. The St Andrew’s camp allows the primary carers of the children to have a well-deserved break, which is much appreciated whether it is used to spend time with their other children, to go travelling, or even simply to spend time cleaning the house! Finally, this camp supports St Andrew’s College’s relentless support and encouragement of giving back to the community.

The structure of the camp places volunteers into three categories: Companions, Helpers, and Media Team. Companions are assigned to a single camper for the week and are ultimately responsible for that child solely over the four days. Their role requires them to assist their camper in eating, showering and the bedtime processes, while also hanging out with them during the day and encouraging them to participate in the various provided activities. Needless to say, the resulting bond that forms is exceptional. Twelve volunteers are also given the role of helper and have the task of being the behind-the-scenes workers. The Helpers assist with the set-up and pack up of activities and also take initiative to sub-in for companions to give them their own rest time each day as they see fit. These students complete all small jobs that make the day-to-day running of the camp possible. Finally, a team of three is chosen to be the camp’s dedicated media team. The team takes countless photos and hours of video footage. This is then compiled into a video to provide a lasting memory for the families. All in all, the camp is equipped with plenty of help!

The arrival of the children on 30 November was highly anticipated by the volunteers, most of whom were experiencing some nervousness, but all were incredibly excited for what was to come. The campers arrived in the morning and settled in happily after being introduced to their companion for the week. This was a notable achievement in itself given that for many of these children this was the first time away from home. All campers and volunteers enjoyed getting to know one another through exciting activities such as water games and a jumping castle, a petting zoo that featured Shetland pony rides, cricket, and a karaoke night!

The following day was jam-packed! It was an early start for some, with a few eager campers up as early as 4am. The morning kicked off with a visit from the Feature Creatures gang, who showed off some creepy crawlies, snakes, lizards, turtles and even a baby crocodile! The kids loved it – I think there were a few companions who were taken out of their comfort zone around the animals rather than the kids! There was hardly enough time to have some morning tea before the team from Drumability arrived to run a bongo session with our campers. That afternoon we packed up and embarked on an exciting trip out to Cook and Phillip Pool in the city. The campers absolutely loved the water and we even had one child who went swimming for the first time in their life. Once we returned, Andrew’s alumni Miki Williams taught the kids some new moves in her Dancability session, which was perfect preparation for the disco that evening! The disco was lit – certainly a good way to ensure that the dance floor of the Highlander was put to good use even in the summer!

Day three kicked off with some free time where the kids could enjoy craft, a jam session in the music room or even take a golf buggy around for a spin on the oval! We then headed off on another excursion, this time out to Manly Beach. Despite whether conditions that predicted it to be stormy, we had some incredible luck with a blue-sky day. The kids were sent off in small boats and sailed around the harbour with the help of the gang from Sailability. This was a real treat for many of the campers, some of whom had never been in a boat before, or hailed from rural Australia and hadn’t experienced the sea. After a big day at the beach, there were many volunteers and campers taking the bus ride home as an opportunity for a bit of shut eye. Upon return, a science show was set up where the campers could perform various experiments such as making their own slime or provoking volcanos to erupt. After this, we decorated cookies and parked up in the common room for a big screening of the movie Moana.

On the final day of the camp, the kids (and volunteers!) were treated to a visit from the fire truck, another jumping castle, face painting, and a slip’n’slide – all before lunch! Following this, the arrival of the campers’ families to join the children and volunteers for lunch was a very special moment. Seeing families reunite was one thing, but talking to parents and siblings about their few days of respite brought tears to our eyes. Some parents had not had a full night’s sleep, not to mention a full day off, since their children had been born. It sure is a large commitment to assume sole responsibility and 24/7 care for twenty children with special needs, and the volunteers should be very proud of their achievement in being part of such a successful camp. During the lunch, we had a surprise visit from a very special guest – Santa Claus! Santa provided a personalised gift to all our campers, who were absolutely stoked to receive a toy fire truck, personal craft kit and even a stuffed life sized dinosaur! Liv O’Connor then formally closed the camp, thanking everyone for making the week as wonderful as possible.

A big thank you is deserved for the 2017 committee of Liv O’Connor, Andrew Dossetor, George Stribling, Erin Wright, Izzy Payne, Declan Drake and Lachy Barrett for running such a fulfilling and valuable week for all involved. The selection of the 2018 camp committee is currently underway, and soon enough, applications for volunteers will be open. The countdown is on until the doors of St Andrew’s are opened up again to an exceptional pool of awesome children. Thank you to all the parents for sharing your kids with us and their awesome quirks, we hope to see you again next year!

  • Olivia O’Connor (fr 2016)

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St Andrew’s College Media Release – Elizabeth Broderick & Co Report

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MEDIA RELEASE 29.11.2017

St Andrew’s College accepts ‘Broderick Review’ recommendations

St Andrew’s College has announced it will accept all of the recommendations made by Elizabeth Broderick and Co (EB & Co) following a voluntary review of its culture.

The 2016-17 Culture Review led by EB & Co was an initiative led by five of the six University of Sydney residential colleges, including St Andrew’s. Its objective was to explore all areas of college life, in order to highlight strengths and identify areas for improvement.

St Andrew’s College Principal Wayne Erickson said the recommendations would build on existing initiatives like its ‘Holding the Mirror’ cultural program, which began in early 2016, and provide opportunities for improvement.

“The review found that 83% of students have had a very positive experience of College and the pride in this community and the richness of College life emerged as consistent themes from students.

“This helps explain why we have six applications for every place in College, a record of academic excellence, with 40 per cent of our students attaining a Distinction average or higher, and gender parity in our student admissions.

“Despite this encouraging feedback, the review also found that not everyone shares these positive experiences. Notwithstanding our strong College policies, including tough disciplinary and accountability measures against misconduct, some of our students have said they have experienced bullying, hazing and sexual misconduct.

“This is unacceptable. We must do better to ensure St Andrew’s is a place where every student feels valued and respected at all times.”

Through the St Andrew’s No Wrong Door Policy, the College Council and student leadership have invited any members who have experienced unacceptable behaviours, including bullying, hazing and sexual misconduct, to come forward, be heard and seek support.

Mr Erickson said St Andrew’s has a fair and confidential reporting process to bring offenders to account.

Young adults who live at St Andrew’s are typically between 18 and 23 years of age. They face the same challenges as their peer group in broader society. The EB & Co review found about 30 per cent of women across all colleges have experienced sexual harassment.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 38 per cent of all Australian women aged 18-24 said they were sexually harassed in the last year.

“Regarding sexual misconduct and other forms of harassment, including bullying, we must do better, within our institutions and in broader society, to demonstrate zero-tolerance of these behaviours,” Mr Erickson said.

2018 Action Plan

From 2018, St Andrew’s will implement several new initiatives designed to reflect the EB&Co recommendations. The Plan was developed and agreed in collaboration with students, councillors and staff.

Key actions include:

  • Expanding and strengthening current mandatory training on sexual misconduct for all college members
  • Eliminating all activity that can be construed as hazing from College events and activities
  • Ensuring all College events adhere to Responsible Service of Alcohol standards.

More detail is contained in the 2018 St Andrew’s College Action Plan.

“Since we became a co-residential college in 2002, we have worked with all College members to improve and strengthen our community and our culture,” Mr Erickson said.

“We are embracing this new opportunity to learn from what our students and peers have told us and ensure we have a robust plan for the future.”

Key facts about St Andrew’s College:

Gender equity

  • In 2017, there were 600 applications for 100 places (50 for women and 50 for men), including 7 applications for every female place, and 5 for every male place.
  • Women have been elected by their female and male peers to 73% of student leadership roles for 2018.

Academic Excellence

  • St Andrew’s requires that all students achieve and maintain a Credit average to remain in College, and more than 40 per cent of students have a Distinction average or higher.
  • Underpinning this expectation of academic excellence, the College has in place a comprehensive and well-resourced academic support program.

Equal Opportunity

  • Each year, St Andrew’s offers $1.5 million in means-tested and merit-based financial support to attract students from diverse backgrounds


  • Unlike some of the other colleges still operating under their original 19th century Act of Parliament, St Andrew’s replaced its old Act in 1998. The changes allowed the College to provide formal connection to the University of Sydney by installing the Chancellor as Visitor; to provide for the admission of women – which followed in 2002; to permit students of universities other than Sydney into residence, to remove specific governance connections to the Presbyterian Church while maintaining its heritage as a Protestant College; and for a more flexible governance structure. The passing of the new Act was supported by all parties without dissent.

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About St Andrew’s College

St Andrew’s is a co-residential academic community within the University of Sydney, home to 336 male and female undergraduate students, postgraduate students, resident fellows and graduate residents, and non-residential associate members. The College offers students a combination of intellectual independence, academic support and personal development through involvement in sporting, philanthropic and cultural activities. More information: 


The Report to St Andrew’s College on Cultural Renewal is available here

Matt Akehurst – 2018 Rawson Representative

What is your initial response to being elected as Rawson Representative in 2018?

It is very humbling to have been chosen as a leader in such an amazingly talented community. The calibre of individuals who will form the 2018 House Committee is outstanding and I am very excited at the thought of what great things this group is going to achieve.

As someone who loves all things sport, I was very excited to be elected as Rawson Rep. It’s a role which comes with an expectation of winning, I am excited by this challenge.

What are you most looking forward to in the role?

Winning the Rawson Cup.

What are you studying?

I am currently enrolled at Sydney University studying a Bachelor of Commerce and Science, majoring in Finance and Molecular Biology & Genetics respectively.

What have been some of your achievements since you came here?

– 2016, 2017 Drew’s Rawson Footballer of the Year

– 5 Rawson Campaigns

– Elected as Rawson Rep for 2018

Your best memory of your time here so far?

Being involved in the 2017 Rawson Cricket team and watching Charles Litchfield snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with 7 for 11 in the final against the Paulines. Absolute scenes.

Isobel Payne – 2018 Intercol Representative

What is your initial response to being elected as our female Intercol Representative for 2018?

I was just incredibly excited at being elected and being able to be a part of the House Committee in 2018.

What are you most looking forward to in the role?

I am already looking forward to what I know is going to be an incredibly exciting year next year. One of the events that I am most looking forward to is Orientation Week. I cannot wait to meet next year’s freshers and introduce them to life at Drew’s.

What are you studying, and which university?

Medical Science at the University of Sydney

Some of your achievements since you came here?

I was a member of the Rosebowl Rowing team for 2016 & 2017 and part of the 2016 crew that took part in the Australian Boat Race. I have been a member of the Rosebowl Athletics team for 2016 & 2017 and a member of the Palladian dance team for 2017. I am a member of the Highlander Bar Team and the Sony Foundation Children’s Camp organising committee for this year.

Your best memory of your time here so far?

My favourite memory of my time at College so far has been the last day of the 2016 Children’s Camp. After the kids had gone home, all the volunteers, exhausted and already missing the kids, sat around for hours telling funny stories from the last four days and reflecting on what had been such an incredible experience.


Sandstone-Tinted Glasses: On College Culture

Attempting to define the culture of particular groups is fraught with problems. Consider, for example, definitions of Australian culture: taken at face value, they give the impression that Australians are all thong-wearing larrikins whose diets comprise VB and sausage rolls. Such definitions rarely entertain the thought that some Aussies enjoy listening to orchestras under the sails of the Sydney Opera House or drinking coffee roasted by self-proclaimed Bondi Hipsters. While the distinction between cultural reality and cultural mythology is unambiguous when national groups are concerned, it is less clear in the case of residential colleges; few have firsthand experience against which to assess accounts of college culture (a small percentage of university students attend colleges in Australia). For most, interface with these institutions is therefore mediated solely by journalists, who have been known to wear sandstone-tinted glasses from time to time. The words below seek to address this issue by casting light upon some of the cultural norms that seldom enjoy expression in stereotype-laden newspaper articles and news segments. Its aims are, at the risk of overdoing the analogy, akin to informing those who have never lived in Australia that Aussies do not ride kangaroos to work or drink Vegemite smoothies.

Defining college culture should be as difficult as defining national culture; for fear of reductivism, the most one should strive to do is identify a few “dominant cultural traits”. Applying this approach, it might be agreed that there are only two such traits, both of an ontological nature, that apply to all residential colleges. The first relates to the idea upon which these institutions are predicated: that the line drawn between education and life is an artificial and undesirable one. In the spirit of the so-called “Oxbridge” tradition, college education does not, in theory, comprise solitary study sessions with a few drops of fun and collaboration in the margins; it affords individuals the opportunity to become “whole people” (as distinct from robots with a knack for regurgitating information) through exposure to cultural, sporting, spiritual, social and academic experiences. Dining hall conversation and social drinks are therefore as much within the purview of education as attending lectures. The second trait is the freedom afforded to students. While this often involves a degree of celebratory post-school drinking, that need not be the case; how such freedom is utilised depends on the individual. Attempts to define “college culture” must then give way to a separate pursuit: considering the cultural traits specific to particular colleges (a distinction seldom made). The “case study” of this article is St Andrew’s College.

Understanding the culture of Andrew’s begins with identifying its “dominant cultural traits”. In the abstract, these are codified by its values (which loosely translate to service, community and attainment), while in everyday life they manifest in the scenes photographed and printed in glossy pamphlets: smiling students dressed in blue and white, young women and men rehearsing for drama plays, science majors studying next to history majors in a library lined with Commonwealth Law Reports, and sweaty athletes slogging it out on the tennis court. Then there are the less visible – but no less integral – cultural traits of Andrew’s. These range from the solitary pursuit of excellence (embodied by the many daily hours of practice undertaken by the organ scholar or the early morning training sessions of the rowers) to the culture of pastoral care (exemplified by peers who lend their shoulders behind closed doors or the private meetings between students and the Vice-Principal when things go wrong). One might also add to this category intimate group dinners, hosted by the Principal, that aim to provide students with the opportunity to express their thoughts on College life. Other seldom-reported traits include the overwhelming amount of community service undertaken by residents and the commitment to providing those with limited financial means access to education (expressed in $1.5 million of annual scholarships and bursaries). Clearly, these nuances are not included in blanket definitions of “college culture”, but are certainly part of the cultural fabric of Andrew’s.

There are, of course, problematic traits as well. Before identifying them, it is important to articulate what they are not: young people getting the study-social balance wrong in their first year of university, consensual participation in absurdly stupid initiatives, and so on. These tendencies might be euphemistically referred to as “taking the HSC shackles off too abruptly”, and are neither unique to particular institutions nor something tertiary institutions should actively try to eliminate; removing the opportunity for young adults to make mistakes means introducing regulative measures that would also constrain the freedom upon which other elements of college life are contingent (for example, student leadership opportunities). Obviously, this category does not encompass activities that harm others. It is this distinction that gives rise to a second category of issues (all of which can and should be eliminated): the presence of unsavoury traditional rituals and chants (though I must admit that the sinister ones have faded during my time at Andrew’s), pressure felt by individuals to participate in events they would prefer to miss (a blue and white species of fomo), and anecdotally rare instances of harassment.

What should be unequivocally recognised as a non-issue at St Andrew’s College is, contrary to popular belief, a lack of opportunity for women to obtain leadership roles due to entrenched sexism. The narrative of female leadership opportunities at Andrew’s is best expressed as a historical overview. Fifteen years ago, the College opened its doors to female residents (135 years into its far too… masculine history). Since then, students have, against a backdrop of increased female representation on Council and equitable celebration of male and female sporting competitions, been encouraged to consider the individual traits of potential leaders and reminded that voters “get the leaders they deserve”. Fifteen years later (in 2017), the students of Andrew’s voted in 8 women to fill the 11 available student leadership positions (two of which were specified as male positions). It is the narrative of gender equality that Australian companies and workplaces should envy, and an exemplification of Liz Broderick’s oft-quoted comment: “Gender equality is not a battle of the sexes, it’s a battle for equality, a battle that men and women must wage side-by-side”. It is clear that both the women and men of Andrew’s channelled this sentiment into the ballot box this year.

One could not write an article about college culture without mentioning the Elizabeth Broderick & Co Review. One of the questions colleges will have to answer is how, in light of the findings, heads of colleges ought to wield the double-edged sword known as “student freedom and autonomy”. Three possibilities of varying soundness come to mind. The first is to destroy the sword (that is, constrain the freedom and autonomy of students and adopt a pseudo boarding house model). The second is to wield it ferociously and spar with the media (arguing, for example, that one is far more likely to be harmed at a house party than a college, and that when things go wrong at the latter, professional support is made available). And the third is using the findings as a roadmap to long-term, meaningful change. It is hoped that the latter will be adopted. After all, the finding of just one instance of sexual misconduct (of any form) justifies investing time and energy in cultural renewal. All change must, of course, be led by students; history has shown that while disciplinary measures suppress the symptoms of underlying issues, empowering students as the architects of their community and working with them creates tangible, long-term change.

Perhaps this article will be accused of espousing an uninhibited pro-college stance. And without a doubt, there will be a college patriot out there who interprets it as a timely defence of college culture. For these readers a second reading is in order. The point made above is merely that the only way of understanding “college culture” is by abandoning futile attempts to define it in general terms. College culture is not – and could never be, even if it were desirable – a homogenous cluster of social behaviours that permeate all structures made of sandstone. Perhaps it would even be better to deny the existence of “college culture” altogether; there are, it could be said, as many college cultures as there are colleges.

  • Will Cesta, fr 2013 & Dean of Admissions

Will Cesta Headshot

Working with our students to become 21st Century Australian leaders

Here at St Andrew’s College, our mission is to create a community of students who will grow to have a positive, significant and far-reaching impact as citizens of the 21st century. By providing a comprehensive student leadership training program, we endeavour to support our student members to actively engage in both our community at College and society in general.

To be eligible for student leadership at College in 2018, either to be nominated and then elected for a position on the House Committee or eligible to be selected as a student mentor for the incoming first year cohort, students needed to satisfactorily complete a range of requirements.

Theoretical basis for the training included the ‘Ethical Framework’; a four-part framework that asks what one ought to do based on a process of

1. Considering self,

2. Considering others,

3. Asking and negotiating and,

4. Reflecting on the outcome of action and seeking to change this if needed.

The leadership sessions covered a variety of topics, all aimed at supporting the candidates in developing the skills, knowledge and insight required to be compassionate and effective leaders at College.

The sessions included:

  • a face to face session with Professor Rufus Black on leadership as well as the St Andrew’s Annual Lecture
  • a face to face session with religious and ethical leaders. This was organised and facilitated by one of our Taylor Scholars, Bethany Cottee, and saw three faith leaders from the Christian, Islamic and Jewish faith and a humanist leader describe their experience of leadership and what this meant for them. This interfaith Q&A session was attended by close to 100 St Andrew’s College members
  • an introductory session on mental health issues to begin the process of upskilling as first responders
  • an online confidential survey reflecting their College experience. Students were asked a series of questions including: what aspects of College life they considered important, what was working well and what was not working so well. This survey asked participants to consider a real life challenging situation they had experienced where they needed to use the ethical framework to help them make a decision, or where the use of the ethical framework could have helped them make a decision in order to ethically deal with the situation. These answers were then used to start a discussion on how these issues might be resolved by the new leadership team as part of the final session
  • a face to face session on the roles of student leaders in College, the challenges and opportunities

To ensure that all students interested had the chance to participate, those who, due to other commitments, couldn’t attend face to face meetings were given the chance to watch a recording of each session and complete an associated writing task for the sessions.

In addition to these above sessions, Jaime Painter, another Taylor Scholar, as part of her work on supporting women in leadership, led a ‘Lean In Circle’, a leadership and development workshop for women at College.

The Taylor Scholar Program was established in 2015 by St Andrew’s College Chair of Council, CharlieTaylor. The program supports and encourages senior students of College to continue to engage significantly and meaningfully with College Life.

At the conclusion of our leadership program, over one-third of our student members had successfully completed the pre-selection component of leadership training and were eligible to either be elected to a position on the House Committee or be selected as a student mentor.

With an outstanding peer-elected House Committee, and a strong group of student mentors for the incoming first year students (selected by the House Committee with input from the Principal and Vice Principal), we move on to the process of selecting the Dean Team, Cultural Diversity Project (CDP) members, Academic Area Tutors and Taylor Scholars for 2018.

The Dean Team will take on a different format in 2018 and continue to support the health and wellbeing of our community. The CDP, up to six 3rd year students, will be selected by the House Committee and Vice Principal to assist the students to address inequities in representation based on diversity.

All student leaders will do further training to prepare for 2018.  This will build on the work done so far, including mental health first responder training, physical first aid training, diversity awareness training, making difficult decisions, and creating an environment that is fun, safe and inclusive for all members of College.

Moving forward, we will address the recommendations of the Broderick Cultural Review as they come to hand and work together as a team (Council, staff and students) to build on the strong culture already embedded in St Andrew’s College.  A culture that keeps what is good and strongly engages with the best of change, whilst supporting our students to grow, engage and positively lead now and in the future.

  • Dr Hester Wilson, Vice Principal and Director of College Life


Lachlan Barrett – Honorary Assistant Treasurer (HAT) 2018

What is your initial response to being elected HAT for 2018?

Complete honour. A role on the House Committee allows for you to really represent the people.  I’m going to give it my best shot, be open to the advice of others and work hard to ensure the best outcomes for the community are made.

What are you most looking forward to in the role?

Working alongside the 2018 House Committee and learning from them to build on my own leadership skills.

What are you studying, and which university?

Currently I am studying Exercise and Sports Science at Sydney University.
However, in 2018 I wish to transfer into a BA of Education (Secondary).

Tell us about some of your achievements since you came here.

I’m proud of all my contributions so far at College. However, being elected as part of the Children’s Camp Organising Committee would have to be at the top of my list.

Your best memory of your time here so far?

While answering these questions, I struggled to pick a best memory. It is not often that you are stuck in this situation but that’s the thing with Drew’s – nothing alone has been a best memory. It is the combination of all aspects that create this one awesome memory. Drew’s is a place where we are given so many opportunities to excel, meet new people and carry on and it is all these little memories from studying in Spann Library, having a run in the mixed touch games, walking to Victoria Park Pool at ridiculous hours in the morning to join in with Blane and cheering on your fellow mates in a campaign that nonetheless is always successful. All memories at Drew’s create my best and I look forward to many more to come.

Liv O’Connor – 2018 Honorary Treasurer

What is your initial response to being elected as Honorary Treasurer for 2018?

I am so thrilled to have been elected as Treasurer for 2018. It was very humbling to know that my peers considered me best for the job and I am chuffed to have been given the opportunity to help lead the College in 2018.

What are you most looking forward to in the role?

I am absolutely honoured to have been put in a position where I can help to shape the future of the College and I cannot wait to get the ball rolling next year. I am really excited to be in a team alongside some of the best men and women that I’ve ever met – the House Committee will have an incredible dynamic and I’m excited to see what we make of the year.

What are you studying?

I am studying Commerce Liberal Studies at Sydney University with majors in Accounting, Computer Science and History.

Some of your achievements since you came here?

The achievement that I am proudest of during my time at St Andrew’s (so far) was being chosen to organise the St Andrew’s College Children’s Camp for 2017. Our committee has been working toward putting on the annual camp for children with disabilities at the end of the year and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

 Your best memory of your time here so far?

Being a part of a community that supports each other so much is a pretty rare thing. St Andrew’s really is like no other place. Some of the best memories I have are the simple ones, just hanging out in someone’s room, on the Glen or in the Dining Hall. Being in a place where you only have to walk a few metres to find someone that is keen for a chat and to make your day a little bit better is what I cherish about this place.

Grace Shipway – 2018 Social Representative

Grace Shipway, 2018 Social Representative

What do you study at University?

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Why did you want to come to Andrew’s (as a fresher in 2016)?

St Andrew’s offered me a range of different opportunities, as well as a home that could allow me to become a driven and active member of a community. St Andrew’s love of culture and tradition is something that appealed to me the most. Coming into Drew’s in 2016 proved to have all these qualities- and much more. I am very thrilled to have chosen to come here; an experience that I would do all over again in a heartbeat!

What have you enjoyed most about College during your time here?

It is hard to pin down what I have enjoyed most about College; however, something I have definitely admired is Drew’s sense of community and mateship. I have loved getting to know students across the board, whether it is through rowing or a yarn at a Highlander – there have always been people willing to meet others beyond their particular friendship circle. It is this inclusiveness, which I have admired and respected most at Drew’s. I look forward to getting closer with this year’s freshers, as well as the incoming year.

What does it mean to have been elected in this particular position?

It is with great honour to have been elected in this position as Social Representative, and as a result I will do my very best to uphold not only what is required of the job, but to also play an active part in the Committee with making decisions. I am thrilled to work alongside the elected House Committee of 2018- a group I believe presents excellent qualities of leadership and communication skills.

What are you looking forward to in 2018?

I am looking forward to not only tackling the role of Social Rep, but to also work alongside the committee throughout the year as we tackle challenges which may face us. I am also looking forward to making changes in some of the operations of my role, which I hope will help steer this place away from risks, particularly looking at the social events throughout the year. Last but not least, I am most looking forward to having fun with my friends as we face our final year together (#theBible).

What is one thing you would like to change about College next year?

I have already started to plan ways on improving communications with the elected social committees by implementing a system of event plans being submitted by committees to myself to then be passed onto College staff members for final approval. In organising these events, I aim to be present at meetings between these committees and our staff, to foster both communication and transparency.

What do you think the challenges of your new role might be?

I hope the changes I wish to bring, as mentioned above, removes any possible challenges, however will require more time out of the role. In saying this, I hope to find a balance with taking my role seriously, as well as having a fun time during the college year. I hope to maintain focus on my studies as well as committing to this role wholeheartedly.

In saying all of this, I can’t wait to get stuck into what will hopefully be a great year!



Ormond Master Rufus Black to become Vice-Chancellor at University of Tasmania

St Andrew’s College wishes to congratulate Rufus Black, Master of Ormond College within the University of Melbourne, on his new appointment as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania. Assoc Prof Black will be concluding his term at Ormond, St Andrew’s sister college, at the end of 2017.

Principal Wayne Erickson says “I am delighted that Rufus will be able to bring his collegiate voice to the University of Tasmania, an institution which will benefit immensely from his experience, and I wish him all the best.”

During our 150th anniversary celebrations this year, Associate Professor Black was the guest speaker at our Annual Lecture. You can read a report of the event here, including both a video and transcript of his inspiring speech on ‘The Role of the College in the 21st Century University’.

We look forward to following Assoc Prof Black’s success in his new role and wish him all the best.

Androvation – Supporting Our Entrepreneurs at Andrew’s

View the album of Androvation photos here

We’ve all wished that university had more focus on real-world application, that every once in a while it would move away from the textbooks and push us to apply our knowledge in a real way.

On 13th October, fifteen Andrew’s students came together for Australia’s first College-hosted startup hackathon, Androvation, and had the opportunity to do exactly that. Three small teams competed to tackle real world challenges and develop business solutions over a fifty-hour period for the grand prize of $2,000, turning St Andrew’s from a typical residential college within the University of Sydney to a pioneer in fostering entrepreneurial talent and business education.

The weekend began on the Friday night with each competitor meeting at Fishburners in Ultimo, Australia’s largest startup co-working space. There, Will McNamara, Dean of Students, gave a quick talk about the lean startup model and gave competitors access to the tools they may need to build a minimum viable product (MVP) over the weekend period.

Competitors then spent the evening defining problem statements and formulating teams to address some of the world’s most pressing issues. These problem statements ranged from, “The world is on the precipice of life-ending superbugs” to, “It’s too hard to know what beer you’re drinking at the pub”.

Saturday morning saw Jonno Katahanas, product manager at Atlassian, come to speak with the competitors about customer discovery, and gave everyone hard-hitting feedback on their idea generation. Jonno encouraged all competitors to get out of the Fishburners space and start talking to their potential customers, calling, emailing, surveying or approaching anyone and everyone. Sam Mischewski walked across Sydney, gathering customer feedback for his product, Project Fulbright, while Jacob Flanagan, Sam Clarke and Tom Avery resolved to pestering relatives young and old for their solution to a lack of practical learning in schools, Prime.

Competitors were then introduced to their mentors, Ben Lindsay, Rosa Miller and Anna Cicognani, who guided them through the more intricate process of establishing a business presence. Mentors were a point of call for competitors, and a fountain of knowledge for all things resourcing, defining and refining.

Saturday evening approached and St Andrew’s Councilwoman, Margaret Mackenzie, delivered a masterful talk on resourcing and product development and competitors were inspired to review, again, their ideas in search for more sustainable solutions to their self-defined problems.

Competitors weren’t given a second’s break, and everyone stayed at Fishburners that night until midnight, building and wireframing their minimum viable products for presentation the next day.

On Sunday morning, Councilmember Craig Blair made a surprise appearance and helped competitors with their pitch decks. Shredding each team member down to the core of their problem statements, Craig advised each team to reconsider the scope of their idea with regards to how we define our customers and their experience as users. Frantic to put the finishing touches on their presentations, teams reveled in Craig’s advice and put their heads down for the final stretch.

At 11am, Justin, from Suncayr (a small startup which has developed an adhesive patch that tells parents when it’s time to reapply sunscreen to their kids) gave teams exactly the advice that they needed and prepared them for their pitches in a pitch development workshop. Justin, who had won the Fishburners pitch competition two nights earlier, gave away many of his secrets to delivering a winning pitch, from hammering the intro and conclusion, to keeping a high chin, memorising the numbers and slide order and building a narrative.

Our mentors made a second appearance after Justin’s workshop to help teams with the finishing touches.

At 6:45pm, judges Charlie Taylor (Chair of Council) and alumni Nick Harrington and Edward Hawthorne, arrived. Teams were briefly introduced to each of them before each being invited to speak for five minutes then questioned for ten minutes on each of their products.

Team 1 presented Prime, a primary school replacement for vocational teaching. their product aimed to give young kids essential ‘living’ skills within the curriculum, like what a tax return actually means.

Team 2 was all about self-improvement with Project Fulbright, an app which guides regular people from zero to the Fulbright scholarship, with reading lists, exercise regimes, meditation techniques and motivation manuals.

Team 3 built Study Canvas, an innovative way to select subjects and courses based on degree, study stage and major in a web app designed for students to be sold to universities around the world.

After a tense fifteen minute judging period, the judges delivered their feedback to each team. Charlie Taylor then awarded Team Three, Study Canvas, the $2,000 grand prize for the event. The team, consisting of Freshers Xavier Eales, Katie Hodder and Hogan Wang, will now work closely with an array of Andrew’s alumni to see their idea manifest into a full, viable product.

All in all, Androvation was a very successful first iteration of what will no doubt become a staple of St Andrew’s culture. We were blown away by the quality of the competition and we’re all very excited to see where Androvation may go in the future as an intercollege or even a university-wide competition. St Andrew’s joins the ranks of Ormond College in Melbourne for fostering a culture of entrepreneurialism within the residential college walls and, if the Androvian attitude to sport and creative arts is anything to go by, its success is guaranteed.

  • Celso Milne (fr 2016)

Photos courtesy of Matthew Duschesne and Minami Takahashi

DramSoc 2017 Dazzles Audiences

See photos from DramSoc here

The 2017 DramSoc season has just drawn to a close after a fantastic final performance of ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ on Monday.

Closing night saw the addition of two rows of seats as we accommodated for everyone who was yet to see the performance despite hosting a full house in the Dining Hall for each of the previous three nights of shows.

The cast – having rehearsed for the last three months led by the hilarious character of Nick Jackman (fr 2015) – showcased a stellar performance with impeccable and diverse talent, which had the crowd in hysterics.

The crew stepped in a little later on in the process ensuring that everything backstage was under wraps. Together with their individual roles, they completed everything from sourcing props and costumes to organising budgets and designing the set, promotional material and lighting and sound as well as providing finishing touches for makeup and stage preparation on the nights of performance.

DramSoc and this year in particular has been the perfect example of the diversity we boast at St Andrew’s – among the cast and crew of our drama performance we see rugby boys, engineers, dancers, rowers and everything in between come together as performers and organisers to see the show happen. I think it’s safe to say that the 2017 DramSoc campaign has been hugely successful and great fun and I already look forward to next year!

The lead up to opening night saw a very successful fundraiser, which was in the form of an interactive rehearsal where the cast treated the College to an insight of what was to come in the performance. I’d like to thank all the parents that came along to support us through the purchase of raffle tickets!

As we farewell Nick, Billy, Benny and James who each celebrated their third and final year of DramSoc in 2017, I look forward to experiencing the upcoming talent that will fill their shoes. The energy and fun they have brought to the play over the years has been hugely valued and we wish them the best of luck for their future endeavours.

  • Ruby Riethmuller, 2017 DramSoc Producer

Liv Peck – 2018 Honorary Secretary

Liv Peck, St Andrew’s Scholar and Secretary-elect of the Students’ Club, is no stranger to leadership positions. She was selected as the 2016 Fresher Representative having served as Vice Captain of St Columba Anglican School (Port Macquarie, NSW) the year prior. Her upcoming role, however, will present challenges and opportunities of a different order. Thanks to the model of student governance that St Andrew’s College has upheld for 150 years, Liv will be one of three Executive leaders to make lasting decisions on behalf of an autonomous student body.

The first task on Liv’s agenda is, however, far from exciting or inspiring: administrating the room draw. “There’s no beating around the bush – it’s tricky and I can only hope I figure it out in a way that’s fair!” However, offsetting this is a year-long opportunity to shape the practices and dynamics of the St Andrew’s College community. One of the contemporary challenges for colleges is keeping pace with societal standards while preserving idiosyncratic traditions. “Next year will be different,” she admits, “but I’m looking forward to working out how our College can maintain its core values and history within this period of transition. 150 years of history doesn’t disappear overnight, and we’ll endeavour to make sure that the efforts of previous House Committees remain recognised and important.”

Liv speaks openly and frankly about the ongoing media interest and scrutiny colleges have been subject to in recent years. “Contemporary standards change, and with this change all institutions in society, including colleges, should be held accountable. However, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the issues highlighted by the media are exclusive to St Andrew’s, or even to Sydney University Colleges; the same issues are prevalent in other residential colleges, university villages, share houses and communal living spaces across the country.”

She is also willing to speak honestly about the relevance of colleges to tertiary education. “Nowhere else will you find a place that assumes the responsibility of introducing young adults into the next phase of their lives quite like St Andrew’s College does,” she points out. “We are exposed to opportunities and connections that may not materialise until most of us are in the workforce. We are taught the value of hard work and the responsibilities that come with it, and we are held accountable for our actions, both positive and negative, in a way that no other institutions afford.” But it is the social opportunities afforded by colleges that Liv values most. “The friendships formed in College are like no other, and will be long-lasting – this is why the College is important to me.”

In an unprecedented election result, eight out of the eleven 2018 House Committee positions will be filled by women. “This result,” Liv says, “shows that the St Andrew’s College has moved past traditional notions of ‘strong leadership’ (namely masculine voices supported by a mix of male and female leaders). The students have elected what they consider to be a strong House Committee.”

As Liv readies for an exciting year ahead, 2017 Secretary, Sarah Steele-Park, prepares to focus on her career in the sporting industry. Sarah, who was struck by how much behind-the-scenes work the position entails, has had a memorable and challenging experience. “I thought it would be a cruisy year working with my best mates Lachie and Georgia,” she says, “but in fact, it was a roller coaster. Trying to balance sport and university while representing over 300 students is really hard, and not something people will understand unless they have experienced it first hand… but I have had the absolute time of my life.”

Sarah has taken the challenges of leadership in her stride and served the College community with distinction. We thank her for her wonderful contributions this year, and wish Liv the very best of luck for the year to come!

  • Will Cesta, Dean of Admissions

House Exec




Photos courtesy of Minami Takahashi

Bottom photo, 2018 Executive. L-R: Liv Peck, Susannah Cooke, Liv O’Connor

Stunning Performances in the Rosebowl Athletics

View photos from the Rosebowl and Rawson Athletics here

On Wednesday 11th October, the Rosebowl Athletics team lined up for the annual Intercol Carnival. While the pressure was more so on the boys to pull through for the overall Rawson Cup, the girls were also hoping that they could win the Athletics Cup back from St John’s.

Alex Finlay-Jones and Maddie Owens got us off to a great start in the hurdles (minus a technical mishap which saw the John’s competitor win without a full set of hurdles to jump).  Next up were our 800m runners, who came up against some strong competition from Sancta and Women’s. Regardless, both girls did themselves proud, with Alex Raine finishing 3rd in A division and Airlie Blackman finishing 1st in B division.

Our sprinters then took the helm, and they did an incredible job. Maddie McCathie and Molly Sanders both won their respective heats in the 100m, cracking the 13 second mark, and Neive Roebuck and Tamara Best nailed their 400 races. In the meantime, some great results were filtering through from the field events, with Holly Gavin and Jess Hunter recording strong throws in javelin and Emma Seaton and Neive tying 1st place in triple jump. Kate Atwell comfortably won high jump, and Izzy Payne backed her up with a solid 3rd place in her division.

By the halfway point the girls were performing incredibly well, but we needed to keep the momentum going before the relays, which are double points. So, on came the distance runners for the 1500, including myself and Airlie. Airlie did a very commendable job on some very tired legs to place 2nd in B division, while I managed to win the A division. Sophie Saunders and I backed it up for the 3km, where we both ran well to secure 1st and 3rd in our divisions.

To wrap up the individual events, Emma Bills and Maddie McCathie ran a blistering 200m to win both their heats, and we recorded great throws in discus and shotput thanks to Jess and Antonia Jandrek. Massive congratulations to Talor Hamilton, who won long jump in her last ever Rosebowl event.

Finally, our relay runners consisting of Molly Sanders, Emma Bills, Maddie McCathie, Susannah Cooke and Tamara Best absolutely blitzed both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays to secure the win for the girls.

Congratulations to all the girls for their win. It’s the result of a lot of hard work since Week 4 of this semester, and each session the girls gave it their all. I’m very proud of you all.

  • Liv Peck (fr 2016)



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Susannah Cooke – 2018 Senior Student

On the College’s 150th birthday and 15th anniversary of co-residency, it seemed only fitting for the Students’ Club to elect its first all-female Executive leadership team. Susannah Cooke, the 2018 Senior Student-elect, considers it “very significant that the majority of the House Committee is composed of women.” In her view, it shows that Andrew’s students today vote according to who is best for the job irrespective of gender. “Hopefully any barriers that women at St Andrew’s felt when applying for leadership positions have been completely eliminated,” she says.

While both immensely excited and honoured to represent her fellow students, the 2018 Senior Student is aware that many challenges lie ahead. Among these is portraying College life accurately to the broader community, which she says begins with “fostering a safe environment that is aligned with contemporary social standards,” in collaboration with her fellow leaders. “I know that the Executive team, as well as the House Committee, are more than capable of managing this challenge.” The student leader also seeks to ensure that there is open dialogue between the students, student leaders and College officers at all times.

When asked what she is looking forward to next year, she is quick to mention the joy of working with the “incredibly strong and capable people” that comprise the 2018 House Committee. She plans that as a team, they will “collectively trying to improve what needs changing and continuing to build upon the amazing community at St Andrew’s.”

As Susannah prepares for the year ahead, the 2017 Senior Student readies to pass the baton. “The role of Senior Student has been an experience that I will hold close to my heart for the rest of my life,” Lachie Mactier reflects. “It has challenged me immensely and has taught me a lot about myself, but most importantly it has been very rewarding. Having the chance to be so close to all of the incredible achievements of our residents has been an absolute pleasure and a privilege.”

We thank Lachie for his contributions this year, and congratulate Susannah on a well-deserved role!

  • Will Cesta, Dean of Admissions and student blogger

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Photo courtesy of Minami Takahashi


Congratulations to our 2018 House Committee!

Last night, our annual Students’ Club elections were held in the JCR to decide which students will form our 2018 House Committee.

St Andrew’s College congratulates the following students:

Senior Student – Susannah Cooke

Honorary Secretary – Olivia Peck

Honorary Treasurer – Olivia O’Connor

HAT – Lachlan Barrett

Female Intercol Rep – Isobel Payne

Male Intercol Rep – Nicky Craze

Rosebowl Rep – Maddie McCathie

Rawson Rep – Matt Akehurst

Social Rep – Grace Shipway

Cultural Rep – Ruby Riethmuller

Alumni Liaison – Alexandra Finlay Jones

We look forward to introducing each member in more detail over the coming days. Click on the above names to find out more.

Director of Advancement – Applications Now Open


Director of Advancement – Now Accepting Applications

Based in Sydney

Competitive salary and benefits

Since 1867, St Andrew’s has provided an outstanding university college experience to students, providing a unique blend of personal and collegiate spaces where students develop lifelong relationships within a distinct and diverse community. With the Strategic Vision to create a world class experience in Australia’s leading university college, the College is focussed on ensuring it can attract and retain an exceptional community of students, and providing them with the support, programs and facilities to become leaders and innovators within its alumni and the wider community.

In 2017, the College’s Sesquicentenary, the College’s leadership has begun to significantly increase its engagement with its stakeholders and philanthropic income with the launch of its Sesquicentenary campaign, ensuring the College’s continued success into the future. Key priorities within the campaign include new accommodation and access to scholarships and bursaries, with a particular focus on rural and regional students.

The College seeks a new Director of Advancement who will lead and manage the College’s already successful advancement program and team with particular priority to be given to the Campaign and achievement of its fundraising and engagement goals. Reporting to the Principal, the Director will work closely with Management Committee, Council, Foundation and Alumni Society to further define and achieve the College’s strategic vision and priorities, helping to secure the College’s future.

Your experience in leadership and fundraising program management will be matched by your ability to solicit major gifts from a variety of philanthropic sources. You take a collaborative and creative approach to your work and have a deep appreciation for the mission and vision of St Andrew’s College and its environment, understanding the subtleties that distinguish a College from any other business.

For further information on this significant opportunity please contact Deann Stevens, Business Support Administrator, Australia Office, Richmond Associates on +61 2 8218 2185 or at

Further information can also be downloaded from the Richmond Associates website at

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 24 October 2017

Creative Arts in College

Last Tuesday, St Andrew’s College secured the Palladian Cup for the third time in the last five years (having been pipped at the post on the other occasions). For an institution whose history boasts enviable sporting success, this fact is as remarkable as it is uncanny. Following the adjudication of the penultimate (and cup-securing) Palladian event of the year, our first and second prize-winning ensembles (the Percussion Ensemble and Chamber Ensemble respectively) were encircled and cheered by the many supporters in attendance. Such success, together with the spirit of sesquicentennial celebration, occasioned this short reflection on both the origins and value of creative arts at Andrew’s.

To read the rest of Will’s illuminating piece on creative arts in College, visit our student blog.


Victory in Rosebowl Tennis!

View our photo album from this year’s Intercol Tennis

After six weeks of training, the Rosebowl Tennis team eagerly awaited our first game against Sancta. Our first four, fresher Zoe Barton, Talor Hamilton, fresher Amy Preston and myself, Alex Raine, played doubles and singles, and won all matches, wrapping up the victory 4 sets to love.

Our next game was against Wesley, a very good team who we knew would be tough. We had some cracker games in the doubles, pulling through a win for both pairs. The singles proved trickier, with Talor, Zoe and I pulling through with wins against tough opponents.

We knew our toughest competition was Women’s, whom we faced next. Zoe and Amy comfortably winning their doubles, and Talor and I winning in the super tie-break. We won all singles which put us in a great position to win the Cup.

Our final match was against John’s; we knew they had a good team. Zoe and Amy unfortunately lost their doubles in the super tie-break in a nail-biting match, and Talor and I put the John’s girls away 6-3, 6-1. Amy, Talor and I all played well in our singles to get us to the four required matches…we had won!

Congratulations to the girls and all their hard work this semester: Alix Leighton, Olivia van Veen, Ella Burgess and Bianca Martinolli. A special mention must go to Coach Stuart Hutton, who endured many early mornings to get us the win. Big thanks to Talor Hamilton, who played her last Rosebowl Tennis match this year, winning the cup twice for Drew’s.

  • Alex Raine (fr 2016)

Andrew’s Hosts Interfaith Panel on Faith, Leadership and Community

View photo album from event here

Communities and their leaders take many different forms. Here at St Andrew’s College, we have a community full of young university students, navigating study and the cultural, sporting and social opportunities that College thrives on. On Monday 21 August, St Andrew’s College hosted a premiere interfaith dialogue panel titled ‘Step into my world: Perspectives on faith, leadership and community’. This event aimed to engage the students in differing perspectives of how faith and philosophy can be drawn upon when establishing leadership qualities and how we can encourage diversity within our community. Sitting on the panel were members of varying faiths and backgrounds: Rabbi Benji Levy – Dean of Jewish Life & Learning at Moriah College; Erica Hamence – Assistant Minister at St Barnabas Anglican Church Broadway; Tim Dean – philosopher and science writer at the School of life; Soner Coruhlu – Senior lecturer at Auburn Gallipoli Mosque, Bonnyrigg Mosque, Blacktown Mosque and Merrylands Mosque.

This diverse panel answered questions that explored qualities of leadership, how faith/philosophy informs their beliefs, negotiation of differences within a diverse community, navigation of the misuse of inspirational texts and its justification for harm, and whether our personal beliefs should inform our views and choices within the public sphere. The humorous panel presented their thoughts on the questions thrown to them with great clarity, with the overall conclusion drawn to unity within differences. Some memorable moments included Rabbi Benji on the topic of making difficult decisions and change, when faced with indifference or force- “Values are like bread and wine. You need both. The freshness of the bread, the seize the moment when change is needed and to make it happen, or it becomes stale. And you need the seasoned age of the wine, to build upon tradition and history”. Erica Hamence commented on when change is met with hatred or defence: “You need something, a rubric or belief, something that equips you to meet hatred with love. I hold up the example of Jesus, who shows us through the life that he lived, when he faced his enemies didn’t fight them but gave his life for them. For me that is the circuit breaker.” ‘Step into my world’ was a wonderful success, with some intriguing queries and thoughts that were asked in the concluding question time. Hopefully this discussion of faith and philosophy may continue to stimulate more ideas on how we can provide informed yet personal leadership practices.

– Bethany Cottee (fr 2014, current resident and Taylor Scholar 2017)

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Andrew’s Women Win the Rosebowl Basketball

View photos from Rosebowl Basketball 

The Rosebowl Basketball campaign was a hotly contested and high quality competition, which saw the St Andrew’s women thrive and triumph.

Our campaign started brilliantly with a convincing 60-point win over Women’s (83-23). The Drew’s team dominated from the first whistle, with their game structures and superior skills proving too much for the enthusiastic Women’s team.

The second game saw Drew’s display their dominance with an impressive win against John’s (97-23). Despite a slow start, which resulted in level scores towards the end of the first quarter, the experience of Maddy Clark combined with Fresher talents of Elle Caroll and Neive Roebuck allowed Drew’s to command the second half.

St Andrew’s continued their winning streak in the third game of their campaign, defeating the spirited Sancta team 91-43. Sancta proved they could score quickly, putting on 20 points in the first quarter. However, Drew’s superior skill execution and tenacity allowed the team to gain a strong lead by half time, which they continued to extend throughout the second half.

The final game against long-standing rivals, Wesley, was fiercely competitive with securing a VD and important Rosebowl points on the line. Wesley proved to be great competitors, causing havoc in defence and demonstrating their ability to control the play and score quickly. With scores nearly equal at half-time, it was the Drew’s girls relentless defence combined with their patience and confidence in attack that allowed them to dominate the second half. With the immense support of the Drew’s crowd and the team’s never-give up attitude, our women were able to attain an 80-59 win over Wesley.

Thank you to all the game officials who made this campaign possible and to all the supporters who came and watched.

  • Madeleine McCathie, Rosebowl Basketball sec

Rosebowl Basketball 2017:

Maddy Clark

Ella Brown

Sarah Steel-Park

Sarah Brown

Olivia O’Conner

Olivia Dressler-Smith

Madeleine McCathie

Elle Caroll

Neive Roebuck

Millie Ryan

Reserves (who both played):

Bec Findlay

Clare Wheeler


Rosebowl Soccer Women Undefeated!

The Rosebowl Soccer team dominated the campaign this year. Game 1 against St John’s was won 4-0, with Nickoletta and Clare (Wheeler) each scoring a goal and Alix scoring 2. St Andrew’s was strong in all areas, but a special mention goes to Clare Wheeler’s beautiful corner kicks from which Alix headed straight into the goal.

Game 2 was against Sancta and again the team was strong in all areas, leading to a 5-0 win, with Nickoletta, Alix and Georgia each scoring one goal and Clare Wheeler scoring 2.

In Game 3 the Drew’s girls dominated over Women’s, winning 6-0. Despite it being a tougher team, Alix secured 2 goals, and Georgia, Clare, Nickoletta and Alex Raine each scored one. A special mention goes to Airlie Blackman for her flawless defense and determination for the duration of the game.

The final game against a strong Wesley team was won 2-1. In blustery conditions, Drew’s was up against by far their strongest opponent, and despite having many scoring opportunities, the first goal came from a penalty at the end of the first half, secured perfectly by Nickoletta. Both teams had many scoring opportunities in the second half until, at the closure of the game, Wesley scored. Now at a draw, the game went into golden goal extra time. Only 2 minutes into the golden goal, Clare Wheeler took a free kick from the sideline which found the back of the net, winning Drew’s the game and the overall campaign.

All the girls are to be commended on their hard work and commitment, which earned a well deserved win. Other special mentions go to the reserves- Emma (Reid), Elle and Neive, who were always sources of motivation, and especially Emma who played in the place of Clare Hunt who was injured. The team was coached and guided by Isobel Cootes (fr 2014) and Clare Hunt – special mentions to them also.

Team members: Sarah Steele-Park, Jamie Barbour, Holly Gavin, Theodora Von Arnim, Emma Seton, Alex Raine, Alix Leighton, Victoria Lowe, Sarah Brown, Maddie McCathie, Olivia Van Veen, Nickoletta Flannery, Clare Wheeler, Clare Hunt, Georgia Boric, Airlie Blackman and reserves Elle Carol, Neive Roebuck and Emma Reid.

  • Emma Seton, Rosebowl Soccer

Sesquicentenary Gala Dinner – 16 September 2017

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Book your seat at our Sesquicentenary Gala Dinner now!

The Principal and Council of St Andrew’s College invite you to join them in celebration of our 150th anniversary. Join us at this special event on the Quadrangle Lawns at the University of Sydney for a Pre-Dinner Cocktail Party followed by the Sesquicentenary Gala Dinner in the Great Hall.
Gather a group of friends together to make a table of ten for the Dinner, or ask us to seat you with other alumni from your era at College.

Click here to book your tickets

Pre- Dinner Cocktail Function
Date: Saturday 16 September 2017
RSVP: Monday 4 September 2017
Dress: Black Tie
Venue: Quadrangle Lawn 1, University of Sydney, 6–7.30pm
Price: $100

Great Hall Dinner
Venue: Great Hall, University of Sydney, 7.30pm
Price: $200

Ticket price for both events: $220

Contact Hannah Atwell: (02) 9565 7302 or Diana Mania (02) 8594 8248 if you have any questions.

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Open Day – Visit St Andrew’s!

Join us at our OPEN DAY tomorrow.
Our doors are open from 9am – 4pm, Saturday 26 August.
Come and take a tour of the College with one of our students, learn more about life at St Andrew’s and our wide range of scholarships and bursaries.
We will also be at a booth in the USyd Quad if you want to come and say hello and pick up some brochures.

Rawson Rugby Final – St Andrew’s v St Paul’s

St Andrew’s v. St Paul’s Rawson Rugby Final

View photos from the match here

The Rawson final between two undefeated teams started hard and fast, with Paul’s capitalising early, scoring the first try. What followed was a very tense first half, with the Drew’s team being put under a lot of pressure, however a strong period of play saw Toby Cooke cross in the corner to draw us level. This was short-lived, with Paul’s scoring again to finish the half at 10-5 to Paul’s.

The second half was similar to the first with Paul’s executing a very smart game plan. This allowed them to maintain possession and properly test the Drew’s defence. The end score was 23-5 with the Paul’s playing a great game. Full credit to the St Andrew’s team who never once gave up an inch throughout the match and were gracious in defeat.

Thank you to all the match officials who adjudicated the game and to all the supporters who came and watched as well as the St Andrew’s alumni.

  • Oliver Stump (fr 2016)

Photos courtesy of Andrew Fraser.

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Mia Willows to Represent Australia in Water Polo Championships

Mia Willows (fr 2016) is a talented water polo player, achieving impressive results in the pool. She is representing our country in Greece in September. We spoke to her recently to share her news with our Andrew’s community.

Tell us about your most recent achievement in water polo?

I’m very excited to be representing Australia at the World Women’s Junior (u/20’s) Championship in Volos, Greece in September. We go to Hungary first to train and play some other nations as preparation for the Championships. It’s been a lot of hard work to get there and the competition will be very tough with some nations in full time programs and also the USA having their NCAA college system to call on.

How was the Australian team selected?

The selection for the Australian team has come over a period of time with selection camps in Canberra and Sydney and also a 10 day training and playing camp in Shanghai in June. I’m currently in training with the team in camp in Sydney training twice a day every day over 10 days.

What is your background in water polo, and where did your interest come from?

I’ve always enjoyed Water Polo, especially the combination of the physical effort and mental concentration required. When you are in the pool there is no time for a rest!
I have represented NSW at all age levels, played for Australian Schoolgirls and have also played four seasons in the Australian National League.
Playing for Sydney University last season we won the National League title having gone through the season undefeated.

I’m currently in the NSWIS program which involves five to six training sessions a week with 5am starts at Homebush. I’ve also really been appreciative of the help from the SUSF Elite Athlete Program in planning my timetable, workload and general counselling they give.

St Andrew’s College wishes Mia all the best in Volos and we look forward to updating our community on her progress!

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Recruiting Now: Student Photographer

 Student Photographer Position Available
Photograph college events throughout campus with a journalistic eye

St Andrew’s College is hiring a Student Photographer for Semester 2, 2017. This is a paid position for a student currently residing at St Andrew’s College.

We are seeking a student photographer that is inspired to capture the unique culture of the College at a number of Events. This photographer would attend certain events or be given stories to photograph and document, so it could then be posted on the College’s Social Media, Website and Blue & White Magazine. The photographer may also be required to work alongside the Student Blogger for continuity. Overall we are looking for a self-starter who will take the initiative to monitor the Semester 2 Calendar and ensure all important events are covered (Sporting, Cultural, Social, etc.) You will be required to deliver the photos via USB within 48 hours of the event taking place and will need to report to the Communications Office at College once a fortnight.

For more information on the job description and details on how to apply, please click here.




Jess Harper Shines in Opera Competition

Jess Harper, our long-standing Dean of Students, is amongst other things, a skilled opera singer with talent that never fails to amaze.

We are thrilled that she was recently named Runner Up in the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship Final, and was also awarded the Audience Choice Award and the Fine Music FM Award. This means she will be broadcast on the station in August, as well as competing in another final at the end of the month.

Jess has shared some photos with us – the first is with Tenor Boyd Owen, who won the First prize on the day. The second is with acclaimed Mezzo Soprano Deborah Humble.

Congratulations to Jess, and we look forward to sharing her continued success with our community.

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Within the Walls of St Andrew’s

Our student blogger Hilary Shannon is signing off, as she heads to Spain on exchange.

Her final blog piece is a reflection on the diversity within the walls of St Andrew’s:

One of the most enriching aspects of College life at Andrew’s is its resident population’s ability to constantly surprise you. Someone who might seem like your average city-slicker could be from one of the most remote towns in rural New South Wales. Another who seems as true-blue Aussie as the next bloke could tell you he’d lived in eight countries before the age of ten. And that friend you made in O-Week who seemed like he couldn’t tell his left foot from his right, he could turn out to have topped the state in multiple HSC subjects. We’re an eclectic bunch, that’s for sure!

Within the grand sandstone walls of our historic and beloved home lies individuals from all walks of life. This diversity is one of the most exciting parts of meeting your fresher year for the first time, and also one of the most comforting. It’s great to know that everyone is unique and was accepted based on the qualities only that individual in particular can bring to College. Moreover, if you’re arriving at Drew’s from afar it’s reassuring that there’s likely someone who came from farther, also not knowing a soul but more than ready to embark on a new chapter of life.

The constant surprise of Drew’s diversity really shows itself through individuals who possess vast ranges of talent. A star on the footy field might score multiple tries one day, and steal your heart from the stage at Palladian Drama the next. The top swimmer might turn out to be an avid debater, while also taking charge of Drew’s community service on the side.

And the best part about this range that constantly surprises you? It also constantly encourages you to try new things. If she can double as a tennis-star-cross-violin-player, why can’t I? Why shouldn’t I try out for every sport, or embark on the learn-to-row program? It’s that diversity of talents that encourages us to push our peers, achieve more, and surprise not only each other but more importantly ourselves.

Aside from displaying miscellaneous talents all over College, diversity at Andrew’s most importantly applies in terms of acceptance. Not only do we embrace all lifestyles, backgrounds, cultures and beliefs, we thrive off it. It’s the pivotal building block which keeps our community strong, and our relationships stronger. We are constantly surprising each other with how to best show our welcoming of others and open College doors a little bit wider, a trait at Drew’s that has only been made stronger with various cultural change initiatives.

So whether it be the bloke who speaks six languages and has national titles in chess, the girl who is the lead of the play as well as captain of the hockey team, the boy who came from the middle of nowhere to play trombone, or the individuals who focus solely on supporting their peers; diversity at Drew’s can sneak up on you from every nook and cranny. And as long as we continue to push each other to keep that constant surprise alive, we’ll be constantly satisfied with the result.

  • Hilary Shannon (fr 2015)

Thanks to Hilary for her great contribution to our Blog and for making it what it is today!

Minami Takahashi will be taking over as new student blogger in semester 2.



Principal’s Writing Prize – Entries Now Open!

All current St Andrew’s men and women are encouraged to participate in our annual Principal’s Writing Prize.

Entries are now open for the 2017 competition.

There are two categories, Prose and Poetry, each with a distinct theme.

The Prize for Prose: Applicants should compose an original piece of no more than 3000 words on the theme of ‘Don’t just’.

The Prize for Poetry: Applicants should compose an original poem of no more than 40 lines on the broad theme of ‘past, present, future’. The competition aims to promote expression of creative thought about aspects of College life through poetry.

Further information on the Prize for Prose

Further information on the Prize for Poetry

Each winner will receive $1,000, to be awarded at the Valedictory Dinner on 2 November 2017.

Entries close 5pm, 9 October 2017.

From the Chair of Council and Principal

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Dear Students, Parents, Staff, Alumni and Friends

Last week another example of unconscionable behaviour by Sydney college students was widely reported in the media. While the matter did not involve anyone at St Andrew’s, we were saddened to hear about this deeply disrespectful incident. This behaviour must be unacceptable in any community, including the inter-college community here at Sydney.

Every person who attends college should have the right to live, study and work in a safe and supportive environment. At St Andrew’s, we have been working hard to uphold that promise.

We do this in a number of ways:s

  • By promoting our College values of Service, Responsibility, Humility, Leadership, Friendship, Community, Inclusion, Attainment, Enlightenment, Rigour and Engagement
  • Engaging with all College members in creating a community that is inclusive, respectful, reflective and safe
  • Educating and training students and staff. This is done throughout the year at College, with sessions run by internal and external providers and supported by ongoing posts and information provided to College members by the College Life Dean Team and Students’ Club leadership
  • Training senior staff and student members of College on how to approach, give information and support fellow members who seek assistance
  • Responding safely and in a timely matter to emerging issues

Our aspiration is that St Andrew’s is a place where every student feels valued and respected. Together, our staff and students have taken important steps to achieve this vision over recent years:

  • In semester 2, 2016 we introduced the “Holding the Mirror” project, where we engaged with all sectors of our community – students, alumni, parents, Council and staff – through survey and small group study to critically analyse all aspects of College culture. The project is the foundation of our annual Leadership Training program, with students focused on ways to enact, model and lead the behaviours and culture that they as a community wish to embody. Emerging from the “Mirror” project was a new initiative – the ‘Cultural Diversity Project’, where six new male and female student leadership roles were created to support and engage with diversity and inclusion at College. They seek to support the elected student leaders and positively drive cultural change. This powerful outcome is a ringing endorsement of the strength of our student-led model at its best.
  • As part of a regular review process, we have updated the Policies and Procedures which apply to College Life, with revisions to our Code of Conduct, Respectful Relationships and other policies, and we continue to educate students and staff about the changes and where to go for help. These can be viewed at
  • Towards the end of 2016, we began a separate project in conjunction with the University of Sydney to review wider college culture as one of five of the University’s six colleges, led by Elizabeth Broderick. This independent review is a critical examination of all that we do here; our aim is to keep all that is positive and good and to challenge and change all that is not.

In her recent progress report, Ms Broderick said St Andrew’s students have been “animated, thoughtful and insightful” throughout the consultation process, engaging “enthusiastically and rigorously”, and “very keen to have their voices heard”. We were pleased to hear that feedback, and we are looking forward to receiving Ms Broderick’s full report and recommendations in September.

We recognise that we still have work to do. In that spirit, we will continue to review the way we do things at St Andrew’s to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our students, and evolving with the expectations of the wider community. As always, we welcome the opportunity which scheduled upcoming events provide to hear your feedback on how we can improve.

At the same time, we would like to reiterate to the College community the importance of reporting any incidents or behaviours of concern. The behaviour we walk past is the behaviour we accept, and we each have a responsibility to uphold a safe and supportive culture for ourselves and our peers.

Our “No Wrong Door” policy means anyone can approach another College member with a concern or complaint. Alternatively, incidents can be reported in confidence to the College’s Respectful Relationship Officers.

The College’s sesquicentenary celebrates the achievements of the first 150 years of St Andrew’s. It also provides an opportunity to reflect on the journey towards achieving our vision to be a world-class university college. While we remain intensely aware of our history and its real traditions, we have worked hard to translate into modern terms the values which encouraged so many folk to support the College’s initial creation. Our wish is for every one of our students to have a positive experience of college life and to be the best version of themselves while they are here. We are committed to working with Council, Executive and student leadership to support our students, so that they may thrive in their studies and their personal relationships, and achieve their ambitions for the future.

Cultural renewal in this way is exactly the type of work that Andrew’s, at its best, does best. We’re getting on with it, and we look forward to your continuing input and support.

With warmest regards,

Charlie Taylor               Wayne Erickson              Hester Wilson                  Lachie Mactier
Chair of Council            Principal                         Vice Principal &                Senior Student
                                                                                   Director of College Life

Alumna Georgia Forbes-Smith Awarded Architects Medallion

Earlier this year, St Andrew’s alumna Georgia Forbes-Smith (fr 2011) was awarded the Architects Medallion for her project Architecture of Measure. This highly regarded honour is testament to Georgie’s intellect, creativity and hard work. We spoke to her about this prize and what lies ahead.

Read more about Georgie’s project on the NSW Government’s Architects Registration Board page.

Can you describe your time at university and where this interest first came from?

I studied a Bachelor of Design in Architecture at the University of Sydney from 2011-2013 and then a Master of Architecture from 2015-2016. I had always had an interest in design since early school years so architecture seemed like a step in the right direction.

What project won you the Architects Medallion and where did your inspiration for it come from?

I was nominated for the Architects Medallion by the University for my graduation project called Architecture of Measure. The project didn’t come about by any specific piece of inspiration – my process involved doing as much research as possible and then deducing my findings into a design. The whole project was equally about a tracing of the process as it was a final product. The brief was to design a Museum of Space and Time which led to collecting an archive of historical buildings as inspirations for certain parts of the museum.

What were some of your other achievements during your time in College?

2011-2013 Rosebowl Hockey and Athletics teams

2011 Academic Thistle Award

2012 Rosebowl Hockey Secretary

2012 Crane Stewart Academic Merit Bursary Scholarship

2012 Alumni Society Scholarship

2013 Intercol Representative

What lies ahead for you, in terms of your career and goals?

At the moment I’m working for a small architectural practice in Sydney called Scale Architecture, which I love. Since going on exchange to Sweden, I am open to the idea of pursuing further study or working overseas at some point, although I haven’t decided on anything yet!

St Andrew’s College warmly congratulates Georgie on her success, and we look forward to following her continued progress in architecture.

St Andrew’s Scholars Program – Apply Now for 2018!

Applications for the 2018 intake of the St Andrew’s Scholars Program are now open. The scholarships provide financial support of full fee relief per annum and are awarded for the duration of each student’s undergraduate degree, whilst they live in St Andrew’s.

The St Andrew’s Scholars Program seeks young people with the capacity and commitment to realise their potential to become leaders in the University, the nation and the world.

Meet our 2017 St Andrew’s Scholars

The College provides students of outstanding abilities with a residential environment that enhances their university experience, providing them with opportunities to extend their talents and interests and to develop lives of meaning.

Listen to Principal Wayne Erickson and St Andrew’s Scholar Hannah Steel talk about the benefits of scholarships.

The Scholars will be exceptional young men and women who thrive academically, are engaged in life and have the potential to make a significant positive contribution to College and, in the future, the wider community.

Download the Scholarships and Bursaries brochure

Applications close on 4 August, 2017.

St Andrew’s recommends that interested students submit their application as early as possible.

Read more about eligibility and the application process on our dedicated St Andrew’s Scholars Program page.

New SAC Policy Web Portal

College Life has created a Policy Portal for all members of the St Andrew’s College community – students and staff (residential and non-residential). All College members are bound by St Andrew’s College policies. Alumni, contractors and visitors to College are also considered to be bound by College policies when on site. We recognise that everyone in our community has the right to live, study and work in a safe and supportive environment. We endeavour to maintain and promote this environment at all times.

If you have concerns or questions you are encouraged to seek help for yourself or for others at any time. All matters will be managed in confidence and with respect. Your health, safety and well being is of the utmost importance to us.

The portal is now available at

The Sesquicentenary Lecture

The St Andrew’s College community was privileged to hear an engaging lecture delivered by Associate Professor Rufus Black, the current Master of Ormond College in Melbourne, as the final event of the Life of Mind Week series. Drawing upon his immense experience as an educator and advisor, Rufus discussed ‘The Role of the College in the 21st Century Australian University’. The lecture was well-received, and the Kinross-Mackie Chapel was filled with current residents, staff and guests, including the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney Dr Michael Spence, Chair of Council Charlie Taylor, College Principal Wayne Erickson, former Governor and Chancellor Dame Marie Bashir and former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Liz Broderick.

Among the topics touched on by Rufus included the history and the relationship between St Andrew’s and Ormond, as well as the unique and diverse educational model that influenced these colleges (namely the ‘fusion’ of learning styles of Scottish and Oxbridge). Rufus argued that the synthesis of the two systems could offer a model of great value to higher education. One theme Rufus spoke of within the model was the value of peer-based and personalised student learning; he believed that colleges are institutions where “ideas-centered interpersonal interactions” can be fostered, rather than embracing the lecture-based passive learning style offered commonly by universities. Moreover, he placed emphasis on the value of learning through active college communities and highlighted the values of students cultivating leadership skills through student governance at college.

The post-lecture conversation which ensued between students is a testament to the potency of Rufus’ vision of colleges in the 21st Century. Sally Judson (fr 2016), believes that Andrew’s already provides opportunities for peer-learning. For example, she said that “there’s always someone with an interesting and new innovative project or technology they’re off to test, or stories to tell after a trip away or a new job. Personally, I have learnt a lot about ideas from other people in subject areas I would never looked at in the degree I am studying”.  Sally believes that a learning in this peer-driven approach promotes a “sense of collaboration and synthesis of different ways of thinking and knowledge”, and will enable students to foster skills crucial to cultivating an increasingly diverse and engaged college community.

Following a brief hiatus, staff, students and guests of the College gathered in the Reading Room for dinner and speeches from Charlie Taylor and Michael Spence in response to the lecture. Fresher Xavier Eales recounted that this dinner provided him with an opportunity to talk to various members and guests of College, including the Vice-Chancellor, Michael Spence. Xavier expressed that it was “encouraging to hear the personal thoughts of a leader who is so positive about the contribution a college can make in the modern university”.

In the spirit of fervent dialogue alluded to by Rufus, one final round of conversation was enjoyed in the Senior Common Room. All involved agreed that this was a night for the history books; one that will, on the College’s 300th Anniversary, be read fondly.

A transcript from the lecture can be read here or click to view the video.

Photos from the night can be viewed at our Facebook page.

  • Minami Takahashi

2018 Creative Arts Scholarship Forms Now Available

Each year, St Andrew’s College offers several Creative Arts scholarships across many different domains:

  • Choral
  • Chamber Music
  • Jazz Music
  • Keyboard Accompanist
  • Instrumental Musician
  • Piping
  • Drama
  • Debating / Public Speaking
  • Dance
  • Visual Arts
  • Organ

These are available to both new and returning students.

2018 scholarship forms are now available. Please visit our Creative Arts Scholarships page for scholarship-specific information. These scholarships are competitive and you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Please contact our Registrar, Tessa Bruin, if you have any questions: or (02) 9565 7300




Andrew’s Victorious in Second Round Rugby Clash

On May 23 the second-round clash between Wesley and Drew’s saw another physical Rawson game, with both teams not giving an inch. Both teams excelled in defense, however were lacking in times with ball in hand. This saw a tight first half, with Drew’s leading 12-0 through a try out wide and a penalty try for a dominant scrum.

The teams started the second half hard and fast, however Drew’s began to look better with the ball in hand, and managed to score a few well-worked tries. Harry Todd ran some impressive lines to extend the lead and Rory Suttor scored a brilliant long range solo try. The score line did not reflect the tight contest that was fought out however both teams displayed a lot of talent.

Thank you to all the match officials who adjudicated the game and to all the supporters who came and watched. We now look toward the Rawson final wherein the Andrew’s team is aiming to defend the title against the similarly undefeated Paul’s boys, in what is shaping up to be a cracking match.

– Oliver Stump

Photos from the round can be viewed here.

An Impressive Start to Our Rosebowl Hockey Campaign

Round 1: Andrew’s v. Sancta

The Drew’s girls started their Rosebowl campaign with a game against Sancta and a 4-0 win, presenting themselves as a strong and cohesive team. Drew’s were strong in defence, clearing the ball into the midfield and defending Sancta’s overheads. The midfield and attacking lines worked together to move the ball into the attacking circle and score. The team played with a great sense of comradery and determination.

Round 2: Andrew’s v. Women’s

The hockey girls were ready for another big game on Wednesday against Women’s. They started off a bit slow with the ball being turned over quite often. The game picked up when Drew’s forced a short corner and scored. Women’s played aggressively requiring the Drew’s girls to stay composed and lift their own intensity. This was clear in the second half as the team pulled together and dominated the game scoring 4 goals in the next 25 minutes to secure a 5-0 win for Andrew’s. The girls hope to continue to play with the same drive, strength and teamwork next week.

  • Olivia van Veen

Image courtesy of SAC Instagram 

Andrew’s Kicks Off Rawson Rugby in Style!

St Andrew’s vs St John’s College Rugby, Round 1

View photos from the match here – photographer Tony McFadyen 

The game played between St John’s College and St Andrew’s College was a great first round Rawson effort on Monday with both teams displaying an immense amount of talent.

The opening contest saw some stoic defence, setting up an extremely physical contest throughout the match. The difference came from a well drilled Andrew’s forward pack, setting up the opening couple of tries through the driving maul off a lineout.

The first half ended with Andrew’s in a strong position leading by 24-0, however John’s capitalised early in the second half with a well-played set piece move, scoring in the corner. This fired up the Andrew’s pack, with George Lehmann making a massive hit off the kick-off and regathering the ball, allowing Will Douglass to score.

The second half was just as intense as the first, however Andrew’s seemed to finish their attacking chances more often than not, running out as clear victors with the end score finishing at 66-5.

Thank you to all the match officials who adjudicated the game and to all the supporters who came and watched.

  • Olly Stump (fr 2016)

Photo credit to Tony McFadyen

Andrew’s Achievements in Intercol Rowing

Congratulations to our rowers on some terrific results in the recent Intercol Rowing. Another outstanding display of talent from both our Rawson and Rosebowl crews, as well as the inaugural Mixed VIII crews.

With thanks to Sydney University Sport and Fitness for supplying the following information:

Rosebowl VIII – 2000m @ 10:00am

1st    Wesley          7:17.71
2nd   St Andrew’s  7:24.18
3rd    St John’s      7:30.27
4th    Women’s      7:34.78
5th    Sancta          8:06.76

Congratulations to St Andrew’s College for their win in the Rawson Rowing event for 2017. The Andrew’s crew rowed a solid race from the start and finished a number of boat lengths ahead of second place. Full results and times below.

Rawson VIII – 2000m @ 10:30am

1st   St Andrew’s    6:01.20
2nd  St Paul’s         6:25.09
3rd   Wesley            6:35.84
4th   St John’s        7:54.37

In an interesting and entertaining inaugural Mixed Rowing race, our five competing crews fought hard for the title. Well done to the St Andrew’s mixed crew on their win and also to the Women’s/St Andrew’s composite crew for finishing in a close second place.

Mixed VIII – 1000m @ 11:00am

1st    St Andrew’s                  3:18.58
2nd   Women’s/St Andrew’s   3:24.92
3rd    St John’s                      3:26.93
4th    Sancta                          3:39.01
5th    Wesley                         4:12.06

Wrapping up our Family Fun Fair

To view more photos from the SAC Family Fun Fair, visit our Facebook page

St Andrew’s continued its sesquicentenary celebrations on 30 April by hosting our first Family Fun Fair! The Glen, the Bailey, and the Oval were transformed with the addition of stalls, rides, games, animals and everything in between. Our College was full of high spirits and happy people enjoying the wide range of activities on offer for all age groups.

With a petting zoo, three jumping castles, bubble soccer, face painting, a magician and much more, St Andrew’s was transformed into a paradise for both the young and young at heart. We residents certainly found this to be a pleasant change from old and boring university students! And while the kids were positively spoiled for choice there was certainly something for all age groups. Older girls could look at some trendy bikinis on sale at one of the stalls, or get an inexpensive quality manicure at another. And of course the adults were not forgotten with the Highlander setting up a pop-up stall selling cold ones all day long. Other means of treating your appetite included a sausage sizzle, fairy floss, Dutch pancakes, smoothies, and much more.

This event was a huge success in opening up our doors to the friends and family of residents, alumni, and most importantly the wider community!  It was truly so special to show our 150-year old home to such a wide scope of people, we really hope to do it again! A huge thank you and well-done must go to the entire team, which consisted of Drew’s staff as well as student volunteers, who made this event such a winner.

  • Hilary Shannon (fr 2015)

St Andrew’s Anzac Day Chapel Service

Student blogger Hilary Shannon (fr 2015) recaps the inspiring Anzac Day Chapel service held in College earlier this week.

She has also written a piece for the College blog titled ‘What Anzac Day Means to Millenials’.

At 11am on 25 April, many Drew’s residents and other esteemed guests gathered in the Kinross Mackie Chapel for the annual Anzac Day Service. Principal Wayne Erickson led an excellent service with the help of many students and community members.

Our very own gifted organist Mr Titus Grenyer led with the Hymne pour l’Elevation by Berlioz, which was followed by the crowd’s hearty rendition of Advance Australia Fair. Wayne then kickstarted the service with an Anzac Day prayer leading into Hymn 31: O God, Our Help in Ages Past. Several more powerful hymns and lessons filled the remainder of the service, led by honourable College leaders such as Senior Tutor Elly Howse, Rosebowl Secretary Talor Hamilton, Honorary Assistant Treasurer Olivia Van Veen, and Dean of Students Jess Harper.

The service was privileged to hear from some of the College’s most talented musicians, starting with the Choir (exquisitely led by Director of College Music Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith)’s enactment of The Anthem: ‘Introitus & Kyrie’ from Requiem by Gabriel Faure. We then heard from the String Ensemble, directed by convener Jessica Wright, who played ‘Adante Festivo’ by Jean Sibelius. As usual we were blown away by not only the sheer individual skill we house here at Drew’s but the magical way in which it can be combined to produce such passionate and moving performances.

Perhaps the most interesting part of this year’s service was the Principal informing us of the stories of two different families with rich histories not only in the Australian Defence Force but also at St Andrew’s. These were the Beiths and the Griffiths, both of which are esteemed names with many individuals achieving notably high rankings in Australian defence forces. Men and women from both families have been living at St Andrew’s for generations, in the case of the Beiths even as recently as the current fResher year. We thank these families for everything they have done for our country and we are honoured to have housed them in our great halls. Wayne certainly delivered in reflecting our appreciations. The archival material in regards to the Beiths and the Griffiths was prepared by Senior Fellow and College Archivist Professor Ian Jack, whose hard work is gratefully acknowledged.

Other participants in the service who must be mentioned include the bugler fResher Samuel Vail, piper third-year Charlie Hunter, and wreath bearer fResher Hugo Mactier. The service ended with the moving Hymn 32: Eternal Father, Strong to Save. As all students came together in singing it (whatever the skill level!) this was a great time to reflect on the character of our community here at Drew’s, which thrives on coming together at occasions such as this in mutual passion, respect, and commemoration. Yet another outstanding Anzac Day has passed, but the values for which it stands remain a constant presence at St Andrew’s.

  • Hilary Shannon (Fr 2015)

Rawson Cricket Champions for 2017!

The St Andrew’s Rawson Cricket side had a stellar finish to their campaign last week, defeating the strong Pauline side on their home turf. With many rain delays, tension began to build and the hype finally culminated on the morning of the Grand Final. Drew’s won the toss and elected to bat, knowing it would be difficult for the Paulines to chase with the added scoreboard pressure of the afternoon. Fresher Liam Hughes and Sophomore Tom Galvin opened the batting, showing great patience and grit facing out the first 8 overs before Hughes was dismissed by a screamer at second slip. In form, Charles Litchfield consolidated for another 8 overs however was sent walking after a questionable LBW shout. Galvin and Captain Nicky Craze continued the struggle on the slow Paul’s outfield that gave little reward for ground shots. Drew’s were two for 69 off 24 overs in a comfortable position when Galvin was bowled for 31 looking to increase the run rate. Heavy Jordan Farrell came in and did just that, blasting three 6’s and a 4. But his innings was brought short by another LBW that gave both teams something to talk about after the game’s completion. With 18 overs left and a healthy 7 wickets remaining, the team was on 95; a strong platform on which a competitive total could be built.

However, the Paulines had other plans, tearing through the middle order with three wickets in one over completely switching the momentum. Another three were taken in close succession seeing 6 wickets fall for just 20 runs. The final wicket fight of Craze for 36 saw the side bowled out for 126 with 8 overs remaining. After a quick lunch and a pump up speech from the Senior Student Lachlan Mactier, Drew’s went on to the field to defend their total. They needed a good start to give themselves a chance at the Paul’s batting line-up that scored a healthy 360 runs against John’s in the first round. However, the opening batsman looked solid, moving Paul’s to 31 off 12 overs with no loss of wicket.

Opening bowler Nimalan Sundaram (fr 2015) remained patient continuing his tight lines to take the first two wickets. With only 72 more runs to victory; 8 wickets in hand; and 30 overs to do it in, the Rawson Cricket Cup was right in Paul’s reach. The vocal Pauline crowd were almost already celebrating for the victory dinner that they had planned well before the commencement of the game. But what came next had Drew’s supporters flocking to the game to witness Rawson history. Charles Litchfield was brought on for a second spell to see if he could break the building partnership. He did that and more, taking 2 wickets in his first over, including the big wicket of Paul’s Captain Dugald Holloway. Paul’s still in a strong position but Drew’s now had their tails up knowing they weren’t out of it just yet. A few overs went by then Litchfield struck again with an absolute peach to take the middle pole of Will Lawrence’s stumps. A huge wicket in the circumstance of the game, with Lawrence coming off an incredible 196 against John’s. Paul’s now 5 wickets down for 84 after 28 overs, were still in a very strong position. Liam Brandwood then took an incredible stumping of his Conrad fResher Ollie Holder to get the Drew’s supporters off their feet. With four wickets remaining the Paulines only required 42 runs off 21 overs for victory. But Litchfield had other plans for his Wednesday afternoon proceedings, hitting the pads of an unsuspecting stricker to only look up and see the finger of the umpire risen. Drew’s went crazy knowing they only needed three more wickets to rob the Paulines of what looked like a sure victory.

A maiden over from Holder saw the moment to flow on to the pumped up Litchfield who already had 4 wickets at this point in the game. First ball of the 30th over he came steaming in with the Drew’s crowd clapping him in…….WICKET! An absolute screamer of a catch by keeper Liam Brandwood diving to his right. The team going nuts as Paul’s watched on in silence. After a quick second to calm down and get their minds back onto the job, Drew’s took their positions for the next ball. Crowd again chanting Litchfield in…….BOWLED! Another wicket! People could not believe what they were seeing. Charles Litchfield was on fire with current figures of 6 wickets for only 11 runs of his spell. Paul’s had lost a total of 4 wickets for 2 runs in the space of only 4 overs. The Drew’s crowd was in full force tripling in the space of 15 minutes as word had got around of the miracle that was taking place. With just 1 wicket remaining, the Paulines had the task of scraping another 40. Another maiden from Holder continued the suspense. Litchfield had bowled 6 overs straight and was running on straight adrenaline with the sea of blue and white supporters cheering the side on……..WICKET!

The boys had won! The crowd came running onto the field. No one could believe what had happened. Litchfield had figures of 7-11 off 6 overs leading the Drew’s team to win by 40 runs with Paul’s all out for 86. An incredible comeback against a very strong opposition resulting in a Rawson Cricket victory to be remembered.

  • Nicky Craze, Rawson Cricket Captain 2017

SAC Children’s Camp Celebrates Fifth Successful Event!

Watch the Sony Foundation St Andrew’s College Children’s Camp video here

St Andrew’s College hosted one of our most memorable annual events in December: the annual Sony Foundation St Andrew’s College Children’s Camp. This is an exciting time where loud and bustling university students who usually fill the College’s great halls are replaced by even louder, more energetic children with special needs. For four unforgettable days, these kids get to live at College under the care of student volunteers, most of whom are residents at St Andrew’s. Throughout the entire week, which includes pre-camp training, the camp, and volunteer wind-down, the energy is infectious for all involved. It is certainly a special time to be here.

2016 marked the fifth consecutive year that we have hosted the camp and it was the largest yet, welcoming twenty children. We run this event for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the camp takes place in order to give these kids a fun few days and counteract some of the challenges with which they are faced, growing up with disabilities. Secondly, this camp is just as much a reward for the parents as it is for the kids. Giving the parents of special needs children a few days to themselves is invaluable. Parents frequently thank the camp volunteers for giving them their first night off since their children were born, an opportunity to do activities with their other children, or even just a much needed catch-up on sleep. Finally, this camp supports St Andrew’s College’s relentless support and encouragement of giving back to the community.

The children arrived on 8 December, however planning starts a year prior. The organisation and fundraising required for the project is a lengthy process executed by a dedicated committee of students. The head of the 2016 committee was sophomore Max Carter, who epitomised the passion with which everything is done at St Andrew’s.


What makes the Children’s Camp unique is that it prides itself on being entirely student-run.  Once the committee is selected, these students have the challenging job of selecting around 45 volunteers from a very large pool of applicants. If this overwhelming eagerness doesn’t say something about the heart of the College, then it is difficult to say what does!

View photos from the Children’s Camp

Once the volunteers have been selected, the committee assigns one of three positions. ‘Companions’, of which there were twenty-two, are assigned to a single camper for the week. Companions eat, sleep, and spend nearly twenty-four hours a day with their assigned child. Needless to say, the resulting bond that forms is exceptional. Twelve volunteers are also assigned the role of ‘helper.’ These volunteers have the task of being the behind-the-scenes workers, and also take the initiative to sub-in for companions to give them their own rest time each day as they see fit. These students complete all small jobs that make the day-to-day running of the camp possible. Finally, a team of three is chosen to be the camp’s dedicated media team. The team takes countless photos and hours of video footage. This is then compiled into a video to provide a lasting memory for the families. All in all, the camp is equipped with plenty of help!

2016 saw one of our most successful camps yet. On Day 1, the majority of campers settled in happily, a notable achievement given that for many of these children this was the first time away from home. All campers and volunteers enjoyed getting to know one another through exciting activities such as water games and a jumping castle, a petting zoo, cricket, and a movie night.

Day 2 and the fun continued as campers were treated to a ‘Special Olympics’ sporting activity, arts and crafts, a trip to the Cook and Phillip Pool (a definite highlight), a dance class, and a disco! Hosted in our very own Highlander, the disco is a favourite activity for all involved. It’s certainly a good way to ensure that the dance floor is put to good use even in the summer!


By Day 3, spirits were soaring with a trip to Manly for sailing, provided by the Sailability program. A boat ride around the harbour was certainly a treat for the kids, many of whom come from rural and regional NSW and do not normally have access to such exciting activities. Following this activity was an African drumming class from Drumability and later on a karaoke night. There certainly wasn’t any time to be bored!

On the final day of the camp, the kids (and volunteers!) were treated to a visit from the fire truck, another jumping castle, face painting, and a slip’n’slide – all before lunchtime! Following this, the arrival of the campers’ families to join their children and volunteers for lunch was a very special moment. Seeing families reunite was one thing, but talking to parents and siblings about their few days of respite could almost bring tears to your eyes. Some parents had not had a full night’s sleep, not to mention a full day off, since their children had been born.


As families and volunteers filled the Dining Hall for lunch, campers were delighted to be treated to an early surprise visit from Santa! Lucky for them Santa had brought a personalised gift for every camper, which showed just how well the volunteers had gotten to know their campers. Max Carter then formally closed the camp, thanking everyone for making such a wonderful week possible.

Saying goodbye was difficult but fulfilling. Many kids are privileged to be accepted in to the camp multiple years in a row, so in waving them off we hope to see them at Drew’s again in 2017. When the kids arrive, suitcase in hand and smiles on faces, the vibe is not unlike that which marks Andrew’s students embarking on their College journeys!

The selection of the 2017 camp committee is currently underway, and soon enough, applications for volunteers will be open. The countdown is on until the doors of St Andrew’s are opened up again to an exceptional pool of children!

  • Hilary Shannon



Rohan Browning to Compete in World Relay Championships in Bahamas

Andrew’s man Rohan Browning (fr 2016) has this week flown to Nassau, in the Bahamas, to compete in the World Relay Championships. This is an international competition run by the IAAF (Athletics’ governing body), which started in 2014.

Before he departed, we spoke to Rohan about his burgeoning athletics career.

Can you tell us about the event you’ll be competing in, and how you qualified for it?

The team I’m part of is the Australian Mens 4 x 100m relay team – it’s the open age team. I qualified by coming third at the Australian Athletics Championships (National Championships) last week, making me Australia’s 3rd fastest man at the championships.

How have you participated in athletics in College?

Last year in my fresher year I competed in Rawson Athletics, I won the 100m and the 200m.

Have you been involved in any other competitions at this level?

This is my first ever Australian team. I’ve never competed at a competition of this level, however I would hope that its the start of a long career at this level!

How are you feeling about it?

I’m excited for it, the life of an elite track and field athlete is a very nomadic, and often expensive one, with little financial reward. It involves a lot of travel, to chase competitions and fast times. The beauty of the sport is in the competition, it’s as much mental as anything else, and the experiences gained on trips like this. This will be a good experience for me in dealing with travel and its impact on competition, and the maturity that is necessary to perform at an elite level.  More than anything though, this competition will be a good stepping stone for me looking forward to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. My short term goal is very much focused on becoming Australia’s fastest man and making that team.

We wish Rohan all the best in the IAAF World Relay Championships and look forward to updating the Andrew’s community on his progress.

(Images: Rohan in white, competing in last week’s National Championships)

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Minami Takahashi Triumphs in the Palladian Solo Instrumental

View photos from the Solo Instrumental event on our Facebook page

The standards of musicianship reached by the twelve instrumental soloists in the 2017 Palladian competition remain impressive, with some dazzling performances of an eclectic repertoire. There were four pianists, three guitarists, a violinist, a cellist, a trombonist, a flautist and a timpanist.

The adjudicators Linda Lorenza, Glenn Amer and Shuti Huang, highly commended Mac Nelson from St Paul’s for his composition played horizontally on the guitar.  Third prize went to Jol Choct, one of the two pianists from Wesley, for his Debussy.  In second place was Annabelle Traves, the violinist from Women’s, who gave a dramatic performance of Piazolla’s ‘Winter in Buenos Aires’, accompanied by a cello, a double bass and Anthony Chen from Andrew’s on the piano.

After a supremely accomplished performance of the first movement of De Maij’s T-Bone Concerto, Andrew’s Minami Takahashi, accompanied brilliantly by Will Cesta, took first place.  The trombone has never glowed with more golden opulence in the Old Refectory.

All performers are to be praised, not least Andrew’s other performer, fresher Tom Dormor, whose guitar solo was very well received, but our warmest congratulations are to Minami.  This is the fifth consecutive year in which Andrew’s has come first in the instrumental solos.  It was great to see at the piano Will Cesta, who had previously won on no less than three occasions and had accompanied last year’s winner, Alice Morgan, but it was Minami’s evening.

–  Professor Ian Jack, Senior Fellow and Archivist

(Image courtesy of Lily Harper and Amy White)

St Andrew’s Women Dazzle in Palladian Solo Vocal

Read student blogger Hilary Shannon’s Palladian Solo Vocal post here

The field for choosing Palladian vocalists each year gets tougher, but our selection this year resulted in two contrasting music theatre pieces, both from new musicals, and both performed by Andrew’s women. Sophomore Rachel Jeffreson chose Francesca’s song ‘Almost Real’, from Jason Robert Brown’s 2014 musical The Bridges of Madison County, and fresher Tiana Young sang ‘No One Will Bruise’, from the as-yet unstaged Australian musical Atlantis by Melbourne composer Matthew Lee Robinson. Both women were sensitively accompanied by Taylor scholar Anthony Chen (fr 2014).

I have to say, it’s not only within College that the field is getting tougher – across the board, the twelve competitors last Thursday night showed an increased consistency of standard. With two music theatre performers and one opera singer on the panel, we had no idea what they would be after. Rachel performed in the first half, and gave a completely compelling performance which showed an amazing emotional maturity. The song choice suited her ability to unleash operatic tones, especially on high notes. There was no other song on the program which demanded as much variety from the singer as did Rachel’s choice.

Tiana was in the second half, and captured the moment from the second she walked on stage. Despite torrential rain, audible in the hall, and the heavy back beat from some nearby Thursday night revels, Tiana opened her song with lengthy silences between each phrase and never faltered over the background noise. This was a belt song which also required serious dynamic range and vocal control, allowing Tiana to demonstrate a lot more variety of skill than many of the other competitors.

It’s a testament to both women that you could have heard a pin drop in that hall, the large and sometimes rowdy audience falling silent as their stories unfolded. It’s also a testament to both women that they scooped the pool, primarily for their abilities to tell their story, with Rachel securing her win for having made at least one judge cry. Tiana’s second place is a huge achievement for a first year debuting in Palladian. Congratulations to Rachel, Tiana and Anthony for doing us all so very proud.

  • Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith, Director of Music

Images courtesy of fresher Sofia Milne and Tom Hicks (fr 2016)





Rosebowl Netball Off to a Promising Start!

View the photos from the Andrew’s v Women’s match here

Rosebowl Netball 2017 has been off to a great start, with the Drew’s team coming away victorious in games against Women’s (55-22) and Sancta (48-18).

The team has seen fantastic contributions from all the girls; fReshers Amy Preston and Elly Carroll shooting at an incredibly high percentage, Ella Brown, Sarah Wallis, Issie McCalman and fR Neive Roebuck flying through the midcourt, and strong defensive pressure and turnovers from Maddy Clark, Maddie McCathie, Rudi Ellis and fR Bec Findlay.

While both games started out as strong contests, the determination, commitment and tenacity of the Drew’s girls proved impossible to beat and resulted in these great scores.

The campaign will continue next week against Wesley (Monday 3.30pm) and John’s (Wednesday 7.30pm) in what is sure to be an entertaining and intense finish to the competition. Stay tuned for reports and photos from these exciting matches!

  • Isobel McCalman (fr 2016)

Andrew’s Students Volunteer with One Meal

Last weekend, a group of Andrew’s men and women assisted the One Meal service in Glebe to help serve meals to homeless people in the area. This is part of an initiative run by the College’s Community Service representatives, Celso Milne (fr 2016) and Isobel McCalman (fr 2016). Participating in this cause was the brainchild of last year’s secretary, George Stribling (fr 2015).  George was interested in something hands-on in the university area and found One Meal to be a perfect fit.

Isobel tells us, “Having been myself to the service, I was very keen to continue our involvement with their incredible team. We take a group of four students to every Sunday service in Wentworth Park, so a large number of students have had the opportunity to go. We hope to continue doing this every Sunday night and potentially Saturday nights as well.”

All students involved have gotten a lot out of participating, says Isobel.

“We believe that this is a fantastic opportunity to change perspectives on an issue that is very prevalent in Sydney. Many students drive past Wentworth Park and notice the tents set up under the arches without giving it much thought, but after going and interacting with those who are based there have a major attitude change. It is quite a humbling experience, and has changed the way many people think about homelessness in our own backyard.”

We look forward to following all of the students’ community service initiatives in 2017, and sharing them with our Andrew’s community.

  • Image (left to right):  freshers Wilson Kearns, Jack Mackenzie-Wood and Jock McGregor (courtesy of Isobel McCalman)

Standing Ovations at Palladian Oration

Thursday night saw a fiery start to the annual inter-collegiate Palladian competition with the Oration event. Eager to win back the Cup, Drew’s put forward two outstanding performances, however devastatingly did not receive a place. As is always the case with Palladian competitions it is difficult to gauge what specifically the individual and subjective judges tend to favour, and unfortunately for us this time that was the undeniably strong performances from Women’s (1st place), Sancta (2nd place), and Wesley (3rd place).

The topic this year was ‘Good people are boring to write about,’ which brought forward some fascinating discussions regarding the dynamic realities of the media and the environment in which it is rapidly growing. Our first speaker, sophomore Robbie Ferguson, certainly had the crowd giggling with his humorous but powerful speech about the innate human emotions of fear, outrage, and anger that influence today’s print and the way we engage with it. Amongst many hysterical Trump jokes and comical points of self-detriment and self-promotion, Robbie pointed out the harsh truth that news stories which make readers angry are suddenly the norm and ‘a journalist’s job security is determined by how many click-throughs’ he or she receives. He ended his speech on an encouraging note that although the ‘media uses our nature against us’ we must resist giving in to negative emotions and share only heartwarming stories. For his second year competing in Oration, Robbie again represented Drew’s exquisitely.

After many other interesting arguments toying with the idea of good and bad people and their involvement in the media, our second speaker, fResher Xavier Eales, took the floor. He too kept the crowd entertained with abundant comic relief, as well as a compelling argument that stressed the importance of daring to be different and not giving into society’s expectation of ‘normal.’
Xavier pointed out how normal people hardly dominate the media but instead are replaced by the rebels, as ‘rebellion propels humanity.’ He urged the audience to channel their creativity without fear of judgment, in order to perhaps end up like the ‘different’ individuals who shaped the world such as Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela. Leaving us with a challenge to dare to fail and to dare to change things, Xavier executed a fantastic speech.

Overall, the competition on Thursday night was undeniably fierce. As colleges continue to produce more talented performances for each Palladian competition it remains pivotal that the crowds be there to support our Drew’s entrants – especially as we strive to regain the Cup! Thus take note that the next Palladian competition will be the solo vocal competition, on Thursday 30th March. See you there!

  • Hilary Shannon (fr 2015)


Images courtesy of SAC Students’ Club Photography Club

Meet Xavier Eales – 2017 St Andrew’s Scholar

The St Andrew’s Scholars are exceptional young men and women who thrive academically, are engaged in life and have the potential to make a significant positive contribution to our College and, in the future, the broader community.

Xavier Eales is one of our St Andrew’s Scholars in 2017. Below he discusses his past achievements and what he is most looking forward to in her time at College.

What degree are you studying?
I will be studying a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws. From a young age, the areas of commerce and law evoked in me a spirit of curiosity and questioning. This fascination was furthered during school when economics and debating opened my eyes to the scale of global enterprise and the foundations of social order. Through cultural exchanges to Asia and a gap year which delved deep into the crux of the world’s largest economy, China, I had my first irresistible taste of commerce and law in action on a grand scale.

What’s your greatest achievement to date?
In his final days, my grandfather told me to “never be comfortable in your comfort zone”. That was why I embarked on a gap year, the completion of which I count as my greatest achievement. I isolated myself from all that I knew –friends, family and financial dependency. I lasted 328 days overseas, visiting 23 countries and 65 cities throughout three continents. I spanned 5,694m of altitude (from -429m at the Dead Sea to 5,265m at Everest) and a temperature range of 91℃ (from -41℃ in Finland to 50℃ in Iran). I emerged with an advanced proficiency in Chinese. But most importantly, through hardship and isolation, I came to value my own company. I loved me for who I truly was.

What does being an St Andrew’s Scholar mean to you?
Being a St Andrew’s Scholar is an immense honour. It was during high school that I first began to seriously consider what I wanted my adult formation to look like. It quickly became evident that St Andrew’s was the place for me – it is an institution filled with extraordinary people who are informed and propelled by set of core values which match my own. Being a St Andrew’s Scholar isn’t only an honour, though. It also comes with a responsibility – to give the College my all. And that is what I plan to do.

What are you most excited for at St Andrew’s College?
Being a boarder during my last two years of high school opened my eyes to the incredible feeling of camaraderie amongst those who you live and learn with. It’s that same feeling of community which most excites me about St Andrew’s. By all accounts, it is a place with an embedded culture of tightly-knit friendships. That is a culture I can see myself contributing greatly to.

Based on your interests and skills, in which areas of College life do you believe you’ll make the most significant contributions?
I believe that I’ll make significant contributions to both the academic and social aspects of College life. On the academic side, I will focus largely on engagement with my peers. A strong learning environment is fostered through constructive debate, and I see an abundance of opportunities for this through the tutorials at the College and discussions with any mentors or buddies. With regards to the social aspect of College, I’ll work to create meaningful relationships, always opening social circles rather than closing them.

What advice would you give to future St Andrew’s Scholars Program applicants?
Your application should overflow with things to talk about. If it doesn’t, you should use that as an incentive to go out and do more, learn more and risk more. When you eventually put pen to paper to distil your achievements into an application, use it as a cathartic process to appreciate the fruits of your labours. When it comes to the interview, be yourself. If you have genuine passions, trust that the conversation will naturally steer that way. Don’t try to force it.

The St Andrew’s Scholars program is seeking young people with the capacity and commitment to realise their potential to become leaders in the university, the nation and the world. The College will provide students of outstanding abilities with a residential environment that enhances their university experience, providing them with opportunities to extend their talents and interests and to develop lives of meaning.

The scholarships will provide full free relief and will be awarded for the duration of each student’s undergraduate degree, whilst they live in St Andrew’s.

Applications for the 2018 intake open in April. Visit St Andrew’s Scholars Program for more information as it becomes available.

Celebrating 15 Years of Women at St Andrew’s College


Kicking off St Andrews’s 2017 Sesquicentenary Celebrations with a bang, on Monday night saw the celebration of a proud and exciting milestone for College: 15 years of co-residential living. While the presence of females may now seem to be an aspect of Drew’s that doesn’t involve a second thought, the active change that was the admission of the first women back in 2002 held a great deal of significance for the College. The final decision was reached in 2001, and in 2002 the first fifty women residents set foot in St Andrew’s. On Monday we were privileged to hear from four outstanding speakers who stood at the forefront of this transition, each of whom enlightened the crowd with a bit of Drew’s history and the part he or she played in female leadership at college.

The first of the speakers was Andrew Murray, the chairman of the Andrew’s council from 1999 to 2002: the time at which the decision to go co-res was made. He noted that in our day it seems silly that this was such a significant and hotly debated topic, and that now having mixed genders should be a no-brainer. However Andrew assured us of the fierce deliberation that took place in this judgment, and that the passion behind this choice is not something we should take for granted. Andrew reminded us that the college was prospering back in 2001 and the decision was made to ensure the college remained progressive in a rapidly changing society. He told us of the exact council meeting where a conclusion was reached, held in the Junior Common Room at ten o’ clock on a Sunday morning with one hundred and fifty attendees. You could almost feel the tension and anticipation in that room the way he described it. Needless to say we are still thankful today for the resulting vote! Andrew finished his speech on the note of the College’s progress since this day: he noted that gender isn’t an issue anymore; that what we do, we do as a unified and holistic college.

The next speaker was Sasha Kovic, who has been a momentous contributor to the role of women at St Andrew’s. Sasha attended Drew’s from 2005-2008 when the presence of women was still a novelty, she was the first woman sub-dean, and finally the first resident woman to be elected to the Andrew’s council. Sasha recounted on her many pleasant memories at Drew’s, reminding us again how deeply-embedded the many Andrews traditions are. From everything to the fResher brick-and-gown ceremony to the ritual serving of banana bread in the dining hall on Wednesdays, Sasha spoke of many experiences nearly identical to those enjoyed by both men and women at Drew’s today. However she reminded us that women could not boast this pleasure had it not been for the ‘gutsy call’ made back in 2001 to keep the college liberal and open-minded. Sasha noted that as girls were still a relatively new phenomena during her time at Drew’s, they had to work hard to measure up to expectations put on them by their male counterparts. For example Sasha exclaimed how in its early stages Rosebowl sport sadly attracted very little numbers, however as the girls started winning the competition grew very popular – especially as the boys started to lose to Paul’s! Sasha concluded her speech by reflecting on the continued success of women at college today, proudly stating that in 2016 even more women applied than men. Go Sasha and go girls!

After the main course the crowd had the pleasure of hearing from Bill Porges, the beloved principal of Andrew’s from 1999 to 2008. As Wayne described it, Bill was one of the most important agents of change during this time. Bill reflected on the challenges of active change, especially in a community where tradition is so greatly cherished. He noted the importance of patience and persistence in expecting a place like Drew’s to first accept this big a change and consequently adjust to it. Bill informed us that the topic was intensely debated for a long time and justifiably so, before a class of fifty exceptional young women made history by becoming the first females to become Androvians.

Finally, the last speaker was an individual who most actively holds a strong presence in the day-to-day lives of students: Vice Principal Hester Wilson. Hester has been a prominent member of female leadership for almost as long as women have been at College, from her days at Drew’s coordinating academic excellence as senior tutor to her current role as Vice Principal. The essence of the Vice Principal role is largely to direct College Life, which Hester reflected upon proudly in her speech. She also recounted the perhaps unnoticed female presence at College that existed prior to the admission of women residents. Andrews was in fact, Hester noted, graced by a female influence through the family of male staff living at College, in addition to later staff such as the first female housekeeper or, ‘The Matron.’ However she informed the crowd that it was not until 1960 that the first woman was invited to dine at the high table. One would imagine this would have been a rather daunting experience! However she then highlighted the headway that has been made since this time, with numerous female guests at the high table now – including her own young daughter Juliette (and young son Max) who gave a wave to the crowd at the mention of their names. She acknowledged that the one hundred years it took for the College to get where it is today seems surprising, – but we have been making up for lost time ever since! Hester quoted what many identify as the most special quality of Drew’s: the sense of warmth and the feel of the place. And as she confirmed, the inclusion of Women in this exceptional community undeniably enhances this atmosphere.

Following dinner all residents were invited to join guests in the Senior Common Room for drinks and nibbles. Numerous prominent female ex-residents of Drew’s attended and all were glad to be back on their old stomping ground! Watching a group of such strong women reconnect and seeing how far the female presence at college has come since 2002 was truly a special experience. The road paved by the first women at Andrew’s is a legacy female residents now work hard to uphold, proudly continuing to be participants of active change at College.

Monday night marked just one of many more Sesquicentenary celebrations to come this year, so stay tuned

  • Hilary Shannon

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First Rawson Win of the Year!

St Andrew’s Rawson Cricket side had their opening match against Wesley College on Drew’s Oval on Monday 13 March. They won the toss and went into bat with Fresher Liam Hughes and Tom Galvin (fr 2016) getting the side off to a comfortable start with a 36 run partnership. Hughes was dismissed for 14 before Galvin went on to play some classy lofted cover drives before falling for 27. In-form Charles Litchfield (fr 2016) combined with Captain Nicky Craze (fr 2016) and then Rawson veteran Jordan Farrell (fr 2015) to get the side to 100 after 35 overs. Sam Brandwood (fr 2016) and younger brother Fresher Liam Brandwood consolidated, taking the side to 5 for 137 before putting on a Brandwood master class for the vocal Drew’s crowd scoring 40 runs off just 4 overs, finishing on 19 and 41 respectively. The tail, including Senior Student Lachlan Mactier, helped finish the job off with St Andrew’s 9 for 187 after the 50 overs. A very healthy score on what seemed a tough wicket and slow outfield.

Wesley College struggled to score against the experience of Nimalan Sundaram (fr 2015) and pace of Litchfield taking the first wicket in the second over. Wesley continued to battle on at a slow pace and were then further halted when Sundaram took two wickets in the 13th over with economical figures 2-12 after his 8 overs. Wesley 4-50 had a lot of work to do and continued to struggle as Hughes and Galvin bowled with great patience to bring Wesley down to 7 for 69 after 28 overs before rain temporarily stopped play. Fresher spinners Ollie Holder and Jack Richards joined to take the last three wickets, bowling Wesley out for 87. The St Andrew’s cricketers winning the first game of their campaign by 100 runs.

– Nick Craze, Rawson Cricket Captain

Image courtesy of St Andrew’s College Sport Instagram page

Sesquicentenary Commencement Dinner

On 22 February 2017, it was only fitting that current students, alumni, staff and the wider St Andrew’s Community gathered in the Chapel, which was the College’s Dining Hall until 1960, to celebrate the Commencement of our 150th Year.

The formal celebrations began with a warm welcome from Principal Wayne Erickson, followed by Grace led by Rev. Elaine Farmer, before Professor Ian Jack took to the stage to focus on the significance of the anniversary with a short History of the College. Acknowledging our roots in the Scottish Enlightenment, Professor Jack highlighted St Andrew’s continuing commitment to excellence and focus on remaining distinctive and inclusive.

Councillor Sasha Kovic (Fr 2005) outlined our current vision: for Andrew’s to be a world-class experience in Australia’s leading University College, then asked the audience to Look to the Future and envisage what St Andrew’s and the world at large, would look like in 150 years.

Vice Principal & Director of College Life, Dr Hester Wilson, expressed the importance of College Life as the backbone of St Andrew’s before looking forward to it’s ongoing development in 2017 which will continue to engage and strengthen our community.

Senior Student, Lachlan Mactier (Fr 2015) a 3rd generation Androvian, joked that although he is a Senior Student this year, his father will always see him as a fresher. He then spoke about how he will welcome our incoming freshers and the positive changes he hopes to make in 2017.

Will Cesta (Fr 2013) soon performed a spine-tingling rendition of Dumka by Tchaikovsky on piano, before being joined by Minami Takashi (Fr 2014) on trombone for von Paradis’ Sicilienne, which left the audience with goosebumps.

To conclude the dinner, Wayne formally launched the Sesquicentenary by highlighting our busy events calendar and opening the nominations for our Hall of Fame which will be announced at The Great Hall Dinner on 16 September. The conversation continued in the SCR, with excitement in the air about the year to come.

  • Lauren Ribbon – Sesquicentenary Events Officer

Introducing the NEW Sesquicentenary Website!

St Andrew’s College are excited to announce our Sesquicentenary Website is now up and running!

The website contains information and news on our Sesquicentenary celebrations, as well as a place to look back at some of the many highlights of our historical College.

For our 150th year we are also launching our Hall of Fame and are asking current students, alumni, current staff, past staff and friends of St Andrew’s College to Nominate someone you feel worthy to feature in our Hall.


Associate Professor Rufus Black announced as guest for Sesquicentenary Lecture

Associate Professor Rufus Black is the current master of Ormond College, a strategic advisor, ethicist and theologian. Rufus works on public policy, ethical and educational issues and has shown prominent Leadership in Australian University Life, particularly within the Residential Colleges sector. His predecessor, Davis McCaughey, delivered a well-remembered sermon at the Centenary Service almost 50 years ago and was a symbol of the historic bond between our institutions. We are delighted he has agreed to contribute in this way to the year’s celebration at St Andrew’s.

Lecture Topic: “The role of the College in the 21st Century Australian University”.
Date: Monday 29th May
Time:  6pm – Lecture  (Chapel)
7:30pm – Dinner (Reading Room)
RSVP: Thursday 25th May
Tickets: Reserve your place

Meet Seda Hamoud – 2017 St Andrew’s Scholar

The St Andrew’s Scholars are exceptional young men and women who thrive academically, are engaged in life and have the potential to make a significant positive contribution to our College and, in the future, the broader community.

Seda Hamoud is one of our St Andrew’s Scholars in 2017. Below she discusses her past achievements and what she is most looking forward to in her time at College.

What degree are you studying?
Combined Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws

What’s your greatest achievement to date?
My greatest achievement to date has been in relation to leading my school environmental club for many years.  This involvement has burgeoned into running environmental forums for hundreds of students from primary and secondary schools across Sydney (the latest of which had the honour of having Dr Karl Kruszelnicki as a guest speaker), as well as giving speeches on various national and international platforms. As a result of this plethora of work, and the quantifiable benefits directly resultant from said initiatives, I was awarded one of the largest environmental honours in Australia, the title of NSW Young Sustainability Champion, amongst other accolades.

What does being an inaugural St Andrew’s Scholar mean to you?
It is an immense honour that I hope to utilise to make the most out of my time at St Andrews, as well as a means of ensuring my momentum for continued academic attainment and extra-curricular involvement is maintained and strengthened throughout my time at university. It also means an opportunity to give back, which I hope to do through engagement with the college’s numerous philanthropic initiatives.

What are you most excited for at St Andrew’s College?
I am most excited to continue to grow as a person on account of my newfound independence, as well as through exposure to different cultures, ideas, and lived experiences.

Based on your interests and skills, in which areas of College life do you believe you’ll make the most significant contributions?
I hope to contribute to the college in as many ways as possible, including involvement in debating, writing, drama, and sporting activities. I also hope to contribute to the academic strength of the college.

What advice would you give to future St Andrew’s Scholars Program applicants?
The most useful advice I have for future applicants is to be organised and to submit your application early. This is to not only ensure that your application is well drafted but to also enable you to avoid overlap with the more stressful periods of year 12. I would also suggest ensuring that your extra-curricular involvement is varied in nature and scope, as without doing so you may never know where your true passion may reside. Best of luck!

The St Andrew’s Scholars program is seeking young people with the capacity and commitment to realise their potential to become leaders in the university, the nation and the world. The College will provide students of outstanding abilities with a residential environment that enhances their university experience, providing them with opportunities to extend their talents and interests and to develop lives of meaning.

The scholarships will provide full free relief and will be awarded for the duration of each student’s undergraduate degree, whilst they live in St Andrew’s.

Applications for the 2018 intake open in April. Visit St Andrew’s Scholars Program for more information as it becomes available.

Terrific opportunity to join the College’s alumni relations & fundraising programs

As St Andrew’s College moves into its Sesquicentenary year in 2017, engagement with its stakeholders and an increase in philanthropic income grows ever more fundamental to the College’s continued success into the future. The Advancement team is looking to fill two key positions who will help the Director of Advancement achieve its ambitious goals for the College.

The Advancement Officer will assist with the further development and implementation of a suite of friend-raising and fundraising activities with the College’s alumni & community in order to build and sustain positive community relations. He/she will focus on the annual giving program, helping to identify potential major donors among those giving to the program at a higher level. Experience in alumni or community relations gained within the not for sector is essential.

The Advancement Services Officer will provide logistical and administrative support for the College’s friend-raising and fundraising activities in order to build and sustain positive College community relations. He/she will ensure that the database and all advancement processes and procedures support all advancement activities appropriately. Experience in the use of a CRM and an analytical approach will be key to success.

Successful candidates in both roles will be proactive team players who maintain high levels of discretion and tact in their liaison with both internal and external stakeholders.

For further information on these exciting opportunities please contact Deann Stevens, Business Support Administrator, Australia Office, Richmond Associates on +61 2 8218 2185 or at

Further information can also be downloaded from the Richmond Associates website at

Closing date for applications: Friday 3 March 2017

Join us for the Sesquicentenary Family Fun Fair on March 19!

As part of our 2017 Sesquicentenary Celebrations we will be holding a Fun Fair for Family and Friends of St Andrew’s College.

It will be fun for the whole family including: An Animal Petting Zoo , Jumping Castle, Circus Workshop, A Magician, Face Painting, Egg and Spoon Races, Tug-of-war, Three Legged Races and Olaf & a Minion for the little ones, as well as Giant Jenga, Giant Connect 4, Bubble Soccer, Sumo Suits, Gladiator Jousting and Bungee Run for the bigger kids, and Market Stalls & Wine Tastings for the Adults and more. A BBQ lunch will also be available.

Date: Sunday 19 March 2017, 11am-3pm
RSVP by: Monday 6 March
Entry price:
Adult: $5
Child (under 12:) FREE
Reserve your tickets HERE

We need stall holders for our Sesquicentenary Family Fun Fair on March 19! Are you a crafty person wanting to sell your one-of-a-kind works? Perhaps you make the best cupcakes in town or are a budding fashion designer wanting to showcase your pieces? Do you want to set up a tasting of your wine? We want you! We will provide you with a table and/or marquee. The fee for the day is just $50. Click HERE to apply now and secure your spot!

Volunteers would also be appreciated, please email Lauren at if you wish to help out!

Meet Clare Hunt – 2017 St Andrew’s Scholar

The St Andrew’s Scholars are exceptional young men and women who thrive academically, are engaged in life and have the potential to make a significant positive contribution to our College and, in the future, the broader community.

Clare Hunt is one of our St Andrew’s Scholars in 2017. Below she discusses her past achievements and what she is most looking forward to in her time at College.

What are you studying?
I will be studying a Bachelor of Science.

What is your greatest achievement to date?
As a committed footballer, my greatest achievement thus far has been my selection in the ‘Young Matildas’ Under 20’s Australian Team, and competing at the AFF tournament in Myanmar last year. In travelling overseas, I was forced to challenge myself both mentally and physically, which proved a great learning and developmental experience and gave me a deep sense of honour and joy. I am proud of my achievement and greatly appreciate the opportunities I have been afforded to represent my country.

What does being an inaugural St Andrew’s Scholar mean to you?
To be named a St Andrew’s scholar is a great privilege and honour, and I am grateful that my dedication toward my schooling, sport and community has been recognised and rewarded through gaining this scholarship. This opportunity will enable me to be a part of the unique community at St Andrew’s, which I wish to add to and thrive in.

What are you most excited for at St Andrew’s College?
The most appealing aspect of St Andrew’s is the diverse and engaged student community, which will allow me to meet people from different walks of life, and provide an opportunity to learn from, and with others. In entering this new environment, I look forward to the challenges, learning moments and fulfilling experiences that St Andrew’s will offer.

Based on your interests and skills, in which areas of College life do you believe you’ll make the most significant contributions?
I am extremely passionate and invested in sport, so I wish to contribute to this aspect of College life through involving myself in a range of sporting activities, whilst supporting and encouraging others to involve themselves through my leadership. In entering St Andrew’s, I wish to achieve my best academically, involve myself in as many aspects of college life as possible, and be a role model to others in contributing to the student community, college and university.

What advice would you give to future St Andrew’s Scholars Program applicants?
St Andrew’s seeks students who positively and actively contribute to their school and community, and undertake their pursuits with passion and determination. I encourage future applicants to be the individual who continually involves themselves and takes opportunities to contribute and commit to their school community, as well as having a strong desire to succeed. In whichever activity you undertake; be true to yourself, be your best and inspire others to do the same.

The St Andrew’s Scholars program is seeking young people with the capacity and commitment to realise their potential to become leaders in the university, the nation and the world. The College will provide students of outstanding abilities with a residential environment that enhances their university experience, providing them with opportunities to extend their talents and interests and to develop lives of meaning.

The scholarships will provide full free relief and will be awarded for the duration of each student’s undergraduate degree, whilst they live in St Andrew’s.

Applications for the 2018 intake open in April. Visit St Andrew’s Scholars Program for more information as it becomes available.

Meet Declan Drake – 2017 St Andrew’s Scholar

The St Andrew’s Scholars are exceptional young men and women who thrive academically, are engaged in life and have the potential to make a significant positive contribution to our College and, in the future, the broader community.

Declan Drake is one of our St Andrew’s Scholars in 2017. Below he discusses his past achievements and what he is most looking forward to in his time at College.

What degree are you studying?
Combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws

What’s your greatest achievement to date?
Representing the views of young people in NSW as a member of the NSW Youth Advisory Council has not only been my greatest achievement, but has also led to a greater understanding of the issues facing young people in NSW. As a member I have had the opportunity to provide feedback to the Advocate for Children and Young People, the Minister and various other government departments, on policy effecting young people in NSW. I have been honoured to be a member of this council, and I value an opportunity for young people to be involved in decisions made that will ultimately affect them.

What does being an inaugural St Andrew’s Scholar mean to you?
For me, being a St Andrew’s Scholar means getting involved in a wide range of activities both in college and University life. It goes beyond being studious and means making positive contributions to St Andrew’s, the University and the community. It gives me the opportunity to move to Sydney and to become a part of a new, friendly and supportive community.

What are you most excited for at St Andrew’s College?
I am most excited to meet with a diverse range of incredible young men and women and to make friendships that will last a lifetime. Furthermore, St Andrew’s will allow me to transition toward independence, without being completely thrown in the deep end, which is definitely an exciting prospect.

Based on your interests and skills, in which areas of College life do you believe you’ll make the most significant contributions?
Being new to college life I realise I will be facing lots of new opportunities. One I’m most interested in is mixing with a diverse range of people and, based on my skills and interests, I’m looking forward to contributing to college life in social, cultural and sporting areas.

What advice would you give to future St Andrew’s Scholars Program applicants?
I think the most important thing is to value every opportunity, even the unexpected, and to make the most of these. I think whilst academia is important, your life is enriched by opportunities separate to this. I also think it is important to not be a part of a crowd, you need to step up and out and walk the road not taken.

The St Andrew’s Scholars program is seeking young people with the capacity and commitment to realise their potential to become leaders in the university, the nation and the world. The College will provide students of outstanding abilities with a residential environment that enhances their university experience, providing them with opportunities to extend their talents and interests and to develop lives of meaning.

The scholarships will provide full free relief and will be awarded for the duration of each student’s undergraduate degree, whilst they live in St Andrew’s.

Applications for the 2018 intake open in April. Visit St Andrew’s Scholars Program for more information as it becomes available.

The Palladian Cup & St Andrew’s College

Androvians have long been known for their extraordinary sporting achievements but in the last few years there have been some wonderful cultural highlights, particularly with our success in the Palladian Cup (1st place in 2015 and a close second in 2016.) Student Intern Hilary Shannon (Fr 2015) explores how the Palladian Cup brings the College together because “we don’t just score goals on a field – we also make magic on a stage!”

The Palladian Cup & St Andrew’s College

The Palladian cup, an intercollegiate cultural eisteddfod of sorts, is one that undoubtedly brings immense joy and spirit to the St Andrew’s unparalleled by any other competition. The cup dates back to the 1990s, and since then has become a major series of must-see events throughout the intercol calendar. The cup includes nine events: solo and group instrumental, solo and group drama, solo and group vocal, art, debating, oration, and dance.

The Palladian competition is special to Andrew’s as it allows us to appreciate the vast range of artistic talent we are lucky enough to house at College. From dancing to singing to reducing the crowd to tears in a dramatic feat, the means by which residents at Drew’s have the opportunity to express themselves artistically is made possible by Palladian. For many of those residents, performing is an interest complementary to elite sport or other endeavors, which makes watching such versatile individuals all the more enjoyable. Housing residents who can go from scoring goals on a field to making magic on a stage is one of the most special things about Drew’s.

In short, the Palladian cup brings the college together. There really is nothing like putting on a blue and white jersey and going to support comrades as they bring pride to the Andrew’s name.

  • Hilary Shannon.


Meet Oscar Bruck – 2017 St Andrew’s Scholar

The St Andrew’s Scholars are exceptional young men and women who thrive academically, are engaged in life and have the potential to make a significant positive contribution to our College and, in the future, the broader community.

Oscar Bruck is one of our St Andrew’s Scholars in 2017. Below he discusses his past achievements and what he is most looking forward to in his time at College.

What are you studying?
Combined Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws

What is your greatest achievement to date?
The thing I am most proud of is being selected to represent my local electorate as a Member for State Youth Parliament. Whilst in sitting, I was able to introduce and debate legislation on education, the environment and public transport. Hearing from the community and bringing those concerns to the Parliament brought me an immense sense of joy, made me proud in my local area and taught me the power of community in its ability to bring about change.

What does being an inaugural St Andrew’s Scholar mean to you?
It is a deep honour. It has provided for me opportunities I would have otherwise never seen while here at University. It pulls you into a close and vibrant community at College, whilst also providing impetus to get the most out of your time at St Andrew’s.

What are you most excited for at St Andrew’s College?
Meeting the people. Being able to live with students from all around the state, country, and world provides a unique opportunity to learn new perspectives at the same time as also gaining a newfound independence.

Based on your interests and skills, in which areas of College life do you believe you’ll make the most significant contributions?
My aim is to contribute to College life in as many ways as I can. This includes drama and culture – such as Dramsoc, debating and writing – and also in academia.

What advice would you give to future St Andrew’s Scholars Program applicants?
St Andrew’s is looking for authentic students who have found something they are interested in and pursued it with vigour and spirit. There is no one activity or interest St Andrew’s is looking for that you need under your belt – it’s about having one that represents who you are and something you have thoroughly prosecuted. The easiest way to do that – be yourself!

The St Andrew’s Scholars program is seeking young people with the capacity and commitment to realise their potential to become leaders in the university, the nation and the world. The College will provide students of outstanding abilities with a residential environment that enhances their university experience, providing them with opportunities to extend their talents and interests and to develop lives of meaning.

The scholarships will provide full fee relief and will be awarded for the duration of each student’s undergraduate degree, whilst they live in St Andrew’s.

Applications for the 2018 intake open in April. Visit St Andrew’s Scholars Program for more information as it becomes available.