Yearly Archives: 2018

St Andrew’s Residents put on Stunning Gala Concert

Every year St Andrew’s hosts a handful of Gala Concerts in the Senior Common Room to host and showcase some of the most talented, musically-inclined residents at College. On Sunday the 16th, a dozen St Andrew’s residents put on a spectacular show for their peers and the larger Drew’s community.

The night’s performances ran as follows:

  St Andrew’s College Jazz Band 

Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder

Titus Grenyer & Oscar Smith 

Two Pieces for Balinese Gamelan Rindik

St Andrew’s College A Cappella Group

Here Comes The Sun – George Harrison, arr. Kirby Shaw

Hugh Beuther

Prelude from Solo Cello Suite No. 4 – Johann Sebastian Bach

St Andrew’s College Chapel Choir & Titus Grenyer 

Rejoice In The Lamb (Excerpts) – Benjamin Britten

Minami Takahashi& Will Cesta 

No. 1 & 3, Romantische Stucke, Op. 75 – Antonin Dvorak

Alex Hewish

Movement 2, Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, ‘Pathetique‘ – Ludwig van Beethoven

Edwina Raine 

‘Journey to the Past’ from Anastasia – Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty

Will Cesta 

Chaconne (selected variations) – Johann Sebastian Bach, transcribed by Ferruccio Busoni

Ben Herlihy, Minami Takahashi & Will Cesta 

A Song for Japan – Steven Verhelst

St Andrew’s College String Quartet 

Movement 1, String Quartet No. 2 – Aleksandr Borodin

Chemble (St Andrew’s College Chamber Ensemble)

Explosive – Bond

Head to the St Andrew’s Facebook page to see all the photos from the night!

St Andrew’s College Cultural Leaders Forum

What does it mean to be an emerging leader in society and how can good leadership affect institutional culture? This was the direction in which the St Andrew’s College Cultural Leaders Forum took on the evening of Monday the 17th of September. The college was privileged to host five unique and extraordinary panellists: Dr Tim Dean – philosophy and science writer, Mel Penicka-Smith – LGBTQI+ choir leader, Debra Maher – Criminal and Children’s Court Magistrate, Dr Andrew Parry – school Principal and Norma Ingram – Aboriginal Elder and Labour candidate for Newtown. Each panellist had their own lived experience in various leadership capacities and had plenty of advice to offer our own emerging leaders within the college. As the college progresses its implementation of Elizabeth Broderick’s recommendations, there remains a need for meaningful leaders to assist with cultural renewal, and this Cultural Leaders Forum provided the perfect opportunity in which to unpack this.

The panel first deliberated about the significant traits of a good leader – the words authenticity, respect, understanding and resilience were thrown about. Dr Andrew Parry discussed how good leaders approach difficult decisions, and his insights into the collective good of the institution were profound. Similarly, Mel Penicka-Smith and Debra Maher agreed that leaders are distinct from managers and that direct instruction often isn’t the most effective strategy for a leader to motivate their team.

Dr Tim Dean was questioned about his research on disagreement theory, and how leaders might learn to disagree in a certain way. With a plethora of research coming out about the benefits of diversity, Tim explained that with diversity comes disagreement, and that disagreement does not have to be a negative facet of a decision-making process. Tim unpacked this further and provided the residents with some practical advice using the ‘3 Whys?’.

Norma Ingram’s lived experiences were captivating as she discussed how she was the first Aboriginal person to leave Harvard University with a degree. She drew upon USYD Alumni Charles Perkins and the 1960’s Freedom Rides as one of the most illuminating examples of leadership and cultural change. Norma also highlighted the experiences of being an Aboriginal Elder and its constant pursuit of respect within the community, ensuring that respect is mutual and authentic.

All in all, the Cultural Leaders Forum provided the residents with an opportunity to hear from a unique panel of leaders and unpack their experiences of leadership and culture. The college would like to extend its thanks to each of the cultural leaders for giving up their time to contribute to the college’s leadership training. It was a splendid evening full of rich discussion and ideas.

Palladian Cup: Instrumental Ensemble

Twelve very varied groups produced an entertaining and original concert in the Union’s Old Refectory on 18 September 2018.  The adjudicators, Matthew Brooks, Deepka Ratra and Greg Howard, recognised the quality by Highly Commending no fewer than three groups.

Eight cellists from Women’s College plucked away at Strauss’s famous ‘Pizzicato Polka’, with one cello turned around and used for affectionate percussion.  Nine men from St Paul’s, elegant in dinner jackets, coaxed rhythm from two long tables with cutlery, pens, bottles and zips.  And an eccentric trio from St Johns performed Bill Joel’s ‘Piano Man’ with a piano, an electric guitar and a mouth organ, with a backdrop of the words projected behind while the audience sang along lustily.

Third place went to a superbly moving rendition of Steven Verhelst’s memorial to the natural disaster in Japan in 2011 played in the light of similar sufferings there in 2018. ‘The Song of Japan’ was performed by Minami Takahashi and Ben Herlihy on their mellifluous trombones while Will Cesta coaxed the Yamaha piano into impressive sonorities.

Second place also went to Andrew’s. Our twelve dedicated jazz musicians threw themselves into Stevie Wonder’s ‘Sir Duke’ to splendid effect.

First place was awarded to a quartet from Women’s College consisting of violin, double-bass, clarinet and piano, which gave a scintillating performance of Piazolla’s Primavera Porteña, the springtime movement from his tango seasons in Buenos Aires nearly fifty years ago.

Professor Ian Jack

Annual Lecture features Investigative Journalist Kate McClymont

Every year the St Andrew’s community gathers together for the Annual Lecture. In 2018 the college celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Annual Lecture and invited Investigative Journalist and five-time Walkley winner, Kate McClymont, to St Andrew’s as the guest speaker.

With 50 Drew’s alumni, residents and staff in the audience, Kate spoke on the topic of “Fraudsters, fakes and the role of investigative journalism.” Speaking about “fake news”, the current climate of Australian media and the discourse surrounding journalism in the age of online media,  McClymont educated the crowd on how to navigate the media.

McClymont finished off her participation in the Annual Lecture with thanks from the House Committee’s Honorary Secretary, Liv Peck (Fr 2016) and the applause of a satiated audience.

A big thanks to the team at St Andrew’s College for their time and effort in preparing another successful Annual Lecture in 2018.

St Andrew’s sees hundreds visit on Open Day 2018

The morning started with a drizzle of rain that eventually settled over the bucolic residential precinct of the University of Sydney, the air was abuzz with the promise of hundreds of visitors.

As the USYD Clock Tower tolled 9 am, signalling the beginning of Open Day 2018, there were already hundreds of potential USYD students and their parents in the Quadrangle of the University, wherein, a booth of eager St Andrew’s students were already gathered to talk all about their love of college and the benefits of residential living during University.

With groups of students in the Quad, the Main Building of Drew’s and a pair of musically gifted residents based at the Conservatorium of Music, the day was filled with questions, answers and new friends made. With hundreds filing through the doors to the College, the Dining Hall remained full throughout the day as the prospect of a buffet and unlimited coffee had visitors running up the stairs.

Student representatives from St Andrew’s took to the Conservatorium of Music for the first time to showcase the impressive list of new cultural scholarships that will become available to residents in 2019. With an accumulative of over $130 thousand available to students with exceptional musical skill, many potential Con attendees showed great interest.

As the day wound down the rain began again, signalling the end of another successful Open Day event, Drew’s volunteers celebrated the empty boxes that previously held thousands of brochures for interested students and their parents. With only a few bags of branded Jelly Beans and high spirits left of the day, Drew’s community felt imbued with the prospect of receiving applications from the impressive future students of 2019.

The team at St Andrew’s would like to thank all of the student volunteers for their participation in Open Day 2018. 

The 2018 City2Surf

On the morning of Sunday, August 12, 117 Androvians took on the annual City2Surf fun run. The Drews group was part of the larger “Easier Said Than Run team”, which was comprised purely of intercollegiate students from each of the 6 Sydney Uni residential colleges.

The team battled up heartbreak hill and for a gruelling 14km to Bondi Beach. The team raised $13,000 for Mary’s House, a non-for profit organisation, who provides support to individuals who are victims of domestic violence. The run was succeeded by a long and well-earned recovery session at the Easts Rugby Club. The afternoon was full of food, drinks and live music. The event was a great success where the strength of the intercollegiate community was on full display.

The team would like to extend a warm thank you for all the generous donations we received. Mary’s House is such a fantastic organisation and we are so proud to be supporting the work that they do. We would appreciate any interested sponsors to jump on board and help us to continue such a great event for hopefully, many years to come.

Nicky Craze (Fr 2016) & Isobel Payne (Fr 2016)

St Andrew’s wins Palladian Debating

Over the past weekend, the Palladian Debating Competition for 2018 took place within the intercollegiate community, drawing together talented orators to argue topics ranging from education and economics to identify and international relations. In what was a very high-quality and challenging competition. This year’s Andrew’s team, consisting of Theodora Von Arnim, Rhiannon Hames, Adele Burke, and Xavier Eales, took out first place in the competition after winning all five rounds, solidifying St Andrews’ lead in the Palladian Cup.

The first round saw the team face off against Sancta, arguing on the affirmative side of the topic, ‘ That student union (e.g. the University of Sydney SRC) should not take positions on political issues unrelated to tertiary education’. After a quick break in the dining hall, the team headed over to John’s to argue the negative side of ‘That religious leaders should be prohibited from making political endorsements’. This debate drew a large crowd of spectators from John’s and proved to be an entertaining and interesting discussion from both sides. After an excellent performance from the team, Drew’s came out victorious.

Rounding out the day, the team took on Wesley, debating ‘That we should disincentives the replacement of workers with technology by companies’, on the affirmative. While both teams were tired from a busy day of debates, we were still able to put up good arguments and enjoy some friendly banter and were able to win the last round.

Sunday morning saw us take on Pauls, arguing again on the affirmative ‘That universities should never prohibit teaching or research on the grounds that it has sexist, racist, or other discriminatory implications.’ In what was an excruciatingly close debate, with many issues and points raised from both sides, Drew’s was fortunate enough to be declared the winners, with only one round remaining against Women’s, who were also at this stage of the competition undefeated.

For the final round of the competition, Drews took on Women’s arguing on the negative ‘That the West should fund moderate Madrassas (schools for the study of Islam) throughout the Islamic World.’ With our largest crowd yet, both teams engaged in what was an excellent and high-quality debate, with well-structured analysis and examples, and the occasional cheeky quip from both sides. After a hard-fought round, the adjudicator announced Drews as the winners, rounding out our Palladian debating season as the victors. A massive thank-you must go to all the other colleges for putting up such tough competition, to Xavier Eales for coordinating the season, and for every Androvian who came out and supported us along the way; we couldn’t have done it without you.

Rhiannon Hames (Fr 2018)

Rawson Soccer 2018: The Winners Report

The Rawson Soccer competition is an eagerly anticipated event each semester, with every Drew’s team hoping to break the two-year losing streak. St Andrew’s last won the Rawson Soccer Cup in Semester 2 of 2015 but subsequently placed 3rd in both semesters of next few consecutive years. With a few Drew’s third-years on the 2018 team, the determination to win one of only two sports that haven’t been won since 2015, was rife.

The team was picked in May, with training commencing shortly thereafter. Some bad weather meant that a lot of the June sessions were on the tennis court, predominantly playing football tennis, but nonetheless this built camaraderie within the team. In the second week of Semester 2, we were underway, coming up against Wesley in our first game.

Wesley has historically always had a strong outfit of players, though they lack the same physicality as Paul’s, the Wesley team plays a strong game. With a hard-fought first 25 minutes, the shackles were finally broken when fresher, Cédric Kwame, slotted one past the keeper to put us 1-0 up. A pretty quick reply from Wesley levelled the scores, and the game continued with a long streak of back and forth. This continued for 20 minutes into the second half until a drive to the bottom right corner took St Andrew’s up 2-1. From this point on, Wesley gradually threw more and more people into an attack, with the final minutes having 20 of 22 players in our own defensive box. Unfortunately, in the last 16 seconds of the game, a lucky falcon managed to sneak over the gloves of Ollie Holder in goal, drawing the game up at 2-2 and sending the game into a golden goal. An extremely well fought 30 minutes of golden goal found many players cramping up, but no goals were to be scored, meaning the match was to be decided in penalties. With a few of our shots going askew, the clinical Wesley penalty takers won the match for them, leaving them with 2 points for a win in penalties and us with 1 point for a loss in penalties. While we were obviously sore, tired, disappointed and emotional, we put this game behind us and concentrated on Paul’s game on Friday.

When the game against Paul’s arrived we were still sore, but having regrouped we were ready to give everything to the game. With the first half being dominated by Drew’s, the scoreline only sat at 1-0, due to some finesse by 3rd year Matt Akehurst (goal scorer). This brilliance from Matt continued into the second half and would become a theme throughout the next game and a half. After some more back and forth from both teams, Akehurst put two more goals deftly past the keeper, bagging himself a hat trick and putting Drew’s up 3-0. Some late-game complacency meant that St Paul’s managed to score two goals back on us within in a nervous period of 10 minutes. However, the final score was 3-2, and a win for Drews meant that we were still in with a shot of winning competition overall. After round two of the campaign, Wesley was in front on 5, Drews in 2nd on 4, Paul’s in 3rd on 3 and John’s on 0.

Going into the final game against John’s, we knew that we had the team and skill to win this game, and getting up against John’s would mean our fate would be left up to the result of Paul’s vs Wesley. Playing on the flat and grassy pitch at USYD Oval 2, it was far easier to play a proper game. With a few injuries heading into the final game, the team wasn’t at full capacity, but every player was committed to the challenge of bringing home the cup. This was evident quickly when we went into the sheds at halftime up 3-0, due to Matt’s precise touch bagging him another hattrick. Coming out in the second half, a few subs were called to get on the men who are in their last year at Drew’s, on the pitch for one last hoorah. Then, Liam Brandwood managed to score what could be argued as the goal of the St Andrew’s campaign, slotting one into the top left corner with some ecstatic celebrations to follow, and getting us to what would be the final score of 4-0. Happy with our efforts, we knew our placing depended upon the Wesley vs Paul’s game and so later that day we came back to watch the epic conclusion to the campaign.

The results were`:

Wesley win outright – Wes 1st, Drews 2nd, Paul’s 3rd

Wesley win in penalties – Wes & Drews 1st, Paul’s 3rd

Paul’s win outright – Drews 1st, Paul’s 2nd, Wes 3rd

Paul’s win in penalties – Drews 1st, Wes 2nd, Paul’s 3rd

In the end, the 2018 Rawson Soccer competition had been any teams game to win. With a final score of 1-1, the deadly Paul’s combination of Adam Prentice and Matt Hooke meant one goal for the last play of the game, giving Drew’s the win. It was incredible to watch and counted as one of the few times that Drew’s were happy to see Paul’s triumph.

Conclusively, the St Andrew’s team for 2018 had a stellar campaign and reclaimed the Rawson Cup. A special mention to Adriano Hoelzle, Nimalan Sundaram, Dugald Shannon, Tom Galvin, Matt Akehurst and Ben Woodrow who have finished their residency with St Andrew’s and its’ football team. The remaining St Andrew’s players are looking forward to trying to keep the cup in the 2019 campaign.

Tom Galvin (Fr 2016) Member of the 2018 St Andrew’s Rawson Soccer Team 

Genevieve Sergeant (Fr 2014) wins Inaugural Thesis Competition

The College would like to congratulate Genevieve Sergeant (Fr 2014) for placing first in The University of Sydney Visualise Your Thesis Competition. The competition challenges current PhD students to present their research in a 60 second video and was held for the first time at The University of Sydney in 2018.

Genevieve is a first year PhD student within the Faculty of Science, School of Chemistry. Her thesis is “Fluorescent Arrays for Phosphate Sensing”. Videos were critiqued on their visual impact, scholarly citizenship and understanding of the research question being asked and its impact.

Genevieve was announced the winner of the competition at the 3 Minute Thesis Final Heat event on Friday 3rd August.

Click here to watch her winning submission.

Rosebowl Soccer 2018: The Winners Report

Rosebowl Soccer Campaign Report

 The 2018 campaign for the Rosebowl Soccer saw a very strong contingent of athletes take the field with a myriad of impressive performances, particularly dominating in attack and holding down the fort with an aggressive defence. The trialling process for the team began in early June and positions on the team were hotly contested due to an incredible display of athletic prowess from all age groups of the college. The resulting team was a mix of players with varying experience, from international representatives to novitiates with no game time under their belts.

Training commenced mid-June with the positive team environment building momentum in the lead up to the first game. The Countless early mornings and late nights spent running drills entrenched the proud mateship in the St Andrew’s team. Tragedy struck when prior to the first game, freshman, Nora Peat, injured her knee, rendering her unable to play. This lead to the late selection of American exchange student, Julia Dorsch, who would throw herself into the team at the eleventh hour.

Game one against St. John’s approached quickly and the team took to field with the game being not just the first of the season, but their first performance together as a team. The Drew’s team secured the first win with a 6-0 scoreline, featuring a hat trick from sophomore Nicki Flannery. Special mentions must go to heavies Luci Hughes in defence and Susannah Cooke in goals for destroying their first ever minutes in a competitive football match.

Game two against Sancta, two days later, got off to a rockier start, with Sancta being awarded a penalty within the first few minutes of the game, putting Drews 1-0 down. This did not deter the spirit of the blue and white and a big effort was made to end the game with a 5-2 scoreline. Freshman, Annabel Martin, and Sophomore, Sophie Saunders, played an impressive style of football which helped drive the team to victory.

Game three against Women’s College was always going to be a tough game. Drew’s confidently kicked up a 2-0 lead in the first half but allowed the opposition to creep back into the game by conceding and going 2-1. Through hard work at the top of the pitch by heavies, Alex Raine and Alix Leighton, and more than her fair share of sensational saves at the other end by the rookie goalkeeper, Susannah Cooke, the game ended at 4-2.

The final against Wesley saw St Andrew’s with the rare opportunity to secure the cup and the Rosebowl title for the year in just 5 sports. Dominating the game with a 3-0 win, defenders Emma Seton, Victoria Lowe, and Airlie Blackman ensured that no Wesley attackers would bear down on our goal. A strong performance in the midfield from Jessica Owens, Emily Cooke, and Julia Dorsch ensured our strikers were getting all the opportunities to put the game to bed.

The success of this 2018 squad is a direct result of their hard work, determination, and willingness to take invaluable knowledge from coach Clare Hunt. It has been an honour and a privilege to captain this team and I could not have wished for a better group of women to spend this campaign with.

Georgia Boric (Fr 2017), Rosebowl Soccer Coach for the St Andrew’s Team 2018

St Andrew’s Director of Music Selected for Residency at Elite Dallas Opera

Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith has been the Director of Music at St Andrew’s College since 2011, in that time, Choirs of two separate years (2011 and 2014) became finalists in the Sydney Eisteddfod. Today, she is counted as one of only 6 music professionals to receive residency for an elite program at Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera. She’s also the fourth Australian to ever receive residency in the program which focuses on furthering the careers of exceptionally talented women, working as professional musicians or conductors.

Dr Penicka-Smith noted feeling extremely excited after being offered a place in the program, as the three Australians chosen in previous years are markedly achieved in the industry. As Sarah is currently the Director of Music for St Andrew’s College, University of Sydney, Macquarie Singers and holds Director roles with both the Pacific Pride Choir and the Opera Prometheus, she goes into the program with a myriad of impressive titles and experiences.

Sarah will attend the program from October through to November of 2018, wherein the program will include conducting opportunities, master classes, intensive working sessions and industry advice.

The St Andrew’s community would like to congratulate Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith on her achievement and wish her the best of luck during her residency in the program. 

Sydney’s Youth are Helping the Homeless – Here’s how you can get involved

By the time Sydneysider, Poppy Littlewood was 6 years old she had an uncommonly mature understanding of the world around her. Particularly, when it came to the large homeless community she was exposed to whilst growing up in Inner Sydney. Five years later, and a now 10-year-old Poppy is running a small charity with her family, dedicated to providing the disadvantaged of Sydney with a little more care.

Little Care Packs started small, with the Littlewoods buying a few extra hygiene products on their shopping runs, which turned into weekends spent dropping off bags of essentials all over Sydney. Now, five years later the charity has amassed partnerships with Novotel Sydney, Pact Group, and Garnier Australia. Poppy and her family now run the charity from their home with the help of fundraisers, working bees, and donations, putting together thousands of Little Care Packs full of toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, shampoos and other hygiene products, which are then distributed to homeless shelters and individuals all across Sydney.

Little Care Packs now needs volunteers to help with their next fundraiser.

Little Care Packs will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, September 8 and they need 25 people to volunteer at least two hours between 9 am and 4 pm. Little Care Packs teams will be hosting a BBQ at Bunnings in Alexandria to raise funds for their next round of Little Care Packs. To be involved, click the link below to give some of your time to the cause –



Position Vacant: Advancement Services Officer

Location. Sydney, Australia

Salary. Competitive Salary and Benefits

Closing Date. Friday 17th August

The College is looking for a permanent full-time Advancement Services Officer to provide logistical and administrative support for the College’s friend-raising and fundraising activities.

The successful candidate will be a proactive team player who maintains high levels of discretion and tact in their liaison with both internal and external stakeholders. Strong administrative, organisational and communication skills are essential, as is experience in the use of a CRM system.  While not essential, experience in fundraising/ development, and familiarity with the tertiary educational environment will be highly regarded.

For further information on this opportunity please contact Deann Stevens, Business Support Administrator, Australia Office, Richmond Associates on +61 2 8218 2185 or at or Click Here to Apply Online.

2018 Principal’s Prize for Prose and Poetry

St Andrew’s College would like to invite and encourage all residents to enter the 2018 Principal’s Prize for Prose and Poetry. There are two categories, Prose and Poetry, each with a distinct theme.

Entries are now being accepted by Gigi Rahman in the Principal’s Office, which must arrive in an envelope, and marked: Principal’s Prize for Poetry 2018. The winner of each category will receive $1000 at the St Andrew’s Valedictory dinner on Thursday the 1st of November. Winners will be notified of their victory by Monday the 15th of October.

The Prize for Prose: Applicants should compose an original piece of no more than 3000 words on the subject of ‘The Double Helix’Click here for more information about the Principal’s Prize for Prose.

The Prize for Poetry: Applicants should compose an original piece of no more than 40 lines on the subject of ‘Coming of age’. Click here for more information about the Principal’s Prize for Poetry.

For any questions email Gigi Rahman.

Save the date for Open Day 2018

St Andrew’s College is calling all year 11 and 12 students who are looking at their options for attending university in the next year or two. As 2018 inches closer to its end and towards HSC exams, many students and their families may be inundated with choices, one of the two biggest being; Which university should I attend? And where should I live?

To help facilitate these choices, The University of Sydney will be hosting an Open Day which will feature residential college tours, mini lectures, club and society sign ups and campus and faculty tours. On the 25th of August between 9am and 4pm, The University of Sydney opens its gate so that you can discover what 2019 might hold for you. In conjunction with the myriad of exciting activities that the university will host throughout the day, St Andrew’s College will open its doors so that all prospective residents can see inside the life of a St Andrew’s resident.

You can meet the St Andrew’s community at our doors or at our booth in the University Quad to be given a tour of the grounds by current residents who will be able to give you first hand accounts of what it means to make St Andrew’s your home away from home. St Andrew’s staff and residents will be at your disposal all day to answer your questions about food, scholarships, the benefits of St Andrew’s, our tutorial programs and any other questions you have regarding university and college life.

For more information regarding St Andrew’s College, send your questions to

For more information regarding the Open Day program, take a look at The University of Sydney’s website.

St Andrew’s College Burns Supper 2018

 On Monday the 28th of May, St. Andrew’s held the annual Burns Supper and Concert. The Burns Supper is a centuries old Scottish tradition, celebrating the life and work of the Ploughman Poet, Robert Burns. Born the eldest son of tenant farmers, William Burnes and Agnes Broun, in Alloway, South Ayrshire, Burns enjoyed a meteoric rise from farmer and excise officer, to internationally beloved poet and lyricist. By the twilight of his days, he was to be heralded as the National Poet of Scotland, a pioneer of the Romantic Movement, the voice of the Scottish diaspora, and by far the most globally influential Scots author of all time. His poetry is written varyingly in Scots, and a hybrid Scottish-English, and muses tactfully and viscerally upon themes ranging from outright patriotism (as in Scots Wha Hae), to class-critical radicalism (as in The Cotter’s Saturday Night), from the giddy delights of love (as in A RedRed Rose), to the incomparable pangs of heartache (as in Ae Fond Kiss). Burns did not only compose original verse, but also delighted in collecting and reinterpreting traditional Scottish folk-songs (as in Auld Lang Syne). The range of his literary output is well encapsulated by his fond reception in the private library of Abraham Lincoln, the translations of the Soviet author, Samuil Marshak, the novels of John Steinbeck and J.D. Salinger, and the folk-ballads of Bob Dylan – to name only a handful of his modern readers. From humble, bucolic origins, the Bard of Ayrshire resonated across epochs, borders, genres, and political divisions.

 The first Burns Supper was held on the 21st of July, 1801 at Burns Cottage – the Alloway house built by William Burnes in 1757 to accommodate his prospective family. The occasion was arranged by his close friends to commemorate the fifth anniversary of his passing. In that same year, the first Burns Club (occasionally called “The Mother Club”), which remains in operation to this day, was inaugurated in Greenock, Inverclyde, with an expressed constitutional purpose “…to cherish the name of Robert Burns, and generally to encourage an interest in the Scottish language and literature.” The Greenock Burns Club held their first Burns Supper on the 29th of January 1802, to coincide with what they thought to be the birthday of their namesake. However, upon consulting the Ayr Parish records in 1803, it was discovered that Burns was actually born on the 25th January 1759. It has been custom ever since that awkward realization to hold Burns Suppers on or about the 25th of January. Notionally, however, the suppers may occur at any other time of the year – as is the case with our own, since we do not sit in January.

 The St. Andrew’s Burns Supper took its heed from the traditional structure of such occasions. Guests were piped into the hall by fR. Max Eastwood, to be greeted by Principal, Wayne Erickson, with a rendition of the customary Selkirk Grace: “Some hae meat an canna eat, / and some wad eat that want it; / but we hae meat, and we can eat, / an sae the Lord be thankit.” After a pre-emptive course of Cock-A-Leekie Soup, the pipes sounded again to herald the arrival of the “Great chieftain o the puddin’-race” – the Haggis. The flaming entrails were borne into the dining hall by sophomore, Harry Wright, followed closely by the kilt-clad and claymore-wielding Dean of Studies, Alex Wright. Senior Fellow and Archivist, Professor Ian Jack, enlightened the audience with a Standard English translation of Burns’ own To a Haggis, before Alex toasted our supper in the original Scots. Having polished off the haggis, as well as generous servings on neeps, tatties, and salmon, the formal proceedings of dinner concluded with some toasts and reflections on Burns, accompanied by a healthy plate of Cranachan (“Tipsy Laird”).

 Following dinner, we descended to Senior Common Room for the Burns Night Concert arranged by Prof. Jack. Fortified by several blocks of cheese and snifters of Drambuie, attendees were treated to a tasting-platter of Burns’ lyrical genius, selected by Prof. Jack, sung to both modern and traditional settings, with the addition of some unaccompanied recitations.

 Performers on the night included Hugh Beith (Cello), Jessica Harper (Soprano), Titus Grenyer (Violin), Prof. Ian Jack (Piano), Hannah Steel (Reciter), Dr. Hester Wilson (Soprano), and Alex Wright (Reciter). The programme captured the inimitable versatility for which Burns is so admired. The international resonance of Burns was on display in Jemand (“Somebody”), Wilhelm Gerhard’s 1840 German rendering of Burns’ ode to a distant flame. We saw, on the obverse, his fondness for his homeland in Schumann’s setting of his Highland Cradle Song, and John Anderson, My Jo, set by Haydn to a traditional tune. We discovered also that his lyrics alone are mesmerizing (and, indeed, humorous) enough to capture an audience, with unaccompanied recitals of Wha Is That At My Bower Door?,  Mary Morison, and To A Mouse.

 Burns was, however, above all, a man of deep and overwhelming passions, who knew all too well the troubles wrought by pursuing love. This passion was front-and-centre in moving performances of Mendelssohn’s setting of O Wert Thou In The Cauld Blast, Haydn’s arrangement of Ay Waukin, O, and a traditional version of For The Sake O’ Somebody.  The evening concluded with a touching rendition of his most personal, and yet universal, reflection upon the gamble of desire, Ae Fond Kiss, set to a traditional Scottish tune attributed to Rory Dall (c. 1700):  “Had we never lov’d sae kindly, / had we never lov’d sae blindly, / never met – or never parted – / we had ne’er been broken-hearted.” 


St Andrew’s student takes First Place in Small Business Hackathon

 May of 2018 saw the convergence of over 100 developers from Australia and New Zealand in the Sydney-based offices of Intuit, for the Australian Intuit QuickBooks Small Business Hackathon. With 23 teams working for two consecutive days, there were a stunning display of business solution apps presented in the vie for First Prize, $5000 of seed money to go towards the winning app.

 One of the biggest challenges facing small businesses is maintaining a sustainable level of growth with only limited resources at hand. Any help in streamlining operations or finding efficiencies can have an immediate impact on a company’s bottom line. It is often hard for small businesses to penetrate already saturated markets, as many large corporations monopolise expensive technologies and leave small businesses out to dry. This is why it is so exciting that an increasing number of developers are rising to the challenge of solving small business problems.

St Andrew’s resident, Celso Milne, and his teammate from UNSW Oliver Dolk, spent almost 30 straight hours over the weekend at the Australian Small Business Hackathon developing a machine learning model to do exactly this. They built a way for small businesses who source inventory and stock from overseas (which takes anywhere between 8 and 20 weeks to arrive) to accurately predict the number of orders they should expect far in advance so that restock orders can be automatically made and customer orders filled instantly. The solution, which they called, Mobius, predicts with 98% accuracy the volume of orders a small business may expect to receive, based on supply chain and accounting data.

 Mobius is a significant step in introducing small businesses and supply chain management to the power of data science and analytics, cutting warehousing costs for small businesses and ensuring orders are met reliably every time they come in. The aim of Mobius is, “to give small businesses the tools large organisations already have, as well as the ability to capitalise on the power of big data science,” says Milne.

 Their running slogan, “democratising data science”, was a hit with the judges, securing them the win in a field of more than 150 experienced developers, and the cash prize of $5,000. Milne and Dolk are currently discussing the possibility of commercialising the solution and distributing it to small businesses all around Australia.

Inaugural Women’s 7’s Report

 The cheering and crowd support of the Inaugural Women’s 7s game, played before the Rawson Rugby final, was indicative of the impact and success of the game.

 The end score for Drew’s team against the combined Women’s/Sancta team was 25-5. The tries were scored by Molly Sanders, Olivia Peck, Alex Raine, Susannah Cooke and Kate Nicol, that came from great runs by all of the girls. No one was shying away from the contact and there were some great tackles made by girls on both teams, including a few from Emily Cooke.

 We had fierce competition on the field but the thing that stood out the most was the camaraderie and support felt in the tunnel running on, as both teams acknowledged the historical significance of the event. While we were there to win, generating enthusiasm and interest about rugby, from women of all colleges, was the main aim for the event. The success of this aim was clear after around 60 women showed up to the training sessions that were held prior to the games.

 The Intercol 7’s games were a great success and enjoyed by all. We look forward to seeing what the competition has in store for next year.

  • Susannah Cooke (Fr 2016)

Awarding the St Andrew’s College Medal

The St Andrew’s College Medal was introduced in 2009, with the Medal awarded annually at the Universities & Schools Dinner. For those unfamiliar, the Medal is (usually) presented to the St Andrew’s man or woman with the highest overall academic achievement over three years of undergraduate study.

The award is calculated on WAM (Weighted Average Mark) only; it is purely academic.

The usual criteria for this award means that the recipient will usually be:

  • – An Undergraduate
  • – A resident at St Andrew’s College for at least 2 out of 3 years (residents of 3 years and higher are also considered)
  • – Completed a total of 144 credit points (earned through full or part time study)
  • – Studying one or more degrees in any faculty
  • – Invited back to College, if no longer resident after their third year, to accept the award

The College wholeheartedly congratulates our latest Medal recipient, Jack Liell-Cock (Fr 2015).

Jack, who describes himself as a student with a strong passion for space exploration, artificial intelligence and fractal geometry, is currently studying Mechatronic Space Engineering and Advanced Mathematics at the University of Sydney.

Having joined St Andrew’s as a fresher in 2015, Jack credits the College with supporting his academic interests, through events such as SCR talks, involving students discussing their academic passions.

Jack says that living in College was an asset to him during his studies, particularly through its close proximity to tutorial and lecture rooms providing well-deserved sleep-ins every morning.

Another benefit of his relationship with St Andrew’s was the opportunity to be involved with the College tutoring program, as a tutor. “It forced me to further my understanding of my previous courses as I was required to teach them. This solidified my understanding of the foundations of my degree and hence allowed me to gain a better grasp on my current studies.”

Jack says he is grateful to have received the medal and hopes that the invaluable relationship he holds with St Andrew’s College will continue for years to come.

Congratulations Jack – the College looks forward to following his future progress.

St Andrew’s Dance Team Gives a Stunning Palladian Performance

In the 2018 Intercollegiate Palladian Dance competition, the St Andrew’s Palladian Dance team entered two exciting performances in the event, held annually in Manning Bar. The first number was inspired by the 1978 musical rom-com film, Grease, to the hits, “You’re The One That I Want” and “Greased Lightning”, featuring ten superb Pink Ladies and ten suave Thunderbirds. The team rehearsed tirelessly to perfect our formations, partner work and, of course, facial expressions and shimmies.

The second item took inspiration from the Disney movie, Hercules. The story begins with Zeus’ triumph over the Titans and rise to power in Olympus. Years later Zeus’ son, Hercules, is stripped of his immortality by evil Hades and must become a true hero on earth to rejoin the Gods. The myth was brought to life by six hunky Hercules, six glorious goddesses and one heinous Hades. The dance was distinguishable with complex lifts, technical skill and comedic value.

Auditions started in week one with huge enthusiasm and with both teams having spent hours rehearsing weekly for ten weeks with immense dedication and energy. On the night, Manning was packed with a sea of blue and white and both teams looked incredible in full costume and intricate stage lighting. Both dances were highly entertaining, and the crowd response was hugely encouraging for the team.

The team was very excited that their Grease-themed performance was awarded a well-deserved second place victory by the judges, putting Drew’s into first place on the Palladian ladder.

The 2018 St Andrew’s Dance team deserves congratulations for their hard work and dedication over the past several months. Following on from predecessor, Luci Hughes, the Dance Secretary of the St Andrew’s team in 2017, the results of the new team is an excellent demonstration of effort and skill.

Here’s wishing the St Andrew’s Dance team luck in chasing first place in 2019!

  • Alexandra Hewish, Palladian Dance Secretary (fr 2018)

Video Credit: Will Cheng (fr 2018)

St Andrew’s Rawson Rugby Campaign 2018 Report

 Round One against St John’s College was the first fixture of the 2018 campaign and was played on the St Paul’s oval on a sunny Monday afternoon. After five weeks of preparation it was easy to see the St Andrew’s team was ready to put on a performance and solidify their place in the competition. This was started by none other than fresher, Hamish Sheehan, who decided to score the first 5 points of the campaign with a fast try down the right side. After the first score the Andrew’s men continued the assault and more points came as Ben Stacey, Ryan O’Beirne and Robin Allen put on a show. This, with help of others, brought the end score of the game to a satisfying 41-0.

 On a Tuesday afternoon round two was played against Wesley College on St John’s oval after firstly, being moved from Drew’s oval after a bout of bad weather. After the first game, the Andrew’s men had smoothed out any crinkles and now looked to shock the Wesley team with some new combinations, ending in Fresher, Angus Allen, scoring a double for which he states “… (it) was the best moment of the year.”

 The Wesley team attacked the line frequently throughout the game, with defensive efforts from Nick Findlay and Fergus Bragg shining through and keeping the opposition scoreless. Along the scorecards with Allen were Zac Whitehead, Matt Cheong, Robin Allen and Ben ‘Bün’ Adams, bringing the final score to 69-0.

 The Final against St Paul’s was played under lights at Sydney University’s second oval on a Wednesday night. The game started off wobbly as St Paul’s took first points early in the 1st half, and they continued to pile on the pressure with a strong-suited XV. St Andrew’s, being starved of the ball, were given the chance in the last 10 minutes of the 1st half, with a rolling maul on the Paul’s 5 metre line that resulted with a 5 pointer. Half time score drew in at 19-5.

 The 2nd half followed similar patterns with the Paulines refusing to give up the ball and Andrew’s continuing a brave defense. After some unconventional back-line plays, the Paulines were up 33-5 with 15 minutes to go. Once Andrew’s had regathered the ball, the team looked slick with Fergus Bragg crashing over with 10 minutes to go, closely followed by Ryan O’Beirne who pierced the line late in the 2nd half. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough time on the clock and the final score stood at 33-19 after the late resurgence from St Andrew’s.

 A big thank you must go out to all those who came to support the campaign in 2018, it does not go unnoticed by any of the players or coaches of the St Andrew’s Rugby team. Now we can look forward to the 2019 campaign, in which St Andrew’s will seek to reclaim the Rawson Rugby title.

  • Harry Todd (fr 2018).

2018 Rosebowl Hockey Competition Report

The 2018 Rosebowl Hockey competition took place at Kyeemagh Hockey Complex throughout weeks 10 and 11 of semester one. The St Andrew’s Hockey team, consisting of freshers, sophomores and heavies, were shaping up to put forward a very strong team leading into the campaign. In their first game, the women secured a convincing win over Sancta at 8-0, with Alice Arnott contributing five of the eight goals to the final score. Andrew’s second game was against Women’s, who were determined to put some goals away after having tied with John’s 2-2.  While Women’s provided some skilled players, it wasn’t enough to best the strength and skill of the Andrew’s women who walked away with a 5-0 victory at full time.

 After a few days to recover, the next opponent was the underestimated, Wesley team. After an early goal in the first half from Eliza Brennan, the tempo slowed and Wesley fought back, hard. The intensity lifted in the second half when Drew’s put another two away thanks to Elizabeth Hewish and Mckenzie Carr, which secured a win over Wesley at 3-0.

 With the results throughout the campaign, the Andrew’s girls needed a draw or win against John’s to claim victory in the 2018 Rosebowl Hockey competition. With a sea of John’s lining the fence, the Andrew’s team maintained composed and played some impressive hockey. Alice Arnott put away a goal in the first 30 seconds with her famous tomahawk, sending the Andrew’s supporters wild. Alice managed a second goal, but competition soon got fierce when John’s got a goal, making it 2-1 leading into the second half. Andrew’s dominated the second half, with Lizzie Hewish scoring the third goal for Drew’s, making it 3-1 at the final whistle and earning an overall victory for the St Andrew’s Rosebowl Hockey team.

 Congratulations to all the ladies and a big thank you to all of the supporters who came to cheer during the 2018 Rosebowl Hockey Competition.

  • Emma Bills (fr 2017).



Position Vacant: Advancement Services Officer

St Andrew’s College is now accepting applications for an Advancement Services Officer which is a full-time position, answering to the Director of Advancement.

Click here to see the full job description and submit an application online via Seek

Applications close Wednesday, 20th of June 2018.

We thank you in advance for your interest.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Hannah Atwell, Director of Advancement E: /  Ph: (02) 9565 7303


‘Andrew’s Angels’ – St Andrew’s College Chapel Choir at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

“Where did you find all these angels for your choir?”, a woman asks me. We’re crammed into the lift at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse: the entire SAC Chapel Choir, Lifehouse Volunteer Manager Lorainne Brecard, myself, and our latest fan. She’s a patient at the Lifehouse, following us from floor to floor as we sing on different wards. It’s the first time this year’s choir has performed here, although for the past year or two we’ve been regular visitors, usually singing a bracket of songs and rehearsing a bit in the foyer. Our singing provides a distraction, both for patients, family and staff, from the realities they’re dealing with each day.

This time we have a different experience, starting in the foyer (with its new baby grand piano), then singing in reception at the day surgery, then up to two of the wards, to sing for patients undergoing more complicated treatment. Sometimes it’s a ‘command performance’ to an audience of one, somewhere in the corridor of a ward. I’m touched to see choir members improvise outside their usual bailiwick, providing gentle hugs or holding someone close while they sing. Lorainne often films us on a patient’s phone, so they can revisit the moment whenever they wish.

The relationship between St Andrew’s College and the Lifehouse has been developing quietly. Always under Lorainne’s guidance, we’re now at the point where we’re always welcome, and know some patients by name. Previous choir member Sarah Brown has been bugling at Memorial Day events for the past two years (completely unbeknownst to us at College). The new baby grand piano is available at any time for our students to play, with Tom Hunt being the first College pianist to make his way over, improvising for over an hour in his trademark style, much to the joy of patients and staff. Lorainne and two volunteers attended the recent Gala Concert in our Chapel, and we’re figuring out how to transport some of the gentler acts from the concert over the road in the coming weeks.

I’m amazed at the willingness and empathy of our students, some of whom have stories of their own family’s experiences with cancer. No one tries to pretend that it’s easy, but everyone is keen to keep going. After our second choir visit this year, Lorainne sent a message to the choir, in which she said: “Your visit last Friday was so beautiful, not only were patients moved by the performance, a number of our nursing team were very touched by your performance for the patients, particularly. The Nurse Unit Manager told me that they had “happy tears” because listening to you was so beautiful. In a ward where  there can be great challenges and sadness, the beauty of your music was such a gift. We value your contribution very much – it means so much not just to patients but to the staff caring for them as well.”

For me, this is the whole point of being able to make music – whether your audience is 500 people or one person, the most important thing is reaching the person to whom you can make a difference. It took me years to figure out this was important to me. I’m gratified that I somehow have a whole choir of people who, before they’ve hit 21, feel the same way.

  • Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith, Director of Music at St Andrew’s College

Photo: St Andrew’s College Chapel Choir with Gail O’Brien (back row in red) and Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith

Rosebowl Rowing – Taking Back the Trophy!

The Drew’s Rosebowl Rowing team had a stellar campaign in 2018.

Following an upsetting result of second place to Wesley in 2017, our rowers felt that there was lot for us to prove to the intercollegiate community this year. The rowing squad kicked off training in the very first week of Semester 1, with a record number of triallists and from day one these women meant business. We braved many 5:30am mornings on water at Lane Cove in the dark and cold for training. Not to mention the countless fitness sessions at SUSAC and ergo sessions. After six weeks it came time to pick the final crew to finish our campaign. It was made a tough decision as we had many talented rowers this year. The final two weeks of the crew’s campaign was spent getting race ready with speed work on water. Several tough sessions were completed to prepare the crew for the tough race we knew lay ahead.

Soon, race day was upon us (4 May) and our women were filled with anticipation when we arrived at the Sydney International Regatta Centre. A switched-on and solid pre-row saw us in good spirits leading into the race. The conditions were fine with a slight head wind, which would still prove for a quick race.

At 10am, we were lined up in the starting blocks sitting at attention eagerly waiting for the buzzer. We got off to a quick start but not without challenge. A canvas behind us was Women’s College, with another canvas back to Wesley College. By the 750m mark into the race Women’s College had dropped behind and it became a two horse race. With Wesley College’s bow seat sitting on our stroke seat they made an attempt to challenge us. The Andrew’s crew had a great response and by the 1000m mark it was well and truly our race, opening our lead up to clear water. Although Wesley College made several more gallant attempts to push up to us, we held them off, rowing long and strong all the way to the finish. We crossed the line in 1st place to claim the 2018 Rosebowl Rowing trophy, breaking the previous record by 7 seconds in a time of 7:10. We were joined water-side by a record crowd of dedicated Androvians to celebrate our fantastic win!

A huge thank you to all the dedicated supporters that trekked out to Penrith early in the morning to support us. It was a big morning but your cheers made a huge difference in the final stages of the race! Special mention must go to Grace Shipway and Izzy Payne for their passion and commitment during their three years in the Rosebowl Rowing crew.

Congratulations to our women with not only an impressive win, but in record time and  reclaiming the Rosebowl Rowing trophy. Their success is a testament to their commitment to each other and hard work during training. When it came down to it on race day their willingness to push themselves to the edge for St Andrew’s was unquestionable. I’m very proud of everyone for their dedication to our victorious campaign!

  • Lizzie Treloar (fr 2017) Rowing Sec and Captain 2018



College Concert Dazzles in the SCR

Concert in the Senior Common Room, Tuesday 22 May 2018

View photos from the evening here

Minami Takahashi and Will Cesta organised an array of talent from St John’s and Women’s College, as well as St Andrew’s, to play intimate music of varying genres in the fine acoustics of the Senior Common Room.

Emphasising Andrew’s origins, the evening opened with Charlie Hunter on the small bagpipes and Titus Grenyer on the fiddle playing old favourites ‘Montgomery’s Maggot’ and ‘Train Journey North’. Titus followed on the Steinway piano with ‘Autumn Crocus’ by Billy Mayerl, a reminiscence of Mayerl’s ‘Marigold’ which he played so well at the Palladian recently.

Rachel Jeffreson, the only singer of the evening, accompanied by Will Cesta, reprised her Palladian success with the new dramatic scena ‘Last Night When I Returned’ by Tim Rosser and Charlie Sohne.

Will Nichols brought his harp from St John’s and we did ask him to play.  He performed the elaborate and most effective ‘Ballade Fantastique’, by the French harpist, Henriette Renie, based on Edgar Allan Poe’s spine-chilling Gothic short story ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’.

Annabelle Traves was a welcome visiting violinist from Women’s.  Annabelle gained first place in the Palladian Instrumental Solo this year, but moved away from the glitter of Sarasate to the sensuality of Massenet’s famous entr’acte called ‘Meditation’ from his opera Thaïs.  She was sensitively accompanied by Will Cesta.

Minami Takahashi, whose law studies have inhibited her music-making this year, dusted down her trombone. With Will at the piano, Minami reminded us how much we had been missing her golden tone when she wooed us with a transcription of Schumann’s second ‘Romance’, originally conceived for violin.

Will Cesta himself, although also impeded by law studies, concluded the concert with the ‘Moonlight Sonata’ by Beethoven, the famous first movement deeply considered and the last movement brilliantly realised.   It was a great end to another delightful evening in the Senior Common Room.

You can view photos from a similar event, our recent Gala Concert, here.

  • Ian Jack, Senior Fellow


Join Us for the Rawson Rugby Final!

The first two rounds of Rawson Rugby have now been contested.

Our Andrew’s men are currently undefeated, winning the first against St John’s by 39 points to nil, and the second by 69 points to nil against Wesley.

This sets up the final match against St Paul’s on Wednesday 30 May, at the Sydney Uni Football Ground (No.2 Oval), with our match beginning at 7:30pm.

We encourage all in our community – parents, alumni and friends – to join us for the final match. We are holding an event at The TAG Family Foundation Grandstand, No. 2 Oval, overlooking the action!

Light food and drinks provided by the St Andrew’s College Alumni Society.

For the first time, there will be an inter-college Women’s 7’s match as the curtain-raiser to the final (to be played between the Wesley-John’s match which starts at 5:30pm, and ours).

Come and cheer on our men in their bid to reclaim the Cup!

We hope you can join us – book here.


Strong Performances in Rawson Swimming

View the Rawson and Rosebowl Swimming photo album here

St Andrew’s College has yet again witnessed an awesome season for the Rawson Swimming team. Alongside the Rosebowl campaign, training started as soon as the university semester got underway.

From the first session onwards, Andrew’s proved that we were to be tough competition. With over half of the team consisting of freshers, who fought the 6:30am wake-ups, and toughening some brutally windy days down by the Victoria Park Pool, the ticker was strongly brewing within the squad.

Taking all this into account, our men laid all hands on deck to try and take the win on the night of the carnival. There was huge success on the night, with Josh Simat (fr 2017) scoring four 1st places in his individual events, then going on to compete in both men’s IM and 4x 50 Freestyle relays. Tom Galvin (fr 2016) also took out first place in the men’s diving with a lead just shy of 40 points! Unfortunately this success and all the other great swims from the rest of the team weren’t enough to take victory against St John’s. Congratulations to John’s on their strong competition and win. In view of the Rawson campaign however, St Andrew’s took out Paul’s and Wesley by a healthy amount on the scoreboard.

A big thank you must go to all the volunteers from B lane on the night, and the crowd support from Drew’s for offering such an epic turnout! It was a massive night and the ongoing roar from the blue and white definitely kept the lads’ spirits high. Another big thank you must go to James Harwood of High Cows Armidale and Mal Booth for their ongoing coaching support throughout the season.

Congratulations to our men!

  • Harry Wright (fr 2017), Rawson Swimming sec

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‘Life of the Mind’ month at St Andrew’s

‘Life of the Mind’ month has kicked off in College.

A comprehensive calendar of events has been planned to celebrate music performance, academia, culture, history and creative arts.

Monday 7 May: Senior Common Room Presentation by Professor Don Markwell, Warden at St Paul’s College

Thursday 10 May: Palladian Cup – Solo Drama

Monday 14 May: Senior Common Room Presentation by Ms Kate Lonie, PhD candidate, Sydney University

Sunday 20 May: Gala Concert

Monday 21 May: LGBTIQ Seminar and Panel Discussion

Thursday 24 May: Scholars’ Soiree; Guest speaker Professor Renae Ryan, Sydney University

Monday 28 May: Burns’ Night (including Scottish-themed short talks post-dinner)

Tuesday 29 May: Palladian Cup – Dance

Thursday 31 May: Universities and Schools Dinner; Guest speaker Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commission

We hope all students and guests thoroughly enjoy the events planned throughout May, and we look forward to sharing  reports and photos from our celebration of the ‘Life of the Mind’.


Rosebowl Swimmers and Divers Make A Splash In the Pool

View the Rosebowl and Rawson Swimming and Diving photos here

After braving many cold early morning starts, and even dodging a shark during an open water training session, the Drew’s women distinguished themselves by winning the Rosebowl Swimming for the third year in a row at the Intercollegiate Swimming Carnival held on 1 May at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. Despite being up against some tough competition, particularly from a strong Women’s College team, our girls managed to stay focused in order to get the job done. Special mentions must go to Alex Finlay-Jones and fresher Lucie Williams who took out 1st and 2nd place respectively in the Diving event, while both Mekayla Everingham and myself were lucky enough to touch first on three occasions.

However, as clichéd as it sounds, winning the Rosebowl Swimming was genuinely a team effort. There were some unexpected circumstances on the day of competition, which resulted in last-minute team changes and a number of our women needing to swim events they were either not expecting, or had not trained for. In true Drew’s spirit, the team showed their resilience and excelled anyway.

Special congratulations must go to Amy White, Liv Peck, Bea Hobson, Weenie Hobson and fresher Maisie McFadyen for really stepping up. Every point was important, and the way our team kept the scoreboard ticking over, event after event, really was the key difference when the final points were tallied.

A big thank you also to everyone who travelled out to SOPAC to cheer all of our swimmers on.  It was a long night of competition, but the enthusiastic roar of all our College friends really kept our spirits high and our energy levels boosted. Every little bit counts!

Congratulations to our women!

  • Amy van Dongen (fr 2017) Rosebowl Swimming Sec 2018


Palladian Cup: Instrumental Solos, 19 April 2018

View the Palladian Solo Instrumental photo album here

Twelve talented young instrumentalists, two from each of the older Colleges, performed in the Old Refectory of the University Union.

There were five pianists. Sancta students, Elena Turunen and Cassie Parke played a Schubert impromptu and a movement from a Haydn sonata, while Dennis Cheung from St Paul’s performed Chopin’s first scherzo.  The other two pianists chose less familiar repertoire: Jol Choct from Wesley played an arrangement from the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ ballet music as if it were a Tchaikovsky concerto, while Andrew’s man Titus Grenyer recreated Billy Mayerl’s ‘Marigold’ rag in the spirit of the composer’s own brilliant recording.

Jacob Jaska from St John’s played Peter Sculthorpe’s moving threnody for cello, and Dennis van Royen from St Paul’s dexterously accomplished all the astonishing ways of extracting musical noises from a classical guitar demanded by the Argentinian Alberto Ginastera’s sonata of 1976.  There were two saxophonists, Anthony Rositano of St Andrew’s, who played Duke Ellington’s ‘Take a Train’ and Charlotte Power of Wesley, who was highly commended for her rendition of an improvisation by the contemporary Japanese composer Ryo Noda, adapting the shakuhachi to the saxophone.

The adjudicators, the pianist Stephanie McCallum, the guitarist Vladimir Gorbach and the musicologist Alex Chilvers, gave the third prize to Clare Fox from Women’s for her sinuous legato in the ‘Solo de Concours’ which Henri Rabaud wrote in 1901 as a competition piece for the Paris Conservatoire. Claire was ably accompanied on the piano by Anthony Chen, formerly so prominent in St Andrew’s music.

Second place went to the St John’s harpist. Will Nichols performed a concert study called ‘Au Matin’ by Marcel Tournier, who composed it in 1913.

Annabelle Traves from Women’s took a richly deserved first place for her stunning performance of Sarasate’s old spectacular, ‘Zigeunerweisen’.  These gypsy airs have been endlessly popular among violin virtuosos ever since 1878. ‘Zigeunerweisen’ is an ideal vehicle for Palladian success. Annabelle did full justice to its changing moods, ending in the famous, exuberant csardas.

  • Professor Ian Jack

Photos courtesy of Minami Takahashi



ANZAC Day in Review

An old maxim has it that one should avoid, at all costs, discussing politics or religion at the dinner table. Thankfully, few take heed of this advice at university colleges, where dining halls serve to appease both physical and intellectual appetites. Yet even a college dinner table is perhaps unfit for the discussion of one exceedingly controversial topic: Anzac Day.

In the press this week, we heard from those who object to the government spending over half a billion dollars on ‘a non-stop, four-year Anzac sound and light show’, those who believe that attention to the ‘Anzac legend’ casts a shadow over efforts of contemporary service men and women, and those who sought to reignite public outrage over Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s infamous tweet last year: LEST WE FORGET (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine…). It seems that what was once an acronym – ANZAC – has become a highly charged (and sometimes divisive) political term.  Here, I take no position on the above issues; doing so would mean diverting attention away from what we ought to be reflecting upon: the sacrifices and achievements of women and men involved in the unquestionably harrowing ordeal known as war. This view seems to have been shared by those responsible for conducting a very fitting Anzac Day Service and lunch at St Andrew’s College.

In his 2018 address, Principal Wayne Erickson took the opportunity to commemorate all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in conflicts throughout our short national history. The centerpiece of his address was a history of two Andrew’s students affected by World War I. Drawing upon the historical research of Senior Fellow Professor Ian Jack, the Principal spoke of Arthur and Keith Ferguson, brothers who arrived at Andrew’s in 1912 and 1914 respectively. The elder brother was killed in combat, while the younger returned to Australia with head injuries in early 1918 (though these injuries did not prevent him from going on to have a distinguished career as a Supreme Court Judge). We learned that a bell of the University of Sydney Carillon was donated by the Ferguson family in memory of their fallen loved one. On the eve of Anzac Day, that bell sounded in a concert celebrating the Carillon’s 90th birthday.

In a lunch that followed the service, commemorations were not obscured by mythology or political debates; the day, in sum, served no purpose other than to simply acknowledge to valiant efforts of those affected by conflict. For those in attendance, the meaning of Anzac Day became clear once more.

  • Will Cesta, Dean of Admissions

Another Successful Androvation Event

View the Androvation Facebook photo album here

In early 2017, a quiet comment at a fresher dinner in The Lodge (home of the Principal) pointed to a commonly-cited problem – the disconnect between university education and real-world experience.

Little did I know, but with the support of a capable group of students and the generosity of the College, this small comment would manifest itself in the establishment of ‘Androvation’ – Australia’s first college-based start-up hackathon. It is a program designed to give students a real-world entrepreneurial experience regardless of their academic or work background. The program achieves this by teaming participants together to make as much progress as possible in building a ‘minimum viable product’ for a start-up business.


Friday 23 – Sunday 25 March marked the program’s second iteration. Significant growth was seen relative to last year’s inaugural event with around thirty St Andrew’s College students gathering in the University of Sydney Business School to undergo the intense program. Any good start-up idea stems from a pain-point, and so the students were pushed through a ‘problem generation session’ to establish the issues which they would try and address over the coming days. After forming themselves into groups who were passionate about the same problems, the teams were educated on business theory such as ‘The Lean Startup’ and Alexander Osterwalder’s ‘business model canvas’. From here, each team began working on their comprehensive pitches for the judges. Along the way, mentors helped to consolidate team’s ideas and steer them in a viable direction. Such mentors included countless Andrew’s alumni and current students – Dugald Morrow (Ecosystem Development Manager, Atlassian), Nick Harrington (Investment Manager, Yendys Capital), Will McNamara (Co-founder, Ossyx), Arjun Prakash (creator of Stan Droid) and Sam Clarke (Co-founder, ClipBoard). The group was also the beneficiary of some valuable guidance from Christopher Gale (Head of Strategic Development, News Corp Australia) and Michael Lamont (Head of Digital Strategy and Partner Development, News Corp Australia).


Six groups made it through to the final presentations with ideas involving on-demand remote tutoring, venue crowd control, mobile parenting, 360-video accommodation tours, remote beer shouting and college vending machines. Ultimately, the group proposing on-demand tutoring consisting of Anthony Rositano, Rhiannon Hames, Xander Hoskinson and Sam Randle emerged as the winners. Their product, ‘Toot’, was deemed the worthy recipient of the $3,000 of seed funding to be put towards their entrepreneurial pursuits.


I am pleased with the program’s progress and outcomes. None of it would be possible without the generosity of the College Council and individual members Campbell Hanan, Charlie Taylor and Craig Blair. This is not to mention the valuable time given up by mentors and judges. It is the support of initiatives such as this which make the Andrew’s community so rich.


I look forward to seeing younger students continue to grow the project in future years.

  • Xavier Eales (fr 2017)

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Androvians Recognised at Sydney University Sport Awards

A star-studded audience of Olympians, national representatives, scholar athletes and other supporters of university sport was on hand as the Vice Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence AC, announced the Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year for 2017 at the annual Sydney University Sport Awards held in the Great Hall on Wednesday 11 April.

Remarkably, two St Andrew’s students in each of the women’s and men’s category – Wallis Russell (rowing) and Clare Hunt (soccer), and Will Raven (rowing) and Andrew Judge (rowing) – were nominated as part of a very short list of high performing athletes for these highly regarded awards. We’re delighted to report that fresher Wallis Russell received the Sportswoman of the Year trophy from the Vice Chancellor for her outstanding contributions to University and National rowing during 2017.

This annual event celebrates the sporting achievements of Sydney University students and club members that have made an outstanding contribution to sport throughout the year.

The Sports Awards night also doubles as an occasion to introduce the Sporting Scholarship holders for 2018.

Since their inception in 1990, when only three Sports Scholarships were on offer, the program has grown to provide assistance to 360 elite athletes each year. Forty-three St Andrew’s students are scholarship holders in the Elite Athlete Scheme, representing 12% of the total number – a clear example of the College punching above its weight in University sport.

Congratulations to the many Androvians whose contributions were recognised at the event.

Above photo: Ella Brown, Issie McCalman, Marcus Britt, Will Raven, St Andrew’s College Principal Wayne Erickson, Clare Hunt, Wallis Russell, Annabel Martin, Devlin Walsh, Andrew Judge

Photos courtesy of Andrew Frazer Photography

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Applications now open for Semester 2

St Andrew’s is now accepting applications for residence in College for Semester 2, 2018.

Applications for Semester 2, 2018 will close on 30 June 2018, however the College will make offers prior to that date, therefore interested parties are advised to submit their application as soon as possible, due to expected demand.

Apply online here

To apply for admission to College you will need to:

  • Complete the online application form
  • Pay $100 application fee
    The non-refundable fee is used to cover the administrative cost of your application.  This fee is payable by cheque to ‘St Andrew’s College’ or by Mastercard or Visa.
  • Write a Personal Statement
    You will need to submit a written Personal Statement of your accomplishments and achievements. Download the Personal Statement form and address each of the criteria. Feel free to write anything you think we need to know about you.
  • Provide references
    You must provide two (2) good references. You can download the confidential Referee’s Report form either in PDF or Word format, or you can send us existing written references.
  • Show copies of relevant academic records
    Please send copies of your latest school or university results to our Registrar Tessa Bruin:

Please identify if you are an E12 applicant with the University of Sydney during the application process.

Download our Welcome to St Andrew’s College brochure

If you have any enquiries please contact the College on (02) 9565 7300 or email 




A Stellar Rosebowl Netball Campaign

View the Rosebowl Netball photo album here

The Drew’s Netball team had a superb campaign in 2018, reclaiming the trophy for the third year in a row. All four of the games started off tightly contested but the excellent depth of players within our team as well as our fitness and determination proved impossible to match and resulted in these fantastic scores:

Round 1: Drew’s vs Women’s (40 – 26)

Round 2: Drew’s vs Sancta (49 – 28)

Round 3: Drew’s vs John’s (42 – 18)

Round 4: Drew’s vs  Wesley 31 (41 – 31)

The final game against Wesley was an outstanding performance. Wesley had a very strong team this year and at the end of the first quarter, we found ourselves down 11 – 10. With a deafening crowd alongside us and huge concentration from the women on court, we managed to get into our own rhythm and end the second quarter on top with a score of 21 – 14. We then managed to extend our lead to 32 – 23 in the third quarter. After much anticipation, we held our cool in the last quarter and after the final whistle, were joined on court with a  record Drew’s crowd in celebration of our win.

Shooters Elle Carroll, Amy Preston, fresher Georgia Clark and fresher Harriet Naismith maintained excellent shooting percentages, which were a product of the excellent passing and speed of the midcourt players, Issie McCalman, fresher Jemima McCalman, fresher Rosa Comi, Neive Roebuck and fresher Zoe Burgess as well as the strong defensive pressure and incredible turnovers from the defensive unit which consisted of Maddie McCathie, Bec Findlay and fresher Lily Paterson.  All in all, a great team effort!

Special mention must go to Issie McCalman and Maddie McCathie for three years of excellence and commitment to the Rosebowl Netball team.

Congratulations to our women on the win! It is a result of all the hard work and dedication put in since the start of the semester. I’m very proud of you all!

  •  Amy Preston (fr 2017) Netball Sec and Captain 2018

Photos courtesy of Minami Takahashi

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Androvians Amaze at Palladian Solo Vocal

View the Palladian Solo Vocal photo album here.

Capitalising on the recent success of first-year orator Adele Burke in the Palladian Cup, vocalist Rachel Jeffreson added points of her own to the board with a well-earned second prize in the Solo Vocal section of the competition on 27 March.

Rachel, the winner of the same section last year, was again recognised by the judges for her communicative gifts. The third-year student performed a little-known song, Tim Rosser’s ‘Last Night When I Returned,’ which tells of a ghost visiting her widower, only to discover that he has moved on with his life. While the ghost insists that she is happy for her former husband, the music tells a very different tale; its chromatic harmony casts doubt over the genuineness of her words, portraying her a bereaved yet stoic person robbed of the family life she had dreamed of. It is the tension between text and music that Rachel captured so beautifully; one would be hard-pressed finding an artist more apt to project the subtle conflict inherent to Rosser’s contemporary masterpiece.

Rachel was not, however, the only Androvian to command the attention of the audience. Andrew Knight’s rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ showcased a voice almost certain to be snatched by an impresario and shared with audiences in opera houses all over the world. Andrew, who is in his second year at St Andrew’s College, is one of very few young men who would have dared tackle the 1945 Rogers and Hammerstein classic. The Conservatorium student brought to the black and white dots upon his sheet music the hallmark of engaging music-making: the willingness to take risks. From the moment he took the stage, it was clear that he was ready to tell a story – and with great conviction he told it.

What audience members, who had the Sydney University Refectory bursting at its seams, did not see is the extraordinary amount of preparation behind each performance. In addition to the incalculable hours of practice and lessons required to hone the tools of musical expression, all performers had to endure rehearsals, sound checks and the extraordinarily painful – ‘nerve wracking’ is an understatement – feeling of waiting to take the stage as the proceeding performer takes their bow. Many artists find this process utterly exhausting, perhaps to the extent that they question why they do it. While the answer may never be entirely clear to the performer, the value of their sacrifice is certainly clear to their audience: hearing music-making of last night’s calibre is quite simply enriching and life-affirming.

The evening was, in sum, yet another vindication of intercollegiate collaboration; the provision of a platform on which to share ideas – on this occasion musical ideas – is something our crazy, chaotic world all too seldom affords.

  • Will Cesta, Dean of Admissions


Alexander Hoskinson – 2018 St Andrew’s Scholar

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.

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.

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.

Learn more about the St Andrew’s Scholars Program here.

Below, fresher Xander Hoskinson reflects on his achievements so far and the challenges he looks forward to taking on now he is in College.

What degree are you studying?

Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Law

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Growing up in Asia, I have been shaped by a rich diversity of culture and opportunity across education, sports, music, travel and community service. My greatest achievement to date is probably my ability to leverage these opportunities not only for my own personal enrichment and enjoyment but also to develop a broader appreciation for different perspectives of life and cultural backgrounds. These experiences have inspired me to pursue greater accomplishments at both St Andrew’s College and the University of Sydney.

What does being a St Andrew’s Scholar mean to you?

It is a great honour to be part of the amazing 2018 cohort of St Andrew’s Scholars. Drew’s is a fantastic community of talented, motivated and inspiring individuals committed to the progressive values of the College community. I hope to contribute through leadership roles in the College across a wide range of activities and to help build on the strong tradition of achievement demonstrated throughout the College’s rich history. Beyond academic attainment and success in the extra-curricular endeavours, I also hope to be a positive contributor to the social culture and a champion of the values that St Andrew’s represents. This will be my goal throughout my College tenure.

What are you most excited for at St Andrew’s College?

I am extremely excited about the breadth of opportunities available at St Andrew’s, from sports to the arts, academic and business-related. I am thrilled to be part of this inspiring community and look forward to forging long-lasting personal bonds as well as making meaningful contributions to help the college grow and prosper. I am excited to be a part of the College’s mission to develop well-rounded individuals with the capacity and desire to drive real change in the world.

Based on your interests and skills, in which areas of College life do you believe you’ll make the most significant contributions?

I plan to actively engage across as many areas of College life as possible. I hope my experiences to date have placed me in good stead to be a positive and successful contributor to College as a whole. In particular, I am very keen to participate in the Rawson Cup through soccer and athletics; musical events through choir, guitar and individual vocal performances, as well as social and community events.

What advice would you give to future St Andrew’s Scholars Program applicants?

Maximise every opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities and experiences throughout your school years. Hone your unique talents and be bold in developing skills and contributing to your school and broader community. For your application, communicate the breadth of experiences that have defined your formative years as well as your passions, goals and hopes for the future. In the interview, be yourself and express how your experiences have shaped who you are and who you aspire to become. Use the application process to reflect on your achievements and identify development areas for the future. Most importantly, be proud to present the best version of yourself and demonstrate why you deserve to be an Androvian! Good luck!

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James Haskis – 2018 St Andrew’s Scholar

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.

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.

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.

Learn more about the St Andrew’s Scholars Program here.

Meet fresher James Haskis, one of this year’s three St Andrew’s Scholars.

What degree are you studying?

Combined Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Law

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Being awarded a scholarship in 2016 to attend the LEAP Youth Leadership Conference in Los Angeles was not only a significant achievement, but an invaluable learning experience. Over the course of the (stereotypically ‘hyped-up’ American) programme I was pushed outside of my comfort zone and exposed to a wide variety of leadership skills including observing first-hand the immense value of mentorship. More importantly, however, I was able to meet, learn from and ultimately be inspired by fellow young leaders from around the globe.

What does being a St Andrew’s Scholar mean to you?

I am extremely honoured to have been named a St Andrew’s Scholar. It has enabled me to not just relocate to Sydney, but to join a unique and supportive environment with a longstanding tradition of excellence. To me, being a St Andrew’s Scholar means giving back to this vibrant and diverse community by immersing myself, to the fullest of my ability, in the wide range of activities on offer, while also encouraging others to do the same.

What are you most excited for at St Andrew’s College?

Having been a day scholar while at school, I am most excited for the opportunity to meet and live with fellow students who come from all walks of life. I am excited to learn from and to be inspired by similarly-minded individuals every day. In addition, I am looking forward to challenging myself academically at the University of Sydney, knowing that the College’s tutorial system will support me.

Based on your interests and skills, in which areas of College life do you believe you’ll make the most significant contributions?

My goal is to offer an all-round contribution to St Andrew’s College. While I am an enthusiastic sportsman and an avid debater, I believe that contributing to the academic excellence at the College together with a focus on community service will be what I can most offer St Andrew’s.

What advice would you give to future St Andrew’s Scholars Program applicants?

If you are a well-rounded student who is determined and passionate about making a positive contribution to your school and community, I would encourage you to apply. I would advise you to prepare your application early and to allow yourself the time to reflect on what you have prepared because, in doing so, you will be able to identify areas where you could invest further time to develop as an individual, whether your application is successful or not.

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Cricket Victory Kicks off Rawson Cup Campaign

View Rawson Cricket Round 1 photos here

St Andrew’s began their Rawson Cricket 2018 campaign against St John’s College. St Andrew’s won the toss making 218 after being bowled out in the 45th over. Charles Litchfield starred with the bat making 66, he was supported in the middle by Nicky Craze who made a quick fire 45, hitting five sixes along the way. St John’s began their innings quite slowly and dug themselves a hole after Ryan O’Beirne took three early wickets. Ollie Holder was introduced late, bowling well to take 3 wickets and bowl St John’s College out for 75; St Andrew’s winning by 143 runs.

Round 2 saw St Andrew’s take on Wesley College. Captain Nicky Craze again won the toss and elected to bat. Tom Galvin led from the front scoring a 66 ball 93 continually launching the ball over the boundary rope. He was supported with handy contributions of all the middle order. Late hitting from Liam Brandwood boosted the total to 8/309 from 50 overs. Charlie Cassell starred with the ball early claiming the first 4 wickets leaving Wesley 4/22 off 9. Wesley never really recovered from there, being bowled out for 66; St Andrew’s winning by 243 runs.

We played St Paul’s College in the final at St Paul’s Oval, Nicky Craze winning the toss sending St Paul’s into bat. St Andrew’s couldn’t have asked for a better start with Charlie Cassell claiming a wicket on the first ball of the game. Both Charlie and Ryan O’Beirne produced damaging opening spells having Paul’s 3/16. Wickets continued to fall and along with some very economical bowling from Ollie Holder in the middle overs, St Paul’s were bowled out for 115. Charlie and Ryan taking 4 and 3 wickets respectively. In reply, St Andrew’s were also 1/0 to start but a solid 22 from Tom Galvin got the innings going. We then slumped to 5/75 in a shaky position needing 41 to win but Elijah Eales held his nerve striking a very important 42 not out to get St Andrew’s over the line, winning by 5 wickets.

A fantastic day for the College, defeating the Paulines in what turned out to be a comfortable victory.

  • Jack Richards (fr 2017). Cricket Sec

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Ragavi Jeyakumar – 2018 St Andrew’s Scholar

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.

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.

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.

Learn more about the St Andrew’s Scholars Program here.

Below, we introduce our community to fresher Ragavi Jeyakumar, one of this year’s St Andrew’s Scholars.

What degree are you studying?

Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine at UNSW.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Having the chance to be a delegate on UN Youth Australia’s 2018 American Political Tour was one of the most incredible experiences I have had. From sitting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building discussing universal healthcare with a member of the Trump Administration’s Economic Council, to talking about political satire with a New Yorker magazine cartoonist in his own studio, the consultations we engaged in felt completely surreal. Having the chance to see firsthand the power and complexities of effective policymaking fundamentally changed the way I understand the world around me, and cemented my aspirations to pursue a career in public health.

What does being a St Andrew’s Scholar mean to you?

Being a St Andrew’s Scholar is a great honour. For me, it means an opportunity to live and study in Sydney, and a responsibility to positively contribute to College life in as many ways as I can. From the moment I arrived at College during Orientation Week, it has been very evident to me that St Andrew’s is a place that is determined to constantly better itself, and in turn, I feel motivated to serve the College community by bettering myself, specifically through engagement in the innumerable wonderful opportunities living at St Andrew’s opens to me.

What are you most excited for at St Andrew’s College?

In my short time at St Andrew’s, the thing I have come to love most is the people. Before I came to College, I often heard it described at as a place with ‘a strong sense of camaraderie’. From the friendships I have formed, and the conversations I get to have everywhere from the Dining Hall, to the hallways, to the sidelines of sports matches, it is easy to understand why. This year, I am excited to get to know more of the amazing, diverse people at St Andrew’s and contribute to this incredible sense of community in any way that I can.

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 engage with most areas of College life, whether it is by participating in activities I already have experience with, such as academics, music and debating, or by extending my current interests and challenging myself to try the many unfamiliar, but exciting extra-curricular opportunities St Andrew’s provides.

What advice would you give to future St Andrew’s Scholars Program applicants?

Apply early! The application deadlines often fall during very busy periods of the school year, so thinking about and writing your application well in advance will help you avoid a lot of stress. And even though it’s super cliché, remember to be true to yourself through the entire application process! Totally back whatever unique passions and talents you might have, and show the authentic individual you have become as a result of your own life experience instead of trying to fit any pre-conceived idea you might have of an ideal candidate.

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Freshers Report a Positive Orientation Week Experience

With Orientation Week for 2018 now behind us, St Andrew’s has conducted a survey amongst our freshers to determine their perceptions and experiences of their first week living in College.

106 first year students participated in the survey.

You can access the survey results here.

Access St Andrew’s College statement to the media here.

In summary:

The survey found that 91 per cent of students said Orientation Week helped them feel a sense of belonging to College. This compares to 83 per cent of students who said they felt a sense of belonging in the Broderick survey.

In addition, 91 per cent of students felt supported by staff and student leaders, compared to 84 per cent from the Broderick survey.

The vast majority of students (86 per cent) did not experience any form of negative behaviour.

Principal Wayne Erickson said the favourable survey results are testament to the College community’s commitment to the Broderick recommendations.

“The most encouraging finding was the exceedingly positive attitude of first-year students towards the student leadership, including mentors and our new pastoral care leaders.

We have made an excellent start to the year and will continue to build on this work collaboratively with our community.”

Orientation Week 2018 photo courtesy of Minami Takahashi











Rohan Browning to compete in Commonwealth Games

The College is proud to share the news that Androvian, Rohan Browning (fr 2016), will be competing in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

Browning will be representing Australia in Athletics, having posted the fastest Australian 100m qualifying time in Brisbane last December. He also received a silver medal in the 2018 Australian Athletic Championships in February, earning him an individual 100m Games berth and a place in the 4 x 100m Men’s relay.

St Andrew’s congratulates Rohan and wishes him the best of luck in the Games.


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Introducing Our Inaugural Artist in Residence

St Andrew’s College is delighted to announce the winner of our inaugural Artist in Residence Program, Jessica Harper.

The residency is open to artists and creative people from all genres, and. in 2018, Ms Jessica Harper, is the inaugural recipient of this award.  Jessica graduated with First Class Honours in Classical Singing from the ANU School of Music. As an opera singer she has sung in opera and on the recital platform around Australia, winning many awards and accolades to date.

Visit her Facebook page here.

Our College has long been a supporter of arts and culture with a rich array of residential scholarships and bursaries to support promising young artists in their university study.

In 2018 we have expanded this to commence the St Andrew’s Artist in Residence Program. Through this program we wish to create an opportunity for creative people to experience a time and space away from their usual environment and obligations.

We seek to provide a time of reflection, research, presentation and production.  We seek to allow an individual to explore their practice within our community, with the chance to meet new people, use new materials, and experience life in the College setting. We emphasise the importance of meaningful and multi-layered cultural exchange and immersion into our culture.

The residency is for the period of ten months from February to November each year. The artist is expected to be strongly involved in our community – giving presentations, workshops, being involved in panel discussions, supporting or collaborating with artists within and associated with College or with the general public. The residency also seeks to give artists the time to focus and investigate their own practice.

St Andrew’s looks forward to welcoming Jessica as our Artist in Residence this year and working with her to continue to enrich the College community in 2018.

Andrew’s Woman Wins Palladian Oration

View the Palladian Oration photo album here

On Tuesday night, the intercollege community witnessed a showcase of emotion, wit and oratory prowess. The first week of semester saw six talented St Andrew’s students compete for the two spots in the Palladian Oration team. A panel of judges selected Adele Burke and myself to represent the College on the topic ‘#Hashtag’.

Putting aside the questionable theme, the two speeches delved deep into some engaging content. Adele focussed on the impact of social activism (or, ‘slacktivism’, as it can sometimes be) on solving pertinent issues such as everyday sexism and racism. My own speech took a different path, instead focusing on the harmful addictive qualities of social media and its threat to both social movements and the justice system. Both speeches were received well at both a formal dinner and the event itself, sending both chills and laughter through all of the audience. Adele’s speech deservedly took out first place on the night. The judges praised her effective use of pause to engage the audience, and she gracefully swept aside many of the older, more experienced competitors. Congratulations, Adele! The College couldn’t be more proud.

The superb result shows much promise for the future of oration at St Andrew’s. I look forward to seeing the College’s continued efforts to excel in this event in the years to come.

  • Xavier Eales (fr 2017), Oration Sec

Photos courtesy of Minami Takahashi

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Response to Channel 9 ’60 Minutes’ report

Here is the College’s statement in response to Sunday night’s 60 Minutes program, which ran a segment about culture at Australian university residential colleges.

If members of the broader College community have any questions about the program, our response, or our policies and procedures, please contact the Principal, Wayne Erickson, on (02) 9565 7300 or on

The College’s response can be read here.

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My College Experience, by Susannah Cooke

Read our 2018 Senior Student Susannah Cooke’s opinion piece here.

Titled ‘The Female College Experience No-One Wants to Hear,’ it is a compelling piece regarding her experience of the St Andrew’s College community she has been a part of over the past few years.

You can also find St Andrew’s College response to the ABC’s 7:30 Report coverage of the Red Zone Report here.

Senior Student - Susannah Cooke

Androvian James Matheson Selected for Winter Olympics

Our College is proud to share the news that former Andrew’s man, James Matheson (fr 2014), has been selected for the upcoming Winter Olympics and will soon be competing in PyeongChang.

James will be representing Australia in Mogul Freestyle Skiing.

James is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce at University of Sydney. He made the decision to take a year out in 2017 to concentrate on his sport, which has enabled him to qualify.

Thanks to Lyn Matheson for providing us with this update. We wish James all the best for the Winter Olympics.

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