Cultural Life

The College is proud of our vibrant cultural life, which all of our students can contribute to and benefit from.

There is a wide-ranging collection of opportunities for students to participate in performing arts, debating, community service and other activities which is managed primarily by the Students’ Club and often in conjunction with the intercollegiate community.

The College has several rooms available for music practice, including a soundproofed rehearsal room.

Performing Arts Scholarships

Application forms for 2018 performing arts scholarships  will open after Easter on our Scholarships and Prizes page. These scholarships are open to both new and returning students.

Principal’s Writing Prizes

The Principal’s Writing Prize is an annual creative writing competition, encouraging current students of the College to submit original written work based on a specific theme. There are two categories, Prose and Poetry, with a prize awarded by a judging panel of resident Fellows.

You can read the winning entries from 2016 Prose here and Poetry here.

Palladian Cup

St Andrew’s students compete against the other University of Sydney residential colleges in a variety of cultural and performing arts events each year, culminating in the awarding of the Palladian Cup. It is one of the exciting components of the highly contested InterCol competition.

St Andrew’s College has taken second place for the Palladian Cup in 2016.

Photography and Art Exhibitions

These exhibitions are held each semester and give our artistic students the opportunity to showcase their creative work to the current College community and beyond.

The winner of the 2016 Principal’s Prize for Art can be viewed here.

Gala Concerts

Each year, our program of concerts provides several opportunities for students to perform in front of their fellow residents, parents, friends, alumni and the broader community. Occasional performances by visiting artists supplements this rich experience. Our concerts in recent years have included:

  • Mothers Dinner concert
  • Fathers Dinner concert
  • Gala concert (1-2 per year)
  • Jam Night (2-4 per year)
  • Visiting artist performance
  • Burns concert

Music Ensembles

The Jazz and Chamber Ensembles are highly talented musicians and current St Andrew’s men and women. They each rehearse weekly and perform regularly at a variety of occasions.

The ‘Reservoir Trio’ is the College’s Ensemble in Residence, adding to the cultural life of St Andrew’s. They perform a range of music over the year, provide coaching to student musicians and give all residents the opportunity to see professional musicians at work, preparing for performance.


Scholars form the core of the College Choir, which performs regularly in the Chapel and in concert, and as part of larger and other College ensembles.  The Choir has taken part in the City of Sydney Eisteddfod and participates in a range of concerts and performing opportunities outside College.

The choir is conducted by the College’s Director of Music, Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith.

Several Music and Choral scholarships are available each year, and students are encouraged to apply.


DramSoc, the College’s Dramatic Society, celebrated 60 years in 2013 with a Diamond Jubilee. The featured performance, Michael Frayn’s comic play Noises Off, commanded a full house each night, standing ovations and dazzling reviews.

To revisit this terrific event, read the Director’s Report.

The most recent DramSoc production in 2016 was absolutely outstanding, with a hugely talented cast ranging in year levels who came together to do what DramSoc does best: make us laugh.

A review of the 2016 production ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ can be read here.