In 2018, St Andrew’s College averaged well over 72 across the entire cohort, with almost 50% achieving Distinction average or higher. Victory in Rosebowl, Rawson and University Cups, a close second place in the Palladian Cup and a continuing richness in our music and other performing and creative arts programs has again highlighted our great success, and deep engagement, in the extra-curricular domains.
We have made great progress in implementing the recommendations arising from Elizabeth Broderick’s cultural review during this first year of our two-year action plan. In a wonderful re-statement of the power of the St Andrew’s collaborative model, Council, staff and students have worked tirelessly throughout the year to choose and cherish all that is good about College culture, and challenge and change all that is not. The students have, frankly, been magnificent in this regard, challenging assumptions around the necessity for change, and in so doing, re-discovering and embracing the original purpose of many of the elements of the cultural landscape in College. A detailed analysis of the implementation progress after year one is available here.
In 2018 the Thyne-Reid Link building development began with the soil being turned on a project which will deliver rooms for 85 new residents in a combination of studio and shared apartment living. The building also contains common rooms, state-of-the-art gymnasium and studio spaces, and rooms for tutorials and music rehearsal. The new building represents the largest single increase in accommodation capacity in the College’s history, and is the next stage of our strategic commitment, in enabling access to Andrew’s. The Campaign for Andrew’s also begins with the turning of the soil, and presents an opportunity for the wider College community to join us in support as we bring together a combination of carefully managed financial assets, sensibly structured debt funding, and your generous philanthropic contributions to deliver this first stage of the Harper Master Plan. This ambitious development, at a cost of $25 million, is a bold statement of our confidence in the strength of the St Andrew’s collegiate model; a confidence in the value proposition which we bring to the student accommodation market, knowing that what we have to offer is so much more than a bed on campus. You’ll hear much more about our value proposition during 2019.