Luke Amjah and the Zoo

Luke Amjah and the Zoo

2 months ago

At the end of last year, Mr Luke Amjah (3rd year BSc) was elected student representative for the USyd-Taronga Wildlife Conservation programme. This committee of eight represents the interests of the approximately 250 students studying in the Taronga Wildlife science stream. As part of the Taronga-USyd Alliance, students studying in the Taronga programme are taught by both dedicated researchers and practitioners from Taronga Zoo and from the University of Sydney. Practical classes take place at the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning at Taronga Zoo – the first educational institute of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.  Luke is now in his third year of studying in this exciting and unique programme. As a student representative, Luke hopes he can encourage and support new students entering this field of study. He said the key goals of his committee are to create a sense of community for students as he and the

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A tough competition – Palladian solo Instrumental

2 months ago

Mr Alexander Back (4th Year BA), piano, and Mr Max Philips (1st Year BA), euphonium, were chosen after an audition of a number of fine musicians currently in residence and represented St Paul’s in the Palladian Solo Instrumental on 8 March. Max was given and Special Commendation for his performance, sadly that does not bring with it Palladian points. All performances from each College were excellent and it was a very tough call for the adjudicators.

Music to your ears

2 months ago

People who rely on their performing arts talent to pay the bills in the have suffered throughout the pandemic and St Paul’s musicians and students of music and the arts have been equally impacted. Time and space to perform in front of an audience is a critically important part of a musical career, whether at the beginning or along the journey. In 2022 the College is lifting its music program to new heights bringing together some amazing talent for your enjoyment with a rejuvenated College choir, an ensemble-in-residence, composition, music tutoring and great links to the SSO and Con. The St Paul’s College Choir in 2022 has been expanded to 32 outstanding singers who are enhancing a wonderful and long-standing choral tradition of the College. The choir is now one of the best choral groups in Sydney especially since the introduction of lay clerks to lead each of the four

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Big start to Semester 1 – Graduate House

2 months ago

In the tradition that has grown up over the last three years, our post-graduate community joins together to welcome the new Semester with a feast in the Refectory. This inaugural black tie event is both educational and enjoyable providing a forum for poetry, rhyming challenges, music and lifting the roof with spoons hitting tables in acknowledgement of contributions and honouring achievements. The first guest speaker for in Graduate House this year was Prof Hans Hendrischke, professor of Chinese business and management at the University of Sydney Business School. He leads the School’s Australia China Business Network and chairs the Business and Economics Cluster of the University’s China Studies Centre and spoke to the group of undergraduate and post graduate business and law students about the way in which doing business with Chinese enterprises has changed over the last 40 years. Seminars are held in the College every Monday, alternating between

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Big start to Semester 1 – Welcome Week

2 months ago

The College begins 2022 with a full house, and even some undergrads overflowing into the McMillan Building. The first few weeks of semester have rewarded the great planning and participation by staff and senior students by integrating new students of the College into our community. Lively formal dinners have been enriched by a diversity of talented musicians, guests and great food. 123 Freshers arrived for Welcome Week and after the register signing, they joined the Warden and staff with their parents for introductions. This group, combined with 44 new graduate students, makes this the largest intake of residents since 1858. The new students are enjoying being at Paul’s and are grabbing hold of the opportunities for learning and participating in the daily life and rituals of Coll.S.Paul.

The Hon Justice Andrew Bell becomes next Chief Justice of NSW

2 months ago

The Hon Justice Andrew Bell, in College 1985-89, Fellow 2004-11, has become the state’s Chief Justice following Chief Justice Tom Bathurst AC who stepped down on 5 March. It is customary for the NSW Chief Justice to also be appointed Lieutenant Governor an office that was established by Governor Phillip on 7 February 1788 with the appointment of Major Robert Ross who was succeeded by Major Francis Grose in 1792 who was granted the land on which the College stands today, Grose Farm. Andrew was appointed President of the Court of Appeal in 2019 after a career as a leading Sydney barrister. He has a long association with the College and won University Medals in Law and Arts. He became Rhodes Scholar for New South Wales in 1990 and topped the Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford in his year, before earning his doctorate from Oxford the following year. He

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Academic Results for 2021

3 months ago

Joyful news for Paul’s about last year’s academic results with 116 students – 99 undergraduate students and 17 postgraduate students – achieving a Distinction or High Distinction average in Semester 2. This is 37% of our undergraduate body, and 48% of our postgraduate coursework students! Of our top 10 undergraduate performers, five were Freshmen in their first year of university study: Mr Tommy Lu (Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science), Mr Jack Holt (Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce), Mr Simon Toscan (Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies), Mr Riley Jones (Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science), and Mr Aakash Singh (Bachelor of Engineering Hons (Civil)/Bachelor of Design Architecture) – all receiving a high distinction average. The undergraduate average mark was 70.6, and our postgraduate coursework students averaged 72.9.   This is a fantastic achievement by all our students, particularly considering that all but four weeks of the semester took place

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New timber for an old hall

3 months ago

January is a time for major maintenance around the College and the Dining Hall and Kitchens are the focus. Every year the Foundation tops up the maintenance budget for heritage works and this is all made possible by the generosity of Foundation donors. The projects include the dining hall floor, new table tops and chair refurbishments. In the kitchen new vinyl is being laid and a new dish washer comes in after that. Those interested in donating an Australian hardwood floor board can do so right now. We are looking for contributions towards this project which includes the floor, dining chairs repair and (artisan-made) new tops for the tables. Please contact Richard Morgan or use the website donation form CLICK HERE Donate a floor board $250 Donate a chair $500 Donate a table top $1000

Australia Day honour

3 months ago

Mr Niels Bowen (in College 1967-70) has been awarded an OAM in the 2022 Australia Day Honours. Niels is a pharmacist and leader in the health care industry as founder of Chemist Outlet and Pharmacy by Mail. Niels has also been a benefactor to many causes including the College, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the University of Sydney in particular the refurbishment of the Pharmacy Building 2006-08. It was great to see Niels back at College for a visit early last year and the College community extends it appreciation and congratulations on this Australia Day honour.

Sem 2 Palladian Cup flashes of potential

5 months ago

The back half of the year’s Palladian events was filled with a mix of outstanding works, and unrefined gems. The College finished equal fourth place alongside The Women’s College. The highlight of the semester for the College was Palladian Art. Senior, Ethan Tsui, scored 2nd place overall for his piece, ‘Locus Amoenus No. IX’, while Freshman, James Rossiter, submitted a fantastic work, ‘Disenfranchised’, which was unlucky not to place. Our drama and instrumental ensembles were fantastic, and showcased the creativity amongst our residents. Graduate House member, Jack Stephens, will take over as Director of Music in 2022, and has big plans, with enthusiasm to match, for the College’s musical potential. Watch this space.