Women’s Organisation

St Paul’s College Women’s Organisation

The main purpose of the Women’s Organisation is “to unite all women who through kinship, affection or sentiment are interested in the traditions and welfare of St Paul’s College”.

This translates into an organisation, created in 1927 and active today, with a current membership of about 300, run by an Executive and Committee elected at an Annual General Meeting held each May. President Ms Margie Sullivan, her executive and committee were elected at the 2019 AGM.

Various events are held each year. Events include a Welcome Week Afternoon Tea for new students and their parents, a mid-year cocktail party, the annual bridge card game day, a group booking for Victoriana!, and other social events to assist and encourage all parents, past and present and particularly those from beyond the Sydney metropolitan area, to visit and be engaged with their sons’ and daughters’ College.

Proceeds from events support special projects in the College. In recent years the Women’s Organisation has provided the drinking fountain near the Albert Wing archway, the sculpture “Chamber II” by Australian-Japanese sculptor Ayako Saito and floodlighting of buildings and jacarandas in the Quad. The work of the Women’s Organisation has been enduring raising much needed funds for the College inckuding major works like the building of the College Chapel in 1959.

In addition, the Women’s Organisation has an ongoing commitment to provide the farming for the annual College photographs which are on display in the corridors.

This support is very much valued by members of St Paul’s College.

SPCWO Executive

  • Patron – Mrs Susie Watson
  • President – Ms Margie Sullivan
  • Vice President – Mrs Julia Dixon
  • Vice President – Mrs Sally Hudson
  • Hon Treasurer – Mrs Catherine Osbourne
  • Hon Secretary – vacant
  • Committee  – Mrs Lillian Armitage, Dr Pit Trent, Mrs Susie Waters, Mrs Cindy Larsson, Mrs Jocelyn McFarlain, Mrs Karen White, Mrs Stephanie Wong, Mrs Katrina Matthews

Chamber II a garden scuplture by Ayako Saito donated to the College by the Women’s Organisation in 2017 to mark their 90th Anniversary

Press clipping: Sydney Morning Herald 14 August 1953: John Rowland (in College 1942-43), Miss Judy Harbison, Miss Libby Huxtable and Jeremy Long (in College 1950-53) at the dance held at the College by the Women’s Organisation to raise funds for the Memorial Chapel Fund. [Given to the Archives in 2020 by Jeremy Long]

New parents, current parents with Freshers arriving at College, and all members of the St Paul’s College Women’s Organisation are warmly invited to join us for a light luncheon in the Junior Common Room at College when your son/daughter arrives for Welcome Week.

When: Monday 17 January 2020 from 1pm until 3pm
Where: The Junior Common Room, St Paul’s College

On behalf of the Women’s Organisation I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you and your sons/daughters. Established to unite all women who care about the welfare of the St Paul’s College, the Women’s Organisation offers a wonderful opportunity to build friendships, enjoy the support of other St Paul’s parents and contribute to building a strong, engaged and vibrant community.

Our meetings – 4 each year – offer you a way of staying in touch with what’s happening at College.The Warden, Students Club Committee and Middle Common Room Committee are invited and often give updates on current activities at College, and our meetings provide everyone with an opportunity to meet other parents and staff in an informal setting. We host several social functions during the year, including the well-loved Winter Cocktail Party.

The cost of life membership is a one-off fee of $55.

The St Paul’s College community is a very special one and is made all the better by the support and involvement of parents. I encourage you to join us; we’d love to have you.

Our first meeting for the year will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 10 March 2020 at College.

I look forward to meeting you next Monday.

warm regards

Margie Sullivan

Membership Details and application form – click here