The start of semester has been full of positive energy in both the undergraduate and Graduate House communities at St Paul’s.
New undergraduate and postgraduate students have been welcomed, including many from around the world – with new students drawn from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Qatar, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka and the USA.
To mark the start of semester, the Warden has hosted all members of the College to dinner at the Warden’s Lodge.
Highlights for our undergraduates have included:
- commencement of the semester’s tutorial program with around over 60 a week – the largest tutorial program of any college, and amongst the largest ever at St Paul’s, building on solid academic results in first semester
- victory in Rawson soccer, with wins against Wesley (2-0), St John’s (3-1), and St Andrew’s (3-2) – with the race between St Andrew’s and St Paul’s for the 2019 Rawson Cup now to be determined by the forthcoming basketball, tennis, and athletics competitions
- eloquent performances by our speakers in Palladian debating, and rehearsals underway for vocal ensemble, instrumental ensemble, and drama ensemble
- community service activities, including the participation of many students in City2Surf, raising funds for the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation, and preparation for the participation of many students in fundraising for Legacy during Legacy Week (1-7 September)
- Guest speakers such as Mr Jihad Dib MP
- preparation for other major College activities such as Open Day on Saturday 31 August, followed by the Mothers and Sons Dinner that night, and four Faculty dinners, commencing with the Law Faculty Dinner with Justice Andrew Bell, President of the NSW Court of Appeal, as guest speaker.
Highlights for Graduate House have included:
- amongst other social activities, a welcome for international and regional postgraduate students to Graduate House drinks, as part of the University’s official Welcome to Sydney programme, to introduce them to the remarkable opportunity the Graduate House community offers
- continuing growth in the size and diversity of the Graduate House community, which is almost exactly 50-50 male-female, and almost exactly 50-50 international and Australian
- welcoming the brilliant Oxford-educated legal academic, Ms Katie Allan, as the new Associate Dean of Graduate House, and Professor Simon Bronitt, the Dean of Law at the University of Sydney, amongst other senior members, into residence
- seminars and guests speakers, with study groups and tutorials up and running, and poetry readings and musical performances gracing formal dinners
- amongst other lively artistic activities, preparation for a double billing of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury and Eugene Ionesco’s Jack, or the Submission – following on the highly successful and well-reviewed debut of a Graduate House performance last semester of As You Like It
- participation in the City2Surf, raising funds for Mary’s House, a charity which supports victims of domestic violence
- preparation for an inaugural Graduate House Ball on 11 October and a concert on 26 October, and
- energetic competition for the Saints’ Cup (our new series of regular matches against Sancta Sophia Graduate House), with footrace and netball concluded, and training for the upcoming rugby fixtures having begun.
The College has been vigorously implementing our Action Plan for Cultural Renewal. The detailed progress report can be found here.
As both undergraduates and postgraduate members of the College continue to enjoy our new world-class facilities in the Ivan Head and McMillan Buildings, our partnership with the University has also continued with the resumption of University teaching in the 2,400 square metres of space in the Colonnade beneath those buildings which we lease to the University.
Many guests have also enjoyed use of the College’s facilities, especially out of semester, when they are made available through our Events and Stays team.
For details of coming events at St Paul’s, click here.
26 August 2019
– Dinner for all members of the College at the Warden’s Lodge
– Soccer against St Andrew’s
– Graduate House members who ran for City 2 Surf