The involvement of over 100 St Paul’s undergraduates in helping to boost fundraising for Legacy in the Sydney CBD and highly entertaining Graduate House theatrical performances are some of the highlights of a vibrant semester so far at College.
During Legacy week, at the start of September, over 100 of our undergraduate students sold badges and other Legacy items and received donations throughout the Sydney CBD in support of Legacy’s work to help the widows and children of Australian Defence personnel who have served their country.
The chief executive officer of Legacy, Mr John Hutcheson AM, who had earlier addressed students in formal hall to explain the important work of Legacy, thanked them after Legacy Week for “the fantastic efforts of students of St Paul’s College who raised funds for Legacy”.
Mr Hutcheson said that the increase in funds raised for Legacy in the CBD this year would not have been achieved without the support and enthusiasm of St Paul’s students, as well as Defence representation.
The work for Legacy continues the recent expansion of community service outreach activities by students of the College. Many of our students offer their help to the Newtown Mission and serving at the overnight shelter for homeless men at Christ Church St Laurence, and to mentoring students through the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience and now Profecta – two mentoring initiatives begun by members of this College – and in other ways as well.
This emphasis on service is evident at Graduate House – our dynamic new community of women and men postgraduate students and academics – as well. For example, several members of Graduate House recently ran in the City2Surf, raising funds for Mary’s House, a charity which supports victims of domestic violence – while our undergraduate students ran to raise funds for the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation, which works to fund a cure for sarcoma, a form of cancer.
Graduate House and undergraduate students have also recently performed in a much-applauded double bill theatre night at Graduate House featuring Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist play Jack, or the Submission and Gilbert and Sullivan’s courtroom farce Trial by Jury.
Honi Soit’s highly favourable review referred to the “cacophonies of laughter and silences of awe” which greeted these highly entertaining performances. You can read Honi Soit’s review of the plays here.
Other highlights of the semester so far at St Paul’s have included:
- Following our undefeated victory in Rawson soccer, strong second places in Rawson basketball and tennis – leaving us in second place in the overall Rawson tally, with the athletics on Wednesday 23 October to decide the final Rawson placings.
- A win by Graduate House in a thrilling encounter of touch football against Sancta Sophia’s graduate students.
- Second place by Ethan Tsui and a “highly commended” for Chuyi Wang in the Palladian art competition, and lively performances by our students in the vocal and instrumental ensemble competitions.
- Our annual Mothers and Sons Dinner, which was a huge success and a great opportunity for undergraduate students to share some of their College experience with a loved one. The Warden’s address, giving an overview of College life, is here.
- A series of faculty dinners – for law, business, medicine and health, and engineering – which have brought St Paul’s undergraduates and Graduate House students into contact with leading academics and professionals in these fields – including a learned and entertaining paper by the President of the NSW Court of Appeal, Justice Andrew Bell (St Paul’s, 1985-89) on an old Pauline, A B Piddington, who was appointed to the High Court of Australia in 1913 but never sat on the Court (read more here).
- The continuation of our strong tutorial program, which provides students with support in over 60 different units of study, and which has been in full swing as students prepare for recent mid-semester exams and other assessments.
- A highly successful University and College Open Day, in which dozens of current students promoted the College with great enthusiasm to prospective students for 2020 and beyond.
As this week’s mid-semester break approached, many students expressed their gratitude to Dr Markwell at farewell activities for the Warden, including the College’s official farewell dinner, as well as a farewell dinner in Graduate House, and a standing ovation from students at the Warden’s last formal hall last week.
Several students have taken part in, and many more have attended, performances in the current season of Victoriana! which continues this coming weekend – with the limited number of seats still available going fast.
Meanwhile, preparations have also been in full swing for enriching activities after the mid-semester break, including the Mummers’ play and a dinner in College to welcome people from the various community service outreach activities with which our students are involved.