St Paul's College eNewsletter - May 2016
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From the Warden:
What Springs to Mind?

Paulines and friends of College will find material of great interest in this second eNewsletter.  I love Facebook and add a ‘cheerio’ to younger and older Paulines with whom I am in regular contact via this medium. It is all evolving into a universal ‘parish magazine’ and to be tangential to lives lived in many continents is both very interesting and a privilege for me. Example? Sending by return a picture of the Warden’s in ground Coffee tree to a Pauline in San Francisco who had just bought superior coffee-making gear and depicted it on Facebook. We communicate today in amazingly new ways – very different since I started here in the 94/95 transition.

2016 has been a happy year for the men in College. Success has come in the Palladian Cup, the intercollegiate Eisteddfod that colleges co-run with the USU. Our cohort of ‘men in orange boiler suits’ won the Group Dance last week, and who should be surprised since men have been good dancers since forever.

College leads Palladian having placed in all events. Concurrently, a great time has been had in Sport and it seems we shall close out Semester sitting in second place in the Rawson Cup.  Both St Paul’s and St Andrew’s have won their first two Rugby games, though the margins in the St Andrew’s wins suggests that College will be up against it at 7:30pm on Wednesday 1 June.

That game will be played at the Number 2 Oval as renewed by a $13 million grandstand.  I have commended our friends in SUSF for the way they gained community and friend support to achieve the outcome of a world class amenity for University use.

College fine tunes its own imminent plans for expansion and for a new vision to draw in research and professional degree students, all in parallel with the University’s plans for 2016-2020 changes to make it ‘ready for 2050’.  All of a sudden that 200 year horizon for the University seems ‘touchable’ and while St Paul’s will always be in some sense the same, in other senses it must be radically different to stay the same.  That seems to me to be the challenge to College down the years – to be simultaneously very conservative and at the same time, and occasionally, transformatively radical. Such is true liberality.

I’d like to make brief comments about the men who live here. Of course that is a presumption since men are invited into College as individuals and are not invited on narrow criteria of sameness or type. This creates another ‘duality’, that of the relationship between the one and the many, or of the individual and the group. Any ‘sameness’ will at the same time be expressed in ‘differences’ at some level, and internal polity evolves to ensure that. Some men here are 18 and some are 28, and some eat chalk and some eat cheese.

Annual O Week Induction into College ensures that all freshmen are reminded that they have obligations within College, the University and the city; and that each man is accountable in each. I prefer to invite men into College who do not need reminding of this and that is my aim and an aim in which we have a success rate. Many of our residents are advocates for good causes. Freshmen on entry are given clear advice on non-harassment by independent experts; annually we do the same on matters of alcohol, intoxication, consent and the law.

If I were to list the issues routinely dealt with today by young men (and women of course) the list would include:  the responsible use of alcohol, the liberty to be a non-drinker, sexuality and consent, privacy and dignity, the use of power in community, drugs as a waste of space, gender and identity, affordable education and accommodation, and in time the capacity to ascend into a life that pays its way literally, or more.

In addition to our routine internal formation through a substantial (60 tutes a week) and diverse tutorial program led by Prof Alan Atkinson and his assistant Matthew Ryan, College has completed the fourth year of its Positive Education program via the Positivity Institute and the generosity of the late the Hon Frank Callaway. All this makes a real difference to a consolidated core culture. 

Occasionally this kind of input leads to the criticism that the College is elite in some negative way. I remain mindful of the obligations of privilege and opportunity. A student told me about a school where it was dangerous for boys to excel at learning and thus standout. At the same time, in a community with a median age around 19 or 20, life can be simply normal and convivial and apt for age. No one can go around being ‘elite’ all the time and nor would anyone want to.

I am approaching 26 years as a Head of College and 22 here at St Paul’s. I like to use these phrases – ‘we live in a sign-posted community’ and ‘the co-participation in excellence can lead to non-rivalrous delight’. Such is my utopian streak. Convivial and apt are two words I use a lot.

Ivan Head


Victoriana! 2016  ~ Bookings now open!
This year’s show will be staged on the nights of Friday 15 July, Saturday 16 July, Friday 22 July, and Saturday 23 July. There will also be a dedicated Students’ night on Monday 25 July.  
Bookings are now open and this year, for the first time, bookings will be on-line.
The Producers are pleased to announce that for 2016 we will have a marvellous new MC. For details about the show, to make a booking and to find out about our new MC, click on the link below. Book now to avoid disappointment!
Learn more

College Life

April and May have been busy in College with First Semester in full swing. From Faculty Dinners to sporting successes and a Jazz Dinner Dance, College men have shown once again how dynamic life within College can be.

College and University Dinner 
The University of Sydney’s Deputy Vice Chancellor of Education, Professor Philippa Pattison AO, was guest of honour at the annual College and University Dinner on 19 April, which honoured the students of the College for their academic achievements and celebrated the place of the College within the University.
ANZAC Day Service 
The Choir of St Paul’s College performed at their best for the ANZAC Day commemoration in the College Chapel. It was 100th anniversary of the first ANZAC commemoration in Sydney.
To see The Ode performed by the Choir of St Paul's College under the Director of Music, Mr David Drury, click here
The College men on the lawn following the ANZAC Day Chapel Service
Fathers & Sons Dinner 
On 7 May, the College hosted its Fathers and Sons Dinner in Hall. Speeches were given by Senior Student Jack Leggatt and his father Richard, who had traveled from Auckland for the occasion. This annual event serves a significant means of reinforcing the bonds of the wider College family.
Jazz Dinner Dance
The annual Jazz Dinner Dance held on 13 May saw the Hall and surrounding areas of College transformed for the theme Dynasty: China through the Ages. Guests were treated to a wonderful evening of entertainment, delicious food and a little bit of jazz.
School’s Dinner
Future school leavers interested in learning more about College life were invited to dinner and speeches in Hall on 17 May. Potential residents were offered the chance to meet current residents and see for themselves the wealth of opportunities afforded to Paulines.
Rawson Cup Rugby
In the first two matches, St Paul’s College has defeated St John’s College 26-0 and Wesley College 24-14, setting up a final against St Andrew’s College on Wednesday 1 June for the Rawson Cup. This match will be held on the new University Rugby Ground at No.2 Oval commencing at 7.30pm. Everyone is invited to come and support the College.
Rawson Cup Swimming
St Paul’s finished in 3rd place in the Rawson Cup Swimming behind St Andrew’s and St John’s, with fantastic performances by Luke Rooney – 1st in the Diving competition - and Marcello Poli – 1st in the 50m Breaststroke.  
Palladian Cup Dancing
St Paul’s College won the Palladian Dance competition for the first time performing a group hip-hop piece led by Samuel Read and Nick Kelland. The win puts St Paul’s into 1st place for the overall Palladian Cup Competition for 2016.

College Council

The annual Council election was held during April and May. As a result, Dr Christine Biscoe and Mr Geoffrey Travers were re-elected as Lay Fellows for six year terms and new member of Council, Mr Mark Elliott, was elected as a Lay Fellow for a one year term. No poll was necessary for the Clerical Fellow vacancy so The Reverend Dr James Collins was re-elected for a six year term. For the official notice of results see here.
Mr Mark Elliott
Mr Mark Elliott resided in College for 4 years (1981-1984) while studying for his Civil Engineering degree. He served on the Students’ Club Committee, convened a successful Rawson Cup Rugby campaign, and was a member of the Rawson Cup Rowing and Athletics teams.

Since leaving College, Mr Elliott has enjoyed a 30 year career in construction, mining, and infrastructure engineering and contracting, with an emphasis on project delivery. He is currently CEO of Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT), which has been awarded the Operations, Trains and Systems (OTS) contract for Sydney Metro Northwest, Australia’s biggest public transport project and a priority infrastructure investment for the NSW Government.

Mr Elliott is a member of the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia – Transport Taskforce. He was previously Chairman of the not-for-profit organisation Engineers Without Borders and President of the Civil Constructors Federation (Northern Territory). Mr Elliott has completed Stanford University’s Executive Program in Leadership and MGSM’s Strategic Management Program.

Giving to St Paul’s College

No doubt you will be keeping an eye out for the upcoming Half Yearly Report from the St Paul’s College Foundation, coming to your mailboxes in early June!
The St Paul’s College Foundation was established in 1977 as a capital fund and has made available over $15 million to the College since then. It builds on the work of several generations of benefactors.

The Foundation, chaired by the very dedicated Mr Robert Albert AO, conducts a twice-yearly appeal among the Pauline community and raises $100,000 to $200,000 in individual donations annually. It has also been the recipient of several one-off major donations. Gifts, whether in cash or in kind, from the Pauline community are equally welcome.
The Foundation's principal objectives are:
  • to restore and maintain the heritage buildings on a long term basis
  • to fund an extensive scholarship program
  • to help provide state-of-the-art student facilities
  • to support development initiatives
  • to support a new building program
  • to provide an annual subsidy for the cost of routine and maintenance in order to minimize the impact on student fees
For more information about the Foundation and giving to the College, please contact:
The Foundation Chairman, Mr Robert Albert AO,
GPO Box 4899,

Alumni News

Mr Miles Armitage Appointed Ambassador to Jordan

The College would like to congratulate Mr Miles Armitage (in College 1982-85 and Senior Student in 1985), who has been appointed as Australia's next Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan by The Hon Julie Bishop MP.
Mr Armitage is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is currently Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism, a position he has held since May 2014.He has previously served as Ambassador to Timor-Leste, with earlier postings to Manila, New York and Islamabad. 

In Canberra, Mr Armitage has served as Assistant Secretary of the Parliamentary and Media Branch, and the Maritime South East Asia Branch. He has also been seconded to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet where he served as Assistant Secretary of the Americas, Asia and Trade Branch.

Mr Armitage has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree and a Diploma of Museum Studies from the University of Sydney, and a Graduate Diploma of Foreign Affairs and Trade from the Australian National University.
The College congratulates Mr Armitage - he is expected to take up his appointment in July.

Sydney Nanoscience Hub

Located on neighbouring land purchased from the College, the University of Sydney officially opened the Sydney Nanoscience Hub on 20 April 2016. SNH is one of the most advanced research and teaching facilities globally in the field of nanoscience. This project is the centrepiece of a University-wide commitment to 21st century science and innovation in one of the most promising modern research disciplines. To learn more go to:


Upcoming Annual General Meeting
The AGM of the St Paul's College Union will be held on Monday, 27 June 2016 in the Junior Common Room.
For more information about the Union and the AGM, please contact:
Mr Matthew S White SC, Hon Secretary
02 9235 1704

St Paul's College Women's Organisation

Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the St. Paul’s College Women’s Organisation was held in the Mansfield Library at the College on Tuesday 3rd May 2016 with a wonderful turn out. This is the time of year that we update our membership records so if you could advise of any changes to your contact details this would be helpful. If you wish to be involved in our events planning please let us know we would love to have you on board. For any enquiries, please contact the Secretary at
Please join us for the next St Paul's Women's Organisation meeting:
SPCWO General Meeting
Tuesday 26 July
College Mansfield Library.
SPCWO Cocktail Party
The President and Committee invite all Parents and Guardians to our Winter Cocktail Party!
Friday 3 June 2016
7pm to 9pm
Junior Common Room
$50 per person
Book tickets here
RSVP & Payment by Friday, 27 May 2016
Dress: Lounge Suit
For any enquiries, please contact the President at

Hanja Bicknell


Chapel Choir Concert

Thursday 26 May
All Welcome!
For more information email

Rawson Cup Rugby Final

Wednesday 1 June
University Rugby Ground,
No.2 Oval


Friday 15, Saturday 16, Friday 22, and Saturday 23 July

Bookings Now Open!

Mummers Performance

Martin McDonagh's 
The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Thursday 2, Saturday 4, and Sunday 5 July


If you were a freshman in 
1946, 1956, 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, or 2006
it’s time to start planning!
If you would like to enquire about organising a reunion
please email:

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