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Issue 70 Autumn 2022

Principal’s Welcome

It’s been a busy few months at St Ann’s, as students thankfully settle into a more typical experience of studies, friendship and College community. We’ve seen a record six St Ann’s students receive Playford Trust scholarships, and it is the third time in a row that our St Ann’s students have won debating and as expected there was a great celebration of the hat trick.

We have welcomed several prestigious experts to talk to students at formal dinners, and also hosted a lunch for the Friends of St Ann’s – a chance for us to thank those that have provided counsel and support over many years. One of the guests was my predecessor as Principal of St Ann’s College, Dr Rosemary Brooks OAM who was recently chosen as the recipient of this year’s Flinders University’s Convocation Medal. You can read more about it here. A personal highlight for me this semester was the prizegiving ceremony where we recognise those students who have distinguished themselves – both academically and through their contribution to College life.

The next few months will be spent planning the 75th anniversary Gala Dinner – further details are below. We hope you can join us to celebrate this significant milestone in the College’s history.

Denise von Wald
Principal and CEO

Connections and celebrations at the 2022 Friends’ Luncheon

In early May, we hosted our annual Friends’ Luncheon, a chance for an intimate group of those close to the College to connect, take a tour to see the latest renovations, meet some students and enjoy a fantastic meal from our chefs Rohit and Jonathan.

Amongst those attending were Dr Jill Rosenblatt, her sister Cynthia Rosenblatt, Dr Tracy Martin and Dr Rosemary Brooks OAM who were able to join us from interstate for the first time in a while, as well as members of the Council such as Chair Ashley Hams, Fellows Jim Howard AM, Gary Lines, Maggi Miles, Dr Di Davidson AM and Kae Martin. We were also fortunate to be joined by the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor. Guests heard from Alexandra Ward, a St Ann’s Collegian who spent six years with us and has recently graduated with an Honours Degree of a Bachelor of Laws. She is now working as a Law Clerk at Cowell Clark Commercial Lawyers. She shared how the experience at St Ann’s, the culture, hard-working philosophy and supportive and friendly community helped her to get where she is today.

Click here to see the Friends Luncheon ‘Full Photo Gallery


Formal Dinner speakers Bruce Dijte and Andy Koronios share their illuminating stories

The student body were thrilled to welcome a very well-known face in sport and business back in April when Bruce Djite came to speak at formal dinner – on what happened to be his 35th birthday!

Bruce spent most of his sporting career as a striker for Adelaide United and also represented Australia internationally. He currently sits on various boards, appears on TV as a sports pundit and has recently been appointed CEO for the Committee of Adelaide, an organisation which uses extensive networks to shape a more prosperous and successful future for our city and our State. Bruce delivered an engaging, thought provoking, challenging, and thoroughly entertaining speech that made a significant impact on students. He challenged students to be critical thinkers and not just accept what they hear and read in the media and on social media at face value, to build resilience and to travel widely for deeper understanding. He also encouraged them to think about important issues such as the conflict in Europe and the size of the State’s population.

In May we welcomed Andy Koronios, CEO and Managing Director, SmartSat CRC who specialises in space science and Australia’s role in space development. Andy talked about the many ways with which the early exploration of space impacts our everyday lives from the use of mobile phones with GPS to how satellites track the moisture content in our crops. His talk showed students how there are numerous diverse roles within the space industry that they may not have considered, and how many different fields of study can open doors.

We also offered the platform one evening to student Tate Manning who shared his memories of the sporting success of St Ann’s in 2019, when the College won the High Table Cup for the first time in 25 years, to enthuse the current cohort.  Here is an excerpt from his funny and engaging speech:

“I’d just like to start tonight by taking you back, three years in the past, to 2019…

St Ann’s was a dark hole of sporting misery, with the Boons failing to bring home the HTC cup in 25 years. Following double third place in footy, the Boons sat third overall on 72 points, 12 points behind Mark’s. But as Denise highlighted earlier, Boons are resilient. The 2019 cohort charged through the rest of the year, winning three cups and coming second in five more, to come back and win the High Table Cup by four points, bringing the cup back to its rightful home, in that trophy cabinet.

Now fast forward to the present. Once again, the Boons sit on 72 points, this time, in equal second place, with the same 12-point margin to Marks, the Boons stare down the throat of hockey. Under the guidance of Lillian, Holly, Levo and Euan, we plan to start our charge home. We want to see every single person out at hockey trials, honing those skills so we can take it up to the other colleges.

We want to hear support day and night, rain or shine, awake or asleep for our HTC campaign, and bring that cup home to its rightful home.”


St Ann’s celebrates 75 years of education and connections in 2022

2022 marks the 75th anniversary of St Ann’s College. A lot has happened since our founders had the aspirational goal to launch a residential college just for women, a radical idea back in 1947. Since then, we’ve seen hundreds of exceptional and talented young women and men through the doors of 187 Brougham Place and we’ll be collectively celebrating their achievements and all those associated with St Ann’s at an Anniversary Gala Dinner on 22 July.

We hope you can join us! The 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner is a chance to connect with friends, old and new, and share a story or two of your time at St Ann’s.

Our special guest speaker is St Ann’s Collegian, The Hon Catherine Branson AC QC, the Chancellor of the University of Adelaide.  We will also be hosted by Foundation member, Andrew McPharlin, who was in the first group of men admitted to the College in 1973.

All those who purchase a ticket will be put into a lottery to win an evening away for two with a contribution towards lunch at the luxury Sequoia Lodge in the Adelaide Hills.  

Find out more about our 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner and purchase a ticket here.


Prizegiving ceremony recognises student achievements

Each year, St Ann’s holds a prizegiving evening where students who have distinguished themselves and are making a contribution to the College community are presented with prizes. The winners are chosen by a committee including The Principal and CEO, Dean and Senior Tutor.

In 2022 there are five male and six female recipients as follows:

The Nellie Wilcox Prize ($600) – which goes to a senior student who contributes outstandingly to College activities – ‘the best all-rounder’. This went to Ben Havelberg, a high achieving student who obtained an ATAR of 99.64 and was recipient of the Chartwell’s Playford Trust scholarship. Ben is studying Mathematical and Computer Sciences at The University of Adelaide. He has sat on numerous committees and sports teams, was awarded Best Male Table Tennis participant in 2021 and was Treasurer of College Club last year. In 2022, he was elected College Club President.

The Lady White Bursary ($250) – given to a student who is ‘independent and has done well’ was awarded to Emmy Haslett, who is studying for a degree in Nursing at the University of Adelaide and plays a key role in the College, in both sports and social activities. She has represented St Ann’s in tennis, athletics and was chosen as Best Volleyball Player in 2021.

Collegians Prize ($250) recognises a student who brings honour to the College through achievements in the wider community. This went to Cate Dunemann, who plays cricket for South Australia in the U19 squad, while also studying Education at UniSA.

The Elizabeth Morris Prize ($250) is awarded on the basis of their first year to a student who has done well and actively participated in College life: Harrison Langlands, a first-year student studying Architectural Design at The University of Adelaide, who demonstrates characteristics of a ‘St Ann’s Boon’ – curiosity and extraordinary communication and social skills.

The Jill Rosenblatt Prize ($300) is awarded to a medical or paramedical student. This year bestowed on Zara-Louise Whellum, who worked extremely hard to transfer her degree to a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at The University of Adelaide last year. She also plays football for the College, sat on the Open Show Committee and was the Head Convener in 2022.                

The J.R. Thomson Award ($400) goes to a student who steadily uphold the ideals of the College. This year it was shared between two young men. Firstly, Brock Grayson who is studying Human Movement/Master of Teaching (Secondary) at UniSA. Brock has played netball, football and cricket for the College and was voted the best male Table Tennis player in 2021.  Henry Slade was co-recipient, who joined St Ann’s with an impressive ATAR and has represented the college in netball, basketball, football and athletics and is Head Convenor of the Gym Committee. Henry is studying Physiotherapy (Honours) at UniSA. Both winners helped prepare and deliver the recently held Anatomy workshop.

The Foundation Prize ($300) for a senior student who has contributed significantly and consistently to College life while maintaining a high standard of achievement in his or her own work. This year’s winner is Benjamin Goode, who has been at College for four years and recently graduated with a Bachelors’ degree in Aviation Management at UniSA. Ben has been a solid member of the community, helping with Open Day every year, was Head Warden in 2021 and Co-Convenor of the IT Committee in 2021 and 2022.

The Sampson Prize ($250) was given by Mrs C. Sampson in memory of her son. The winner this year is Chiara Castiglia, who is studying Psychology (Honours) at UniSA. Chiara is not only College Club Social Secretary but a member of the Open Show Committee and the last two year’s (winning) debating teams. She’s also represented our College at Athletics.

The Morella Calder Law Prize ($300) commemorates a woman lawyer who pioneered in the field of Australian maritime law before her untimely death at the age of 46.  This year’s worthy recipient was Alexandra (Lexie) Gibb, who is studying Bachelor of Laws at The University of Adelaide. Lexie joined St Ann’s with a near perfect ATAR, has excelled on the debating team, is an Academic Tutor and runs the Law and associated degrees study group.

Student News

Earth Hour

Earth Hour took place this year at 8.30pm on Saturday 26 March in Australia.  The campaign, spearheaded by the World Wildlife Fund calls on Australians to switch off for climate change. Students played cards and boardgames by candlelight in the common room and many grabbed their yoga mats to lie on the tennis court and take in the stars, which were brighter than ever due to the lack of light pollution.

St Ann’s College debating team wins – for the third year running!

The St Ann’s debating team is celebrating having taken first place as part of the SAAUCC competition for the third consecutive year!

The calibre of all College teams was extremely high this year.

Topics for debate included ‘should nuclear power plants be adopted in Australia?’, ‘Should Centrelink recipients be randomly drug tested?’ and ‘People should be legally required to get vaccines’.

Congratulations to the team which included: Phoebe Hunter, Valerie Yung, Lexie Gibb, Chiara Castiglia, Sam Morrison, Lachlan Coathupe, Lucia Alvarez with research assistants Josh Graham and Jasper Harding.

Six St Ann’s students receive prestigious Playford Trust Scholarships

In April, the Playford Trust announced the recipients of over $600,000 in scholarship funding with six St Ann’s students on the receiving end. Established in 1983 in honour of Sir Thomas Playford, the State’s longest-serving Premier, the Trust supports students from regional areas, in five key study areas: advanced manufacturing and new technologies; environmental sciences, including water and energy; health sciences and enabling technologies; agriculture, aquaculture and food production; and mining and resource development.

Our successful students were:

Joshua Graham, recipient of the Chartwells/ St Ann’s College residential scholarship which is given to a student studying science, engineering, mathematics or technology subjects and has overcome practical and financial difficulties associated with their home base located in regional South Australia. Josh is from Port Augusta and while school captain of Caritas College received the St Mary Mackillop of the Cross Leadership Award. Josh is studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Electrical and Electronic at the University of Adelaide and is in his second year at St Ann’s.

The Chartwells scholarship is each year given to two students. One currently residing at St Ann’s and one enrolling for the first time. The latter was this year awarded to Jasper Harding who is from Loxton in the Riverland and is studying a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Advanced) at the University of Adelaide. While accomplished in everything from athletics to debating, Jasper is particularly known for his musical talent. At school he was in the barbershop boys’ choir, and also played in the Riverland Brass Community Concert Band and Adelaide Youth Orchestra.

The inaugural recipient of the St Ann’s Foundation / Playford Trust Residential Scholarship was given to Dana Hurrell, from Port Lincoln who is studying a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) at the University of Adelaide. This new scholarship worth $7,000 is also awarded to a promising student intending to study science, engineering, mathematics or technology who is from regional South Australia.  Dana was female school captain at school and now represents St Ann’s in swimming and is an Academic Tutor.

A further three students at St Ann’s were awarded scholarships through the Playford Trust:

Lucia Alvarez, who is from Port Pirie by way of Spain and Dubai, and studies a Bachelor of Engineering (Hon) Mechanical and Bachelor of Finance and Banking University of Adelaide was the recipient of a Playford Trust Regional Science and Engineering scholarship. Lucia excelled at school and received a Dux award in specialist mathematics. She plays hockey and tennis and joined St Ann’s aged just 16.

Hayden Schultz also received the same scholarship. He comes from Clare and is studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) at the University of Adelaide. Head Prefect and Male Dux student at school, he joined St Ann’s in 2021 with an ATAR of 97.8. He’s also received a Highly Commended Student Citizenship Award from the Order of Australia Association.

Lachlan Coathupe has been at St Ann’s College for five years, having grown up in Roxby Downs and attending school in Whyalla. He is studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Chemical and a Bachelor of Finance at the University of Adelaide which he will complete in 2022. He has undertaken a number of internships including with Liberty Primary Steel and BHP and hopes to work in the minerals industry on graduation, channelling his passion for sustainability to make a meaningful contribution.

Holley Shepperd chosen for prestigious Gallipoli scholarship

St Ann’s second-year student, Holley Shepperd was recently awarded the Bill Hill Bursary Scholarship, a second year Gallipoli Scholarship Fund.

The Gallipoli Scholarship fund was founded in 1996 and provides support to students who are direct ancestors of service men or women who have served since WW1 in peacekeeping conflicts.  It not only provides financial support but also a support network of connections to help guide the recipients through the year, as well as an assigned mentor who can provide support, guidance and knowledge regarding academic, personal and external factors all year round.

Holley was invited to the Merrylands RSL in Western Sydney back in April where she met with several past scholars and representatives of the non-profit Gallipoli Scholarship Fund. One of just three recipients in South Australia, Holley received $6,000 towards her university costs, and has been assigned a mentor to assist her throughout the year. She comments, “For anyone going into their first year of university who is a descendent of a veteran, I highly recommend applying for this scholarship. Not only has it provided financial support and many opportunities, but I have also made some fantastic  friendships and bonds with people all around Australia and the world. The experience provided by this scholarship is phenomenal and I will be forever grateful to be a part of the Gallipoli Scholarship Fund.”

Lorie Paynter’s artwork gaining notoriety

Student Lorie Paynter, who is studying a Bachelor of Contemporary Art at the University of South Australia has recently launched her own Facebook business page, to spread the word about her visual art and take commissions. She specialises, but is not limited to graphite portraiture, as well as other mediums. You can see her work and place a commission here. 

New student Cate Dunemann making waves in the Australian cricket world

In 2022, we welcomed new student Cate Dunemann to College, who is making a name for herself in the world of cricket. Cate is from Port Augusta and is studying an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education at the University of South Australia.

Cate started playing cricket when she was ten years old in Port Augusta and was chosen to represent South Australia in the Under 12s and now regularly plays for Northern Districts in the SACA A Grade competition.

Cate recently represented South Australia in the Under 19 women’s cricket championships, opening the batting and also bowling. The team made it to the Grand Final where Cate scored 11 and achieved batting figures of 1/26 off six overs, in a team that was defeated by QLD.

Cate said, “Staying at Ann’s has cut travel time immensely so I can make more trainings which has helped me develop my skills even more”.  Congratulations to Cate! We’re proud that St Ann’s has been able to support her in her cricketing journey.

Ben Goode moved across the country to pursue his passion for aviation

Benjamin Goode, who spent four years living at St Ann’s College has recently passed his Commercial Pilot License (CPL) Test. Ben, who is from Wagga in NSW moved to Adelaide to study a Bachelor of Aviation at the University of South Australia. His next step is to begin multi-engine training.

He comments, “Moving across the country to pursue my passion for aviation was one of the scariest but most rewarding decisions I’ve ever taken. Since beginning flight training 18 months ago, the journey has been very challenging and stressful, yet exciting and rewarding. From the very beginning of learning the basics to navigating across the country, I certainly love aviation.” He has been a huge part of the College community and we all wish him the best of luck and look forward to hearing ‘Captain Goode’ welcoming us on a flight one day in the future!

Upgrades to St Ann’s security system and bathrooms

All student rooms in St Ann’s are now fitted with high-tech Salto locking systems – this ensures upgraded security and means remote access is possible if students lock themselves out.

The five common bathrooms in the Symon and Price buildings have been refurbished. They now have new tiling, mirrors, tapware and vanity units. We are continually investing in improvements to the students’ living facilities at the College, room by room and building by building, so that they can have the best experience, academically and socially, and in terms of facilities.

Collegians News

St Ann’s students graduate from University

The South Australia universities recently hosted a number of graduation ceremonies. We congratulate all the St Ann’s Collegians who obtained their degrees and wish them the best of luck in the future!

The graduates were:


Wendy Matson (Collegians President 2022) | Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Honours) – At College 2017-2018

Amie Walter | Bachelor of Early Childhood Education – At College 2019-2020

Alex Ward | Bachelor of Laws – At College 2016-2021

Annabelle Pearce | Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) – At College 2018-2019

Aylin Erginbas | Bachelor of Psychological Science (Major of Neuroscience) – At College 2018-2019




Benjamin Goode | Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot) – At College2019-2022

Brianna Schaefer | Bachelor of Agricultural Science – At College 2017-2018

Brooke Reddaway | Bachelor of Education (Secondary) & Bachelor of Arts – At College 2018-2019

Casuarina Frahn | Bachelor of Criminology – At College 2018-2021

Elly McSwan | Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine) – At College 2017-2019

Emily Woolford | Bachelor of Education Primary – At College 2018-2019

Georgia Wehrmann | Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) & Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science – At College 2017-2018 (& Abby Wehrmann – At College 2019-2020)

Hannah Noonan | Bachelor of Education (Primary) – At College 2018-2019


Jaiden Fritts | Bachelor of Accounting & Bachelor of Finance (double degree) – At College 2018-2021.

Jaylin Grimmer | Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science – At College 2018-2020

Kate Hawley | Masters of Teaching – At College 2017-2018 (with Lucy Havelberg – At College 2017-2018 & Amy Vogelsang – At College 2017-2018)

Lachlan Ryan | Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours in Mechanical and Sustainable Energy Engineering) – At College 2019-2021

Lizzie Doyle | Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours in ecology and Environmental Science) – At College 2018-2019

Lucy Norton | Bachelor of Primary Education – At College 2018-2019

Meg Fuchs | Bachelor of Nursing – At College 2019-2020

Mitchell Fetherstonhaugh | Bachelor of Marketing and Communication – At College 2017-2018

Nick Longmire | Bachelor of Agricultural Science – At College 2019-2021 & Ryley Newbold|Bachelor of Agricultural Science – At College 2019-2020

Peter Callipari | Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science, First Class Honours in Physics – At College 2018-2021

Rylee-Mei Shepherd | Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) – At College 2018-2020

Shannon Graham | Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – At College 2017-2018 (& Kye Grimmer – At College 2016-2018)

Blake McCallum chosen as PSA’s 2022 NSW Intern of the Year.

St Ann’s Collegian Blake McCallum, who studied a Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of Adelaide and resided at the College in 2017 and 2018 has recently been chosen as the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s 2022 NSW Intern of the Year. Since graduating, Blake has worked at five pharmacies in outback Broken Hill. You can read more about his achievements in Australian Pharmacist journal here.

Sally Smart is chosen as one of four contemporary artists at Art Gallery of NSW’s ‘Mattise Alive’ exhibition

Earlier this year, the Art Gallery of NSW held ‘Matisse Alive’, a festival featuring new work, projects and art from the collection. Former St Ann’s College student Sally Smart was one of a select group of contemporary artists whose new projects were on display as part of the show. Her work ‘The Artist’s House’ is a large-scale assemblage installation, a response to Matisse’s aesthetic and conceptual questions, as well as contemporary significance.

Sally studied a Diploma in Graphic Design from the South Australian School of Art back in the early ‘80s and lived at St Ann’s. You can read more about her involvement in the exhibition here.

Team News

Congratulations to our maintenance manager Luke and his wife/partner Liana who recently welcomed their first baby, Benjamin into the world.

We wish them all well.

St Ann’s in the News

The Port Lincoln Times ran a story regarding Dana Hurrell being chosen as the recipient of the prestigious St Ann’s Foundation/Playford Trust Residential Scholarship. You can read about it here.

The Murray Pioneer ran a piece about the recipient of the 2022 Chartwells/ St Ann’s College/ Playford Trust Residential Scholarship which was awarded this year to Jasper Harding from Loxton. You can read it on page 16 here.


We’d love to hear from you!

Remember, we’re always eager to hear what St Ann’s Collegians are up to, so please get in touch with your news: marketing@stannscollege.edu.au


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