Issue 71 Winter 2022
187 Brougham Place, North Adelaide
It has been a busy few months here at St Ann’s College. The highlight for the quarter and perhaps the past year was an event that took many months of planning: the St Ann’s 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner held on July 22.
Our guest speaker was The Hon Catherine Branson AC QC, a Collegian of St Ann’s, whose speech was inspiring and a privilege to hear. She reflected about her time at the College as a young woman, the state of the world around us and the importance of education for young people, particularly those from regional and rural Australia. Attended by current students, Collegians and dignitaries including The Hon Lucy Hood, The Hon Anne Levy AC, our Patron Dr John Uhrig AC and his wife Shirley, and other Governors, it was a spectacular night. It was particularly poignant to reunite with our valuable benefactors and supporters, many of whom we have not been able to see over these past challenging years (please click here to read more).
Collegians will remember the courtyard at St Ann’s College as being a memorable place for events and gatherings over the decades. Recently we completed a substantial renovation of the area which has given it a new lease of life as a natural place for students to study and relax. Works included extensive new planting and future planning to ensure the long-term health and retention of mature trees. The gardening team also introduced a berm where students can spend time in the natural beauty to make the most of the health benefits of a private garden which honours the past and embraces the future. We will be holding an official opening and dedication of the courtyard later this year (please click here to read more).
We had a second wave of COVID-19 infections recently which affected 30 students plus our Dean, and me. Thanks to the hard work of our Tutors, College Club and staff, we were able to successfully isolate and care for these students and we have thankfully all made a full recovery. It is a credit to our students that we were still able to hold some well organised Re-Welcome week events despite these additional challenges.
We are continuing to receive record numbers of applications for 2023 in addition to many current students indicating that they intend to return next year. Sadly, places are limited and we can’t take everyone so we encourage new students to submit their applications to live at St Anns’ College in 2023 as soon as they can.
Denise von Wald
Principal and CEO
The 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner
On Friday 22 July we celebrated the 75th Anniversary of St Ann’s College. 75 guests including past and present students, as well as benefactors and dignitaries, gathered at the College for a three course sit down dinner.
Hosted by Foundation Chairperson Jason Turnbull, guests heard from The Hon Catherine Branson AC QC, Chancellor of the University of Adelaide. During her speech, she reflected on how St Ann’s was a home away from home, a place to learn to live alongside others, to celebrate and to face challenges together. A place where one can gain inspiration through learning, as well as shape young people who will hopefully go on to make a genuine difference in the world.
Since the College opened in 1947 (admitting men in the 1970’s), thousands of talented young women and men have walked through the doors. The evening was an opportunity to collectively celebrate the achievements of all those associated with St Ann’s over the years and saw past and present students connect and reconnect over fond memories.
Notable guests including Member for Adelaide – The Hon Lucy Hood MP and Dr John and Shirley Uhrig, mingled with current day students, whilst tasting gin and helping to raise much needed funds for the future improvements of the College.
St Ann’s College Gin Fundraiser
If you weren’t available to attend the 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner, you missed the opportunity to purchase our Fig Gin. With all profits going to the College, a bottle can be purchased for $75.
Glen Ewin Pot and Still Fig Gin, this botanical gin is made with hand selected figs from the Willabrand Orchards and has strong juniper berry elements on the nose when first opened with subtle hints of botanicals peeking through with the sweet warmth of the fig to finish.
Interested in supporting the fundraiser? Email Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org who will arrange.
St Ann’s College Open Day
The College opened its doors to the public on Sunday 14 August, providing prospective students and their families the opportunity to gain a better understanding of St Ann’s and quiz the current cohort on what to expect, should they choose to move here in 2023.
Coinciding with The University of Adelaide and The University of South Australia’s Open Days, visitors enjoyed freshly brewed coffee from Cuppa Gino’s whilst being shown around by the Open Day Committee. There was a positive energy throughout the day and the students did a wonderful job as hosts, providing an authentic perspective of what life is really like at St Ann’s.
We hope to see some of the new faces around the college in 2023!
Formal Dinners, August
Over the Winter, we welcomed a number of speakers to address students at our Monday night Formal Dinners. The aim of the program is to provide students from all walks of life with the opportunity to hear from inspirational figures, many of whom are in the highest positions of leadership in our City and State. Our guests choose whether they share details of their ambitions for our future, their career which may spark an interest, or their personal journey.
In August, we were fortunate to have The Honourable Peter Malinauskas MP the Premier of South Australia. He shared with us the importance of long-term thinking and solutions in politics, his bold and ambitious vision for South Australia and what he thinks are the biggest challenges facing all of us. What an informative, insightful and inspirational speech it was! The challenging questions asked by our students in front of their nearly 200 colleagues to the Premier were also inspiring.
Some two weeks earlier, we hosted Lucy Hood MP, the state member for Adelaide. Lucy was a highly engaging speaker who shared her story, from her time growing up in Naracoorte through to her arrival in Adelaide and now in her career as a politician. Lucy shared her pride as a country girl who was also first in her family to attend university, much like many of the current St Ann’s students. She also spoke of the value and importance she placed on education and the ability an education has to transform one’s life. During her visit she made connections with many students, including some from the same regional SA area, as well as students studying journalism and politics.
St Ann’s student takes on BHP internship
Kahli Lock (19) one of our 2022 Residential Tutors, who comes from Mundulla near Bordertown, has been successful in gaining an internship with BHP over the 2022/2023 holiday break.
This 12-week program will see her working as a Metallurgical intern at Olympic Dam. Kahli will be living in Roxby Downs whilst working five 8-hour shifts per week. Throughout her time there she will get to work on a process engineering-based project that will be presented to her peers and fellow interns in the last week of the internship.
Kahli said, “It’s a great opportunity going into my third year of chemical engineering to broaden my knowledge in a practical way while also meeting my internship requirements for my degree”.
Re-Welcome Week marks a return to the College
Re-Welcome Week is a lively ‘all-in-together’ introduction or return to the College after the mid-year break. A chance to meet a handful of new students, buddy up with seniors and get to know the Tutors better in an informal, fun environment.
This year’s week-long festivities kicked off with a Quiz night and a talent show. Other organised activities through the week included a games evening with teams representing their corridor, in a bid to secure ‘ultimate bragging rights’ and a mystery pub night.
The week culminated in an Open Mic event in the Rose Garden. All in all, it was a great success, welcoming back students with a bang and providing a chance to let off steam before the busy next semester.
Hutt Street Centre Walk a Mile in my Boots
To mark National Homelessness Week in August, a group of students from the College walked to raise funds for the 6,000 people experiencing homelessness in South Australia.
All funds raised went to Hutt St Centre, which has been supporting people for more than 68 years by providing a hearty meal, a hot shower and a range of support services all in a safe, welcoming space. To those who supported through a donation, thank you. It is together we can help end homelessness.
75 Years of St Ann’s – Looking Back
This photo, which is positioned at the top of the staircase near Wilcox Laundry in St Ann’s College was taken in January 1990 at a gold mine near Kambalda in Western Australia.
Pictured are St Ann’s students of the time, Michael Cheesman (centre) alongside Tim Grigg (left) and Brian McGowran (right). All had gone to Kambalda for summer mining jobs with Western Mining Corporation, using the income to fund their studies and accommodation at St Ann’s for the year ahead. All three young men went on to further studies and reflect upon their time at St Ann’s with affection.
President Report: Careers Night
On Monday 8 August, the Collegians organised the annual Careers Forum which was conducted in the Enterprise Deck following the formal dinner. Emily Graves introduced all the mentors who represented fields including engineering, education, nursing, business, allied health, medicine, and business.
There were approximately 25 Collegians in attendance and a good turn-out of current students eager to make connections. It’s a valuable program where students contemplating their career options have the opportunity to learn from others, and a much-appreciated way for Collegians to give back and even scout out future talent.
As always, our meetings are open to anyone who’d like to attend. You do not need to officially join the Collegians Association, or regularly attend our meetings, to contribute to the committee. We love and value any and all input!
Please reach out to StAnnsCollegians@stannscollege.edu.au to get in touch with a member of the committee.
Renovations around the College
In recent months there have been a number of renovations happening around the College. The courtyard in the middle of the College has been transformed into a beautiful lush and verdant space where students can study and relax particularly during the Spring and Summer months.
The Design Room has also been updated with new floors, a coat of paint, new ceiling lights, new tables, chairs, heating and cooling. It’s now the perfect place for students to get the creative juices flowing. For the fitness buffs, the gym has also had a number of pieces of equipment added for students’ use with special thanks to Mr and Mrs Masclet for their generous donation in memory of their beautiful daughter, Chelsea.
COVID at St Ann’s College
The latest outbreak of COVID this Winter has created further challenges to the smooth operation of the College, but collectively we have carefully managed to overcome these challenges.
Due to a number of cases within the College, we asked all students, staff and visitors to wear masks in communal dining and office areas. For students and staff who have symptoms or are a close contact, a RAT is required, progressing to a PCR if symptoms persist, despite a negative RAT. We took these precautions to ensure that St Ann’s is as Covid-free as possible over the colder months.
As we continue to work through COVID, we can assure that the College will continue to work towards the highest of standards to manage the virus.
Next month we will host the St Ann’s College Ball, followed by Founders Day.
The St Ann’s College Ball brings students together in a formal setting to relax and enjoy! The Founders Day celebrations are an opportunity for students and friends of the College to come together whilst recognising our founders and the generous benefactors, past and present, who have been changing the lives of students studying at St Ann’s since we opened our doors in 1947.
We are looking forward to bringing the student body together on both occasions.