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This Month’s Newsletter – Issue 75 Winter 2023

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This month's Newsletter
Chair of Council Update

St Ann’s success is to a great extent, due to a history of good people that have been committed to the college’s prosperity. We would not have had the success we have without the contribution of many resolute people who were generous with their time, engaged and aligned in our values.  These people include staff, students, volunteers, benefactors, and suppliers, all of which contribute to make the college the way it is today and have built a firm foundation for the college’s continued and future success.

This month I would like to recognize three individuals that have contributed to the St Ann’s community in a variety of ways.

Vic Le Cornu:

Vic has given more than 20 years of loyal service to the upkeep of the grounds and gardens which are a wonderful part of our history and contributor to what makes the college the way it is today. Over these years, Vic has been a keen part of our community, with the gardens being key to the visual aspect of the college grounds for residents and the public alike. Vic retires from St Ann’s and his working life on 6 July 2023. Photo top right, Vic pictured with Principal – Denise von Wald and Dr Rosemary Brooks OAM at his retirement dinner, Monday 5 June 2023. 

Frank O’Neil

Frank started on the Executive committee and College Council in 2021. Frank was an immediate contributor to the group, bringing invaluable insights about universities, housing, and the international student market. Frank contributed significantly to the strategic discussions and the development of the college strategic plan.  Frank is winding down his board engagements and so we are sad to see him go, but we thank him for his contribution, which was valuable and insightful. Photo right.

Robert Spiby

Robert recently announced that he will be standing down from the position of St Ann’s Bursar, a role that he has held for the last 16 years. During his time in this position, Robert has worked to provide the college with constant financial advice and support. While there will be a transition period to Alexander Cianca (PKF), who we are excited to welcome, we will miss Robert’s long-term knowledge and input in the financial intricacies of the college.  Bob Kennedy, who placed Robert in this position all those years ago would be very proud of Robert’s achievements and the success of the college under his watch as Bursar.

These three people have contributed to St Ann’s in very different ways, but the college would be poorer without any one of them.  As I mentioned in my opening sentence, good people make the college and I am very thankful and deeply humbled by the contribution they have all made. I would like to thank all three for their time with the college and wish them all the best for the future, they will forever be part of our St Anns family. Photo right.

Ashley Hams
Chair of Council

Collegians Report

The Collegian’s are off to a solid start this year, with planning underway for our professional development evening to be held in September. We are excited as this night will be feeding into some of the wonderful work that Tamara and the team within the college are doing in building the current student capabilities throughout the year, expanding on the work that we have done over the last 4/5 years in soft skill development. This is a great opportunity for any Collegian to attend and give back. If you are interested in being a mentor or attending the evening to provide advice to students about how to apply for jobs, soft skills in the workplace or anything that may help build networks, please let the college know so we can get in touch. This is also a great opportunity to reconnect with the college and see some of the college’s transformation.

Recently, we also assisted College Club with an ex-collegian pub night being held for students from 2021/22 that have recently left the college. It was a wonderful turnout and great to see so many students still keeping connections after they leave. We also began preliminary planning for an event in the second half of the year that will bring more ex-collegians back into the college. If you have any ideas, want to help organise anything, or are just interested in attending, please let us know at our collegians email address, stannscollegians@stannscollege.edu.au.

We are also very excited to connect with collegians who have recently become engaged, married or had children. Please send your photos of these events to us at stannscollegians@stannscollege.edu.au so we can feature these in an upcoming newsletter.

Thanks again to the wonderful committee this year. It’s great to see dedication within the college community and we welcome anyone to join at any time.

Paul Newland
President – Collegians

The Playford Trust Awards Night

The Playford Trust marked its 40th anniversary in April by recognising 50 high-achieving South Australian students working in areas of strategic importance to the State.

We are thrilled four St Ann’s College students, Dana Hurrell (Bachelor of Advanced Sciences), Hayden Schultz (Bachelor of Engineering Mechanical), Jasper Harding (Bachelor of Advanced Mathematical Science) and Sophie Glamuzina (Bachelor of Advanced Science) were rewarded valuable scholarships for their endeavours. The awards included the first Playford Trust STEM Encouragement Scholarship, which was presented to Dana Hurrell whose ambition is to become a STEM teacher. It was a bonus for St Ann’s that both Dana and Hayden were two of three speakers who concluded the event.

The Playford Trust Awards are the premier awards for tertiary students from major Universities and TAFE in our State, and since 2010 the Trust has supported more than 600 students and provided over $5 million dollars in support to high-achieving South Australians. For 2023, total support for new and continuing scholarship and award recipients across University and TAFE will be close to $700,000.

The College community is grateful to The Playford Trust and our partners – Chartwells and the St Ann’s College Foundation, for sponsoring the individual awards. What a great evening it was for St Ann’s College and the students who were honoured.

Photos above: St Ann’s College Students Dana Hurrell (Bachelor of Advanced Sciences), Hayden Schultz (Bachelor of Engineering Mechanical), Jasper Harding (Bachelor of Advanced Mathematical Science) and Sophie Glamuzina (Bachelor of Advanced Science) with The Hon Dr Diana Laidlaw AM – Playford Trust, Wendy Fleming – St Ann’s Dean and Mr Ian Alexander – Chartwells / Compass Group.

Casella Family Brands Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to current student Cooper Huntly who was awarded the Casella Family Brands Undergraduate Scholarship in March. The Scholarship was established by the Casella family to support three undergraduate students who begin a Bachelor of Viticulture & Oenology at the University of Adelaide in 2023.

Cooper is an Australian rules football fan and in life, likes to adhere to these words by John Kennedy Senior – an ex-Hawthorn Coach, ‘Don’t think, don’t hope, do! Do something! Come off the ground and say, I did this, I played on. At least I did something.’

Ironically, Cooper is an Essendon football club fan, however he is thrilled to receive the Scholarship and notes it has gone a long way in helping him to alleviate any financial hardships. Cooper was on a gap year and working full-time in the wine industry before undertaking his degree at the University of Adelaide.

Photos right: Cooper Huntly pictured with his mother, and Professor Cassandra Collins – Adelaide University Course Coordinator

Formal Dinner Speakers Inspire Students

The Lord Mayor of Adelaide Dr Jane Lomax Smith AM joined us in early April and delivered a stellar and inspiring speech to students. The Lord Mayor urged students to see politics not as a job, but rather as an opportunity to serve. She also reminded students not to say no to opportunities as she warned, they may not come again.

Dr Jane Lomax Smith AM, who is a Pathologist with a career in research and clinical medicine, also has a degree in Anthropology and Comparative Anatomy from the University of London. The first member of her family to go to University, she trained as a Specialist Pathologist as well as gaining a PhD in renal immunology from the University of Adelaide. She was also engaged in laboratory research in Adelaide and Boston, before managing hospital departments and private pathology practices including the one she founded in South Australia.

During her address, she outlined how her early medical education and training continues to be useful today as she employs a scientific framework and curiosity to issues, problems and arguments.

In May, we heard from Andrew Chadwick Group Account Manager from the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood. After a highly successful career working in the Government, Tourism, and Hospitality sectors, Andrew joined the Australian Red Cross just over six months ago, to follow his passion for meaningful work at a not-for-profit. His role is to educate and encourage people to donate blood. Over the last year, St Ann’s College blood donations helped to save over 51 lives.

Next Semester we look forward to hearing from Professor Peter Hoj AC, Vice Chancellor at the University of Adelaide and Emily Hopkins, a Flinders University student and disability advocate, as well as a host of other special guest speakers.

Photos above: Students with The Lord Mayor of Adelaide – Dr Jane Lomax Smith AM and Andrew Chadwick – Group Account Manager, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Friends Luncheon

On Wednesday 3 May the St Ann’s College Foundation hosted 18 guests for our Annual Friends Luncheon, as well as our guest speaker, distinguished Alumna – Dianne Davidson, AM. For the many Friends who couldn’t be with us for this wonderful event, you can read the full story including the speech from Dianne Davidson, AM and photos here.

The Wednesday Project

Recently we kicked off The Wednesday Project, an informal, yet engaging series of workshops, seminars and presentations designed to meet the academic and professional needs of St Ann’s Students. These events have broad appeal with the topics and schedule based on student feedback.

In our inaugural semester, we heard from a number of speakers including Dr Gareth Furber from Flinders University who spoke about importance of developing good time management and study skills early. Our Senior Academic Tutor – Piers Lewis, checked in with our new students and spoke about how to navigate university life, which he acknowledged can often feel overwhelming. Our Director of Learning – Dr Tamara Agnew, talked about essay planning, and a panel of our students including Annie Firth, Hayden Shultz, Chiara Castiglia and Ruby Chen talked to students about how they study in the lead up to exams, and what to expect when students get into the examination room. The number of students attending has been gradually increasing, with feedback extremely positive.

In the second semester, we will focus on professional development, with some great guests including Collegians Ashley Hams and Lisa Virgo talking about requirements of the modern workplace, Member of the South Australian House of Assembly, Jayne Stinson will talk about career pivots; and Mr Aron Hausler from the Department for Industry, Innovation and Science will cover entrepreneurial pathways. We are excited to see how this program evolves.

Dr Gareth Fuber – Flinders University, Dr Tamara Agnew and student Piers Lewis – St Ann’s College

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June 2023) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. To mark this occasion our St Ann’s College students invited Uncle Frank Wanganeen – an Elder in the Kaurna community, to deliver a Welcome to Country and a Smoking Ceremony at the College. A beautiful ceremony hosted on Monday 27 May, students gathered outside in the driveway to experience this ancient and contemporary custom among some Aboriginal Australians that involves smouldering native plants to produce smoke. Thank you to Uncle Frank Wanganeen for visiting St Ann’s College. (photo right). On the Wednesday evening, a number of students tried their hand at dot painting (photos right).


International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is held annually on May 17. St Ann’s College students marked IDAHOBIT Day with the Residential Advisors and College Club wearing rainbow pins to show support, and at 8pm a kahoot games night was hosted followed by marshmallow toasting by the fire in the Common Room.

IDAHOBIT Day was created to help educate people and raise awareness for the work required to combat discrimination against individuals in the LGBTIQ+ community. Well done to our students for supporting this important initiative!

Anzac Day

On Anzac Eve, the whole student body acknowledged Anzac Day and the ANZACs, laying a wreath as part of the Formal Dinner acknowledgements. On Anzac Day 25 April, more than 30 of our students attended the Dawn Service on North Terrace in the city. Senior Residential Advisors Jessica Nowland and Joshua Graham laid a wreath on behalf of the College student body at the South Australian War Memorial, remembering the fallen ANZACs.

Both were fitting occasions to remember those who served for Australia in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Lest we forget.

Earth Hour and Harmony Day

For Earth Hour on March 25, students decided to run things a little differently. They began with a games show hosted by Kobe Gerlach and Darcy Goldfinch, and four competing teams – a College Club team, a Residential Advisor team, a returner team and a first-year team. Three rounds of trivia and fun activities were delivered, with the College Club team announced as the winners. At 8.30pm for Earth Hour, the game show staged a ‘system crash’, with all the lights going off and a crash was played over the speakers. This kicked off the hour of candlelit board games marking Earth Hour.

Harmony Day was held one day later on March 26. To mark the occasion, our students created a giant painting with handprints in the harmony day colour of orange which also displayed the theme for this year, ‘Living in Harmony’. The activity was set up in the common room and as students passed through, they were asked to put their handprint on the sheet. A wonderfully relaxed evening and a calming study break for the students involved.

College Vaccination Program

In partnership with Terry White Chemist, St Ann’s College again this year offered a free flu and COVID booster during the month of May. Staff from Terry White vaccinated over 56 staff and students with more than 25% of the College now covered. It is anticipated another 25% of the College were already vaccinated due to requirements for their work and/or University placements. A great outcome for the health and safety of our students and staff.

Sponsorship of tables

The historic Tasmanian oak tables in the Dining Hall are iconic to the St Ann’s College experience and encapsulate the grounding and collective experience that the College offers.

You can book your place in the history of St Ann’s by Sponsoring one of the Dining Hall Tables, which allows you to purchase the namesake of the table, identified by a plaque with your name on it. To date, there are 11 of 22 tables sold. This leaves another 11 tables you can Sponsor. To purchase your table, email victoria.lewis@stannscollege.edu.au.

St Ann’s College Medal Presentation night

On Monday 27 May, we hosted our annual St Ann’s College Medal Presentation night awarding 62 medals to individual students. College medals are presented to students who have achieved more Distinctions and High Distinctions than any other grade in the previous academic year. The College is delighted that more than 30% (31%) of students are recording outstanding academic results. The St Ann’s College pass rate is currently sitting at 91%. A great outcome for our students, who are listed below and pictured with St Ann’s College Principal – Denise von Wald.

Abbey Dare – Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics; Abbey Rowbotham – Bachelor of Speech Pathology; Alexandra Gibb – Bachelor of Laws; Alice van den Broek – Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting); Alleah Maywald – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery; Allende Camblor-Diez – Bachelor of Engineering; Amelia Etchels – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery; Andrew Savaas – Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine; Annie Firth– Bachelor of Media with Bachelor of Arts; Antonio Vega Garcia – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery; Brock Grayson – Bachelor of Human Movement / Master of Teaching (Secondary); Chelsea Thomson – Bachelor of Paramedic Science; Eden (Tsz Tung) Chiu – Aviation Management; Elizabeth Maybury – Master of Business Law; Ella Dixon – Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) in partnership with TAFESA; Ella Nicholson – Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours); Ella Flaherty – Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours); Eloise Whitney – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery; Erin O’Halloran – Bachelor of Psychological Science; Flora Siskamanis – Bachelor of Psychological Science; Hayden Schultz – Bachelor of Engineering – Mechanical (Honours); Henry Slade – Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours); Holley Shepperd – Bachelor of Occupational Therapy/Health Science; Holly Nichols – Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours); Hudson Hearn – Bachelor of Creative Industries; Jackson Richards – Bachelor of Sciences (Advanced) with Bachelor of Economics; Jake Lawrie – Bachelor of Criminology; Jarrod Stolz – Bachelor of Commerce; Jasper Harding – Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Advanced); Jess Nowland – Bachelor of Nursing; Joseph McKinnon – Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences; Josh Graham – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic); Josh Niarros – Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences; Kahli Lock – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Chemical); Kassie Nikou – Bachelor of Paramedic Science; Lachlan Coathupe – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Chemical) with Bachelor of Finance; Lara Mudie – Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management; Leticia Sismey – Bachelor of Nursing; Macee Reynolds – Bachelor of Psychological Science; Madeline Hansen – Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics; Madison Kelly – Bachelor of Science; Mehdi Sabary – Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Advanced); Ming Sun – Master of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Niamh Weston – Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) / Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour); Olivia Turner – Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours); Panashe Mahove – Bachelor of Social Work; Piers Lewis – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical) with Bachelor of Science; Rebecca Robinson – Bachelor of Nursing; Ruby Chen – Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Advanced); Sabrina Pollon – Bachelor of Psychological Science; Sarah Jacob – Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine; Sarah Wright – Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical); Sophia Weston – Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Effects and Entertainment Design); Sophie Riethmuller – Bachelor of Physiotherapy; Sophie Tonkin – Bachelor of Creative Industries (Film and Television); Syed Mehdi Ahsan – Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine; Tess Jarvis – Bachelor of Health Sciences; Trish Nguyen – Bachelor of Clinical Sciences, Doctor of Medicine; Valerie Yung – Bachelor of Dental Surgery; Zara-Louis Whellum – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

Staff Updates

Farewell to Vic Le Cornu

On Monday 5 June, we hosted a retirement celebration dinner for our wonderful gardener Vic – who has been with the College since September 1999, providing 24 years of loyal service. He has planted, fed, watered and manicured the beautiful gardens over the years, seeing the College through its many changes.

As Vic heads into retirement with plans to spend more time with his family, we wish him all the best for the next stage of his journey and thank him for his contribution to the College over the past 24 years. Vic will officially finish with us on 6 July 2023.

Photos left: Vic Le Cornu’s retirement dinner – group photo of Vic pictured with the RA’s, college staff and his daughter – Melissa Diplock and granddaughter – Grace Diplock. Vic pictured with Dr Rosemary Brooks OAM, Denise von Wald and Jo Chung – Compass Group. Vic pictured with daughter Melissa Diplock and granddaughter Grace Diplock. 

Vinnies Winter sleep out

On Friday 28 July, St Ann’s College students and staff will come together to raise important funds and awareness for the most vulnerable people in our local community.

Each year in South Australia, there are more than 7,400 people experiencing homelessness, including 1,345 children under the age of 12 and 81 senior South Australians above the age of 75. At this sleepout, the St Ann’s family will swap the comfy beds and home-cooked meals with cardboard and a night without the comforts of home. By choosing to sleep out for one night, you can experience just a small part of what those facing homelessness and disadvantage do each and every day.

Register or donate now to make a difference in the lives of those who don’t get to make that choice. Your support will go towards Vinnies Services in South Australia, providing vital access to food, clothing, and financial assistance to locals in their time of need.

Leia & Liam

In late April we were lucky to receive a visit from St Ann’s College staff member Leia Reis (Executive Assistant to the Principal and CEO), who is currently on maternity leave. She dropped in with the beautiful Liam who was only six weeks old. We continue to wish Leia, Marcelo and their family well.

Photo left: Leia and Liam with college staff. 

Collegians News

Students graduations

In recent months, a number of our Collegians have commenced graduating from University. Jess Aucote and Max Parr are among those who attended their Graduation Ceremony at the University of South Australia, marking the completion of their Bachelor of Architectural Studies. Jess provided us with some words summarising her time at St Ann’s.

“After spending many endless study nights in the ED at St. Ann’s, we thought it would be the most fitting place to celebrate our graduation. Our Bachelor degree had its ups and downs, however my favourite memories have come from moments spent pulling a classic Architecture all-nighter. This universal experience known by Architecture students across the world was elevated at college, and I was often joined by students on their way home from Pub Nights or a sporting win celebrated in the Common Room. My eyes always lit up at the sound of footsteps trudging down the hall towards the ED at 1am.

I have been very excited to begin my Master of Architecture this year and spend my time focusing solely on my degree, however the moments spent at St. Ann’s studying my Bachelor will always hold a special place in my heart. I would not have been able to complete my studies without the facilities, staff, students and connections that all made my first three years of University so easy. St Ann’s College has set me up with the amazing skills I can use for the rest of my life”.

Congratulations to the many other students who have recently graduated, pictured left, including Georgia Turner (Bachelor of Nursing) and Lara Etchells (Bachelor of Business), Nelson Hayes (Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic), Lachlan Behn (Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences).

Ben Goode joins Aviair

Collegian Ben Goode who finished at St Ann’s at the end 2022, has made the move over to Western Australia where is his working for Aviair. An airline company offering scenic air tours, charter flights and scheduled flights serving The Kimberley and Pilbara regions, Ben is currently working in a ground operations role. A trained pilot, Ben plans to work his way up to flying. What a wonderful experience for Ben and what a beautiful part of the world to live in! We wish Ben all the best.

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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