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Principal’s Welcome, Winter 2024, Issue 79

It has been a very busy time within the St Ann’s College community.

 I was honoured to attend the Playford Trust scholarship awards to four of our current students. It was very humbling but also inspiring to hear of the impressive young people in this state as they were acknowledged. In addition, I would like to acknowledge the support of Chartwells and the St Ann’s College Foundation for making scholarships available to our current students.


The St Ann’s community has been evident as we celebrated the success of the Collegians Reunion. Whilst this could have been a sombre occasion following the recent death of Stuart, it became an opportunity to reconnect as well as relive shared experiences and take a trip down memory lane. This was then followed by Paul Crawford’s address at the Friend’s Luncheon, again an opportunity to hear more about our history and celebrate the key aspects of St Ann’s College. I hope to connect further with many of you at our Gala Dinner to be held at the College on Saturday 13 July.


We had over 40 students attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service and another 25 attend the ‘Wings For Life” event which was promoted by SAAUCC. Our students finished a very close second in debating, then competed enthusiastically at AFL, consolidating their current position in second place behind Aquinas College for the Douglas Irving High Table Cup.

Our Formal Dinner Guest Speaker program continues to inspire, hearing from The Hon. Blair Boyer MP, who had also attended a university residential college himself, in Melbourne. We were then fortunate to have Jayden Willie, a current student, speak at formal dinner to explain the significance of his indigenous guernsey design for St Ann’s.

The Academic support program continues to go from strength to strength, with increased support from student mentors in addition to the academic tutoring. Each student has been meeting with Lucy Fairlie-Jones (Dean) and Dr Tamara Agnew (Director of Learning) for Academic Monitoring, an important means of catching up individually and checking from a pastoral care and academic perspective.

Major projects have continued with three stages of the air conditioning complete and work continuing on the next stage. We have also commenced the wi-fi upgrade throughout the College, starting in administration and then moving through Plummer.

It is also great to be able to feature news from Collegians – please have a look at the news of recent graduates as well as other stories.

Thank you for your continued support of St Ann’s. We are also delighted to announce high application rates already for 2025, a true testament of our current students and this year’s student leaders.

Wendy Fleming
Principal and CEO

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