As we celebrate the School’s 175th year of operations it has been wonderful to reconnect and reunite our School community on a number of occasions over the past few months. I enjoy the privilege of welcoming old scholars back to the School and I appreciate how fortunate St Peter’s College is to have such an engaged old scholar community.
On Saturday 17 September, over 250 members of our community explored the revitalised Big Quad precinct at a Community Day. It was a pleasure to speak with old scholars across the afternoon to explain how the project has brought the precinct back into the life of the School as the centre of academia with natural light and open and flexible spaces that connect modern learning pathways with our rich heritage, industry and memorials. To be involved in this restoration and the ongoing fulfilment of our Founders’ plans and aspirations for education, in our 175th year of operations, has been a great honour.
Across the term I have enjoyed connecting with old scholars at Chapter Dinners held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra, at the SPSC 175 Gala Ball, at the School Captains and Vice Captains Dinner and through our CEO-in-Residence Program. Designed to bridge the gap between the taught curriculum in classrooms with experiences in the world of enterprise and innovation, our CEO-in-Residence Program has been bolstered across the year with generous contributions of old scholars. In the past month students have been fortunate to meet with two-time Olympian turned hi-tech entrepreneur and co-founder of seven venture backed companies Simon Arkell (WDK 1983) and former Uber Australia boss and South Australian Venture Capital Fund Portfolio Manager David Rohrsheim (YNG 1999). Both Simon and David provided students with valuable insights into their career discovery and planning process. If you are interested in participating in our CEO-in-Residence Program please contact our CEO-in-Residence Coordinator Ana Christensen.
After a busy Term 3 our Years 11 and 12 students will come together, with their guests, on Friday evening to celebrate the Blue & White. With origins dating back to 1907 the Blue & White remains one of the most anticipated events on the School’s calendar and our students appreciate how fortunate they are to attend this special event on campus; SPSC is one of the few schools in Australia to still host a formal on campus. With students brushing up on general etiquette expectations to be practiced at such events, I am sure it will be an enjoyable evening for all who attend.
The School is immensely proud of our Year 12 cohort’s achievements to date. With the end of their schooling in sight, preparations are afoot for valedictory celebrations that afford students and families the time to reflect on their experiences, achievements and journey at SPSC. The SPOC New Members BBQ is one such celebration that provides the graduating Class of 2022 an opportunity to meet SPOC Members and learn about the SPOC sporting clubs on offer. Thank you SPOC for hosting this important event and for welcoming 175 new life members into your inspiring and diverse community.
I look forward to engaging with many of you at the Old Blues Lunch and the many milestone reunions throughout November.