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Celebrating 175 years of giving

Like the generosity of our founders and early benefactors, the generosity of our community in recent times will be forever etched in the School's history.

As we celebrate the School’s remarkable 175 year history, it is fitting to reflect on the long history of giving to St Peter’s College and the role benefaction has played in developing and sustaining the School since 1847.

Founded just 11 years after the first settlers arrived in South Australia, St Peter’s College owes its establishment to its early benefactors who had the foresight to create an institution that would foster the development of the colony by educating the hearts and minds of its future leaders.

The original endowment by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and those of Bishop Short, Captain William Allen and other individuals enabled the purchase of land on which the School now stands and its early development. Since then, benefaction has provided for the School’s ongoing advancement, growth and renewal as well as providing needs-based scholarship opportunities for talented and promising students.

Over the last few years, the culture of philanthropy has flourished at the School and like the generosity of our founders and early benefactors, the generosity of our community in recent times will forever be etched in the School’s history and will greatly assist the School in realising its vision to be an exceptional community of learning.

The School’s inaugural Giving Day last year will have an impact for years to come through the establishment of the 175 Year Anniversary Scholarship thanks to over 700 members of our community who generously supported this initiative.

The impact of recent giving will also soon become a reality for our senior students with the much anticipated opening of the historic Big Quad precinct in July. The transformation of the Big Quad to re-establish it as the heart of academia at the School would not have been possible without the support and contributions of the St Peter’s College community.

The completion of the Big Quad project is the first step to realising the School’s ambitious Master Plan and we look forward to seeing this bold vision brought to life.

As we prepare our students for the opportunities of tomorrow, you are invited to leave your mark on the next generation through our 175 Years of Giving appeal.

To make a tax-deductible gift, please click here to donate or contact the St Peter’s College Foundation via email at or phone +61 8 8404 0528.

Your gift. Their future.


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