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“Extremely honoured” and “forever grateful”: students say “thank you” for life-changing scholarships

25 May 2023

In next week’s scholarship presentation ceremony, this year’s scholarship recipients will be acknowledged for their achievements and will have an opportunity to say thank you in person to some of the donors who are supporting them to be at St Mark’s. Scholarships are a truly life-changing gift. In many cases, students would otherwise not have been able to afford to …

Pirjo Rayner retiring after 34 years, Amanda Ward appointed Librarian-Archivist

24 May 2023

Ms Pirjo Rayner retires on 30 June after over 34 years of dedicated service as the Librarian of St Mark’s College. She will be succeeded by Ms Amanda Ward, who has qualifications and professional experience in both libraries and archives, and who is also managing the College’s extensive Archives. A Sundowner event to thank and farewell Pirjo will be held …

Karin Dunsford appointed Director of Centenary Engagement

24 May 2023

To help engage alumni and friends of St Mark’s in celebrating our Centenary in 2025, the College has recently appointed Ms Karin Dunsford as Director of Centenary Engagement. Karin is currently Director of Marketing and Community Engagement at Adelaide’s Walford Anglican School for Girls, and will start at St Mark’s in July. Events to mark the Centenary of St Mark’s …

Ian and Pamela Wall Scholarships to help students in need

04 May 2023

A major new scholarship endowment – the Ian and Pamela Wall Scholarships – has been created to help students who are in need of financial support to be at St Mark’s. Dr Ian Wall AM (1931-2022) was a resident student at St Mark’s in 1950-54, and later an Honorary Fellow. In gratitude for all that St Mark’s did for him, …

Remembering Gayle Cowan OAM with profound gratitude

20 March 2023

The flags at St Mark’s are flying at half mast this week to honour the life and mark the passing of Gayle Cowan OAM, a Governor of the College Foundation, whose generous financial support over 25 years helped hundreds of students from regional areas to be at St Mark’s. Gayle Cowan was honoured with a Medal of the Order of …

College Club constitutional review invites feedback

15 March 2023

The College Club has embarked on a thorough-going review of its Constitution led by a high-powered committee of law students and student leaders. Appointed at the Club’s AGM on 1 March, the Constitutional Review Sub-Committee has been tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of the Constitution, inviting feedback from current and Old Collegians, staff, and friends of the College. It …

2023 starts with focus on upholding values – and a win in the tennis!

15 March 2023

The 2023 academic year has commenced with a record enrolment at St Mark’s, our students pledging to uphold a student-written “Living Document of Values”, and many successful Welcome Week events including the post-Covid return of Old Collegians’ tennis, followed by a nail-biting and exciting win for St Mark’s in inter-college tennis. The hard work of student leaders and staff to …

Congratulations on recent Australian and British Honours

13 February 2023

Many congratulations to members of the St Mark’s community recognised in the recent Australian honours list – Gayle Cowan OAM (Governor of the St Mark’s College Foundation) on her Medal of the Order of Australia “for service to the community of Mount Gambier”. Read more. Robert (Bob) Cowan OAM (Governor of the St Mark’s College Foundation) on his Medal of …

In memoriam: Dr Antony Harding (27 September 1962 – 14 June 2020)

18 January 2023

A tribute by Jane Downer Tony Harding grew up in Launceston, Tasmania and I met him during mutual years of residence at St Mark’s College in the 1980s when he was a Dentistry student and enthusiastic sportsman. In 1988 Tony underwent surgery for a liver transplant, a critical operation performed whilst he was in a coma. Following a long recovery, …

Happy return of 50+ year reunion lunch

14 December 2022

The annual reunion lunch for those in the College 50 or more years ago and their partners has returned after a break due to the pandemic – with a large number of Collegians and partners recently enjoying a superb lunch and sharing many happy memories. In an amusing and inspiring speech proposing the toast to the College, the Hon. Bruce …

Grace Neuhaus and Oliver Douglas Commission as Lieutenants in the Australian Army

14 December 2022

In Canberra on Saturday, 5 November 2022, Grace Neuhaus and Oliver Douglas were commissioned as Lieutenants in the Australian Army. Their commissioning represents the culmination of several years of effort through the Army Reserve Officer Course Continuum (the AROCC). The AROCC comprises five training blocks that see a Candidate (Officer Cadet) learn foundational soldier skills, transition to section command and …

Ivan Shearer Scholarship for study in Oxford or Cambridge – call for applications for 2023-24

14 December 2022

A generous bequest by the late Professor Ivan Shearer AM RFD has enabled the creation of the Ivan Shearer Scholarship to support St Mark’s Collegians to study at the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge. An international law academic and practitioner who developed a high global reputation, Ivan Shearer (1938-2019) was Dean of St Mark’s College from 1968 …