Towards our second century – marking our Centenary in 2025

Towards Our Second Century

Towards our second century - marking our Centenary in 2025

After careful planning that began in 1920, St Mark’s College was officially opened on 15 March 1925.

In 2025, the College will celebrate its centenary.

A centenary history has been commissioned, to cover the College’s first 100 years. It will be researched and written by two highly regarded historians from the University of Adelaide, Associate Professor Paul Sendziuk and Dr Carolyn Collins. More details are here.

Major events will also be planned for 2025, and the centenary of significant steps towards the creation of the College – such as its affiliation with the University of Adelaide in October 1924 – will be marked along the way. Some of these steps are recorded on the timeline of the College’s history here.

In 2020, the College marked the centenary of the creation in September 1920 by the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide of a committee to consider creating a college for students of the University of Adelaide. This committee helped to shape what became St Mark’s College. In December 2021, the College marked the 100th anniversary of the formal conference at St Peter’s College, chaired by Canon Julian Bickersteth, which made the decision to establish a university residential college in Adelaide. Some of the visionary documents produced by the founders, and portraits of several of the College’s founders, can be found here.

Each year, on the Sunday after Anzac Day, the College honours its founders with a Founders’ Day service and, as in 2021, other events (which were reported on here, here, and here.) Founders' Day in 2022 will be observed on Sunday 1 May. Details will be here.

Watch here for details of centenary events.

In 2022, the College is also celebrating the 40th anniversary of co-education at St Mark’s. Details of the gala dinner on Saturday 30 April will be here.

Consultation on draft strategic plan - "Towards our second century: a living strategy for St Mark's College"

As the College looks to its centenary, the College's Board has been working on a draft strategic plan towards 2025 and beyond.

Valuable input has already been received from, amongst others, current student leaders, the St Mark's College Foundation Board, and College staff.

The current work-in-progress draft for the strategic plan is here.

Feedback on the draft strategic plan is warmly invited from all Old Collegians and friends of the College, and should be sent either by email here or to the Head of College, Professor Don Markwell, at St Mark's.

We would be very grateful to receive your feedback by Thursday 16 December 2021.

Many thanks in anticipation of your input to this important strategic planning process!


September 2021