Posted 23 SEP 2021
As the 2021 Winter Season draws to an end the Saints Athletics Club can reflect back on a very successful...
As the 2021 Winter Season draws to an end the Saints Athletics Club can reflect back on a very successful season. Brooke Hines achieved the title of State Champion in the Open Women’s 10km Road race. Her good friends and training partners Claire Hodgart and Megan Ryan took out gold and bronze respectively in the Open Women’s Cross Country 10km race. Jack Williams and Deacon Gore achieved gold in the U/14 and U/16 Boys races. Jonathan Harris placed 2nd in a very competitive U/18 Boys field. After the State Road 5km, the club will turns it’s attention to the upcoming 2021/22 Summer Season. The start of summer is always marked by the St Peter’s College Athletics Sports Day and Achilles Cup. After a successful Sports Day, the Saints Athletics Club is wishing the Saints Schoolboys all the best at the upcoming Achilles Cup. It’s shaping up to be a great season and now has never been a better time to join the club. If you are interested in joining you can find out more about the club on our website: www.saintsathleticsclub.com.au Nikolaos Flabouris (SHT 2013) Saints Athletics Club Email: email@example.com Website: saintsathleticsclub.com.au Facebook: @SaintsAthleticsClub Instagram: @saintsathsclub
Posted 23 SEP 2021
On behalf of the St Peter’s College Foundation, I am delighted to share the 2020 Impact of Giving booklet which...
On behalf of the St Peter’s College Foundation, I am delighted to share the 2020 Impact of Giving booklet which serves to highlight the impact of philanthropy at St Peter’s College as well as thank our community of donors. Since 2018, I have witnessed a growing culture of philanthropy at the School and in 2020, despite the challenges of COVID-19, the community collectively gifted $2.34 million to the St Peter’s College Foundation. This year the Foundation has again raised records funds, clearly demonstrating our community’s commitment to maintaining excellence in education, facilities and community service at St Peter’s College. Recent benefaction has enabled the redevelopment of Big Quad, increased needs-based scholarship opportunities and in 2020 supported families financially affected by the global pandemic through the establishment of the Headmaster’s Hardship Bursary. I continue to be humbled by the passion and dedication that members of the St Peter’s College community share through their desire to give back. This year I was overwhelmed by the response to the School’s inaugural Giving Day, with over 700 members of our community raising in excess of $840,000 to establish the 175-Year Anniversary Scholarship. This scholarship will provide talented and promising students, regardless of circumstance, the opportunity to access a St Peter’s College education and I extend my sincere thanks to everyone who supported this important endeavour. Please click here to read the 2020 Impact of Giving booklet. Should you wish to have a confidential discussion about any matter, please do not hesitate to contact me. Tim Browning Headmaster
Old Scholar News
Posted 23 SEP 2021
The project to revitalise the Big Quad is well underway. This exciting redevelopment, the first major project of the School’s...
The project to revitalise the Big Quad is well underway. This exciting redevelopment, the first major project of the School’s Master Plan, will re-establish the precinct as the heart of academia at St Peter’s College. The ongoing renewal of the School’s buildings and infrastructure is captured in the School’s vision to be an exceptional community of learning. The first stage of the project saw delicate demolition and excavation of the precinct. As the past was carefully peeled back, the history of the buildings has been gradually exposed. Uncovering hidden treasures, including original student works from the late 19th century, has given us a deeper appreciation of the precinct’s past, its connection to the present and the importance of preserving and renewing it so that it continues to meet contemporary educational needs. Major preliminary works including underpinning, installation of concrete footings, slabs and reinforcement, and the lift pit excavation have been completed. The first concrete pour has begun and structural steel installation has commenced in Big Quad East along with truss framework positioning in Big School Room. The roof and internal wall demolition of Big Quad South, to accommodate a second storey, has now commenced. The project which will be completed in two stages for handover in 2022, will protect our shared heritage and has been made possible through the philanthropic support of our community. Progress in the Big Quad re-development Big School Room
Posted 23 SEP 2021
The 2021 season has all but come to an end. All four teams competed in the SAASL competition, with the...
The 2021 season has all but come to an end. All four teams competed in the SAASL competition, with the SPOC SC, D Team playing in the Division 8 Saturday competition and achieving great success. The team fielded over 20 players throughout the season, many of them playing soccer for the first time at the club. With the Division 5, C Team also fielding some 25 players over the duration of the season, it is clear that not only is there great depth at SPOC SC but also a wonderful comradery amongst these two teams. The Division 1 Team faced some high-quality opposition this season, but pleasingly they have safely maintained their place in the competition for 2022. The Reserves team achieved excellent results, and they remain in the prestigious Cup competition that will continue into the month of October, where we look forward to the team making a deep run towards the semi-finals and hopefully the final. The club is most grateful to the dedication and hard work of its committee, that spend copious hours planning, organising and supporting the club. October 29th is the date of the 2021 end-of-season dinner and presentation night that will be held in Da Costa Dining Hall and is promising to be another special and memorable evening. Daniel Cardone SPOC Soccer Club Facebook: @spocsc
Old Scholar News
Posted 23 SEP 2021
Callum McNair (HWD 2010) and Hugh Woods (HWD 2012) have many things in common. Both were Howard House Vice-Captains, and...
Callum McNair (HWD 2010) and Hugh Woods (HWD 2012) have many things in common. Both were Howard House Vice-Captains, and now they are both lawyers. Both were also born with complex congenital heart disease and both required lifesaving surgery to allow them to survive. They now have something else in common…. Callum and Hugh participated in the Adelaide City Plunge on Saturday 18 September, abseiling off the top of the Adelaide Intercontinental Hotel to raise much needed funds for HeartKids SA. Callum, a HeartKids SA Ambassador, has a Fontan circulation, a complex condition which results in him having only one pumping chamber in his heart instead of two. Callum also has 7 holes in his heart. Callum has had 13 operations, including 5 open heart surgeries. Hugh was born with Tetralogy of Fallot which is also a very severe and complex heart condition. If left untreated would have been fatal. Hugh underwent lifesaving surgery in 1994. In 2017 Hugh underwent a second successful surgery. This time it was to repair a damage heart valve. Thanks to modern day medicine both Callum and Hugh lead relatively normal lives. Today Callum works as legal counsel at an ASX 200 company, while Hugh is a criminal lawyer and regularly appears in the District Court of South Australia. HeartKids is the only charity supporting children and adults born with congenital heart disease. Congenital heart disease is the biggest killer of children under the age of 1. Everyday 8 children in Australia are born with congenital heart disease. Congratulations and well done for raising much needed funds for such a great cause!
Event RecapOld Scholar NewsSPOC Sport
Posted 23 SEP 2021
The Intercol Pool Competition between St Peter’s Old Collegians and Prince Alfred Old Collegians was held on Wednesday 19 August...
The Intercol Pool Competition between St Peter's Old Collegians and Prince Alfred Old Collegians was held on Wednesday 19 August 2021. After a five years and a Covid-postponement, eight Old Blue pool-sharks - Tim Eckermann (FRR 1987), Andy Paull (SHT 1987), Andrew Cudmore (YNG 1974), Michael Brock (YNG 1971), Jake Howie (MAC 1976), Karl Kirsten (YNG 1992), Jon Cocks (FLL 1973) and Jason Ahmad (FLL 1987) - assembled at The Empire Pool Hall to give the Dequetteville Terrace hopefuls - cannon fodder for years to the Blue juggernaut - another lesson, this time at American Pool. Some astonishing pool was played and, in his match with old rival Harry Perks there was the rewarding (for Brocky) side hustle, a subject never on the Saints curriculum. Well, not officially. Brocky also took out the best individual trophy in a single frame decider against ‘Big’ Tom Lambert. It wasn’t until the last round of frames that the inevitable Blue triumph became clear. The final head-to-head score 30-19. Thank you to convenor, Jason Ahmad (FLL 1987), for making it happen and we trust that the Old Reds will be back next year for another futile crack at glory. Jon Cocks (FLL 1973)
Old Scholar NewsWhere are they now?
Posted 23 SEP 2021
Approaching a half century since my years at Saints, here are some of my moments in time and positions reached...
Approaching a half century since my years at Saints, here are some of my moments in time and positions reached since the early seventies. I was a Uni student in the Whitlam years, when tertiary education was free for all who qualified. Along the way, I fathered a son (Jordan) outside a normal family environment and did my best to be a good dad. Circumstance dictated a public school education for him and it was not a good fit. I am happy to report that he has learnt from life a lot better than he did in the classroom and he remains the apple of my eye, a thoughtful, intelligent young man of 28 that he now is. As a secondary educator in the public system - Drama and English, mostly - for the majority of my career, I question the lack of priority shown by successive federal governments towards public education in all sectors. In my first year of teaching, back in the mid-Jurassic, The Department still subjected new teachers to Probation. A Deputy Principal advised me: ‘if you want a future as a teacher, you’ll have to change your personality.’ Imagine what a subversive little bugger I must have been. While I have grown older and less stupid, I have always had two well-used words for anyone who wanted to reshape me into something that fitted their preferred mould. Words and stories have always moved me. My best work was when I had a kid venture onstage, to emerge from the spotlight as an enhanced spirit, braver than before. The best learning in Drama is walking that tightrope and those glorious moments immediately after coming down. I helped more than a few needy or impulsive children evolve into functional, responsible young people. I did it with humour, patience, explicit teaching and at times sheer bloody-mindedness. No mathematical ‘effect size’ or computer program measured what happened in my classes. Educators face an uphill demanding juggling act with the imposed bureaucracy of record-keeping. Most issues would be improved with smaller class sizes. I wrote a novella called Duty of Care, which can be found here. Retired from full-time work now, I have had time to complete my historical fiction Angel of Aleppo, a story of the Armenian Genocide, a labour of love that has been well-received to date. You can see more about the book and its related issues via my website: joncocks.com or order your copy here. In 2009, I met my wife Lilit online. She was in Armenia and I was in the Adelaide Hills. On my journey to Armenia to meet her in person and to bring her here to be my wife, I researched Armenia and discovered the Armenian Genocide, an outrage that arguably encouraged Hitler’s murderous schemes. Long an advocate for social justice, and witness as an educator in impoverished places to the kind of poverty that should not exist in a first world country like Australia, the idea for my novel germinated. I also have unpublished cartoon strips, a long list of credits as an actor in community theatre, a long-running TV ad, and several one-act plays written for students. Other than an enduring love affair with Lilit, I love fine food and wine. I play competition 8-ball and follow the Adelaide Crows in good times and bad. I was present at the MCG on that glorious last Saturday in September, 1997. And I have seen some shockers. When I addressed the student body in November 2018, being farewelled into retirement, I offered one last, very short English lesson: Famous poet Dylan Thomas wrote: Do not go gentle into that good night. He meant: when death approaches, you need to know your life was meaningful. So, get out there and find your meaning, I told them. Don’t be afraid of stepping up. Life is meant for living. So, live it well. I have tried to do that and continue to try to do that. Jon Cocks (FLL 1973)