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e-News May 2020

From the Head of College

When you read the lead story in this e-news about the creative ways in which so many of our students and staff have promoted community and have supported each other – and members of the wider community – during the pandemic, I think you will see why I am so proud of our College community at this time.

It was particularly gratifying to see how our students observed Anzac Day, remembering the fallen with gratitude for the sacrifices they made for those who would come after them, and how students offered to help at-risk members of our local and Old Collegian communities.

Like our many students confronted with acute financial hardship because of the pandemic and who are being helped by our emergency Student Support Fund, I am especially grateful to all members of our wider St Mark’s community who have already stepped forward to help with generous donations. The need remains substantial and real, and any support you can give our students through the Student Support Fund will be deeply appreciated.

Gratitude for life-changing support for students is also reflected in over 80 of our students writing to express their thanks for scholarships which they received this year. I think you will find their expressions of thanks deeply moving, showing the positive impact that St Mark’s has in their lives, and how much difference a scholarship can make. I warmly join our students in saying “thank you!” to all our scholarship donors.

With the end of the tax year fast approaching, I hope that everyone who is able to do so and who values what the College does for our students – and thus for society at large – will make a contribution through
Annual Giving this year and every year. Your Annual Gift, however small or large, can help to change the lives of our students.

Thank you in anticipation of your generous support.

With best wishes from the College – and please stay safe!

Professor Don Markwell
Head of College


Creatively promoting community during the pandemic

Our students and staff have been working together in creative and energetic ways to promote community and connectedness – and to help others – during the pandemic. It’s been an unexpectedly positive time in many ways.

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Generous donors help students hard hit by pandemic job losses

Generous donors have so far donated over $42,000 to the Student Support Fund which the College has created to help students adversely affected by the pandemic.

The need remains real. Can you help?

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Students say heartfelt “thank you” for life-changing scholarships

Over 80 students who have received scholarships to study at St Mark’s this year have written heart-warming letters of thanks for the life-changing opportunities the scholarships have given them.

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Honouring the fallen and the vision of our founders

In marking Anzac Day and Founders’ Day recently, our College community paid tribute to those who helped make us who we are today. Over half the students in residence took part at 6am on Anzac Day in sombre (socially distanced) vigils around the College to “light up the dawn”.

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Applications now open for 2021

Do you know students who would benefit from coming into College next year? Please encourage them to apply – applications are now open for places in 2021. Some places are also available for next semester.

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Alumni achievements

David Rohrsheim (St Mark’s, 2000-2004, College Club President 2002) is now managing the South Australian Venture Capital Fund of $50 million.

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Support our students

Please give now to support our students through the COVID-19 Pandemic Student Support Fund, or scholarships, or in other ways. This Annual Giving time, the need is great.

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Thank you!

And when the pandemic is over…

Join us for events for Old Collegians and friends of the College – or hold your event or meeting at St Mark’s, one of Adelaide’s best venues for a memorable event.  Read more

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