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It has been quiet around the College over the mid semester break with many students escaping to warmer locations during the winter months.

Momentum will increase as we inch closer to Semester Two. With numerous events already planned throughout the semester, it will be an exciting second half of the year.

In this edition of The Word we bring you a combination of sporting summaries, stories and future events. You can read about our two alumni who are competing in the Mongol Rally to raise money for charity. All the details are below. Scroll down to find out more.


Careers Networking Evening – Wednesday 28 August

The Johnsmen’s Association is pleased to support the College to host a careers networking event for second and third year students. This is an opportunity for students to interact with alumni and friends of the College from a diverse range of professions and who are at various stages of their professional careers.

The format of the evening will be a speed networking event where the students will chat successively with each adviser. This format will allow our guests to provide an insight into their careers and the pathways that led to them. It is also an opportunity for the students to ask questions and to gain a deeper understanding of the various career paths available and to seek further advice around career skills and professional development. As this event matures, we also hope to be able to develop a tailored mentoring program.

If you are interested in being involved with this event, please register your interest.

Introducing the Intramural Sports program
St John’s students have achieved sporting and cultural success in the Intramural Sporting competition.

The Intramural sports program hosts the Thomas Whalan Cup (men’s sporting competition) and Liane Tooth Cup (women’s sporting competition) for residents of Queen Mary Building, The Terraces, St John’s College, Regiment Building, Abercrombie Student Accomodation, International House, Mandelbaum House, Urbanest, Sancta Sophia College, UniLodge, Iglu and Sydney University Village.

The program includes sports that do not form part of the Rawson and Rosebowl competitions such as oz-tag, futsal, badminton, volleyball and quidditch. During Semester 1, St John’s students achieved:

  • 1st in both men’s and women’s oz-tag
  • 1st in theatresports
  • 1st in smartphone filmmaking
  • 3rd in women’s badminton


St John’s is currently sitting in 4th place in the Men’s Thomas Whalan Cup and 2nd in the Women’s Liane Tooth Cup. Click here to follow the progress throughout Semester 2.


2019 Johnsmen’s Association Annual Reunion Dinner
Saturday 3 August

The Johnsmen’s Annual Reunion Dinner is an occasion for alumni to reunite at the College, catch up with former college friends, reminisce about past events and reflect on the role that they wish to play in the future of the College.

The Dinner this year will be held on Saturday 3 August and will feature Mr Alister Henskens, SC MP, Member for Ku-ring-gai and NSW Cabinet Secretary, as guest speaker for the evening. Tickets are now available to purchase. Click here to buy your tickets and be part of this annual event.

Several reunions are being planned for this Dinner. Please contact the Johnsmen’s Association if you would like to organise your year reunion or to be put in touch with your table captain. All alumni and their partners are invited to the Annual Dinner.

Laffo’s Long Lunch
Laffo’s Long Lunch raises money for the Matt Laffan Scholarship, which enables students with disabilities to attend St John’s College.

Guest speakers: Mr David Kirk MBE
(1987 All Blacks Captain) and Mr Simon Poidevin AM (1991 victorious Wallabies team)

Date: Friday 13 September 2019
Time: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Venue: Doltone House
(Tattersalls Club, Hyde Park)
Location: 3/181 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000
Raising money with the Mongol Rally
Tom Davey and Alistair Johnstone (SJC 2015-2017) are participating in the adventure of a lifetime and raising money for global environmental charity, Cool Earth, and local LGBT+ charity, Twenty10.

Tom and Alistair are competing in the 2019 Mongol Rally, a gruelling car race from Prague, Czech Republic to Ulan Ude, Russia. Starting in Prague on Monday 22 July, Tom and Alistair will drive a 1L car, purchased for less than $500, over 10,000 miles relying only on themselves to get them through the challenging terrain.

Contestants will be supporting Cool Earth as well as another charity of their own choice. “The reason that we’ve decided to support Twenty10 comes from our time at college”, said Tom and Alistair. “During the three years we were at college, we became a lot more aware of the difficulties that LGBT+ people face, even in more tolerant and accepting communities like Newtown.

“The teenage years can be difficult for most people, so we can’t even imagine how difficult they must be for LGBT+ teens. Twenty10 provides invaluable support and counselling services to teenagers, and because they’re a smaller, local charity, we really felt like every donation to them would make a big difference.”

If you would like to support Tom and Alistair on their adventure, please click here to donate to their cause. You can also follow them on their adventure via Instagram: @keepingupwiththe_khandashians

They plan to cross the finish line at Ulan Ude in mid September. We wish them lots of luck!

Rawson Round Up
The Rawson competition hit full swing during Semester 1 with our men competing in cricket, swimming and rugby. Results varied across each sport, but the most important thing was that as a community we pulled together to support our teams.

Held over the three rounds of cricket in March, the John’s Rawson team came 3rd overall. View detailed results here.

The Intercollegiate Swimming Carnival was held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Tuesday 2 April. The Rawson Team came 3rd overall and scored the following places:

  • James Hansen came 1st in the 50m Butterfly and 3rd in the 100m Freestyle
  • Tom Bastick came 2nd in the 50m Backstroke
  • John Schnelle came 3rd in the 200m Individual Medley
  • Angus Kelleher came 3rd in the 400m Freestyle

The complete results can be viewed here.

The 2019 Rawson Rugby Team displayed some brave and valiant performances throughout the rugby tournament and placed was 4th in the rankings. View detailed results here.

Rosebowl Wrap-Up
The Rosebowl competiton featured some stand out performances by our women competing in netball, swimming and hockey throughout Semester 1.

The netball competition was spread across five rounds. The Rosebowl Team had a convincing win against Sancta in Round 2 and came 4th overall. View detailed results here.

The Rosebowl Team came 3rd overall and scored the following places:

  • Georgia Hurst came 2nd in the 50m Breaststroke and 3rd in both the 400m Freestyle and 200m Freestyle.
  • Georgia Strain came 2nd in the 100m Freestyle.

The complete results can be viewed here.

The Rosebowl hockey tournament was highly competitive. The John’s team played some very close games across the five rounds and came 5th overall. View detailed results here.

Can you help? Year, House Committee and Sporting Team Photos

Do you have your Year, House Committee or Sporting Team photo from your time at St John’s?

Thank you to everyone that sent in their Year photos which we were missing from our collection. They are greatly appreciated, however, we still have some spaces to fill.

We are currently missing photos of the following years:

  • 1914, 1915, 1917, 1918
  • 1920, 1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1929
  • 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1939
  • 1947
  • 1961
  • 1973
  • 1997, 1998, 1999
  • 2000, 2003, 2008

We are also interested in any House Committee and Sporting Team photos to help build our collection.

If you have a Year, House Committee or Sporting Team photo, please let us know at

Johnsmen’s Association
2019 Canberra Alumni Dinner
Do you live in the nation’s capital or surrounding areas?
If you live in or around Canberra, we would like to invite you to join us for dinner and to connect with other alumni and the broader college community.

Alumni, parents, friends and partners are all welcome. Details to be confirmed.

Date: Thursday 31 October
Time: TBC
Venue: TBC
Location: TBC
Do you have news to share?

The College loves to hear what the alumni are up to, so if you have any news please email it through to

If you are organising a reunion please contact the college to let us know.


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Sydney, NSW, 2050

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