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.
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.
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.”
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
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.