St Peter’s College has been sustained by a strong culture of philanthropy for over 170 years and this culture continues to grow. Over the past two years, gifts to the St Peter’s College Foundation Scholarship Fund have provided increased opportunities for students for whom a St Peter’s College education would otherwise be out of reach. These opportunities add to the diversity of our student body, enabling students irrespective of cultural or social background to learn from others with different perspectives and life experiences.
Recent donations to the St Peter’s College Building Fund have also supported the delivery of some key facility upgrades across the School including to the Boarding House, Memorial Hall, Hill Wing Music Centre and Finniss Outdoor Education Centre. Philanthropic funds will also support the redevelopment of Big Quad in 2020, part of the School’s Master Plan to ensure our facilities address the future needs of the School community.
Memorial Hall was extensively damaged by fire on 2 December 1985. With the support of the School community, the renovated and refurbished hall was opened on Friday 11 March 1988 by the Governor of South Australia, Sir Donald Dunstan (DAC ’43) and once again became the focal point of School life.
The Burchnall Sports Centre, complete with multi-purpose courts, indoor pool, classrooms and strength and conditioning room superseded the century-old outdoor swimming pool and 33-year-old gymnasium as part of the School’s Blueprint for the Future campaign. The centre was opened in April 2003.
Building work began on the Junior School Redevelopment in 2008. The redevelopment included new modern learning spaces, new classrooms, an observatory for young astronomers, an information resource centre and state-of-the-art library. The centre was opened in April 2010.
The extensive redevelopment of the Pentreath Building, designed to ensure a seamless transition to Senior School, was opened at the start of 2016. It features innovative spaces in which students can learn, collaborate and play as well as a flexible learning environments tailored specifically to the needs of Years 7 and 8 boys.
Rex J Lipman Fellows Program
The legacy of Dr Rex J Lipman AO ED OLH ONM (1922–2015) who generously remembered the School in his Will lives on through the Lipman Fellows Program. This program brings leaders and scholars of international or national distinction to the School to inspire and motivate students, staff and the wider community.
The St Peter’s College Foundation offers two full scholarships for students not currently enrolled at the School and who can provide evidence of a record of strong academic endeavours, service within their current School or local community and high-level participation in co-curricular activities.
The gift of Maths@Saints
The long-standing Maths@Saints program has transformed the way the School approaches maths and has had a significant impact on both teaching and learning. The result of a generous bequest made anonymously in 2005, this gift has helped cement the School as a leader in maths education through innovation and best practice.
RHC Rischbieth Scholarship
The RHC Rischbieth Scholarship, established in 2000 by Richard and Judy Rischbieth, provides 100% remission of tuition and boarding fees for a student from a regional area, including Kangaroo Island, and who would be unable to attend the School without significant financial support.
Pipe Organ Tuition Scholarships
Through the philanthropic support of a group of donors who are passionate about maintaining and cherishing organ music, St Peter’s College provides unique scholarship opportunities for students to learn on the historic St Peter’s College Chapel pipe organ.
Adelaide Brighton Scholarship
Gifted by Adelaide Brighton, this scholarship for Indigenous students opens up a world of possibilities for personal development and growth of a student who would otherwise not be able to attend St Peter’s College without a scholarship.
Elix Advantage Scholarship
Made possible by Doug Elix AO, the Elix Advantage Scholarship offers 100% remission of tuition fees and fixed charges and IT levy for a student who possess all-round qualities and who would be unable to attend St Peter’s College without a full scholarship.
Doc Ross Boarding Scholarship
The Doc Ross Boarding Scholarship is for the exclusive benefit of a boarder whose family is in need of financial assistance. The scholarship provides 100% remission of boarding fees for a student for a maximum of five years.