St Peter’s Girls’ School graduates spread across the globe; yet they remain connected to the School where their friendships formed and their sense of knowledge, self and future took shape.
Many return to talk with current students, sharing their professional experiences across an enormous diversity of career choices. Each year the Old Scholars’ Association hosts dinners, reunions, movie and theatre nights, golf days and other events, providing many opportunities to reconnect and share in Adelaide and Interstate.
The Old Scholars’ Association is an integral and essential link between the history of our School, including past students and staff, and the present School community. The Association commenced in 1914, making it one of the oldest in Australia and providing an annual Scholarship for a new Year 8 student entering our School and prizes for current students.
The affairs of the Association are managed through a Council of 20 members, who meet monthly on a Tuesday evening throughout the year. Each year the council hosts a variety of events including golf days, movie nights and dinners. To become a Council member one must be an Old Scholar.
The OSA has been responsible for the establishment of the School Museum and continues to give voluntary support to its development. The Association has active branches across Australia and throughout regional SA.
For current Old Scholars, please visit Old Scholars’ Place for resources and information.
Hon Julie Bishop (Kilburn ’73)
Julie graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1978 and attended Harvard Business School in Boston in 1996 completing the Advanced Management Program for Senior Managers. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and has held a number of positions including Chair of the Western Australia Town Planning Appeals Tribunal, a member of Murdoch University Senate, the Anglican Schools Commission, a director of SBS (TV and Radio) and the Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA WA).
Before entering Parliament Julie was a commercial litigation lawyer at Clayton Utz. She became a partner of Clayton Utz in 1985, and was the managing partner of the Perth firm from 1994 to 1998.
Julie was elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Curtin in 1998 and has since served as a Cabinet Minister in a range of portfolios as well as Deputy Leader of the Opposition, and most recently as the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Gwendolynne Burkin (Kennion ’88)
Gwendolynne Burkin has over 25 years of experience working in Melbourne and London in many genres of the fashion industry, from elite designer to mainstream corporate companies.
In 1997 she established her signature label, ‘Gwendolynne’, which started as a ready to wear designer brand boasting 45 stockists internationally. After 15 years of success, she has built a skill set beyond design and manufacture to the business of fashion.
Her amazing role models were her strong female teachers, who she feels gave her a solid attitude to leap into business head on at only 25 years of age. Gwendolynne always felt supported to pursue her craft by the teachers at St Peter’s Girls and values the boost of confidence they gave her at a young age.
Hitaf Rasheed (Selwyn ’86)
Hitaf Rasheed has headed Events South Australia, the events arm of the South Australian Tourism Commission, for the past five years.
In her role, Hitaf is responsible for growing events in South Australia and attracting new events to the State. Furthermore, the Events South Australia team manage a number of events including the Santos Tour Down Under, Tasting Australia and the Credit Union Christmas Pageant.
Since her arrival at Events South Australia, Hitaf has overseen the significant growth of the Santos Tour Down Under and won a host of new events for the State including the 2012 World Lifesaving Championships and the 2012 and 2018 Australian University Games.
Hitaf has a long history in sports management including 10 years as General Manager – Communications in the AFL at the Port Adelaide Football Club.
Dr Laura Eadie (Selwyn ’01)
Dr Laura Eadie discovered a love of science as a school student and has pursued her passion since graduating from St Peter’s Girls’ School. Laura specialised in microbiology and immunology while studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, and also received a scholarship to undertake a research project at the Molecular Plant Breeding Research Centre. Her Honours year was spent in the HIV laboratory at SA Pathology.
After completing her PhD on the cellular transport of, and development of resistance to, the leukemic inhibitor nilotinib in 2013, Laura was awarded the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence for the quality of her high-level research. Laura won a number of scholarships during these studies, including the prestigious NHMRC Biomedical Postgraduate Scholarship and the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia PhD Scholarship.
Laura is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Cancer Theme of the new South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), a state of the art medical research facility.
Katie Sarah (nee Scott, Kilburn ’85)
Katie has a Bachelor of Business, Graduate Diploma from Securities Institute of Australia and a Masters in Professional Accounting. Katie owns DCXP and operates treks and mountain climbing expeditions around the world.
In June 2010 she became the first South Australian woman to climb Mt Everest. In 2006 she climbed Nevada Sajama (6542m) in Bolivia and prior to this enjoyed small adventure rock-climbing in the Adelaide Hills, Arapiles (Victoria) and Moonarie (Flinders Ranges). In June 2013 she became the first South Australian woman and only sixth Australian woman, to complete climbing the seven summits (the highest peak on each of the seven continents).
Katie’s involvement with St Peter’s Girls’ School continues through her company, DCXP Mountain Journeys, which has taken our current students to the heights of Nepal.
Olympia Aldersey (Kennion ’11)
Olympia Aldersey is a Junior World and World Youth Olympic rower. In 2010 in her first year of International competition, Olympia won a bronze medal in the Junior World Championships and silver at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. Aldersey rows for the Adelaide Rowing Club and competed in the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival where she won gold in the women’s Coxless Pair and Eight, and silver in the Coxless Four.
In 2010 Olympia was awarded the Junior Sportswoman of the year by SASI. In 2012 Olympia competed at the u/23 World Championships to win gold in the woman’s Quad Scull. The crew also set a world’s best time at this regatta. Olympia’s success has continued in 2013 by winning gold in the women’s Quad Scull at the Sydney International World Cup regatta and subsequently represented Australia in the Senior World Cup and the Senior World Rowing Championships.
Dr Katherine Daniell (Kennion ’99)
Katherine, BE(Civil)(Hons)/BA (Adel.), PhD (AgroParisTech/ANU), MIEAust, is a Fellow in the ANU’s Centre for European Studies. She has worked in France, Australia, Bulgaria and the Pacific on projects related to water governance, risk management, sustainable urban development, climate change adaptation, and international science and technology cooperation.
Since 2004 Katherine has authored over 50 publications, including the Cambridge University Press book, “Co-engineering and participatory water management: organisational challenges for water governance”, published in the UNESCO International Hydrology Series in 2012. She has received numerous awards and honours, including a 2005 General Sir John Monash Award and being elected as a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust in 2010. She currently serves as a member of the National Committee on Water Engineering and a member of the National Selection Panel for the John Monash Scholarships.
Katherine credits her teachers at St Peter’s Girls’ School with inciting her interest in maths, science and foreign languages, which led to her university studies in Engineering and Arts, and her international research career.
Sophie Rowell (Kilburn ’92)
Studying violin performance in Sydney and furthering her chamber music studies in Germany, Sophie was awarded numerous accolades including the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year in 2000, Gisborne’s International Music Competition (NZ), the 2002 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (Japan) and the 2005 Cremona String Quartet Competition (Italy).
As the leader of the internationally acclaimed Adelaide-based Australian String Quartet until 2011 (formerly Tankstream Quartet 2000-2006), Sophie has given concerts and been broadcast throughout Australia, Europe, North America, Asia and New Zealand.
She is a frequent concerto soloist with all the Australian Symphony Orchestras and is now sought after as a concertmaster and principal violinist with orchestras in Australia, the UK, Europe and North America.
Adrienne Sullivan (Selwyn ’03)
Adrienne received a Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biology) and a Diploma of Language (Japanese) at the University of Adelaide in 2007, and went on to receive First Class Honours in Biochemistry in 2008. She is currently completing her PhD at the School of Molecular and Biomedical Science, University of Adelaide, working on identifying the function and regulation of molecular factors important for prostate cancer development.
She recently received a prize for her talk at the 13th Asian Conference on Transcription, and has also spent time working with a collaborating research group at the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore. After graduating, she intends to take up a position as a post-doctoral researcher.