- Old Scholars
Congratulations to our Year 12 students
• 18.5% of students in top 1% nationally
• 48.2% of students in top 5% nationally
Dates for the next School Tours are:
Thursday 25 May at 9am and Saturday 24 June at 9am.
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. She 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.
She was recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship to study mouse models of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia with Professor Charles Mullighan at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. This research will be used to optimise therapeutic strategies to ensure the best chance of cure for patients with the highest risk forms of leukaemia.
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.
Olympia represented Australia again – this time at the 2016 Olympic Games. Olympia’s crew, Australia’s women’s rowing eight, received a last minute call to compete at the Olympic Games after several Russian teams had to withdraw. The team performed admirably across both their races, finishing 4th in their heat and 5th in the repechage as all crews battled for a place in the final. Olympia rowed impressively in both events.
Dr Katherine Daniell (Kennion ’99)
Katherine, BEng(Civil)(Hons)/BA (Adel.), PhD (ANU/AgroParisTech), MIEAust, is a Senior Lecturer in the Fenner School, Australian National University. She has worked in France, Australia, Bulgaria, Vietnam and the Pacific on projects related to water governance, risk management, sustainable urban development, climate change adaptation and international science and technology cooperation. She is the author of the Cambridge University Press book, “Co-engineering and participatory water management: organisational challenges for water governance“, published in the UNESCO International Hydrology Series, and over 70 academic publications. Katherine’s doctoral thesis was judged one of the top 10 theses of France’s prestigious Grandes Écoles in 2009.
Katherine is also ANU’s European Research Development Manager and works in the PACE-NET Plus EU project on strengthening dialogue on science, technology and innovation between Europe and the Pacific. She is co-convenor of the French-Australian Water and Land Management Initiative, president of the Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation Inc. and member of the Initiatives of the Futures of Great Rivers. In addition, she is editor of the Australian Journal of Water Resources and serves as a member of the National Committee on Water Engineering.
Numerous awards and honours have been received by Katherine, including a University Medal, a John Monash Scholarship and being elected as a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust.
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.
- I love the small community and great teachers who care not only about their students’ grades, but also well-being and inclusivity for all.
Eloise, Year 11
- As a learner, I want to know more
Gabriella, Year 12
- Even though we have to get up early, I love rowing. Competing at the Head of the River made all the hard work worthwhile.
Sophia, Year 10
- I really like how when you walk down the main corridor, everyone says hi, including the teachers.
Tegan, Year 6
- Things I love about Saints? Non-judgemental, strives for excellence, wonderful opportunities, great teachers, international and multicultural.
Klea, Year 11
- The girls and the teachers are so friendly to be around and you can always get help from anyone in the class.
Dimity, Year 8
- The St Peter’s Girls’ ELC gives my daughter a place to be herself and explore her world in an environment she feels safe in and is immensely proud of.
- Everyone is supportive and it is a great School. I have been here all my life.
Ebony, Year 8
- I have always admired the passion the School has for developing girls who are well-rounded in all aspects of their academic, sporting and personal life.
- I love the girls and the friendly atmosphere. Everyone is really nice and caring. I love being able to come to School and talk to girls from all year levels.
Emma, Year 8
- Good results come from hard work, commitment (on both the teacher’s and students’ behalf) and the establishment of positive relationships between the teacher and the students. Mutual understanding and respect are key.