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Inspiring women of character and influence

In 1894, a small group of Anglican Sisters with big ideas and an equally generous spirit set sail from England to a little known land and our present home, Adelaide. They were compelled by a vision of founding a school for girls that provided its first students with previously unimagined opportunities for education and development. It was from these ambitious beginnings that our School was forged, and our founding sisters’ visionary principles of courage, creativity and compassion are a part of the very fabric of St Peter’s Girls' School and extend right through its tightknit community.

  • Courage

    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. Before entering Parliament Julie was a commercial litigation lawyer at Clayton Utz. She became a partner in 1985 and was 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 Liberal Party and, currently, as the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

    In her 2015 speech to the UN Security Council, Julie Bishop rebuked Moscow in relation to the MH17 air disaster with authority and without hesitation.

    Julie Bishop. A woman of courage.

  • Creativity

    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.

    Sophie Rowell. A woman of creativity.

  • Compassion

    Suzanne Caragianis (Kennion ’81)

    Suzanne Caragianis graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy at SAIT (University of SA) in 1985, with a keen interest in treating hand injuries and burns. Her goal was to establish a centre of excellence where people with hand and arm injuries could get the best possible care.

    After completing further studies in the United States, she qualified as a Certified Hand Therapist in 1991, one of the first in Australia. A year later, Suzanne established SA Hand Therapy, which today has a team of eight therapists plus support staff.

    After a period of teaching in India, Suzanne saw a need for ‘Hand Care’ over the border in The Kingdom of Bhutan. Since 2010, Suzanne has organised and run Hand Surgical Camps there and also enlisted help from colleagues to run courses to train local physiotherapists and surgeons.

    Suzanne Caragianis. A woman of compassion.