Over the past 165 years, our graduates have shaped the world. Many of these stories would not be possible with the generosity of our community.

The impact of a donation echoes through the generations.

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Amplify Our Spirit is a campaign with a bold vision to enhance the educational experience for St Vincent’s College students.

Fundraising efforts are well underway through donations to the College Foundation – more than half of our goal has been pledged to date. By joining us, you play a direct role in the story of St Vincent’s College and leave an inspirational footprint for future generations.

That future, however bright, relies on the generosity of others. With your support, we can continue to offer young woman an education of advantage, not entitlement.

This page is your home, our Campaign Hub, where information and updates about the Amplify Our Spirit journey will be posted. We hope you will join us on this exciting path.

Anne Fry

Amplify Our Spirit Impact Tracker

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Amplify Our Spirit is investing in the qualities that make St Vincent’s College a special place.

Expanding our Scholarships and Bursaries program ensures even more girls can benefit from a St Vincent’s College education, while ambitious new facilities, learning spaces and technology will inspire the educational experience of our students.

We are united as a community. Through generosity and connection, a legacy is built.

Vinnies Spirit

Our students treasure the College spirit they affectionately call the “Vinnies Spirit”. It’s hard to define but easy to feel: a sense of optimism, cheerfulness and good dose of quirky!

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Grace Robinson

Grace Robinson left school in 1887 and then, against unbelievable odds, went on to university to become a top student with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery. For 10 years at the University of Sydney no female had graduated as a doctor, but that did not stop the girl from St Vincent’s.

Patricia Rolfe

Patricia Rolfe was one of our students in the 1930s, who after university, became a writer for The Bulletin during a period of social change. She many times proved the pen is mightier than the sword. On one occasion, Pat and a friend were asked to leave the Wentworth Hotel because they were ‘not accompanied by a gentleman’. Pat wrote a scathing account of the incident in The Bulletin. The public reaction was immediate and the hotel quickly changed its policy about women drinking alone.


Gemma Sisia

Gemma Sisia was at the College during the 1980s and today is recognised as an outstanding humanitarian. During a visit to Africa while in her early 20s, Gemma could see the only way to break the poverty cycle in Africa was to raise the standard of education across the board. She returned to Australia and tirelessly raised funds to build a school. Today the school provides free, high-quality education to more than 1800 of Tanzania’s poorest children each year.

Kath Commins

Kath Commins was born in the NSW town of Parkes and when she was only 7 years old her dad was killed in WW1. After her five years at St Vincent’s, Kath gained not one, but two bachelor’s degrees from university. In the 1930s that was unheard of. From 1948 to 1969 at the Sydney Morning Herald she held the role of Assistant to the Chief of Staff. She was the most senior female executive for all those years. A true trailblazer.


Countless former students have illustrated that you can truly reach for the stars after your time at the College.

Now, “Amplify Our Spirit” - the St Vincent's College Foundation campaign - is a special community-wide effort that is very much helping to shape the next generation of compassionate and courageous women of action.

In partnership with our many kind-hearted supporters, the Foundation is empowering a new generation of Vinnies Girls. As a community we are encouraging them to embrace the holistic education they receive and share that mission with people near and far - amplifying our spirit.

Over the years, it has been thanks to the Generosity of Spirit within our community that the College has flourished in so many ways.

Today, by generously playing your part in the “Amplify Our Spirit” campaign you are giving the present generation every opportunity to develop into courageous women of action. All of us at the College thank you for your kind and thoughtful giving.

Since 1858 St Vincent’s College has grown and developed through the generosity of many benefactors, people passionate about the College and its students. We have a strong tradition of ‘giving’ and much that the students enjoy today is the result of the foresight and generosity of previous generations. Today we have the privilege to be part of this vision and the responsibility to ensure its longevity.

St Vincent’s College Foundation established as a fully incorporated company in 1991, has harnessed this generosity and is focused on building philanthropic support to ensure the College can continue to meet and adapt to a changing educational climate and deliver to each student the best opportunities and enriched experiences.

The Foundation operates from within the Advancement Office and is overseen by a Board of Directors, who are responsible for governance. The Foundation complements the work of the College Board in ensuring the best possible learning and co-curricular spaces are provided, and very importantly maintaining the diversity of the student body through scholarships and bursaries.

Thank you for your thoughtful giving.

St Vincent’s College Foundation Limited is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient the Foundation manages the following funds:

  • Building Fund – to develop and provide funds for improvement to existing buildings and the provision of new facilities. Gifts of two dollars or more are tax deductible.
  • Scholarship Fund – to provide funds for scholarships and bursaries, providing opportunities for students who might otherwise be unable to benefit from a St Vincent's College education. Gifts of two dollars or more are tax deductible.

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