School Foundation

St Andrew’s School Foundation Inc. was established in 1988 to support the strategic direction of St Andrew’s School through philanthropic activities which contribute toward significant resources for the benefit of our community.

The objectives of the Foundation include:

Membership of the Foundation is open to all donors who have given $500 or more. This is a great way to affirm your support for the School.

For more information please contact the Director of Marketing and Community Engagement, Marissa Brown on 8168 5587 or email mbrown@standrews.sa.edu.au

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Foundation Membership

The Foundation supports the Strategic Plan for St Andrew’s School to build upon the great work of the past and ensure the strength and vitality of the School into the future.  The values of Integrity, Inclusiveness, Creativity and the Celebration of Success underpin the fundraising programs and activities of the Foundation.

The Foundation values its members and membership is open to all the community.  A certificate and membership badge are presented to new members who qualify with a voluntary donation of $500.  Foundation members enjoy annual events hosted by various sponsors throughout the year.  Membership is a wonderful way for parents to remain connected with St Andrew’s School, even long after their children graduate. To become a member, and make a donation, you are welcome to use the Donation & Membership Form link.

The Foundation supports School projects with an Annual Giving Program, which focuses on improvements for the benefit of students and the School community.  Parents, past and present, staff, old scholars and friends of the School are invited to make a one-off annual donation to contribute towards particular projects.

Major Gifts and Bequests are vital for the future of St Andrew’s School and contribute towards Scholarships and much-needed funds for the capital development of the School. For further information, you are welcome to contact the Director of Marketing and Community Engagement, Sophia Saracino on 8168 5587 or email ssaracino@standrews.sa.edu.au

Foundation Projects

St Andrew’s School Master Plan – Designing Their Future

In 2016 St Andrew’s launched its Master Plan for the campus development of St Andrew’s School. A target of $1 million was set to support the project and Stage One, the building of extended facilities for our Early Learning Centre and refurbished Reception classrooms, which was opened on 17 February 2017.

Our 170th year in 2020, gives us the opportunity to celebrate our past and look to the future. This year we will undertake our next stage of the Master Plan, Stage Two, ‘Designing their Future’.

The project will get underway at the end of the 2020 school year with demolition to commence in the December/Janurary 20-21 school holidays. An exciting new facility will take shape on the site where Kennion House currently stands.

A major focal point from Smith Street, the building will create an impression of prominence, innovation, excellence and contemporary learning. Our visitors will be in no doubt what school they are entering as the new design picks up on the geometry of existing St Andrew’s School buildings and features the St Andrew’s cross and the royal blue and white of our School colours.

The new building was designed to encourage transparency, allowing integration of the outside and inside spaces. A feature of the building is the high volume expansive spaces, which will promote expansive thinking and provide opportunities for large scale investigations/projects.

A commemorative landscape garden, which will be accessible to the general public, will incorporate a reflection of what the site has previously been used for and will feature silhouettes of children at play whilst acknowledging the past.

For further information regarding the projects and details about how to support Stage Two of  the Master Plan, ‘Designing their Future’, with a donation please contact the Public Relations Manager, Marissa Brown on 8168 5587 or email mbrown@standrews.sa.edu.au

Foundation Events

The Foundation hosts events throughout the year for the enjoyment of Foundation members and the community.

Walkway of Heroes, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

20/11/14 - St Andrews School - Picture Simon Cross

20/11/14 – St Andrews School – Picture Simon Cross

Our Walkway of Heroes, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow was officially opened on Monday 16 February 2015 at a special ceremony attended by all our students and many guests. Stage 2 of the Walkway was also announced and those who missed out on the first delivery of pavers are still able to donate towards the project. Order forms (donation of $150) and artwork papers can be collected from either the front office or the development office.

This is such a personal way to remember our students and families who are part of the St Andrew’s Community.  In years to come, it will be such a delight to see the hand of one so small.



Foundation Board Members 2021

Jeff Potter – Acting Chair

Jeff graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Commerce. He has built his career in Adelaide specialising in investment management and advice. Jeff has worked for some of the largest banking businesses including Commonwealth Bank, Goldman Sachs and Macquarie and is now a partner in a specialist investment advice management business in Adelaide.

Jeff is an Old Scholar of St Andrew’s and has great memories of his time at the School and the dedication the School and teachers had in ensuring he received a high-quality education. Jeff values and believes that a quality education in the early years of a child’s schooling are of the utmost importance in developing the foundations for a person’s future happiness and success.

Elizabeth Zikos – Treasurer


Elizabeth graduated from James Cook University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Commerce. After having three children, Elizabeth resigned from her position at the ATO as a Team Leader of GST Audit and now works with her husband John in their telecommunications business which employs almost 80 staff.

Elizabeth has been a very active supporter of the School as a member of the Parents’ Association since 2010, holding the positions of Class Rep Co-ordinator, Vice-President and President for three years. She is the mother of three children, Chrissie, now an old scholar and previously Browne House Captain in 2015, Mariah who was a Prefect in Year 7 and now an old scholar, and Phillip, who will finish at St Andrew’s in 2020.

Outside of school Elizabeth is an avid soccer fan and Manager of Chrissie’s Adelaide City WNPL Reserve Grade team. Elizabeth’s love of sport started early in her life when she played soccer and was Captain of the North Queensland and Queensland soccer teams in the 1990s.

Kristian Downing

Kristian graduated from The University of Adelaide with Honours in Mechanical Engineering. He subsequently enjoyed a career in engineering consulting, including three years in London, before returning to manage a large engineering business in Adelaide. In that time he also obtained degrees of Master of Engineering Science and Master of Business Administration. Kristian now manages property investment and other businesses, and maintains a great diversity of interests.

He joined the St Andrew’s community in 2010 (ELC) and now has one child at the school. He joined the School Board in 2012, of which he is now Chair, and joined the Foundation Board in 2014. Kristian is also Chair of the Association of Independent Schools of SA Board (AISSA) and devotes time to community and volunteer work.

Kristian highly values the importance of education and was immediately impressed by the depth and breadth in quality of this great school. He hopes to use his skills and experience to sustain and enhance St Andrew’s School’s education experience and outcomes.

Melinda Parent


Melinda Parent is a highly regarded member of the South Australian marketing community. A well-known face in Adelaide, she began her career as a model in the 1990s while pursuing her university studies.

In her role as Creative Director of Oranje Creative, Melinda has helped forge an effective design and marketing presence for many of the State’s most high profile companies, business entities, organisations and private schools. With a sound understanding of the complexities of target markets and ability to communicate across all levels, Melinda and her team have carved an enviable reputation in Adelaide’s highly competitive marketing arena.

A passionate supporter of the arts, Melinda has extensive experience in, and commitment to, arts fundraising. She is particularly dedicated to increasing recognition of the arts within the wider community.

Melinda has worked with an impressive range of arts organisations including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Friends of the Australian Ballet, State Theatre Company of SA, Adelaide Youth Orchestra, Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation and the Australian Youth Orchestra.

A proud South Australian and highly effective communicator, Melinda Parent is a patron of The Australian Ballet, was a board member of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and member of the University of South Australia School of Communication, Information and New Media Advisory.

Peter Staniszewski

Peter graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Laws in 2002. Since graduating Peter’s legal career has spanned far and wide and has included stints as a criminal defence lawyer for Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc, a civil litigator at the South Australian Crown Solicitor’s Office and as a commercial lawyer at the New York office of international law firm Sidley Austin LLP. Peter is now a partner at Australia’s largest law firm, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, where he is head of the firm’s SA banking and finance practice and spends his time advising on corporate, acquisition, construction and property related finance facilities for both lenders and borrowers.

Peter joined the St Andrew’s community in 2012 and currently has two children at the school. Having watched his children grow and thrive in the wonderful learning environment provided at St Andrew’s, he is passionate about being able to contribute to the school’s ongoing success by applying his skills to the work of the Foundation Board.

Chris Rae

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