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 Public Relations Manager, Marissa Brown on 8168 5587 or email mbrown@standrews.sa.edu.au

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 Public Relations Manager, Marissa Brown on 8168 5587 or email mbrown@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.

For a brochure or more information please contact the Public Relations Manager, Marissa Brown on 8168 5587 or email mbrown@standrews.sa.edu.au

Foundation Board Members 2020

Paula Turbill – Chair

Paula is a parent of three old scholars, and has been associated with the School since 2007.  She values the exceptional teaching and learning environment provided at St Andrew’s and is delighted to be able to actively contribute to the School’s community through her membership of the Foundation Board.

Paula brings over 20 years’ experience in international sales, business development, marketing and brand expansion across the pharmaceutical, human resources and FMCG sectors.  Paula is currently the Business Development Director for Frontier Health – a company she recently co-founded to assist Australian manufacturers of naturally based beauty, personal care and pharmaceutical products expand their global footprint.  Paula holds a Diploma of Business Administration from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) from UniSA.

Helen O’Brien – Deputy Chair

Helen O’Brien is the Global lead for Human Resources for Energy Exemplar – a global market leader in the technology of optimisation-based energy market simulation.  She has previously held senior HR positions in a variety of companies from manufacturing and higher education to retail banking and mining.  Throughout Helen’s career she has worked across Asia Pacific, Europe, South East Asia, the Middle East, South Africa, Latin America, China, the USA and India.

A St Andrew’s School alumni (class of 1978), Helen holds a Bachelor of Social Work and post graduate Management qualifications.

The Barossa Valley is home for Helen and her husband, where they run a small vineyard. Country life affords her time for her hobbies including tending to her sheep, ducks and chooks, dressmaking, cooking, gardening, music and playing guitar.

Helen also combines her love of music and being a part of the Barossa community in a weekly radio show she hosts on Barossa community radio (BBBFM).

Jolanta Ciuk – Treasurer


Jolanta is a parent of two St Andrew’s old scholars, and has been associated with the school since her eldest son Eton began in the ELC in 2007. Eton went on to become School Captain in 2016, followed by his younger brother Loyd who was School Captain in 2019.

Jolanta is extremely passionate about early years education and strongly believes that St Andrew’s school offers countless unique and outstanding opportunities for children, in particular through its specialised music and leadership programs. She is keen to ensure that the school continues to thrive and benefit present as well as future generations.

Jolanta graduated from Flinders University in 2000, with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a PhD in Environmental Health. Over the years, she has moved from research into management roles within the Defence Science and Technology Group. She is delighted to be able to actively contribute her extensive research and management skills in fulfilling the objectives of the Foundation.

George Demourtzidis

George has a Bachelor of Commerce with Accounting and Finance qualifications, has a Diploma in Management and is the Chairman of the South Australian Hardware Association and the Treasurer of the peak national industry body of Hardware Australia.

George is the joint Business Manager of Trio Group Australia, a manufacturing, marketing and distribution business which wholesales hardware and plumbing products to all the major retail chains in Australia and exports to New Zealand, Pacific Islands and the Middle East. George is a member of the St Andrew’s School Foundation Board and has three children at the School.

Julie Allen


Julie has been an enthusiastic and passionate member and a strong advocate for the St Andrew’s School community since 2005.  Julie believes in allowing children the opportunity to discover and develop their interests and strengths in a safe and engaging environment, setting them on the path for future happiness and success.  As a member of the Parents’ Association since 2008, Julie has enjoyed supporting the School through her involvement with many projects and activities.  During her three years as President, Julie coordinated many friend and fundraising events for St Andrew’s School, as well as liaising with the Principal, School Leadership, Foundation and Community.  She established new School traditions, with the Mother’s Day Stall, Dove Café On-the-Go and the Ladies’ High Tea all being enormously popular.

Julie graduated from Flinders University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts.  Julie and her husband, Ben, are very proud of their children; Henry, now an old scholar and previously Captain of the School in 2014, and Elizabeth, an old scholar who was Lawson House Captain.

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.

Elizabeth Zikos


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.

  • St Andrew’s School is a South Australian independent, co-educational specialist primary school providing excellence in education from playgroup through to early years and on to Year 7. Principal Jackie Becher – an International Baccalaureate School – UNESCO Associated School.