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

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

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, which is the building of extended facilities for our Early Learning Centre and refurbished Reception classrooms, was opened on 17 February 2017. This was made possible through a dedicated fundraising team, lead by past parents Mr Henry Botha and Dr Andrew Mintz who is also a past St Andrew’s Scholar as well as a past parent, and the generosity of the wider school community.

For further information regarding the projects and details about how to support the Master Plan with a donation, please contact the Public Relations Manager, Marissa Brown on 8168 5587 or email

View the Master Plan

Foundation Events

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

View the Gallery HERE.


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

Foundation Board Members 2018

Left to Right:  Andrew Sullivan, Luan Huynh, Alan Williams, Annie Mintz, Shevaun Bruland, Karin Dunsford (Director of Development), Paula Turbill, Kristian Downing, Deb Dalwood (Principal), Garry Winter, Melinda Parent, Julie Allen, Veena Madan, Sona Sood, George Demourtzidis.

Paula Turbill – Chair

Paula is a current parent of one child at the School and two 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 on 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.

George Demourtzidis – Deputy Chair

George has a Bachelor of Commerce with Accounting & Finance qualification, a Diploma in Management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and sits on the executive committee of the South Australian Hardware Association.

George is the joint Business Manager of Trio Group Australia, a manufacturing, marketing and distribution business which wholesales hardware products to all the major retail chains in Australia and exports to New Zealand, Pacific Islands and the Middle East. George has three children at the School and recently completed a full year term as President of the Old Scholars’ Association.

Jolanta Ciuk – Treasurer

Jolanta is a current parent who has been associated with the school since her eldest son Eton began in the ELC (2007). Eton went on to become School Captain in 2016. His younger brother Loyd is currently in year 6.
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.

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.

Shevaun Bruland

Shevaun has two children in at St Andrew’s School. She has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) and a Masters in Public Health and left a career in corporate injury prevention and management when she had her children. External to the School, she is actively involved in volunteer work and club executive committees and she looks forward to contributing to St Andrew’s School as a Foundation Board member.

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.

Sona Sood

Sona graduated from Flinders University with a Masters of Engineering in 1998. After working in IT and Telecomms for several years she went on to complete her Master of Business Administration in 2007. She then discovered her true passion in life and subsequently had a career change to become a professional Photographer. She opened her studio, Real Moments Photography, in 2012. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers.

Sona has been part of the St Andrew’s community since 2009. Her daughter is now an old scholar and her son is at St Andrew’s. Sona believes that St Andrew’s has given her children a head start in life and given them some amazing learning opportunities. She enjoys being part of the St Andrew’s School community and is excited about being part of the Foundation Board.

Andrew Sullivan

Andrew is the Managing Director of SULLIVAN Consulting, an executive recruitment and HR services business. For 15 years Andrew has recruited across both the public and private domains, specialising in executive positions within the Adelaide market.

An old scholar of St Andrew’s School, Andrew often reflects on the education he received at the school and the connections he has formed since leaving.

A passionate supporter of youth, Andrew has held a number of Board positions, including the Vice Chair for 5 years at Adelaide’s well known community radio station – Fresh 92.7 and the Port Adelaide Football Club. For the past eight years Andrew has been a mentor through the internationally recognised ‘Big Brother Big Sister’ program.

Andrew is a fellow of the Recruitment Consulting Services Association and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and the Australian Human Resources Institute (MAHRI). Andrew has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Communications & Marketing).

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 is in Year 6.

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 1990’s.

  • 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 Deb Dalwood – an International Baccalaureate School – UNESCO Associated School.