School foundation

SAS-FOUNDATION-LOGO_2015St 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 Development, Karin Dunsford 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.  In 2016 the Lights! Camera! Action! Appeal supported a refurbishment of the School Hall, in particular the curtain, rigging, lighting, staging and the flooring.

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 Development at the School, Karin Dunsford, 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, will be opened on 17 February 2017. This has been 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 Director of Development, Karin Dunsford 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:

St Andrew’s foundation Cocktail Party

Friday 1 June 2018, South Australian Museum

2017 Events

What a great day at the Long Sunday Lunch

Guests enjoyed lunch with family and friends while enjoying vibrant entertainment at the Foundation event last Sunday.

Many took home items that they had successfully bid for in the auctions as well as a caricature drawn by our guest artist.

The outlook over the Adelaide Oval was superb with the oval and pitch in pristine condition ready for the cricket.

BTN Reporter, Ruby Cornish, was a delightful MC at the lunch and old scholar and past parent, Richard Haywood, conducted the auction.

Many of the guests are still humming the Christmas repertoire of songs performed by our talented old scholar, Milush Piochaud and graduates of the Elder Conservatorium.

Date of next year’s event to advised soon for your 2018 diary.

Thank you to all of the wonderful donors and supporters who will be listed in the 2017 Yearbook.

Karin Dunsford
Director of Development

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 Director of Development, Karin Dunsford on 8168 5587 or email

Foundation Board Members 2017

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.

Kristian Downing – Chair

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 two children at the school. He joined the School Board in 2012, of which he is now Deputy Chair, and joined the Foundation Board in 2014. Kristian also sits on 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.

Paula Turbill – Treasurer & Deputy Chairperson

Paula is a current parent of three children at the School 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.

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 who is a Lawson House Captain, currently in Year 7.

Shevaun Bruland

Shevaun has two children in Junior Primary 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.

George Demourtzidis

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, President of the St Andrew’s Old Scholars’ Association 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.


Veena Madan

Veena is a teacher at the Roma Mitchell Secondary College.  She has a Masters Degree in Chemistry with twenty years of teaching experience in Australia. Veena is very involved and active with the multicultural communities in South Australia and is a member of the International Women’s Day Committee.

Veena has two daughters who are both practising doctors in Adelaide.  Aanchal is a Consultant Ophthalmologist specialising in Corneal Transplantation and Aakriti, an old scholar of St Andrew’s School, graduated from Medicine in 2014 with the University of Adelaide Medal.

Veena is extremely passionate about children’s education especially in the formative years and believes that St Andrew’s nurtures each learner’s unique potential and provides the essential building blocks to a successful future.  As a member of the Foundation Board, Veena looks forward to sharing her diverse teaching experience and ideas by working closely with the St Andrew’s School community once again.

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 Melinda Parent 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.

Garry Winter

Garry has a Bachelor of Economics with an accounting qualification and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide.  He also has a Masters of Taxation Law (ATAX) from the University of New South Wales and is a Chartered Tax Adviser of the Taxation Institute of Australia.

A senior partner in an Adelaide based Commercial Law firm until 2013, Garry now provides specialist Taxation and Business Strategy advice to a wide range of clients based in Australia and overseas through his consulting firm – W Consulting Group. He sits on many Boards and manages several personal financial investments.

Garry currently has three children at the School and has been a parent at the School for seven years.

Annie Mintz

Annie Mintz is the mother of three old scholars, Jack, Sophie and Rebecca, and has been associated with St Andrew’s School since 1997 when Jack commenced school.

She is married to Andrew, who is also an old scholar.

She is a past President of the Parents’ Association, and served on the committee over a number of years.

Annie has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy (1984).

Annie has seen firsthand the exceptional foundation that schooling at
St Andrew’s provides and the flow on effect to secondary schooling and tertiary studies.

She values highly the extensive options provided for students at
St Andrew’s, so they can confidently try new experiences and build new skills in a supportive environment.

She also greatly appreciates the extended community of St Andrew’s, and the lasting friendships that result.

Annie is delighted to be part of the Foundation, to help keep connections with the past, and to help embrace the future of
St Andrew’s School.

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 in High School 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).

  • 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.