Outback Achievers

In 1994, St Philip’s launched its national Outback Achievers Appeal to raise funds for the development of facilities at the College. Fred McKay was Patron of the Appeal, and his friend Dr Bruce Reid was Chairman. Each year the College has an annual fund mail-out to its extended community, asking for support to assist with maintaining, upgrading and building new facilities. All donations to the building fund are tax deductible. Please call the Development Office on (08) 8950 4577.

Patrons of the College

Life Governors 

Mr Colin Gilmore AM always had an unshakeable belief in the College and was a wonderful pillar of the St Philip's College community. Not only was he a leader in the hard wise world of financial decision making, but he took individual students and staff to heart, valuing and cherishing  them. Though he lived on the east coast he became a much loved integral part of our community, supporting the College through thick and thin and was responsible for brokering vital assistance in critical situations. When things sometimes looked dark in the 1990's, Colin regularly turned on the light.

Colin's first contribution to St Philip's College was in 1963, when as a Trustee of the NSW Presbyterian Property Trust in Sydney, Colin signed the lease for the land on which the College was to be built. In November 2004, St Philip's College appointed Colin as its second Life Governor. Life Governor is an honour reserved for those who have made an outstanding contribution to the College. Colin's service to St Philip's, was given over many years and in a voluntary capacity. A friend and an admirer of College Founder, Rev Dr Fred McKay and a believer in Flynn's  vision for Outback Australia, Colin saw his involvement as his contribution to provide a mantel of safety to people in the outback. Colin's extensive knowledge of Church and school finances, as well as his ability to recognise the particular needs of a new school were fundamental to St Philip's growth and development since 1990, the year after it enrolled its first students. Furthermore his outstanding  professional reputation encouraged the Church to have confidence in providing financial assistance for the fledgling school. In 1997 Colin accepted the invitation to become Patron of Griffiths House, remaining in that role until his death in 2012. Colin will always remain a member of the College Community. The beauty of a campus he helped build is his memorial and his story, an inspiration and example to each and every one of us. A true Outback Achiever.

Jan's tenacity together with her vision of the College ensured the day school would succeed.

Jan first became involved with St Philip’s when it was a hostel in 1974, representing children from the bush who needed a spokesperson with the hostel. Jan was the first Chairman of the College Council.

Together with Chris Tudor they became a formidable team, ensuring the idea of a day school for isolated and town children became a reality and they developed the day school. Jan is also a life member of the Isolated Children’s Parents' Association and was the inaugural NT President.

During this period of growth and transition, Jan also sat on many Education Boards and is an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Independent Schools and was the Chairman of the School of the Air Parents’ Association for many years.

Jan is also involved in tourism, opening Bond Springs Station for groups and accommodation in 1988. The station has many historic and Heritage buildings and received a National Trust Award for the ‘Contribution in Preserving the Historic Values of Bond Springs Old Homestead Buildings.’

Jan has also been recognised by other organisations for her contribution to the community, having received the Zonta Club of Alice Springs award ‘Woman of Achievement,’ and the Rotary Foundation and Rotary International ‘Paul Harris Fellow.’

Jan is a Life Governor of the College and is still very involved and interested in the activities of College, and together with her family, still operate Bond Springs Station. In 1992 Jan was awarded an OAM for her services to the children of the Outback.

Born in Rochester, Victoria, Dr Butcher MBBS, FRCS (Glasgow), FRACS was on the College Board for 32 years.

Appointed to the College Board by the Uniting Church Synod, Dr Butcher was the Chairman of the Board for 19 years.

When he retired, Dr Butcher kept active with interests such as cycling, woodwork, medicine, St Philip’s, the Uniting Church and gardening. During his long career, Dr Butcher worked in the Kimberleys and Perth in Western Australia and Scotland.

Having lived in Alice Springs for over 30 years, Dr Butcher has seen how difficult it can be to keep professional workers in town. One motivation to see St Philip’s succeed was to guide the progress of the College to its present level where it offers an excellent education comparable to many private schools around the country. By doing this, it can help keep skilled workers in Alice Springs and in turn it helps the town’s development.

Chris Tudor retired in July 2016 after 30 years as Headmaster of St Philip’s College, Alice Springs.  During his tenure, he was recognised both at home and internationally for his achievements in building a school of international repute in Australia’s desert heartland.

Chris’ career in education has been devoted to providing quality educational opportunities for young people living in rural and remote areas.  He has also made a remarkable contribution to the development of the independent schools’ sector in Australia, at both Northern Territory and national level.  He was Chairman of the Association of Independent Schools of the Northern Territory, which he co-founded, and past Chair of the Independent Schools Council of Australia.  Chris also held the position as the member of the International Board of Round Square for the Australasian Region.

Chris has been a member of the Uniting Church National Education Committee, a member of the Northern Territory Board of Studies, member of Teachers Registration Board of the NT and a member of the Standing Committee of the Uniting Church Northern Synod. 

In 1997 Chris was named Territorian of the Year (Southern Region) for his contribution to the development of the education infrastructure and opportunities in the NT.  In 2001 he was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Education for his significant contribution to the development of independent education, for his work in both the private and public sectors of education in the Northern Territory, for his work in supporting youth, outdoor education and sport in Central Australia and his ongoing commitment to international activities. His contribution to education was recognised on Australia Day 2004 when he became a Member of the Order of Australia.  

The accolades continued in 2009, when Chris was named Principal of the Year by the AISNT (Association of Inde­pendent Schools of the North­ern Territory).

Chris is passionate about education, and when Headmaster, (despite his wide-ranging commitments), insisted on continuing to teach in the classroom.

Now retired, Chris is enjoying spending time with his four children and nine grandchildren, whilst still keeping his interest in education alive by serving on boards of private and public schools. Chris is also a Board Member for the Australian Institute Company Directors Northern Territory, as well as Vice-President of Somerville Community Services.

The Outback Achievers - Annual Fund

Annual Funds exist in most private schools in Australia. They are supported by current parents, past parents and students and friends of the school.  Contributions are tax deductible.

The fund raised are used to finance the upgrade and maintenance of the school, whereas school fees are used to provide a first class, varied academic and extensive extended curricular program, staffing and resources.

For further information about contributing to the College please contact:

Mr Paul Bailey
Development, Enterprise & Foundation Manager

St Philip's College
PO Box 33
Alice Springs NT 0871

Ph: (08) 8950 4577
After Hours: (08) 8952 2738
Fax (08) 8950 6212

Email: paul.bailey@stphilips.nt.edu.au