Annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards


Join us as we celebrate Sancta and our enduring tradition of empowering humanity at our Annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards in The University of Sydney’s majestic Great Hall.

This event is now sold out and ticket sales have ended. For further enquiries, please contact [email protected]

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  • Drinks, canapés and three-course dinner

  • Luxury raffle: win holiday packages, wine collections, boutique fashion vouchers, unique experiences, live theatre passes and more!

  • Live jazz band and Sancta student performances

  • Sancta Alumni Awards 2019 presentation

  • Fresher Year/Grad House Reunion tables available


Date: Thursday 23 May 2019

Time: 6.00pm – 9.30pm

Venue: The Great Hall, The University of Sydney



Guest speaker

Alumna and global FinTech leader, Loretta Joseph, on “Blockchain to Empower Humanity”

“Blockchain technology is about data. 2 billion humans do not have access to banking, because they do not have identification. Their mobility and agency does not exist. Blockchain presents an opportunity to give identification to billions of us who have been locked out.”

Loretta Joseph grew up in Lithgow NSW and attended Sancta whilst completing her Economics degree at The University of Sydney. Not only were Loretta’s Sancta years some of the best of her life, they were also the years when the inspiring female leaders around her, including then Principal Sister Mary Shanahan (Shan), instilled in her an unshakeable sense of ability and independence.

“Sister Shan really made us feel like we could do anything we wanted to do. She cemented my self-belief and made sure I studied hard. I wasn’t the best student and I was often in her office for the wrong reasons, but she embraced my quirks and kept me focussed on the end goal”. 

Today, Loretta is the advisor and regulator for 27 governments and counting on blockchain, having written the technology’s first adopted legislation, with a focus on anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism. She works with world leaders, regulatory bodies, and sits on The Vatican’s Humanity 2.0 Papal Council to imagine and realise new solutions to poverty and all of its symptoms.


Master of Ceremonies

Joining the Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards as MC is Sancta Alumna (Fresher 1987), Simone Whetton

The charismatic Simone Whetton is a leader in the business, arts and cultural world of Sydney. Her vibrant journey post-Sancta currently sees her leading the corporate division at law firm Colin Biggers & Paisley and presenting on ABC Radio Sydney each week.

Simone presents ‘What’s On’ segments on the ABC’s Weekend Show, reviewing theatre, art, music and other cultural events in Sydney. She is also the Chair of physical theatre company Legs on the Wall, and a board member of Griffin Theatre Company and the German Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Simone has been known to surprise her audiences with anything from rap parodies to theatrical improv – we look forward to seeing the sillier side of the Sancta spirit come alive for this spectacular evening.


Dress code

Black tie optional 


Dietary requirements and seating requests

All dietary needs and preferred seating allocation requests should be sent to Sancta in writing by Friday 3 May 2019. Please email: [email protected]


Donations and sponsorship

Our 2019 goal is to raise $1m towards scholarships and bursaries for students who will otherwise be unable to pursue their dream of living and studying at The University of Sydney.

Your support of this event and our annual fundraising campaign is warmly appreciated. To discuss a luxury raffle donation or scholarship support for Sancta students, please contact Amy Coleman, Marketing and Development Manager on +61 403 921 425.


Event sponsors

The University of Sydney

Wyndham Destinations

Sydney Theatre Company

Hunter Valley Zoo

Brigid McLaughlin Sustainable Fashion

(more to be announced)



This event is sold out and ticket sales have ended. For further enquiries, please contact [email protected]

Tickets can be purchased here

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Nominate a Sancta alum for an alumni award

Our awards recognise achievement and contribution across all Sancta generations.

Nominations have now closed.


This event is for persons aged 16+.


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