Meet Our Residential Tutors
BA, Dip. Lang. (French) (Melb.)
Born and bred in Sydney, Sarah completed her undergraduate studies in Politics and International Studies at The University of Melbourne in 2015, residing at Janet Clarke Hall and then at Trinity College. She completed language intensives at a number of universities in France, Spain and Ukraine, as well as undertaking exchange semesters to the University of Edinburgh in 2013 and Sciences Po, Paris in 2015. Sarah stayed on in Paris as a volunteer for the United Nations Paris Climate Conference and then as an intern at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2016, where she contributed to the Organization's work promoting media development and protecting the safety of journalists.
Sarah is currently undertaking a Master of Science (Geography) and is particularly interested in environmental sustainability and climate change policy.
BA (Hons) (Deakin)
Xavier was born and raised in Geelong where he attended St Joseph’s College, being elected as a college leader and sports house captain, before graduating in 2008. During this time he developed a keen interest in sport, military history, literature, music and film. He completed his Bachelor of Arts with Honours at Deakin University, where he studied the commemoration of Australian Bomber Command veterans who served over Europe during the Second World War.
Xavier’s interest in military history has led him to presenting at various conferences, including the 2013 The Angry Sky: Australians and the Air War over Europe, 1939-1945 conference held at Point Cooks RAAF museum. He was also the recipient of the Australian War Memorials 2016 Summer Scholarship, where he investigated Australia’s involvement in the Battle of Singapore. He continues to work for the memorial, publishing articles and book reviews for its official magazine Wartime.
Xavier is currently in the final year of his Ph.D. candidacy at The University of Melbourne, studying the usage of sport as a recruiting tool on the Australian home front during the World War One. He also tutors various undergraduate subjects at the university, including The Great War and Nazi Germany.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Natalie has a passion for both languages and architecture. She lived overseas in France on a one-year exchange in high school. She studied politics at Sciences Po in Paris where she completed a Diploma of Languages in French. Natalie enjoyed being an active part of the St Mary's College community while studying for her Bachelor of Environments with a major in architecture, at The University of Melbourne. She currently works as a student architect in a local practice, where she is able to pursue her interest in sustainable design. Natalie is currently undertaking a Master of Architecture.
Dr Ian McDonald
BSc, PhD (Melb.)
Ian has a doctorate in Chemistry, an Honours degree in Science and Graduate Diplomas in Education and Recreation Studies. He has been the Chemistry tutor at St Mary’s since 1992 - his passion in chemistry is X-Ray Crystallography – basically where atoms and molecules are in the solid state and why. To complement this somewhat narrow field of study he has worked in the international development field for the past thirty-two years – two years as a volunteer chemistry teacher in the Solomon Island, two years in Aboriginal Recreation programs in remote NT communities and 28 years with Australian Volunteers International in a range of roles here in Melbourne. Ian’s family live on beautiful acreage in Central Victoria but for a couple of nights each week St Mary's is his home, for which he is most grateful to the College. Ian has also served on the Board of Loreto’s philanthropic/development organisation; Mary Ward International Australia, for the past six years.
Andrew grew up in Ballarat where he attended Ballarat Grammar and had a keen interest in agriculture, sport and science. Andrew commenced his Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne in 2012 initially majoring in mechanical engineering but transferring into geology after his first year. During his undergraduate Andrew was president of the Earth Sciences Student Society 14’-15’. After completing his undergraduate degree in June 2015 he worked at The Geological Survey of Victoria as a database geologist compiling the historical drilling data from the Stavely region.
Andrew commenced his Master of Science at the start of the 2016 and has been looking at the structural evolution of the Wentworth trough using a series of applied geophysical methods. He has also been completing intensive industry and research subjects as part of his study.
Andrew volunteers with the CFA at his family home at Mt. Buninyong.
Chen completed his Bachelor of Biomedicine at The University of Melbourne in 2015, majoring in bioengineering systems, and was awarded the Melbourne National Scholarship. During this time, he has also spent a semester on exchange at the University of Pennsylvania, US, dabbling in commerce subjects. With interests in applied sciences, Chen has also participated in research projects investigating antibiotic resistance, and Parkinson related motion disorders. He also enjoyed working for the Biomedicine student society during his bachelor degree, and helped organise various social events.
Pippa grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand, and moved to Auckland in 2013 where she completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry at the University of Auckland. She was named as one of the science faculty’s Senior Scholars when she graduated in 2015. She then moved to Melbourne to begin the four year Doctor of Medicine program at Melbourne University.
During her undergraduate studies, Pippa worked as a tutor for NCEA campus, a not-for-profit organisation set up to improve educational equality in Auckland. She also travelled frequently to compete in athletics at an international level. In 2017, she will continue her medical education at St Vincent’s Hospital Clinical School.
Chin Yong Quek
BEng (Hons), (Mech&Manuf), BCom, DipGIS (Melb.)
Chin was born in Singapore and moved to Perth to complete his high school education. He then went on to study a double Bachelor degree in Engineering and Commerce at The University of Melbourne, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Finance respectively. He was included on the Engineering Dean’s Honours List in 2004, 2005 and 2008, whilst concurrently undertaking a Diploma in Geographic Information Systems. Chin started his university tutoring career teaching undergraduate Quantitative Methods and Econometrics in his fifth year of studies. Now, he has branched out to tutor Economics, Management and Finance.
After receiving his first class honours degree in Engineering, he continued by co-publishing an article in the area of computational simulation of bio-fluid modelling while he served two years in the Singaporean Navy as an underwater medic. Having gained interest in health issues in his time in the Navy and final year of his undergraduate, upon completion, Chin is currently combining his passion for statistics and health in the field of biostatistics.