about St Martins College

St Martin’s College is a community of students and staff where all members are respected and valued.


year-1 students st martins

 St Martin’s College was established in 1992 through the vision of the Right Reverend Barry Hunter (Anglican Bishop of Riverina), Glenn Maytum (the first Chaplain to the College), and the generosity of Mr George Tassell whose bequest made possible the building of the first cottage and St Mary’s Chapel. In 1992 the college had one cottage and 8 students (pictured above). The generosity of other benefactors, Richard Johnson College and the Fairfax Family Foundation enabled the initial vision of 12 cottages, a community centre and chapel to be completed in 2008.


The Motto for St Martin’s College is: “Building Hope and Faith” This expresses the College’s desire to enable the development of young people who will become leaders in their local churches and communities.

Who was St Martin?

The College was named after the Anglican Church in Moulamein where George Tassell worshipped faithfully for many years. St Martin is a saint from the fourth century and is best known as the Bishop of Tours, France. Notably he cared for the poor, fought for truth, spread the good news of Jesus Christ and lived simply. St Martin was conscripted into the army when he was fifteen. It was while he was in the army that on a bitter winter day, during a severe frost, Martin saw a near naked man at the city gate trembling from the cold begging for charity from passers by. Seeing that the passers by took no notice of the man, Martin cut his cloak into two pieces. He gave one half to the beggar and wrapped himself in the other half. While he was sleeping that night, Martin saw Jesus Christ dressed in the piece of cloak he had given away. He heard Jesus say “Martin… has covered me with this garment”.

college staff

Adjunct Associate Professor Bill Anscombe

Adjunct Associate Professor Bill Anscombe

Acting Head of College (Volunteer)

Adjunct Associate Professor Bill Anscombe has been a member of the College Board since 1993 and currently is Acting Head of College. Bill Anscombe has been Chair of the St Martin’s Board for 20 years.  (The previous Head of College, Rev Dr Grant Bell B.Th. M.Litt. PHD. MACE MACELL has become rector of the Anglican Parish of Wagga Wagga and the Board is searching for a replacement Head of College).

Bill has the following qualifications: B Soc Stud (Syd University); ThA (Australian College of Theology); Th.Dip (Australian College of Theology); Grad Dip Man (now University of Central Queensland); M.Soc Wel & Soc Plan (Charles Sturt University); PhD (Charles Sturt University)

Bill’s career has been as a Social Worker and manager/leader. He worked for 20 years with the NSW Department of Corrective Services in various roles in the community and institutions. His final position was as Acting Regional Director for Southern NSW Community Corrections. He commenced  a lecturing position at Charles Sturt University in their fledgling Social Work degree in 1993.  During his time on the academic staff of the University, he was seconded to the NSW Department of Community Services (now FACS) to be their Director for Child and Family Services (Western)  for about 70% of the State of NSW and with responsibility for child protection and Out of Home Care in that region. Following his return from secondment, he was Course Director for Social Work programs at Charles Sturt University. He retired from the University in December 2014 and is Adjunct Associate Professor with the Institute of Land Water and Society and Adjunct Associate Professor (Research) with the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. He is a member of the Social Work professional Association (AASW) Board of Accreditors. He is currently a member of the Anglicare Board of NSW South, NSW West and ACT; a member of the National Executive of the Bush Church Aid Society;  a Director of the St Pauls Outreach Trust; and a Director of the St Paul’s Income Trust.

Bill’s research projects covers a wide-range of areas including projects on ethics and identity, Indigenous issues, Multi-cultural health, Early Childhood, Housing, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Community development, the Rural Church, Organizational Planning and many others. He is the co-author of three books arising from the Australian Research Council grant related to Virtue Ethics. The latest book was published in August 2020.

Bill has been married to Deborah (an EAL/D teacher/mentor) for 42 years and they have two adult children and three (of the most extraordinarily wonderful and lovely) grandchildren. Bill and Deborah have been members of the South Wagga Anglican Church for 30 years.

The Administration Officer

Our Admin Officer is available in the College Office Monday to Friday from 8am until 4pm. She assists with the financial and office management of the college.

The Cleaners

The Cleaners Are responsible for cleaning the student residences, but also spend time as “mum” to the students.


John, our janitor is responsible for repairs and maintenance and a whole range of day-to-day tasks to keep our college operating. Senior Students

2021 St Martins Senior Students

residential advisor
residential advisor
residential advisor

2021 St Martins Senior Students

(Residential Advisers or RAs) Our three Senior Students assist in pastoral care and have current first aid training. They take on special responsibility for Academic, Sporting, Christian, and Social development programs. The positions are advertised at the end of Term 3 of each year. Training is undertaken in January/February each year.


Scholarship Recipient Presentation

St Martin’s College offers a number of scholarships. For details click the scholarship title to download the relevant application and information forms.

The Sharon Golconda Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship for leadership.Scholarship value of $2,000

The Richard Johnson First Year Scholarship. This scholarship is aimed at enabling students from Rural & Regional low SES background, or students who have been in Anglicare “out of home” care, to commence university study at CSU’s Wagga Wagga campus. Applicants must be resident in St Martin’s College to receive the scholarship which covers a significant portion of their first year accommodation costs in St Martin’s College.

The Helen & James Faulks St Martin’s College Scholarships. This scholarship is awarded for one year to a current student or students of St Martin’s College who can demonstrate financial hardship. Two scholarships of $2000 each are to be used for the payment of accommodation fees to St Martin’s College.

policies & procedures

The following policies and procedures relate to student accommodation and well being. The current versions of St Martin’s policy and procedures documents for staff and students are available here for download or viewing in PDF format .

  1. Privacy 
  2. Work, Health & Safety
  3. Mission Statement
  4. First Aid
  5. Electrical Equipment
  6. Anti-Discrimination, Harassment & Bullying
  7. Alcohol & Drug Use
  8. Security & Personal Safety
  9. Hazardous Substances
  10. Safe Handling of Food
  11. Fairfax Centre Conditions of Use
  12. Site Emergency Plan

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