Foundation newsletter Newsletter of St Aidan’s Foundation
$10 Million in New Facilities
The $10 million of new facilities, were dedicated in a service led by the Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, Primate of Australia, Archbishop of Brisbane. Those attending the opening and dedication were warmly welcomed by The Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent, together with the Principal, Karen Spiller and members of the School Council. As part of the ceremony, commemorative plaques were unveiled by Mother Eunice of The Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent
for the Christine Hartland Centre, and by Mr Graham Perrett, MP Member for Moreton, for Charma Place. During the official opening ceremony, guests were entertained by several outstanding presentations from St Aidan’s drama, STAGE dance, musical and gymnastics groups. St Aidan’s received $310,000 in capital assistance from the State Government towards the Christine Hartland Centre and $2.5 million from the Federal Government towards the construction of Charma Place under the BER programme. Foundation Chair, Mary Anne Pidgeon, said the opening of the school’s latest two facilities underscored the critical role the St Aidan’s Foundation, backed by the generous financial support of the wider school community, continued to play in the school’s on-going development and master-planning. “During just the past 10 years, the St Aidan’s campus has been dramatically transformed, with state-of-the-art educational and cultural facilities now in place throughout both the Junior and Senior Schools.
“On behalf of the Foundation I extend a heartfelt vote of thanks to all members of the school community who, through supporting our Capital Appeal and voluntary building fund over recent years, helped us raise over $1.3 million in vital funding which helped construct the Christine Hartland Centre,” she said. Other capital works in excess of $1 million completed by the school over the past 12 months include: • R efurbishment and extension of the Senior Library • L andscaping and covered learning spaces in the Senior School Art Precinct ($200,000 BER – School Pride funded) • Renovation and restoration of the pool • L andscaping the centre of the Senior School Campus adjacent to the pool and the Christine Hartland Centre • R emoval and replacement of asbestos within the school.
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In yet another major milestone of St Aidan’s proud history, on Tuesday 24 August, the Christine Hartland Centre and Charma Place (a Federal Government funded BER project), were dedicated and officially opened before an audience of over 1,000 current and past students, parents and other members of the school’s community.
Time Closing for Wall of Thanks Entries The generosity of the numerous individuals and families who contributed to the realisation of the Christine Hartland Centre by donating $1,000 or more to the voluntary building fund or Capital Appeal, will be commemorated eternally through the Wall of Thanks which is prominently positioned immediately outside the centre. The commemoration, which already holds 180 names, is set to swell with many school donors who have already donated amounts under $1,000 to the Christine Hartland Centre’s construction electing to lift their donation to a level enabling their names to be added to the Wall of Thanks in January 2011.
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Foundation Chair, Mary Anne Pidgeon, said the many people who had made greatly appreciated donations of under $1,000, had recently received letters notifying them that the
Lillian Alexander The Archer Family The Ashcroft Family The Baartz Family Nigel & Bee Bailey Ted & Kirstine Bankowski Bruce & Glenys Barclay Helen & Joyce Barrett The Bassili Family The Baumann Family The Bayly Family The Bazeley Family The Beckinsale Family The Bell Family The Bennison Family Sally & Phoebe Bishop Charles & Michelle Brabazon Jennifer Brice & Family Siobhan, Helen & Gary Brodie The Brooks & AshtonBrooks Family Melva Brumpton (Holland) John & Melissa Bullwinkel The Burrell Family Burrell Stockbroking & Superannuation The Butcher Family Douglas, Jane & Bella Campbell Caitlin & Mikaela Carnie The Carseldine Family Alison and Don Chandler The Clarke Family Finlay ClemmentsDawson
The Clouston Family The Crawford Family Ros Curtis The Daglish Family Olivia Pia Demichelis The Donnelly Family The Downes Family Michele Duff Tony & Sharon Weir for Bronte Duncalf Greg & Janet Edmunds Josephine & Megan Elliott Ross, Sue & Jessica Elliott Chris & Carmela Evans The Farmer Family The Fernandez Family Jeremy & Lisa Ferrier John, Kelyn & Julia Flynn The Fox Family The Frey Family Caitlin Fulcher Brian & Janette Gibson Lara & Madisen Gill Keith Bridges & Collette Goodfellow Chris & Genevieve Greig The Haines Family The Harding Family The Hartigan Family Arabella Haseler Henderson Family Anna, Eliza & Prue Meg Henry Dr A & Mrs L Hogan The Hopkinson Family Dr Beth Howard Leanne Huggett
cut off point for inclusion on the Wall of Thanks was 31 December 2010. “There are many past donors who are only a few hundred below the $1,000 mark, who have already indicated that they intend to qualify for acknowledgment on the wall. “At this stage we are nearing 200 names in total, and based on the positive feedback we’ve received, we expect that a late flurry of donation top-ups will see final numbers being well over this. “With what has proved yet another highly successful year for St Aidan’s quickly drawing to a close I would like to take the opportunity on behalf of the St Aidan’s Foundation to sincerely thank all those who contributed to our fund raising efforts in 2010, and to wish the entire school community a very merry
Jean Humphries The Irvine Family Kate, Meg, Sophie & Libby Jacques The Jaffar Family The Jaffe Family The James-Jenks Family The Jarousek Family Bethany & Kate Johannsen Mr P & Mrs M Jolly Annie Jones The Katahanas Family The Kendall Family Mr G & Mrs J Killoran Helen & Bede King The Knowlman Family Steven & Heather Knyn The Krause Family The Langford Family The Leggett Family Ali Leigh Martin & Susan Leonard The Levison Family Karen & David Lewis The Loborec Family Scott, Pauline, Hannah & Pia Lucas The Marks Family Tony & Gayle Markwell The Mathiesen Family The Matters Family The Matusik Family The McBurnie Family The McCartney Family The McCluskey Family Barbara & Peter McDermott Gary, Janine & Rachel McDonell The McGarrigle Family
Cara Jane McKelvie The McMillan Family Paul & Kay McQuade The Mengel Family June Merritt Keith & Darlene Miller Victoria & Claire Miller Dr & Mrs P Millroy The Mills Family The MMC Family Brittany Mohr The Moller Family Courtney MorleyDrabble The Morphet Family Mr K & Mrs L Morris Alison & Andrew Morris Jake & Danya Morse The Moses Family The Muir Family Peter, Michelle & Kate Mullins The Mullis Family Jacky & Justin Murphy Suchira, Bapi & Pratichi Nag Tess Norris The Nothdurft Family The Nowland Family Madeline Nugent & Family Kate Nutting The O’Brien Family Craig & Marion O’Donnell The Patel Family The Phelps Family The Pidgeon Family The Pinkerton Hardy Family Allan & Sandy Pitman-Powell Emily, Liz, Mark &
Christmas and safe break over the holiday period,” she said. Donors, each of whom have donated $1,000 or more to the Christine Hartland Centre, and are currently listed on the Wall of Thanks, are outlined below:
Harrison Plath Ally Plowman Nikeisha Plumridge Phil & Verena Preston The Prince Family The Prior Family Brett & Fiona Provan Rebecca Pullar The Purdy Family Jodie Rees Elissa & Ashleigh Reilly The Richmond Family Nicola & Georgina Robertson The Roobottom Family The Rose Family Rotary Club of Jindalee David & Sue Russell The Rylance Family Jessica & Emily Sale Harriet & Emily Sawyer Siobhan, Helena & Georgina Sawyer The Scott Family The Seaton Family K.M. Shaw The Sherington Family The Sivyer Family Judith Bobs Smith (nee Rigby) The Soon Family John & Jeanette Spencer Karen Spiller St Aidan’s Old Girls’ Association St Aidan’s P&F Association The St Baker Family The Steffensen Family
Elissa Stewart & Family David & Helena Taylor Graham & Sandie Thams The Thomas Family The Tidmarsh Family Scott & Adele Todd The Trainor Family Elisabeth & Warren Traves Asha Underhill The Van Engelen Family The Veitch Family The Voigt Family The Voroteliak Family The Vuong Family Sarah Anne Walker The Walters Family The Warburton Family Lydia Wardale The Watkin Family Tracy-Jayne Webb The Weigh Family Kate & Alyssa Whelan Sudath & Natalia Wijeratne The Williams Family John & Karen Wilson Mark & Katie Wilson The Winn Family The Withey Family Georgina Wood The Woodhouse Family The Woolcock Family Leinani Wright The Yano Family Mr R Yeo & Mrs S Bennett-Yeo The Yost Family The Young Family
Dads and Daughters Clown it up at Disco One of the Foundation’s yearly event highlights, the ever popular Father Daughter Disco for the Junior School, made a welcome return in October to the Christine Hartland Centre. It was sorely missed on the Junior School calendar in 2009 during renovations but has come back bigger and better than ever. The fun-filled night proved a resounding success, with a record breaking 144 proud dads and 173 glowing girls attending the circus themed event, and raising nearly $14,000 in the process. Carrying on the tradition of previous discos, many fathers and daughters arrived resplendent in bold and colourful circus attire, for a fun-filled night of “clowning around”.
A special note of thanks is extended to the Watson family and their company “Where on Earth Accessories”, for again donating their entire proceeds of sales of accessory show bags on the evening to the Foundation. Also sincere thanks to Deena O’Callaghan who headed the hall decoration team, Fleur Jarousek for managing the night’s bar, Alisa Dobson for running the raffles and auction, Georgia and Abby the acrobats, Mardi Wilson for her card tricks, and the evening’s face painting girls. Lastly, but not least, thanks to all the generous sponsors and donors of prizes, and to Foundation board members Jackie Knowlman, Susie Bennett-Yeo, event coordinators and Tony Markwell, our circus ringmaster and MC for the evening.
Foundation Commits $500,000 to School
Legal Eagle Serves it up at Breakfast
The annual Father Daughter Breakfast in September was the special occasion selected by the Foundation to present a cheque for $150,000 to St Aidan’s with the proceeds allocated to the Christine Hartland Centre.
More than 160 beaming dads and daughters arrived in the early morning at Hillstone, St Lucia on 2 September to enjoy a special bonding breakfast and to hear an excellent keynote address from Old Girl and prominent lawyer, Margaret Jolly.
A second payment of $350,000 by the Foundation, also to be directed to the new centre, is to occur early in Term 1 next year. Chair, Mary Anne Pidgeon, acknowledged the overwhelming support the wider school community had given to the Capital Appeal for the Christine Hartland Centre over the past three years. “Despite the obvious impact of the GFC, the generosity of the school’s numerous donors enabled the Foundation to raise $1.3 million, which has provided a wonderful fillip for the development of the school’s new and much needed central hub,” she said. She said that the school’s Capital Appeal which had been run over the past four years for the sole purpose of helping fund the Christine Hartland Centre would officially close at the end of December 2010.
Margaret, who attended St Aidan’s from 1975 to 1979 and was a prefect and Barrett House captain in her final year, provided an insightful overview of her professional career and its focus on law practice management. After assuming the senior role of Director of Continuing Legal Education at the Queensland Law Society at the relatively tender age of 26, she has subsequently worked in senior practice management roles with large national law firms, including her most recent role as Director, People and Performance at McCullough Robertson. The highly memorable morning was capped by the presentation of a $150,000 cheque to St Aidan’s by the Foundation Chair, Mary Anne Pidgeon, to Ros Curtis, Acting Principal.
Old Girl’s Grandfather Commemorated via Biology Lab The school’s new biology laboratory in The Archer and Templeton Science and Technology Centre has been named the Sugutha Biology Laboratory to commemorate Old Girl, Pratichi Nag’s grandfather, Sugutha. Pratichi, who graduated from St Aidan’s in 2007, is currently studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Queensland. Upon her graduation from the school, Pratichi’s parents pledged a $25,000 donation to the Christine Hartland Centre as a reward for her continued academic improvement at UQ. Pratichi’s strong academic performance in her chosen course, has been a boon for St Aidan’s with her parents presenting a cheque for $25,000 to the school in June 2010. The school’s new biology laboratory joins the Moses Family Physics Laboratory, as the school’s second dedicated teaching facility to be named to commemorate individual donor families.
Rather sadly, this edition of the Foundation newsletter is my last as unofficial editor, as after 4½ years serving on the board I am hanging up my Director’s hat at the end of 2010. A little earlier this year, my only daughter, who enjoyed nine wonderful years at St Aidan’s before graduating in 2009, queried why I was continuing my involvement with the Foundation now that she was no longer there. My reply was simply that my support was not just about her, but more for the school. In other words, I am happy to have donated a small portion of my work and time as a token of thanks for not just the education the school provided her, but just as importantly for the many memorable moments St Aidan’s delivered to both her and me over the past nine years of my life. Moments that entailed simple pleasures like watching her play touch football at Ambi under twilight skies on leisurely Friday afternoons; the friendly banter with other parents over early morning coffees at chilly rowing regattas; witnessing her unbridled pride and self-belief upon being elected a House Captain; and that very special moment when it inexplicably dawns on you that your young daughter is maturing and blossoming into a young woman. Believe me when I say that because of these moments, and scores of others just like them, that the school has delivered far more to me, than I over the years, have given back. Earlier this year I received an unexpected recognition by the School for the professional services I have been happy to provide on a gratis basis over recent years. Although greatly appreciated, I found this kind gesture somewhat embarrassing given the many people, both before my time and currently who have committed far more of their time and expertise, than I. As such, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of just a few of the many
special people, who through donations in kind, have made quite significant contributions to the school’s continued development and success. Rob Morphet, who is a Principal of the Queensland arm of the leading engineering group, Golder Associates, retires at the end of 2010 after serving nine years as Chair of School Council and Foundation Board member, and over this time has made a profound contribution to the school. Despite the last of his three daughters graduating in 2002, he has continued to selflessly donate his time and engineering input, by advising on many of the school’s building projects, including the Archer and Templeton Science and Technology Centre, Charma Place and the Christine Hartland Centre. The efforts he has expended in this regard, are outside the numerous meetings he attends in serving on the School Council, its subcommittees and the Foundation. Another unsung “hero” of St Aidan’s, and one who has provided countless hours of professional advice to the school, is Stephen Green, who is Queensland Manager of Baulderstone. The professional time he has donated in kind to the school’s major building projects, has resulted in many tens of thousands of dollars of school expenditure being saved. Critically, the time and advice that people like Rob and Stephen have given adds significant capital to the school through enabling it to achieve absolute maximum build value for every dollar spent on new construction projects. Also, among the scores of other people who have donated in kind to St Aidan’s are Matthew Hill-Smith and the Haines family.
“Fitzy” Wows Audience at Celebrity Dinner Renowned raconteur, journalist and bestselling author, Peter FitzSimons delivered an outstanding and highly entertaining presentation to cap off a memorable night for the 100 guests attending the Foundation’s inaugural Celebrity Dinner at Tattersall’s Club in September. The ex-Wallaby, Sydney Morning Herald columnist and author of hugely popular biographies of Nick Farr-Jones, John Eales, Kim Beazley and Nene King, drew on his wealth of sporting, media and world experiences to deliver a memorable speech peppered with hilarious anecdotes and little known insights of numerous high profile people.
Sincere thanks are extended to the many parties who so kindly donated raffle and auction prizes for the evening, including Invigorate’s (Peter FitzSimons promotional company) Cristiano Ronaldo signed jersey, JTA International’s U2 guitar, and Audi West Brisbane for their luxury hire vehicle. Also, a big thankyou to ex-Foundation members Patrick Dixon, for his great auctioneering on the night, and Jenny Rylance for her warm address and support. Current Foundation Board members Don Chandler, the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, Bede King, Rob Levison, Mark Wilson
Well-known boating family, the Haines, is another long-standing supporter of the school who for a number of years have made significant in kind donations to the school and its activities. In addition to supporting Ambiwerra through donating boats as major raffle prizes, they have also actively supported St Aidan’s rowing program through the donation of significantly discounted outboard motors, “tinnies” and other boating accessories. I apologise for lacking the space in this newsletter to properly acknowledge the many other members of the school community, who through varying levels of commitment, have donated their time, services and/or products to St Aidan’s. To the hundreds of families who continue to enjoy the privilege and benefits of being a member of the school community, I leave you with the following words for contemplation, and hopefully, follow-through: Giving is a joy if we do it in the right spirit. It all depends on whether we think of it as ”What can I spare” or as “What can I share”. There are undoubtedly many members of the school community whose expertise, products or specific skills could be harnessed to generate financial efficiencies for the school and its future projects. So to all of you with some specific skill or knowledge, please consider sharing even a little of it with the school. Even a little, spread over many hands, will go a long way. Finally, thank you St Aidan’s for the memorable moments, the long-lasting memories and the privilege of contributing in my own small way to the school’s continuing success. I will continue to watch the school’s undoubted future successes unfold, hopefully many of which will be achieved by an ever growing number of people offering some degree of gifts in kind.
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and John Leggett also deserve a special acknowledgement for the key role played in organising what was a new event on the Foundation’s calendar, and one which successfully raised $18,000 for St Aidan’s. For all those that didn’t make it to this very special event, watch out for notification of next year’s gala gathering, once details are finalised.
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Hands That Give Also Receive
Matthew, as the proprietor of the renowned restaurant, Pier Nine, for many years offered his restaurant free of charge as the venue for regular lunches hosted by the Foundation and its guests of honour. He also generously supported the success of the Father Daughter Disco for several years through providing top quality, free catering for the event.
Foundation Board Bolstered
Bookmark These Events for 2011
In the latter half of 2010, the Foundation has the great privilege of welcoming four new directors, all of whom bring significant areas of expertise, to the Foundation board.
Every year the St Aidan’s Foundation organises a number of events aimed to strengthen the special bond between parents and daughters and which foster stronger relationships and friendships between members of the wider school community.
The new directors are Kathryn Britt, Bede King, Tony Markwell and Jeff Dunn. Kathryn is the founder of Cicero Communications, a boutique corporate public relations consultancy, and is a former journalist and sub-editor. Her daughter, Ruby Newsome, will complete Year 9 this year. Bede King is a partner with Brisbane legal firm Tobin King Lateef and a director of several companies including Silver Chef Limited and Firstmac Limited. He was also Chairman of Youth Hostels Australia from 1996 to 2009. His wife, (nee Mactaggart) and eldest daughter Rebecca, are both Old Girls, with younger daughter Prue currently completing Year 11. Tony Markwell is National Head of Privately Held Business Services, for the leading accountancy firm, Grant Thornton, where he specialises in family owned and owner managed business issues. His daughter, Siobhan, is in Year 8. The Foundation’s fourth new director, Jeff Dunn, is Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Council of Queensland. Among numerous other professional appointments he is also a member of the Board of the Cancer Council of Australia, Global Campaign International Advisory Committee Member of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and director of the International Psycho-Oncology Society. He has three daughters, Lucinda who graduated from St Aidan’s in 2009, and Amelia and Sophie who are currently completing Years 11 and 9 respectively.
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Online Business Directory The Foundation is launching an online Business Directory for all school families in Term 1 2011 to replace the current hard copy of the Directory. Similar to the hard copy the online version will provide information on a range of services and products available from companies associated with our school community. Current parents and local businesses have wholeheartedly embraced the launch of the hard copy version. We have over 40 advertisers, ranging from large organisations such as Bank of Queensland and Australia Post through to traditional small family businesses. If you didn’t get the opportunity to secure advertising space in the previous directory, please consider the benefits of advertising in the new Online Business Directory. Importantly, all net funds generated by this and future directories will be channelled to delivering enhanced facilities for St Aidan’s Students. Please contact the Foundation Officer on 3373 5929 or email email@example.com for more information.
A number of these events feature entertaining and informative addresses by prominent people, many of whom have a deep connection with our school. They also are forums through which your daughters have the opportunity to mix with their contemporaries, and parents can cement existing friendships and just as importantly, strike up new ones. Parents should be aware that net proceeds from all events organised by the Foundation also generate funds which are injected back into the school to support its continuing building and facilities improvement and scholarship programs. In other words, the more people attending these events, the more much needed funds we can raise for new facilities, school upgrades and scholarships. To all parents new to St Aidan’s, or those who have yet to experience the enjoyment of attending them, please look out for notification of final confirmed dates for the following Foundation events in 2011: • F riday 6 May Mother Daughter Breakfast • T hursday 1 September Father Daughter Breakfast • F riday 21 October Father Daughter Disco (Junior School) • T o be advised Gala Foundation Lunch/Dinner Please note dates will be confirmed in 2011.
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