A good start, and plenty of momentum
Mr Michael Robinson AO
President of the Scotch
The Foundation has made an auspicious start to the year. While most of our energies have been focused on driving the Capital Campaign for the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre for Science, progress has also been made with the Scotch College Foundation Scholarship Fund.
Tony ‘Fizz’ Palmer (‘54) has most generously endowed a perpetual scholarship honouring his great-uncle, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander (Alick) White, who served so bravely at Gallipoli. More can be read about this wonderful gift elsewhere in this edition of Great Scot.
ABOVE: THE FOUNDATION BOARD. BACK ROW: SCOTT MONTGOMERY (’85 – OSCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR), PHIL WRIGHT (‘70), DOUG LORDING (’64), PAUL ABERDEEN (’86), DAVID FOX (’88). THIRD ROW: BEC MARSHALL, FIONA TUCK, REBECCA MORTIMER, JONATHAN BUCKLEY (’83), SIMON REICHELT (FINANCE MANAGER), ROSS CONGLETON (’76 – BURSAR). SECOND ROW: JAMES HO (’88), MANDY ANDRIANAKOS, TOM O’BRIEN, BILL SIDES (’63), KIRSTEN MACLEOD, MIKE SIM (’79). FRONT ROW: ROB HAND, TOM BATTY (PRINCIPAL), MICHAEL ROBINSON (’55 – PRESIDENT), TIM SHEARER (’85 – DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT), LOUISE MURDOCH.
The Foundation is also looking to secure support to fund the School’s Indigenous programme. This year nine indigenous boys are attending Scotch, and although we have a meaningful relationship with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, we look to our community to help fund the estimated $200,000 shortfall funding gap in the Indigenous programme. I would like to acknowledge the Campbell Edwards Trust and Old Boy Robert Bulley (‘41) for their wonderful support of the programme, and would encourage other families and trusts to consider doing the same. Donations to the Scotch College Indigenous Scholarship Fund are tax deductible, and more information can be obtained from the Director of Development, Tim Shearer, on +61 39810 4301.
The Capital Campaign for the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre for Science is in its final year, and we have a major challenge ahead of us as we seek to achieve our $20M goal. I would like to thank the 800 members of the Scotch Family who have ‘rallied to the call’, like ‘those who have gone before’, and have supported the appeal. At the commencement of the campaign I said it would take an entire community effort if we were to reach our goal. At three-quarter time in the campaign, I stand by this view!
I was fortunate to attend the recent health professionals’ information night where eminent Old Boy, and capital campaign patron, Professor Andrew Kaye AO (’67) perhaps best summed up the importance of the project. In congratulating his old School for its ambitious commitment to the sciences, he declared: ‘And, if we don’t do it, who will? And if not now, when?’ Well said, indeed!