In 1990, the reopening of the Scone Grammar School on the site of the 1845 school, and the utilisation of the original school building, gave hope to many people who had long wished to see an Independent Christian School in the Upper Hunter. That hope has been fulfilled for over 500 students and their families, past and present.
Scone Grammar School is an Anglican Diocesan School owned and managed by a locally constituted body corporate whose members are drawn from the communities of the School itself, the Church and district.
The School is committed to providing the best education and pastoral care that can be achieved with its committed Christian staff in facilities tailored to the needs of the students.
The Scone Grammar School Foundation was established in 1989 with specific and far reaching objectives. These goals will ensure that the School will thrive and grow according to the Strategic Plan of the School Council.
The Foundation is a company limited by guarantee. It is controlled by a board elected from its membership and managed by a committee to which the board delegates its day to day activities. A permanent partner of the School Council, the Foundation has clearly stated short and long term objectives which include:
THE SCHOOL NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT THROUGH THE FOUNDATION RIGHT NOW
Scone Grammar Schoolís needs are immediate. The Foundation has the task of providing a continuing flow of funds to meet both current projects and those planned for the future.
Schools cannot rely solely on government aid. Financial assistance to independent schools has decreased over recent years and there is no indication that this trend will be reversed, irrespective of which political party is in office. The Foundation will play a vital role in generating funds to enable the Schoolís facilities to be maintained properly, while at the same time providing for the schoolís upgrading and expansion.
Expansion in enrolment as the School grows will continue to place demands on its facilities, necessitating a staged building program as dictated by the Strategic Plan. There is little or no leeway available to the School to cater for extra classes in the existing facility.
Maintaining the quality of educational resources at the School is one of the Foundationís most important goals. Staff members are encouraged to take on further studies - academic and exchange programs included. Technological progress necessitates constant updating and this will place a financial burden on the School, which cannot be met by fees. The cost of installing computers at the Bullock Library was in the vicinity of $40,000.
Financial security is essential for Scone Grammarís future. The School provides scholarships and bursaries to enable more students to have a sound Christian education. Government and other influences have placed a greater onus on independent schools to fend for themselves in recent years. To meet the needs of a developing school, the Foundation will need to dramatically increase its current support for schoolís scholarships and bursaries which assist over a dozen students who would not otherwise be able to attend the School. The necessary funds would ideally not be paid from the Foundationís annual fundraising and donations, but rather from income earned on invested fund. These funds must be steadily acquired over the period. By pledging your support right now, you will play a vital part in ensuring that Scone Grammar School is there for the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of todayís 'Grammarians'.
Your support is needed now!
The Schoolís commitment to being a relatively "low fee School", which makes it possible for many families to have an Independent Christian Education for their children, must have our financial support.
Your commitment is needed now!
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YOU CAN PLAY A VITAL ROLE
There are many ways in which you can show your support for the ideals of Scone Grammar School. Membership of the Foundation comprises a continually growing number of parents, friends and benefactors of the School, as well as the support of the corporate sector. Eventually, it is hoped that past students will also play their part. There are three individual levels of membership available within the Foundation, as well as an additional category of developing support. Your pledge can be made as a single contribution, or progressively, over a period of up to five years.
GOVERNOR: Donors who make a gift of $15,000 or more, or who give notification of a bequest of $30,000 or more, qualify as Governors of the Foundation. If they desire, Governors may take up a seat on the Board of the Foundation and take an active part in its development and management.
FELLOW: Donors who make a gift of $5,000 or more, but less than $15,000, or give notification of a bequest of $10,000 or more, but less than $30,000, will qualify as Fellows.
COMPANION: For a gift of $1500 or more, but less than $5,000, or for notification of a bequest of $3,000 or more, but less than $10,000, donors will qualify as a Companion of the Foundation.
SUSTAINING CONTRIBUTOR: All contributors become members of the Foundation Family. By donating $50 or more, but less than $1500, donors are recognised as a Sustaining Contributor and further donations would be accumulated towards full membership level.
Control and Management of the Foundation is vested in a Board, which compromises:
As a donor, you may appoint a nominee to serve as a member of the Foundation in your stead.