Associations and Foundations
Providing for the future takes vision, perseverance, planning and resources.
The St Andrew’s Heritage Foundation was established in 2007 to promote the ongoing legacy of the school and to safeguard its history, heritage, traditions and ethos of Excellence in Education. This is achieved through a series of strategic fund-raising initiatives that serve not only to reinforce our position as a top-class institution, but to facilitate improvements to existing facilities and further expansion.
The Foundation receives and accepts donations, bequests, sponsorships and bursaries on behalf of St Andrew’s School for Girls.
The Endowment Fund and the daily operation of the Heritage Foundation, are carefully managed by an independent board of governors, who oversee all activities and ensure financial accountability.
How you can contribute:
- A single donation through cash, credit card or internet transfer
- Pledging regular payments: monthly, quarterly or annually to the Legacy Campaign
- Leaving a bequest to the school; ceding a life policy, shares or property
- Gifts in kind e.g. sporting equipment, sculpture, electronics
- Signing up for the Woolworths My School Card initiative and listing the St Andrew’s
- Signing up for the My School Card initiative and listing the St Andrew’s Heritage Foundation Trust as a beneficiary https://www.myschoolcard.co.za./supporter/apply. All monies raised through the My School Card initiative benefit the Old Girls Association Bursary Fund and the work of the Heritage Foundation within the school
“The establishment of the St Andrew’s Heritage Foundation is one of the most important initiatives undertaken by the school. Ensuring financial sustainability will allow the school’s dedicated management and educators to focus on their main objective – delivering the best possible education. As a school with a proud history, your support will ensure that St Andrew’s has a secure future.”
David Lowry, Chairman of the St Andrew’s Heritage Foundation.
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The St Andrew’s Old Girls’ Association helps past pupils keep in touch – with their alma mater, its staff members and their peers from school. It also raises funds that go towards providing financial support in the form of bursaries.
Apart from keeping old girls abreast of an exciting line-up of events that enable friends to reconnect, this portal shares news on the successes, adventures and achievements of old girls who are doing great things.
Links to our social media pages:
● Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/16645998998/
● Twitter: https://twitter.com/StA_OldGirls
● Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8536787/
● Email address: email@example.com
● Update your details – link to: https://forms.gle/mLD82tgZyB6setA59
Annual Reunion (held in Johannesburg)
Once a year we host a reunion in Autumn for pupils who would be celebrating their 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th etc year out of school. The day starts with a short chapel service, followed by tea on the matric lawns and Heritage Walks around the school. We then invite the ladies to join us for a three-course lunch in the senior school hall. These events are festive and lively and the ladies enjoy catching up and reminiscing about their days at school. It is also an opportunity for them to interact with Honorary Old Girls (teachers who have given 10+ years to the school).
The class of 1998 enjoys a trip down memory lane.
Glühwein outside the hall.
Janet Simmonds (past art teacher) with her twin daughters, Claire Welsh and Ann Basson from the class of 1988.
It was lovely to have so many women from the class of 2008.
The committee: Pearl Dliwayo, Nicola den Hond, Julie Symons, Megan Scott, Alessia Ryan, Marian Glauber, Thabi Kgaka and Britt Lawton
One of our mandates is to raise funds for bursaries – we achieve this through the hosting of ad hoc fundraisers. We also use part of these funds to support uBambiswano. Past events include: an evening with Clive Scott, a Murder Mystery dinner, Race Days at Turfontein, Golf Days at Glendower Golf Course. In addition to this we sell various items – the profits of which also benefits the Association. Recent initiatives include: the Cupped Coffee wagon, branded Eco-coffee mugs and the installation of vending machines for toiletries and other such items.
Reunions outside of Johannesburg
We try to host at least one “away” reunion per year to include Old Girls living outside of Johannesburg. We usually alternate between Durban and Cape Town. We have occasionally held reunions in the UK, US and Australia – specifically to celebrate milestone birthdays of the school.
Anne Stepto, Pippa Caldwell (Hudson, 1993), Kim Tedder, Inge Kotze (Mitchell, 1993) and Jess Mitchell.
Supporting Old Girls
Over the years we have commissioned items and supported Old Girl run businesses and initiatives – in an effort to both support individuals in our network and beautify the school. Most recent initiatives include:
– Ceramic and metal water features donated and installed in the ARA quad. Designed and produced by Old Girl Sarah Cronin (nee Bohler)
– Metal wall sculpture in memory of Honorary Old Girls who have retired or left the school. Mounted in the rose garden under the jacarandas. Designed and produced by Old Girl Sarah Cronin (nee Bohler)
– Silver pendants with a rose design, given to matric girls at valedictory as a symbol of their transition to being Old Girls. Designed and produced by Old Girls Alex Hyslop.
– Ratang Bana / Khulani Creatives reusable shopping bags, given as gifts to reunion attendees. In support of an initiative started and run by Old Girl Jane Simmonds which supports a community of women in Alexandra.
Staying involved with the school
Our mandate includes being present at all levels within the school and while the bulk of our focus lies with the senior school students, we like to make an effort to support all parts of the school including: junior, preschool and uBambiswano. Some of the ways we get involved include:
● Hosting a tea to introduce the matrics to the Old Girls network and tell them a bit about the Association and its benefits
● Hand out Easter Eggs to all students in anticipation of the holidays
● Hosting a Mom’s and Tot’s tea to bring Old Girls and their children back to the school and encourage them to enrol their daughters
● Spoil the matrics with “good luck” packs prior to exams – reminding them that we are there to support them
● Organising Business Network Events for the benefit, of Old Girls, students and parents – inviting Old Girls to speak about their careers
● Attending prize givings, plays, sports events and more.
Ways to support us:
● Contact the committee if you would like to help out
● Purchase an Eco-Coffee Cup (email us for details)
● Make a donation (in kind or cash)
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Our Parents’ Association facilitates parental involvement in our school and its many activities. While each parent is automatically a member, their level of participation is entirely voluntary. The management and control of the affairs of the Association have been vested to the executive committee. The executive committee of the Association is accountable to the Executive Head of the School, and the Association is a sub-committee of the school’s Board of Directors.
Fundraising forms an essential part of the association’s activities. Monies raised go towards scholarships, either for top performing learners who already form part of the school body, or talented girls identified through our charitable uBambiswano Saturday School programme. Remaining funds are invested into ad hoc projects initiated for the benefit of all learners.
The 100 Club has grown to become the association’s primary fund-raiser and sees willing parents contribute a monthly R100. Participants are placed into a draw had have the chance to win R25,000, R12,500 or R5,000 each term.
If you would like to join the club, please contact Kim Pain at (011) 453 9408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.