The Pembroke School Annual Report : Annual Report 2017
Founding Foundation Patron, Mrs Margaret Bennett (née Sellars) Mrs Margaret Bennett was a greatly respected and loved Founding Patron of the Pembroke School Foundation and a Life Member of the School. She began at Girton in1934 and her brothers attended King’s. She was a true philanthropist; her greatest joy being able to support and encourage young people in their endeavours. Over 20 years, Margaret generously contributed to new facilities, most recently Old Watulunga, endowed the Margaret Sellars boarding Scholarships and the Margaret Bennett Art Awards, supported the Marree experience and the Indigenous programme, the Unreel Film Festival, the equestrian team and much more. We were very sad to mark her passing in April 2017. Governance Pembroke continues to be fortunate that those who generously volunteer their time and expertise in service to School governance are of such high calibre and diverse experience. I acknowledge Deputy Chair Mr Chris Meulengraaf and School Board members, and the members of the school community and staff serving on the Board Committees of Finance, Governance and Planning & Properties who give excellent advice and support. An important focus for 2017 was the active and close partnership between the Board, Board Committees and management in steering the Shipsters Road project. The School has maintained a very sound financial position with a 2017 surplus of $4.70 million inclusive of $2.55 million contributed from the Building Fund towards capital projects. The Foundation Board chaired by Mr David Minns has maintained a vital focus on fostering philanthropy at Pembroke. The Pembroke Cultural Trust has begun to develop models for shared engagement with Arts activities in the wider community. Dr Clair Pridmore retired from the Board and the Planning & Properties Committee both of which benefitted from Clair’s diligence, astute questions and understanding of the Pembroke culture. The Parents and Friends appointed Mr Peter Read in her stead. Peter, a current parent and President of the Football Parents Association, is experienced in banking and finance and a strong addition to the Board. He has also joined the Finance Committee. Ms Sue Phillips concluded 15 years of generous service to the Planning & Properties Committee. Her experience in architecture for schools was enormously valuable to very many projects. Mrs Eleanor Walters, a current parent and planning professional was welcomed to the Committee. In conclusion, the Board is well satisfied that the high quality and ethos of education at Pembroke are being sustained in a soundly managed financial setting. Staff and Community Principal Luke Thomson continues to lead the Pembroke community with educational insight and integrity, commitment and enterprise. Luke spent Term 2 on sabbatical leave; a period of reflection and research in which he generated an outstanding forward looking Sabbatical Report. During this time Deputy Principal, Mr Kym Lawry was acting Principal and he along with the leadership team did a marvellous job covering all necessary tasks whilst adding their own flair and abilities to the positive development of the School. Mrs Barbara Reid was farewelled at the end of 2017. Her successful leadership of: the Senior School is deeply appreciated 22 years of being ‘on watch’ directing and supporting students who are experiencing the thrills and pressures, the camaraderie and hard work of their senior years is a great record. Mrs Alexandra Piggott succeeds her in 2018 and we wish her well. I thank the Heads of School, Business Director and senior staff for their leadership, and our teaching and non-teaching staff all of whom play essential roles in the education of our students across a large canvas. The Pembroke community thrives on the terrific support of parents in a wide range of groups such as the Scout troop, the Friends of Music and the Football Parents. The Parents’ and Friends’ Association led by President Mrs Rachael Bageas again brought us many enjoyable events including the fantastic Vegas-themed Gala Ball. The Pembroke Old Scholars’ Association led by President Mr Weng Wong are seeking to engage local and international alumni in dynamic new ways.