The Pembroke School Annual Report : Annual Report 2017
Report by Mr David Minns, Chair of Pembroke School Foundation Chair’s Report Mrs Margaret Bennett (née Sellars, back row, third from left) in B Basketball 1939 I commence with a sincere yet sad acknowledgement of our founding Foundation Patron, Girton Old Scholar and Life Member of the School, Mrs Margaret Bennett (née Sellars). Mrs Bennett passed away on 5 April 2017 aged 92, having commenced her Schooling at Girton in 1934 aged 10 years - a connection with the School which spanned 83 years. Mrs Bennett became a member of the Foundation in 1996 as the lead donor to the Senior School Resource Centre Capital Campaign. In later years Mrs Bennett reflected, ‘she was just putting her toe in the water with her first donation,’. In 2001 Mrs Bennett contributed the seed capital for the Middle School Resource Centre and in 2006 a further significant donation allowed the completion of the Girton Arts Precinct and Dorothy Yates Hall Development. In 2008 Mrs Bennett established the Margaret Sellars Perpetual Scholarship Fund in recognition of the Sellars family’s long connection with Girton Girls School and King’s College. In 2013, Mrs Bennett pledged $850,000 which (coupled with a donation of $230,000 from the Parents’ and Friend’s Association) allowed the development and completion of the Old Watulunga Environmental Learning Centre in late 2017. In addition to her ongoing and significant support of capital development at Pembroke School, Mrs Bennett established the The Patron’s Special Projects Fund in 2000. Invested in the Pembroke Endowment Fund, this fund supports several initiatives that provide ongoing impact for Pembroke students, including Pembroke School’s Indigenous Education Programme which to date has supported 25 Indigenous students since 2009.