The Pembroke School Annual Report : Annual Report 2017
At the end of 2017, donations and pledges to the Middle School Development Capital Campaign, the School Building Fund and Pembroke Endowment Fund amounted to $5.4 million. This is a wonderful start. On behalf of the School I acknowledge and sincerely thank all members of our community who have contributed to this ambitious and very exciting project thus far. In addition to coordinating and managing the Middle School Development Capital Campaign, the Foundation has continued to contribute to existing programmes which create opportunities for the enhancement of student learning and support. The Patron’s Special Projects Fund supported grants to the following programmes in 2017: The Margaret Bennett Visual Art Awards for Year 12 SACE and International Baccalaureate students, Film at Pembroke, Generations in Jazz, The Marree Aboriginal School Pembroke School Exchange and Indigenous Education@Pembroke. Pembroke Indigenous Sports Round in National Reconciliation Week is now a regular fixture in the School calendar. All first and second sports teams represented the School in Pembroke Indigenous Round uniforms. As in previous years, this initiative was supported by the Pembroke Foundation in 2017. The School was grateful for the establishment of two new Speech Night awards in 2017 via donations to the Endowment Fund: The Tim Marks Choral Prize and the Ross Family Medal. We acknowledge and thank the Marks, Kimber and Ross families for the donation of both significant and important additions to our Speech Night awards. Scholarships, bursaries and prizes offered for Pembroke students remain a key pillar of the Foundation’s commitment to accessibility and support. Pembroke School believes that involvement in the Arts is intrinsically linked to a positive educational experience. In September 2017, a group of professionals from within the School community and the wider Arts community came together for a facilitated discussion to explore and consider the establishment of a Cultural Trust at Pembroke School. Thank you to all those who contributed so enthusiastically to the discussion. The Foundation looks forward to involving the wider Pembroke community in future initiatives of The Pembroke Cultural Trust. In late November Mrs Hannah Bone was appointed to the position of Director of Development and Communications. Commencing in 2018, Mrs Bone brings excellent skills, energy and experience to this role and will lead and manage the marketing, communications, fundraising, and engagement functions for the School, adding an extra layer of resourcing for the Foundation. We congratulate Mrs Bone and welcome her to this role. I recognise, acknowledge and sincerely thank the Foundation Director, Ms Amanda Bourchier, for her tireless hard work and steadfast commitment to all things Pembroke. Finally, I thank the Board for their preparedness to volunteer their time and expertise, for their dedication, wise counsel and commitment throughout 2017 and look forward to a busy, fruitful and exciting year ahead.