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As most of you will be aware, payment of a non-refundable enrolment fee is required to confirm the enrolment of each girl at the school. These fees are directed to the Foundation’s Education Fund, which was established primarily to safeguard the financial independence of PLC Sydney. Each year the capital accrues and, since 1988, the interest earned from the investment of these monies has been allocated in support of a range of purposes, eg:

  • International student exchanges: This program has expanded significantly since its inception in 1990, and last year we saw 64 PLC students travel to 14 countries: South Africa, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Japan, Scotland, England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Denmark and Brazil
  • National and international student tours and competitions have been supported since 1996. Destinations have included the USA, New Caledonia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, South Africa and Lithuania
  • Employment of additional specialist teaching staff from time to time
  • Funding of staff exchanges, research grants and study tours commenced in 1988
  • Educational equipment and resources, eg interactive whiteboards.

At our quarterly Foundation meetings, we always look forward to hearing from recipients of such allocations.  At our August meeting we heard from: 

  • Taylor Chan (Year 10) and Mrs Victoria O’Donnell spoke about the rewards and challenges of the recent Service Learning Tour to Timor Leste (previous allocation of $10,000). The meeting then approved $10,000 to support the next tour in 2018.

download-icon Please click here to download and view a summary of the presentation. (PPTX 3.6MB)

  • A major and ongoing role of the Foundation is to continue to fundraise for donations to the Building Fund to assist the College with the acquisition and construction of its buildings.  Our current campaign is the Gateway Project and, in March 2016, $500,000 was initially gifted to the College for this project.  The August meeting was pleased to approve the gifting of a further $500,000 to the College in support of this wonderful new facility.


The Foundation’s recent meeting was delighted to approve allocations for an impressive range of submissions over the next 12 months.  Prior to the meeting, sub-committee members and the Board welcomed five excellent student presentations.    Some involved reports from recent initiatives as well as requests for future funding. Once the presenters departed and their requests were considered, all were favourably approved:

  • Service Learning Tour to Vietnam

Year 11 students, Eliza Otton and Zara Khan spoke on the tour in April 2017.
An allocation request for the tour in April 2018 was also addressed by Ms Isabel Hayek, Coordinator of the Vietnam SLT.  At the meeting the Foundation approved an allocation of $15,000 towards next year’s tour.

Please click here to download and view the presentation.    (PDF 68KB)   

  • World Public Speaking and Debating Championships – Cape Town, April 2018

There was a presentation by Year 11 students, Eleanor Lawton-Wade, Lina Cho, Sherie Pan and Lauren McGrath-Wild on their recent success at the 2017 Australian National Titles where they qualified for the World Championships in Cape Town in 2018.

An allocation request in support of the championships in Cape Town was addressed by Mrs Lynette Hawkey, Head of Speech, External Public Speaking.   The Foundation approved an allocation of $8,000.

Please click here to download and view the presentation. (PDF 90.7KB)

  • National Mathematics Summer School – Canberra, January 2018

Jasmine Chen (Year 11) addressed her request for funding assistance to attend the 2018 summer School.
The Foundation approved an allocation of $1,100.

Please click here to download and view the presentation.  (PDF 541.3KB)

  • National Youth Science Forum – Canberra, January 2018

Year 11 students, Salina Ai, Sabena Bhadri, Eleanor Lawton-Wade, Laurel Lu, Claudia McDonnell, Lucy Mo, Sherie Pan and Jennifer Xu addressed their request for funding assistance to attend the forum.
The Foundation approved an allocation of $4,800.

Please click here to download and view the presentation. (PDF 295.2KB)

  • AIOC (Australian Informatics Olympiad Committee) Informatics School of Excellence – Canberra, December 2017

Angeni Bai (Year 10) addressed her request for funding assistance to attend the forthcoming Informatics School of Excellence. 
The Foundation approved an allocation of $1,350.

Please click here to download and view the presentation.  (PDF 380.7KB)

A further four allocation requests that are considered annually were also before the meeting and, once again, they were all favourably approved:

  • 2018 Foundation Bursaries/Scholarships:  $140,000 
  • 2018 International Student Exchange Program:  Up to $80,000 (determined by the number of students selected) 
  • 2018 PLC Sydney Annual Student Photographic Prize:  $500
  • 2018 Foundation Speech Day Prizes (‘Business Studies’ and ‘Global Citizenship’):  $150 ($75 per prize)