Dear PLC Sydney Community
Click the image to watch Vlog #9 From The Principal - Gateway Legacy Walkway
In this edition of Connections, I will talk about the public launch of The Gateway Project Fundraising Campaign. I would also like to take this opportunity to explain what the PLC Sydney Foundation is and what they do.
What is the Gateway Project?
The Gateway Project is the rebuilding of the Hamilton precinct of the College, where Years 3–6 learn and play and engage in activities. In 2015 we demolished the old Hamilton buildings as they were tired and in serious need of repair. They have served the College well for over 60 years but in their place we are creating the best possible learning environment for primary students aged 8–12 years. The Foundation are assisting with The Gateway Project but they do much more.
Click here to learn more about the Gateway Legacy Walkway
What is the Foundation?
The PLC Sydney Foundation is a fantastic organisation. They have a range of funds (Building Fund, Scholarship Fund and Education Fund). They give and lend money to the College to assist us to flourish as an institution. On this occasion, they are assisting with a building project - but they do much more.
Click here to read more about the PLC Sydney Foundation
The PLC Sydney Foundation is our partner and gifts to the Building Fund are tax deductible.
Why does the College ask for extra funds?
The College receives fees from parents and a small amount of government funding. The College receives no government funding for infrastructure.
We recognise that fees are costly. We spend the major part of the fees on staffing, resourcing and maintaining the College. We rely on the generosity of those who share the vision of the College to build new facilities. College Hall, Shubra Hall and the beautiful grounds of the College were all purchased by the Presbyterian Church in 1888. Led by the Goodlet family (who donated the equivalent of $19 000 000), in the late 19th century the Church was able to purchase the lands and build the College that is still operating today. The Goodlet vision was to support Dr Marden, who dreamed those many years ago of creating a College for ‘the proper education of girls’. He said in the late 1800s:
‘I am ... out of sympathy with the cry that education is unnecessary for girls, and that all they require is a few accomplishments. Women have also to live their life - in most cases a harder one than men have. This notion of accomplishments being sufficient for girls is surely a remnant of those barbarous days when women were looked on as the plaything of men.’
Thus PLC Sydney was built – the same College helped to lead the world by being a school that sent a student to Cambridge University in the first year that they admitted women.
Thus we request extra assistance from families so that we can provide a world-class education for girls and young women. Fees enable us to operate successfully. Gifts assist us to build capital projects. How can you help?
I am delighted to announce that one of the ways in which we are creating a lasting legacy to the opening of the new Junior School Gateway, is the inclusion of an architecturally designed walkway leading to the turtle pond and gardens.
I warmly invite families and ex-students to celebrate your connection with the College through buying a brick with your name inscribed on it, that will make up this unique Gateway Legacy Walkway. This week my wife and I purchased five bricks – one for me, one for my wife, and one for each of our daughters.
I continue to be impressed with the level of support that our PLC Sydney community gives to the College. I know we’re all looking forward to the opening of the new Hamilton in the 2nd half of 2017.
Click here to read more about the Gateway Legacy Walkway
Dr Paul Burgis