a) Support for students to fulfil their potential:
ü Academic Excellence; Encourage talented WA students (City and Country) to choose Mod over other alternative schools.
ü Equity and Access: Encourage WA students in need: Criteria: Low income, Disability, English as Second language.
ü Encourage WA Aboriginal students to get a first class school education
ü Principal's discretionary Bursary Fund: Nominal 10 awards per annum of average value $400, for cases of special need, at the Principal's discretion
b) Build a sense of Community - 'it's good to be involved with your (local) public school'
c) Build a sense of Philanthropy - Bequests, Major Gifts, Annual Giving, etc.
d) To develop the 'badge of honour' concept for attending and being associated with Mod.
e) Teacher development - (long term goal): Bursaries to encourage teachers at Mod to deliver excellence in teaching and leadership.
Progress to date
Great news! As at February 2012, $165,000
had been donated or pledged towards the Sphinx Scholarships Appeal target of $490,000. Another $42,000 has been donated by Old Modernians John
Down and the late Jim Cundill for subject areas scholarships (namely in Music
and Creative Writing). That's a total of $207,000. The appeal has been
boosted by a mailout campaign in
Feb. 2012 to some 570 contributing members living in Australia and overseas
whose core final year was between 1929 and 1962, with 40 of them so far making
a gift or pledge.
The particular aim of this stage is to raise sufficient
funds to fund two more three-year scholarships. Much more support is needed
from old Modernians to achieve this aim.
(Please refer :'Donations and bequests are tax deductible'
above, or telephone Barrie Baker on 08 9271 5184. A brochure and donation
form can be mailed or emailed to you.)
donor Garry McBride (1946) who lives in Floreat, was in the school cadets in
1945-46, and remembers marching in the Victory parade to mark the end of World
satisfaction that philanthropy brings, Elaine Davies (1957) who lives in Bendigo
Vic. said in a phone conversation with Peter Farr the Hon. Treasurer: "It's very nice to be abe to put
something back into Mod".
Richmond says: "I'm very pleased to
help in this small way to such a worthy cause. Mod has and always will have a
place in my heart. To top this, my only granddaughter (Stephanie Beckham)
started at Mod this year. I was at Mod in the war years. May Knowles was one of
our favourite teachers. 70 years later, I find that the link with Modern School
transcends the passage of time. We finished in 1942, and our group of 'girls'
(about 15 of us) have a happy get together every 3 months."
Help! Volunteers with
suitable skills (e.g. financial planning, legal) are needed to help advise and
administer this fund. If you can help, please contact us at
Sphinx Foundation Inc., PO Box 1349, West Perth, WA 6872
Telephone: (08) 9487 1192 Facsimile: (08)
28 Sphinx Scholarships and Bursaries awarded in 2012
The Sphinx Foundation was
delighted to have sufficient funds from donations to the Sphinx Scholarships Appeal
at the end of 2011 to be able to provide two Perth Modernian Society
Scholarships and the McCusker Scholarship (each tenable for three years) for
three deserving students entering Year 8 in 2012. The criteria set were that
the applicant has (a) displayed Academic Excellence in the Entrance Examination
and their final year at primary school, and (b) has personal circumstances of
financial or other need such that the award will be most beneficial in removing
barriers or in providing access to opportunities to facilitate the achievement
of educational success.
There were 25 applicants which is an endorsement of what was
said by all the speakers at the Scholarship Fund launch event in 2010 about the
need for the scholarships and bursaries. The Selection panel comprised Emeritus
Professor Lesley Parker AM and Peter Farr representing the Perth Modernian
Society, and Val Furphy Associate Principal.
The winners of these scholarships valued at $3,180 over
three years were Connor Shaw, Eric Tian and Jane Pankhurst. The Sphinx
Foundation also awarded two Perth Modernian Society Bursaries to the once-off
value of $500.
In each case the Scholarship/Bursary money has been paid
into the student's school account and may be accessed for educational purposes
directly associated with attendance at Perth Modern School such as fees, school
uniforms, transportation, living costs, school excursions/camps, purchase of
academic resources or equipment, specialised courses, specialised instruction,
etc. Should any funds not be fully expended in one academic year, the money
will carry forward to the following academic year.
The Sphinx Foundation also awarded Amenities Fees bursaries
to each of the remaining (20) applicants, so in all 25 awards that will help
these students' families cope financially.
On 3rd February at the first Perth Modern School assembly
for 2012, the Governor Malcolm McCusker AC, CVO, QC in his capacity as the
school Patron presented certificates and the school history book to the winners
of the 3-year scholarships and the major bursaries.
In addition, a Creative Writing
Scholarship and bursary were presented to two talented Year 11 students
Ashleigh Ballantyne and Pip Campbell, and a Music Scholarship was presented by
96 year old Mr John Down to talented Year 11 student Jonty Coy.
In his short address to the students and parents, Malcolm
McCusker commented on the importance that the scholarships and bursaries are
now playing, and the school principal Lois Joll said: "This is a wonderful outcome. The school community is most
appreciative of this generous contribution from the Sphinx Foundation."
A morning tea followed the award ceremony and the recipients
and their parents were able to mix freely with the Governor, John Down, and
Barrie Baker and Peter Farr from the Sphinx Foundation. The School's Patron,
Malcolm McCusker chatted with many of the awardees including (pictured above) with Ashleigh Ballantyne (Year 11 and
winner of the Jean and Jim Cundill
Creative Writing Scholarship for 2011) and her mother.