ST JOHN'S GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOUNDATION

At St John’s Grammar School, every child learns to soar.

It is our commitment to this philosophy that creates the unique environment of St John’s Grammar School. Our school is part of a community that encourages our students to be the best they can be. For this reason we’re proud to nurture bright minds, intuitive thinkers and compassionate feelers, and moving forward it is important that we give our students the best chance at success by providing facilities that will enhance their learning.

The Foundation will continue the St John’s Grammar tradition; connecting generations of old scholars, parents and friends, local businesses and the community with present generations of students, who will also one day look back upon their education with the highest regard.

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At St John’s Grammar we pride ourselves on being a forward thinking, innovation driven School and the Foundation fosters the philanthropic giving that provides the funds for the School’s future growth.

Time to Take Centre Stage

In line with our goal to be at the forefront of teaching innovation, 21st century educational principles and advanced learning techniques, it is now time to take the next step in the journey of the School’s development.

A new Performing Arts Centre has been in the planning phase for a number of years. Construction commenced towards the end of 2016 and completion is expected in the coming months.

Designed by the School’s award winning architects, Walter Brooke, the completed structure will be a refreshing environment that will inspire a positive influence on our students, their families and our teaching staff.

The outstanding and imaginative new teaching facility will offer a multitude of flexible theory and practice spaces. Our students will have access to resources that will be first class, including:

  • Flexible performance space/ auditorium with retractable seating
  • State of the art ‘Bio-box’ for theatre tech teaching
  • Digital recording studio
  • Conjoining group theatre areas
  • Green room facilities
  • Multiple individual practice rooms
  • Adaptable spaces for ensemble practice and theory
  • Foyer with visual arts gallery
  • Landscaped outdoor performance areas

When complete, the Performing Arts Centre will support, enhance and connect our renowned music, drama , dance and technical theatre teaching programs, leading to wonderful educational opportunities for all.

With this comes a unique opportunity for our community to continue the valued tradition of giving upon which St John’s Grammar was founded.

YOU Take Centre Stage

St John’s Grammar School’s history is built on giving. The Junior School was founded in 1958 by a group of passionate parents wanting to give back to the community. Later, the School secured St Barnabas’ Theological College and Chapel, and Retreat House; buildings each with a history of giving back to the community.

The building and construction costs for the Performing Arts Centre have been allocated. However, the quality of the finish and final fit out is dependent on the total of additional funds raised.

As such, we offer a number of opportunities to contribute to this project. A choice of donation options to suit every budget allows YOU to take Centre Stage and leave a lasting legacy whilst supporting our current and future students for years to come.

Discover the different ways in which you can support us here.

Our Foundation will continue the St John’s Grammar tradition; connecting generations of old scholars, parents and friends, local business and community with present generations of students, who will also one day look back upon their education with the highest regard.

Our goal is to establish sustainable, futures focussed, flexible infrastructure and facilities to support the education of St John’s students. The Foundation will foster philanthropic giving, supporting the School’s dedication to a culture of positive achievement.

The St John’s Grammar Foundation will secure the School’s financial independence by providing a fiscal basis for the School to continue its ongoing development. The Foundation will provide the school with a pool of funds that it can use to support its growth moving forward.

Now is the time to ask our community – our old scholars, staff, parents, grandparents, and friends, local business and community – to support the future of St John’s Grammar students.

Chair of Foundation

Reg Wymond, current Board Member and past Chairman of the Board as well as past St John’s parent, was appointed to the position of Chair of the St John’s Grammar Foundation by the School Board. This was a very fitting appointment as Reg was the driving force behind the creation of our Foundation, having witnessed the positive impact that a Foundation can have in providing security for the future.

Foundation Funds

The St John’s Grammar Foundation has three core components that people can donate to:

St John’s Grammar Foundation Fund

Donations toward the ancillary fund will support all aspects of the Foundation and will be used to fill any shortfall in funding for any projects.

St John’s Grammar Building Fund

The Building Fund will provide money for acquiring, constructing or maintaining the School buildings, over and above the capital works achieved with Capital Levy and Government Grant monies. Money is directed from the Foundation to the Building Fund either as requested by the donor or at the discretion of the St John’s Grammar Foundation’s committee.

St John’s Grammar Scholarship Fund

Donations toward the Scholarship Fund will provide money for scholarships for students who would not otherwise have an opportunity to have an education at St John’s Grammar School.

Donors may have a particular area of interest and can donate within the above outlined structures toward the ongoing growth of St John’s Grammar.

Donating to the St John’s Grammar School Foundation is an active step in securing the future for the next generation of students. By contributing toward the School’s ongoing development, you will be continuing to grow the St John’s community, extending its reach to more students.

You can contribute to the St John’s Grammar Foundation by donation, bequest, Foundation membership or corporate partnership.

Donations

Donations can be made in many ways including:

  • Once-off giving
  • Regular giving (monthly, quarterly, biannually, annually). Payment methods include cash, cheque or credit card. A secure online payment facility is also by clicking on the Online Donation button. Donations to the St John’s Grammar Foundation are fully tax deductible and St John’s Grammar has accreditation as a Deductible Gift Recipient. Thank you for your donation towards the future for St John’s Grammar.

Bequests

Making a gift in your Will to the St John’s Grammar Foundation is a way to leave a lasting legacy to future students. Bequests are a generous and highly personal way to assist the School continue to help shape the future aspirations of St John’s Grammar students. St John’s Grammar understands that bequests are highly sensitive and a personal issue.

If you would like to discuss making a bequest please contact Cheryl Bauer on (08) 8278 2233.

Foundation membership

Foundation membership is offered to those who provide significant financial support to the Foundation. There are five levels of membership:

  • Member – $2,000 or more
  • Associate – $5,000 or more
  • Fellow – $10,000 or more
  • Silver Patron – $25,000 or more
  • Gold Patron – $50,000 or more

Payment of membership can be made over a period of up to five years depending on your personal preference or situation. Members will not only take pride in their contribution to the St John’s community, but will also receive membership benefits of various levels including a recognition certificate, event invitations and honour board mention.

Corporate partnership

Corporate partnerships will connect St John’s Grammar with organisations that share the School’s vision to foster success, wisdom and balance. A corporate partnership will offer businesses the opportunity to connect and gain exposure to a unique market involved with the St John’s Grammar Foundation as well as the wider St John’s community. Corporate partnerships will be negotiable and tailored to each individual business’ objectives and situation. Corporate partnerships can be in the form of a donation of a product, service or cash. The St John’s Grammar Foundation welcomes your enquiry to discuss a corporate partnership.

Why does St John’s Grammar need a Foundation?

To secure its future, St John’s Grammar is establishing a Foundation to support the School moving forward, reducing the reliance on Government funding or on loans that will leave the school servicing a large debt. The St John’s Grammar Foundation will provide a pool of funds that it can use to draw upon in the future and is separate to the daily operations of the School.

Why can’t St John’s Grammar borrow the funds to complete the projects?

It is important that St John’s Grammar keeps its debt at a level where it can be comfortably serviced without affecting the provision of education services. By starting a Foundation, St John’s Grammar will ensure it is able to sustain its educational mission.

Who will be managing the funds raised by the Foundation?

The St John’s Grammar School Board of Governors, as Trustee, will be responsible for managing the funds raised by the Foundation within the parameters of the Trust Deed. The money raised by the Foundation is to be kept separate from the daily operations of the School and for this reason will be administered by the Trustee who can independently monitor the investment and flow of cash.

Are my donations tax-deductible?

The St John’s Grammar Foundation has deductible gift recipient status, which means that all donations are completely tax deductible.

How much money will go into administration costs?

As with any charitable organisation or Foundation, a small portion of the money raised must go toward administration. Because of the philanthropic nature of the Foundation, the amount put towards administration will depend on the amount raised and the projects undertaken. Payments from the Foundation for expenses are limited to those that are specified in the Trust Deed.

What about the Capital Levy?

St John’s Grammar charges a compulsory Capital Levy with its school fees. This Levy contributes to the costs of ongoing capital works upgrades and renovations to the school. Unfortunately, the Capital Levy funds are not enough to enable all required capital works to take place – particularly large-scale projects – which necessitates the creation of a Foundation to fund these works that cannot be covered by the Capital Levy.

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