The Scots College Foundation was formed in 1993 to provide an independent source of funding to support the advancement of the College and its community over the long term.
A new educational architecture
Over the past twelve months, the Foundation has seen several important developments. Centrally, the College launched the campaign to reinvent education and to fundraise for the creation of the John Cunningham Student Centre. Through the tremendous support of our community we have achieved, at the time of writing, over $21 million in indicative support for this great and good endeavour.
At the centre of this project is the College's transformational vision for a new, interdisciplinary model of education, encapsulated in the Patribus Initiative. Underpinned by the College's strategic intent and its new Masterplan, there is now synthesis between educational vision and potential capital works across all campuses. Watch the Principal explore both the Patribus Initiative and the College's Masterplan, below.
An overview of the College's Master Plan
An overview of the Patribus Initiative
We need a new educational architecture that embraces and responds to the challenges faced by young Australians today.
Seeking ambitious change is no easy task, and we commend the Principal and his team on articulating how this new educational architecture will embrace and respond to the challenges faced today by young Australians.
A stronger structure
Secondly, with the assistance of the Presbyterian Church (NSW), the Foundation has amended its structure to make it easier to give in support of the College's capital works, scholarships and programs. For too long, we have not articulated a compelling case for general, longer term contributions to the Foundation. The introduction of our new structure helps address this by ensuring our community can have greater confidence in how capital is deployed to advance the long-term vision and interests of the College. Through these changes, we have introduced greater oversight and controls to ensure the Foundation acts as an independent capital base with the objective of securing the College's long term viability as a leading, innovative school for boys.
Put together, these two central parts of the year have placed us in a position to anticipate the future capital developments Scots would like to undertake over the medium to long term, and how they will become important to the educational outcomes of our children and grandchildren.
The Foundation is realistic, however, about where it sits in the order of many people’s philanthropic priorities. In our family, for example, initiatives that address poverty and intergenerational disadvantage in Australia are given priority. There is an honestly held perception that capital development at Sydney private schools are second to other very important and personal causes. But we also need to recognise that other educational institutions around the world have achieved a balance and receive consistent financial support from parents, alumni and others through a combination of small and regular donations as well as less frequent and larger sponsorships and bequests.
Why? There are many reasons, but fundamentally great schools and colleges receive philanthropic funding because of the respect people have for them as institutions, and the gratitude of graduates for the experiences and learnings gained within their walls. Implicit in this is an acknowledgement that educational institutions strengthen our social bonds, sustain our heritage and tradition, and lead when we face threats to our culture, economy and values.
Schools strengthen our social bonds, sustain our heritage and tradition, and lead when we face threats to our culture, economy and values
This is discussion is one that the Foundation needs to sponsor with our alumni and broader community. Now, we will do so accompanied by a clearly articulated plan for the future of our College. The core questions we face comes down to are you making a difference by leaving a gift, of any size, to The Scots College? That answer can only be judged by the contributions of those educated at Scots, and the degree to which Scots as an institution empowers them to do so. The last 125 years demonstrates a good track record, but the challenge and opportunity is to support our community to make a much greater impact in the years to come.
Scots to the fore!