About the OGA
In 1897, five years after the founding of the School, the first Headmistress, Miss Fanny Hunt, formed the Old Girls Association.
From the outset, the organisation had enabled IGGS students to keep in touch with friends and the School itself.
A vital support network is provided through the OGA. There are a number of branches in Queensland and interstate which provide opportunities for fellowship.
The OGA not only provides the School with many amenities through their tireless fund-raising – they also willingly take part in many of the School’s initiatives. For example, from their ranks come specialist advisers at Careers Day, sporting coaches and guest speakers both in the classroom and at official functions. Old Girls have chosen to be members of staff and the Board of Trustees.
This interaction between staff, parents, students and Old Girls is a vital dimension of the school community and is testimony to the values which are inherent in the school ethos.
Message from the Co-Presidents
What a difference a month makes!
In February the OGA Committee held a particularly successful AGM and were enthusiastically looking forward to some new social and fundraising activities. All our branches were in a healthy position with several new office bearers eager to take up the reins and lead their fellow Old Girls. And then it all came to a sudden and extraordinary halt. Now, all our thoughts are on health and well-being, caring for each other in these difficult times and hoping for a better world at the end of it all.
Obviously, we have no more idea than anyone when any degree of normalcy will occur. It would be wonderful if by Term 4 we could perhaps see the Annual Luncheon eventuate on a new date, but at this stage it is too soon to predict, much less think about it in terms of possible dates
But for some positives! Once again in the final week of their years of schooling, we were delighted to welcome the 2019 cohort of Seniors into the ranks of the IGGSOGA. The Bell Ringing Ceremony which marks their transition from student to Old Girl is a meaningful rite of passage and their delight in being presented with their OGA badge is heart-warming.
In their final days there is much spoken about what their schooldays have meant to them and particularly the lifelong friendships formed. Facilitating these friendships was the impetus for our first Headmistress, Fanny Hunt, to form our Old Girls Association in 1897 just five years after our School opened. Generations of girls have walked through the gates for the last time vowing to remain in contact. That isn’t always as easy as they thought, but today, thanks to the benefit of social media, it is becoming far more of a reality. Large friendship groups remain in contact and we hear constantly of their reunions and social gatherings. Whether it is two close school friends reuniting after 39 years or a large reunion group, the bonds are obvious. We witnessed this again at our annual Reunion Luncheon last June, a joyous occasion.
Our fundraising events in 2019 were particularly well attended allowing us once again to give financial support to our School. We enjoyed even more social interaction with our Branches both through attendance at their meetings and by their members’ visits to Ipswich. Fellowship is at the heart of our organisation.
So, we welcome our latest members, wish them every success and look forward to hearing of their wonderful achievements.
With a number of people having a little more time at their disposal, the current situation might provide unexpected opportunities to make long-distant contact, to renew old friendships, look out for those old school photos and scan them and forward them to us at email@example.com.
Be sure to join the OGA Facebook group, IGGSOGA – History of the School, to stay in touch.
Please stay well and safe wherever you are and we hope to meet up with many of you again in better times.
Leah Bell and Helen Pullar
Co-Presidents of the OGA
Elected Executive for 2020:
Co-President: Ms Leah Bell
Ph: 07 3282 1163 or 0407 596 160
Co-President: Mrs Helen Pullar
Ph: 07 3281 4437 or 0400 801 443
Vice-President: Mrs Kay Jones
Ph: 07 3424 7815
Secretary: Mrs Mavis Mathieson-Frame
Ph: 07 3281 6187
Treasurer: Mrs Melissa Blacksell
Ph: 0409 284 366
OGA Press Editor: Mrs Helen Pullar
Ph: 07 3281 4437
President: Ruth Thompson
Ph: 07 3852 2952 or 0418 742 630
Secretary: Jan Hagerty
Ph: 07 3890 8159
Treasurer: Marie Lynagh
Ph: 07 3852 2952
Ph: (02) 6231 3200
Darling Downs Branch:
President: Marilyn Woodcock
Ph: 0408 961 190
Secretary: Cheryl Wilson
Ph: (07) 4635 6275
Gold Coast Branch:
President: Glenda Murrell
Ph: (07) 5573 1607
Treasurer: Helen Roach
Ph: 0423 120 462