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
At the start of the School year, we were delighted to see the first stage of the refurbishment of our original building completed. This has been a much-needed project and a major focus of OGA fundraising in recent years. There is still much to be done and our fundraising commitment will be ongoing, but it is now a joy to walk through the front door and see the newly restored areas with their beautiful lighting which was the contribution of the OGA.
As always, a significant goal of the OGA is connection, as we strive to find ways of not only meeting up with individual members ourselves, but also building on the opportunities for Old Girls to be in contact with each other.
It has become our practice to have a welcoming function at the beginning of the year. However, for 2019 we had planned an afternoon tea in February to commemorate Miss Dorothy Marsden’s 100th Birthday. Unfortunately, Dorothy had a bad fall in late 2018 which resulted in her being too frail to attend and the function had to be cancelled. Many Old Girls have since visited our beloved former teacher and boarding mistress in her new residence. The OGA hosted a small gathering on 14 March so that her birthday cake, baked by Margaret Boulter (who had also made a cake for Dorothy’s mother’s 100th birthday) and iced by President Helen could be cut. It was a wonderful occasion filled with joy and much laughter. How we will all miss not having any of our revered older teachers at our gatherings.
Probably the most traditional of our activities, Commemoration Day is a celebration of the laying of our foundation stone in 1891 and one which cements our role as the keepers of our history and traditions. This year’s Commem Day was held on 2 March, where we were delighted to recognise the academic excellence of our 2018 Dux, Ella McBain. In addition, two ladies – Jocelyn Green (Brisbane Branch) and Eirys Jones – were honoured by having their names placed on the Honour Boards in the newly refurbished IGGSOGA Old Girls Commemorative Performing Arts Centre.
Other events are again in place. Our Annual Luncheon on 8 June is the perfect opportunity to organise reunions and smaller get-togethers and we look forward to seeing many of you at this function. While this event may be organised by the Old Girls Association, all past students are welcome and encouraged to attend. This also applies to fundraising activities, some of which – such as our Melbourne Cup Luncheon – cater for friends and family as well. The latter is our major fundraising event and we do urge you to support us if possible. .As always, our fundraising is directed towards projects which benefit our current students and staff.
Please be aware that there is no Annual Dinner in 2019. The timing of this function has been very close to the very successful Long Lunch organised by a group of Old
Girl parents and others and we do not wish to detract from it in any way. So for the time being we have decided not to hold an Annual Dinner.
As the Committee of the parent body, our socialising opportunities are very precious as much of our time is taken up with organisational activity so we do enjoy the theatre nights which are a happy combination of relaxation and fundraising. We hope this year to increase the number of purely social occasions and encourage all of you to do likewise. When and where we meet is not the issue. The important thing is to foster or retain friendships.
We appreciate the efforts of our Branch members whose company we enjoy at meetings and other fundraising functions. Some Branches are organised quite formally while others meet on a less regular basis. We do encourage any of you who meet from time to time to keep us informed of your gatherings.
Another major contribution individual Old Girls are making to the School, while not directly part of the OGA, is voluntary work in the School’s archives. Honorary Archivist Helen Pullar organises the extensive work being carried out by ‘Friends of the Archives’ – a small group comprising past staff and Old Girls, together with an enthusiastic group of current students. This volunteering makes a significant ‘in kind’ contribution to our School and is advancing the maintenance, acquisition and preservation of our valuable records and any additional help would be greatly appreciated.
The Old Girls Association will continue its commitment to the ongoing success of the School and its students, and look forward to working with Dr Britton and the Trustees and appreciate the support and recognition that the OGA receives from them.
We hope this will again be a happy year of enjoying the company of old girls, celebrating fellowship and friendship at our functions and making connections with many more of you.
Please contact us at us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us where you are and what you are doing and keep us updated with any changes to your details.
Leah Bell and Helen Pullar
Co-Presidents of the OGA
Elected Executive for 2019:
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
Ph: (02) 6231 3200
Gold Coast Branch:
President: Denise Armstrong
Ph: 0418 765 807
Treasurer: Ms Helen Roach
Ph: 0423 120 462
Darling Downs Branch:
President: Heather Jorgensen
Ph: 07 4638 4990
Secretary: Cheryl Wilson
Ph: 07 4635 6275
Treasurer: Brenda Parry
Ph: 07 4630 7991
Sunshine Coast Branch:
President: Jan Wright
Ph: 07 5456 2845
Secretary: Lyn McLaren
Ph: 07 5477 1916
Treasurer: Del Huey
Ph: 07 5444 3913