It is through the foresight, dedication and commitment of many generous benefactors since the School first opened its doors in 1886 that Ascham has been able to teach, support and encourage thousands of girls at such an important stage in their lives.
Centre for the Sciences – built in 2016
Dower House – acquired in 1948
Glenrock House – acquired in 1909
Continued generosity has made it possible for generations of proud Ascham girls to learn and grow, and participate in the world in a meaningful way. Passion for the School is well demonstrated by countless Old Girls, parents, families and wider networks for whom Ascham means so much.
All the School’s major buildings were developed or acquired through the generosity of donors—Packer Theatre, Fiona, Hillingdon, Holmwood, The Dower House, Duntrim House and the Centre for the Sciences—and this generosity continues to ensure girls today and in the future will enjoy high-quality facilities.
The aim of Ascham Foundation is to assist Ascham School Council of Governors in preserving, developing and maintaining the standards and facilities of Ascham School. It does that by nurturing an enduring connection between Foundation members and the School, by engaging with the whole community to attract, retain and grow funds for the benefit of the girls and staff and by acting as the trustee for all funds raised.
Additionally, Ascham Foundation proudly supports School life through its sponsorship of various events, such as the Senior Drama production, Music Camp Concert, the HSC Art Show and the award of the annual Foundation Award for Excellence in Practical Art.
Members of the Ascham community are invited to apply for membership of Ascham Foundation Ltd, a public company limited by guarantee, upon donation of a minimum gift of $10,000 and above. This may be by way of a gift or pledge or a series of smaller gifts over time to Ascham Foundation or one of its tax-deductible funds. Members of Ascham community who notify the Foundation of their intention to leave a Gift in their Will are also warmly invited to apply for membership.
The members of Ascham Foundation elect its Directors. In addition, the Council of Governors may nominate up to three Council members to serve as Directors of Ascham Foundation.
Through the Dalton Plan and with the encouragement of teachers, her learning will be enriched, new passions discovered, she will be challenged and if she falls short, she will be supported.
Andrew Powell, Head of School
Mr RA Caldwell
Qualifications: BEc/LLB, F.Fin
A Director of the Foundation since 2012. Richard Caldwell has been non‑executive Chairman of Ascham Foundation Limited since 2013. He is also a Director of Dyesol Limited, Dyesol Industries Pty Ltd, Dyesol Aust. Pty Ltd, Dyesol Inc., Dyesol Italia, Greatcell Solar SA, Dyesol Korea Co. Ltd and Dyesol U.K. Ltd. He has over 30 years’ experience in the risk management, securities trading and investment banking industries in Sydney and London. He is the father of an Old Girl and a current student.
Mr AH Best
Qualifications: LLB, BSc
A Director of the Foundation since 2013. Andrew Best is a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan. He is the father of two Old Girls and his youngest daughter attends the School.
Mr AM Frangopoulos
Qualifications: BA (Comms), HC (Doctor of Arts), GAIDC, FAIM
A Director of the Foundation since 2016. Angelos Frangopoulos is the CEO and Managing Editor at Australian News Channel Pty Ltd (ANC). Angelos is Chairman of the Australia Day Council of NSW, Chair of the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University, Pro-Chancellor (Sydney) for Charles Sturt University, Chair of the Walkley Advisory Board, Trustee of The Walkley Foundation, a Director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His two daughters attend the School.
Ms KL Grant
Qualifications: BEc, FAICD
A Director of the Foundation since 2018. Kiera Grant is an experienced full-time non-executive director for both public and private companies, Kiera is a non-executive director of Future Generation Global Investment (FGG), a Wilson Asset Management LIC, Samuel Smith & Sons (incorporating Yalumba Wine Co and Negociants Wine Distribution) and Sydney Dance Company. She is also a trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation. Kiera has over 15 years Investment Banking experience having worked for UBS as an Executive Director for 12 years. Kiera holds a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Kiera is an Old Girl and has two girls attending Ascham.
Mr JP Keith
Qualifications: BA (Hons), MAppFin, EMBA
A Director of the Foundation since 2013. John Keith has worked in banking since 1988 in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Australia. He is a Non‑Executive director at Room to Read Australia and non‑executive Chairman of Atomo Diagnostics. His daughter is an Old Girl.
Ms R McGinley Knox
A Director of the Foundation since 2016. Ro McGinley Knox holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. She was a former management consultant in strategy specialising in financial services. Previously, Ro completed research work for the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Bank – focused on sustainability and women’s (girls’) education. Currently, Ro is a Partner in a New York based investment firm, which specialises in bringing entrepreneurial ideas to market. Ro and her husband have two girls at Ascham.
Mr AC Michael
Qualifications: BBus, FAICD
A Director of the Foundation since 2014. Andrew Michael is an Executive Director of Apparel Group and Non‑Executive Director of APG&Co and has worked in the Australian fashion industry for over 35 years as an owner, director and executive. He is also a minority owner and Non-Executive director of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, a franchise in the National Rugby League. Andrew is the father of one Old Girl and his youngest daughter who attends the school will in 2017 sit her HSC.
Ms KL Phin
Qualifications: BA/LLB (Hons) Grad Dip App Fin, GAICD
A Director of the Foundation since 2015 and a Director of Ascham School Limited since 2014. Karen Phin is a Non-Executive Director with Magellan Financial Group Limited and has over 20 years’ experience in investment banking, advising top Australian companies on their capital management strategies. Karen was previously a Managing Director and Head of Capital Management Advisory at Citigroup and a Managing Director at UBS Australia, establishing and leading its Capital Management Group. Prior to joining Citigroup, Karen spent 12 months at ASIC as a Senior Specialist in the Corporations group. Karen is an Ascham School Limited nominee to Ascham Foundation Limited. Karen has a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Sydney and has one daughter attending the School.
Mrs NJ Swift
A Director of the Company since 2016. Nicola Swift, a law graduate from Trinity College Dublin had an international career in the funds management and securities industry before returning to Australia in 2007. She currently serves as a non- executive director of Cryosite Ltd, is a former non-executive director of Dyesol Ltd and a former Governor of The Meadowbrook School of Weston in the USA . Nicola has been a Council appointed Director to Ascham Foundation Limited since 2016, having previously been an elected Director of Ascham Foundation Limited (2013–2016). Nicola served as Chair of the Ascham Duntrim Capital Campaign (2013 to 2016) and as Ascham Parents’ Association President (2009–2011). She is the mother of an Old Girl and a current student.
Mrs CA Heapes
It is thrilling to know that as a scientist I will be looking at how the world functions on a small scale and yet, at the same time, on such a large scale. Science reminds me to put things into perspective, particularly how small things can become and how that can actually change the world.
Renee, Year 11 Physics, Biology and Chemistry student.
I really like living in Duntrim because it feels like home. It’s not intense, and I don’t feel like I’m in boarding. Also, it’s a big community and I really like having everyone together, with girls from across the Year groups. I think the location of the House is one of the things I like most about living in Duntrim. It’s not in the centre of the School, so it’s a great feeling to come home from School in the afternoon and just chat in the kitchen with others.
Matilda, Year 10, Mullengandra
Our remarkable Centre for the Sciences is a source of great inspiration, providing Ascham girls with the opportunities and resources needed for success.
Alexandra, a Year 9 student, has a strong leaning towards Biology and Chemistry and hopes to become an environmental scientist. Her experience of the Centre is one of calm, with plenty of natural light and space, creating a perfect learning environment.
Mrs Nicotra has been at the School for 10 years and loves teaching in the Centre. She has a big responsibility, introducing girls in Years 7–10 to Chemistry, Physics and Biology. The Centre helps makes this a positive and rewarding experience, improving the likelihood of girls taking Science in Years 11 and 12.
Duntrim House is loved by all the boarders who live and study there. The Louise Christie Common Room provides facilities for boarders to relax, watch movies and experiment with cooking. The Caroline Simpson Reading Room provides them with a quiet retreat.
The occupation of the Centre for the Sciences has released significant space within the heart of the campus. This has given the School flexibility with buildings and the redesign of existing facilities to purpose fit new learning areas. A generous gift from the Belgiorno-Nettis family saw the opening of the Belgiorno Nettis Languages Centre.
This impressive space has set an historical precedent for Ascham School. It is the first ever academic area in the School to be named in honour of a family that so clearly has a passion for languages.
The Belgiorno Nettis Languages Centre enables better flow between the ten Languages classrooms, and facilitates professional dialogue and sharing.
As we look towards establishing new academic areas of excellence at the School, the Belgiorno Nettis Languages Centre will lead the way and create a visionary and lasting legacy in the history of the School.
In a perfect world, every child would have the head-start I was given. I am grateful to the donor who gave me the chance to experience opportunities that so many others go without.
Jessica Lee (2005)
These scholarships and bursaries are made possible through the generosity of donors from across the Ascham community. Their ongoing support has helped change the lives of hundreds of girls who otherwise would not have been able to benefit from the opportunities available at Ascham.
Gifts in Wills can be tailored to reflect the particular interests and objectives of the donor and are the mainstay of a successful program of long-term endowment.
Ascham has fostered a strong tradition of giving since its inception. The generosity and foresight of the Ascham community across generations has been critical to the School’s growth.
Today, many Old Girls, and current and past parents support Ascham’s future prosperity by donating funds, dedicating their personal time at school events or in the community and donating goods to the archives. Making a gift in your will to Ascham can help secure Ascham’s long-term security.
A gift in a Will provides a way for you to make a lasting contribution, while still enjoying your assets during your lifetime.
Revenue from school fees and government grants is largely taken up with the day to day costs of running such a complex organisation – this includes salaries, educations resources, maintenance and so on. To fund large projects from fee revenue, annual fees would need to rise considerably. Maintaining fees at or near current levels and simultaneously maintaining and improving the school’s facilities has become a challenge, particularly with the current climate of governmental review of independent school funding. Ascham depends on contributions in order to continue to remain at the forefront of education in Australia.
Gifts in Wills have a long tradition at Ascham. In 1948 a bequest of £10,000 from the Littlejohn family enabled the purchase of The Dower House and Fiona—a true legacy. Recent gifts in Wills and donations to the Building Fund have spearheaded the purchase and development of our new Centre for the Sciences. Our girls will be equipped to take part in a rapidly changing technological world.
The Library Fund provides up-to-date resources for all subjects so that we can meet future challenges. The Endowment Fund provides enhanced educational programs, including prizes and bursaries, as well as teacher development.
Ascham appreciates gifts of all sizes. Every gift, large and small, from a wide base of donors can help to build a sizeable sum.
Anyone—the whole community, past and present, can participate and ensure that the education of our girls is maintained at the highest levels.
It is never too early to include Ascham in your Will. We hope that you will consider your influence on future generations throughout your life.
You may specify a gift to the Foundation by way of the following: a fixed sum, income from your estate, a percentage of your whole estate, the residue of your estate (monies remaining after providing for other beneficiaries), a specific asset, such as real estate, shares, bonds, life insurance policy or other items of value.
Depending on your passion, we recommend that you choose between the Scholarship, Building or Library Funds. Alternatively, you may wish to consider a gift to Ascham Foundation Ltd (the Endowment Fund) and the Directors will allocate monies to the School for use where it is most needed at the time. All the Funds have tax-deductible status except the Endowment Fund.
You will need to include the Foundation as an entity, the address and ABN:
Ascham Foundation Limited, 188 New South Head Road, Edgecliff, NSW 2027
ABN 79 001 477 970
Before leaving a gift in your Will to Ascham, we recommend that you involve your family in your decision and that you seek the advice of your solicitor. Making a gift this way does not always entail rewriting your Will. A simple codicil (an addition or supplement to your Will) provides an easy option for this special gift.
Please contact the Foundation Manager, who would be delighted to provide you or your legal adviser with more information.
There are three Foundation funds which attract tax-deductibility for donors:
In addition, the Endowment Fund provides funding for educational programs, prizes, bursaries and teacher development. Gifts to the Endowment Fund are not tax-deductible.
There are three ways in which you can donate:
You may choose to be publicly acknowledged or remain anonymous. Donation amounts are never disclosed.
Donors may be invited to become a member of the Foundation after a donation or pledge of $10,000 and above, or after notification to the Foundation of their intention to leave a Gift in their Will.
Online payment is made with a credit card via the School’s secure Westpac payment gateway. Once you complete your chosen donation option, click submit and you will be asked for your credit card details by Westpac. A payment receipt will be issued by Westpac and you will receive a tax receipt from the relevant Ascham Foundation Fund by mail, where the fund qualifies for tax-deductibility.