‘With heart and soul we tread the way’ – this indelible phrase and its accompanying melody reverberates for all of us. We are and always will be Ascham girls. We have a shared history that binds us no matter what path we forge. We are formidable but kind, astute and inquisitive and fiercely loyal. The Ascham Old Girls (AOG) is our vehicle for continued connection. Collectively we are stronger. With over 7,000 members we are a resource of strength and support that exists to encourage the continuation of friendships.

AOG Member benefits include access and invitations to the following:

• Year group reunions
• City and regional events
• AOG Member Directory, The Ascham Community Business Directory and The AOG Babysitting Directory
• The Annual AOG Business Breakfast
• Ascham Alumni Internship Program
• The Annual AOG Golf and Tennis Day, RSGC
• Ascham community webinars and presentations
• Cultural events

The AOG was established in 1899 by former headmistress and Ascham’s founder Miss Marie Wallis.

Miss Wallis met with a group of Old Girls once or twice a year to raise funds for hospitals and infant homes. During The Depression a fund was set up to provide financial assistance for daughters of Old Girls. This tradition of altruism continues with the committee directing funds to AOG Scholarships, Hardship Bursaries and Prizes.

Founder – Miss Marie Wallis
Patron – Mr Andrew Powell | Head of School
Co-President – The Hon. Brigitte Markovic
Co-President – Mrs Caroline Isles
Vice-President – Mrs Julia Dangar
Honorary Treasurer – Mrs Nicola Michel
Honorary Secretary – Mrs Yianoula Henderson

The Committee:
Ms Ruby Alexander – Ms Lisa Bell
Ms Eliza Newton – Mrs Tori Hill
Ms Jessica Luboski – Mrs Holly Marsh

Nurturing a sense of belonging and keeping Old Girls informed.

Old Girl Reunions are held to celebrate the 5th, 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th and 50th anniversaries of attendance at Ascham.

The School also hosts annual drinks for those girls in the previous year’s HSC cohort.

Click here to view current Event and Reunion details and Photo Galleries (Member’s Only area)

The Annual Business Breakfast

The show must go on…via Zoom. Introducing Old Girls Katrina Rathie (1979) and Professor Lisa Horvath (1987)

To watch the recording visit our Member’s Only area.

Helping Old Girls reach their potential and upholding AOG traditions.

Enrolling your daughter

In recognition of the very worthy contribution of our Old Girls, first priority will be given to daughters of Ascham Old Girls enrolled before their first birthday at any formal entry point (Prep, Kindergarten, Year 5 or Year 7). We give equal first priority to boarders and younger siblings of girls already enrolled at Ascham at the time of the proposed commencement date. Second priority is given to daughters of Ascham Old Girls enrolled after their first birthday by date of application received.

Honour Board Prize Recipients

The Old Girls’ Honour Board Prize is the oldest continually awarded prize having been established in 1902. For many years this prize was awarded based on a popular vote of the students but since 1956 has always been awarded to the Chair of the School Committee.

Recipients:

2020 – R. Alexander

2019 – S. Blades

2018 – E. Michel

2017 – G. Stricker-Phelps

2016 – P. Waller

2015 – L. Spence

2014 – A.D.Marta

2013 – D.Reid

2012 – N.Waldron

2011 – S.Laughton

2010 – A.Hamilton

The Ascham Leadership Scholarship

The Ascham Leadership Scholarship is an opportunity for young Old Girls to undertake research or humanitarian aid work. It is generously endowed by a past Ascham family. The recipients undertake research or humanitarian aid work aligned with their professional degree and development.

The scholarship includes a maximum of $10,000 to go towards air tickets and living expenses. It is expected that the successful applicant would maintain strong contact with the School during the term of the Scholarship and afterwards so that Senior students may hear of her experiences.

Who is eligible?
The Scholarship is open to all Ascham Old Girls who were between the ages of 20 and 30 years before 31 March 2020.

How to apply
An application form will be available in August 2020. Applicants must complete an application form, include their CV and their detailed reasons for applying for the Scholarship by 5pm Friday 18 September 2020.

Current Recipient
Sarah Weekes, Class of 2010 is the recipient of the Leadership Scholarship for 2020

Sarah is a swine vet and will use the scholarship to improve her veterinarian skills, traveling to Minnesota and Iowa in the USA where she will undertake research on the use of antimicrobes in the swine industry.

Antimicrobial stewardship is the practise of using antimicrobials to help minimise the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Greater industry knowledge of antimicrobes in Australia will enable a smooth transition away from antibiotic usage, while at the same time keeping Australia’s pigs healthy, and consumers happy.

Visiting the World Pork Expo and Iowa Swine Day, as well as visiting piggeries and vet practices in the US, will connect Sarah with a professional network of swine experts. She will also research the best techniques for gathering antimicrobial usage data, understand the methods behind tracking antimicrobial resistance and learn new ways of combatting antimicrobial over-usage. Given Australia has a small pool of swine veterinarians, this will give her the opportunity to increase her professional knowledge, as well as strengthen her contribution to the swine industry in Australia.

 

2019: Geena Dunne (2011)

Use: to continue with her charitable initiative, the Cova Project–providing high school girls in South Africa and Malawi with menstrual cups—small silicone cups that girls can use during their period. These cups are quite literally a miracle for girls who can miss up to 50 days of school a year because they either can’t afford sanitary products or the toilet facilities are either non-existent or inadequate. Menstrual cups will enable the girls to remain competitive in school and the workforce, allowing them to live their lives unimpeded by menstruation.

Watch Geena talk about her Cova Project initiative

2018: Dana Beiglari (2005)

Use: to learn from global initiatives championed by leaders in the USA and UK who encourage financial inclusion in disadvantaged communities with a view to supporting best practice in Australia. Dana’s experience at Legal Aid has shown her the need to create a society in which everyone can access the mainstream financial system, such as basic insurance and credit products to meet their needs, regardless of their income and social status. Her position as a consumer advocate means she is well placed to understand financial inclusion strategies abroad, share these lessons at home and apply them in her daily work.

2017: Harriet Body (2005)

Use: to fund ongoing research into collaborative creative projects between artists with and without intellectual disability. Harriet travelled to the US, UK and parts of Asia to visit specialised studios that support professional artists with disability to expand her networks and research into the field of disability art. This trip informed her curatorial concept for an exhibition in Sydney of both national and international artists and artist collaborations with and without intellectual disability that further explored the importance of collaboration for the advancement of the disability art field.

2016: Alanna Rennie (2010)

Use: to undertake her Master of Chinese Law at Tsinghua University and complete her thesis on enforcement of plant breeder rights in China. Alanna used the Scholarship as an opportunity to generate interest in Australia’s agricultural future and the opportunities in China. Before embarking on her Master’s, Alanna travelled to Europe to meet with a number of breeding companies and breeding associations across the vegetable, ornamental and fruit sectors, who operate and have strong interest in the Chinese plant variety market.

2015: Verity Smith (2007)

Use: to undertake an internship at Reprieve, an international organisation that works against the death penalty. Verity worked at the Louisiana Capital Assistance Centre (LCAC) where she assisted a team of lawyers by providing legal representation and humanitarian assistance to people on death row. She was given responsibility for serious matters integral to cases which involved regular phone contact with clients and assistance on prison visits to meet with clients.

2014: Grace Mortlock (2005)

Use: to travel to Venice to be part of the Architecture Biennale in 2014. Grace met and collaborated with international architects, and had the opportunity to write reviews and a series of short vignettes for Architecture AU. The trip to Venice is an opportunity that would not have been possible without this Scholarship.

2013: Sarah Cohn (2009)

Use: to fund a medical placement in Tarime, Tanzania. Sarah undertook a six-week placement at the Tarime Government Hospital, with the aim of experiencing the healthcare system of a small, impoverished East African town, and learning about the medical, social and environmental needs within the community.

2012: Georgia Driels (2007)

Use: to fund an international internship, travelling to one of UNHCR’s refugee camps with an interdisciplinary team including staff from the Centre for Refugee Research as well as delegates from Amnesty International, UNHCR and the Refugee Council of Australia. While conducting reciprocal research within a refugee camp, Georgia participated in and helped to provide a number of educational courses including Human Rights training, project development, community engagement and support.

2011: Sephora Sultana (2005)

Use: to fund an internship in the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia. Sephora’s goal was to continue her research on the importance of prosecuting rape and sexual assault crimes which occur during periods of conflict, with particular emphasis on the role of victims in the prosecutions.

2010: Lara Franzen (2002)

Use: to spend time in the occupied Palestinian territories with ActionAid, working to fight global poverty and injustice. In particular, Lara led the development of a proposal to the European Commission to design a three year project which re-uses waste water for agriculture and therefore increases food security in the Palestine territories.

Donations

The Old Girls welcome donations with funds supporting the activities of the AOGU and Scholarships for daughters or granddaughters of Old Girls.

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