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Meet some of our donors

Ray and Marie GordonGordons

As parents, we found the task of choosing a school for our daughters, Brittany (Year 8) and Lisa-Marie (Year 6), a daunting one. However, Lauriston Girls’ School provided the solution, with its facilities, excellent teaching staff and strong sense of community. We believe that a strong family and a balanced education are crucial to an individual’s wellbeing and character development, and to a safe and engaged community.

We have both benefited from tertiary educations, and our charitable ideals stem from the simple belief that ‘charity is an obligation of those that have been fortunate and can still remember their humble beginnings’.

Lauriston’s Equity Scholarships Appeal was an opportunity to remember one’s humble beginnings, and it will provide the opportunity for a young girl to pursue her academic dreams, regardless of her socio-economic background.

A strong community begins with a quality family life, and the Lauriston community teaches valuable life skills, such as cooperation, leadership and engagement.

We believe that an Equity Scholarship will instil in the recipient a sense of trust in institutions and organisations, which is paramount in ensuring safe and robust communities.

As we say at home, Lauriston truly is a school for life!


Beverley McCrackenBeverley McCracken

My daughter Elizabeth (2001) was educated at Lauriston and I always felt very proud, not only because of the education she received, but also because of the life experiences she gained.

Not having had the benefit of a private school education myself, I believe it is important to be involved with Lauriston’s Equity Scholarships Appeal because it provides young women with the opportunity to experience a Lauriston education.

This year our family donated to the Lauriston Equity Scholarships Appeal, as we would like the School to be able to offer scholarships to students from a wide range of backgrounds, including those from an Indigenous background. We believe that better education is the key to a more fulfilling and rewarding future for all Australians. It is good to see Lauriston leading the way by offering Equity Scholarships.


Caley Otter (2003)Caley Otter

If I were to separate my life into particular periods of time, they would be ‘pre-Howqua’ and ‘post-Howqua’. For me, the Howqua year was a real turning point – an opportunity to learn more about myself and my peers, and an opportunity to challenge myself and develop skills that would stand me in good stead for the future.

So when that envelope arrived in the post, asking me to contribute to the Equity Scholarships Appeal, there was no other option but to give. As a scholarship recipient myself, I had received so much from my Lauriston education that it seemed only natural to contribute to a fund that would allow other young women the same opportunity.

Since completing my studies at Lauriston, in 2003, I have lived and worked in the UK; obtained a BA (Hons) degree and a Diploma in Creative Arts; studied in France; interned with a not-for-profit organisation; and contributed to youth and to the community through my time with the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program. I am certain that none of this would ever have been possible without the Howqua experience, the excellent education that I received, the teachers that inspired and encouraged me, and the lifelong friends that I made.

A contribution to the Equity Scholarships Appeal represents an investment in young women and thereby an investment in the community. I was so fortunate to receive a Lauriston education and I hope that, through the generosity of donors, many other young women will be equally as fortunate.


Priscilla Guest (1965)

I completed my second year Matriculation at Lauriston in 1965, and I enjoyed my 12 years at Lauriston on many levels. I recognised then the high quality of the teaching, enjoyed having many choices of what to study (including art and painting) and appreciated being able to participate in a variety of sports.

There is a much wider choice of subjects now; the art and music departments in particular have expanded and flowered. On a visit a few years ago for a concert, I was touched by the palpable feeling of supported creativity in the School, manifested in the students' performances, the design of the new buildings, and the very energy in the air.

I always felt that Lauriston supported young women to be proud of themselves and of their capacities, skills, and intelligence.  We still have a patriarchal culture in Australia, but it was much more entrenched in the 1960s, so the education Lauriston gave women -- one which did not bow to the patriarchal vision of women -- was even more remarkable.

I believe Lauriston is still a school that supports young women to believe in themselves as women who can contribute to the world in an enormous variety of ways, and see themselves as equal to men.

I am supporting Lauriston's Equity Scholarships appeal so that girls, who might not otherwise have the chance, can have the opportunity to benefit from the quality of teaching, the wide choices of subjects, and explore their creativity.