Lauriston Girls School
First Logo of the OLA
LPA Fair 1986
Lauriston Foundation funded Science and Resource Centre
The Old Lauristonians’ Association (OLA) was formed in 1914 to support the growing number of alumnae and keep them connected to the School. In its first year, the OLA funded the first issue of the School magazine, the Lauristonian. In 1925, the OLA helped raise funds to level and replant the existing baseball field and create a full sized hockey field. Lauriston went on to make a great contribution to Victorian Hockey through the 1920s and 1930s.
Today the OLA is a platform for alumnae to support each other, and also to come together as a community to support current students through bursaries, prizes and other important initiatives.
In 1933, during the Great Depression, a group of 70 parents came together to discuss how they could support the School through the difficult times. The Lauriston Parents’ Association was born. In its first couple of years the LPA raised money for Irving Library, endowed the annual Senior Sports Trophy and Dux Prize and provided significant funds to refurbish playing fields and grounds, including establishing a special fund in 1938 to finance new buildings. Over the years, LPA has supported many important projects at the School.
Today the LPA and its associated organisations provide opportunities for parents at the School to support each other, participate in School activities, and also raise money to fund important initiatives at the School.
The Lauriston Foundation, the fundraising arm of the School, was established in 1984. At the time, Lauriston felt it needed dedicated resources to focus on major projects and initiatives. Over the years, it played an integral role in upholding Lauriston’s vision to be a leading girls’ school.
Donors to the Lauriston Foundation has helped bring many important initiatives to fruition, including the Swimming Pool, the Science and Resource Centre, 7/8 Centre, FabLearn Lab, Dance Studio, Music School, and Centre for Art and Visual Communication. One of its key achievements is the purchase and development of Howqua, our Year 9 campus, which to this day remains a highlight of the unique experience offered to girls studying at Lauriston.
Today, the Foundation is focused on raising money for the It’s Her Turn Campaign, and continues to galvanize community engagement and create lasting connections for current and past parents, staff and alumnae.