Making a Bequest

Bequests are integral to Lauriston’s continual development and make a meaningful impact to the future of our School. Recent bequests have enabled the development of the Lilian Bayly Centre, a dedicated facility for our Years 7 and 8 students to grow and flourish as they begin their Senior years of schooling, and established a tenth house at our Howqua campus, the Sarah Hollyer House.

Formed as part of an individual’s will, a bequest is a gift that allots part of an estate to a particular beneficiary (person or organisation), and can be left as cash, shares, bonds, property or as a percentage of an estate.

The Elizabeth Kirkhope Circle

Anyone who commits to leaving a bequest to the School automatically becomes a member of the Elizabeth Kirkhope Circle.

Miss Elizabeth Kirkhope, past student, teacher and principal (1933–1964) of Lauriston Girls’ School, was an integral influence in helping make the School what it is today. The Elizabeth Kirkhope Circle, named in her honour, ensures we can continue to educate, nurture and empower generations of young women to serve and shape their world.

Over the years, Lauriston has been the grateful recipient of bequests. Collective bequests have been used to help create essential parts of the School, including the 7/8 Centre (Lilian Bayley, 1930), Sarah Hollyer House at Howqua (Sarah Hollyer, 1967) and the photographic studio (Merrin Tegner, 1964).

Lauriston would like to be able to acknowledge and thank the people who confirm a bequest in their lifetime and give them the recognition they deserve. This will be done through the Elizabeth Kirkhope Circle.

Learn more here.

Chair of the Elizabeth Kirkhope Circle of Giving











Alix Bradfield is a past Lauriston parent who has been an active member of the school community for over 30 years. Alix has served on the Council for 12 years, six as Chair, and has seen a period of great change for Lauriston, including the opening of the Howqua campus in 1993.

Alix’s extensive professional background includes marriage counselling, career strategy consulting, corporate change management and philanthropy. She is married to Ross Bradfield. Their daughter, Sabina, graduated in 1988, and her two granddaughters are Lauristonians who have both enjoyed a Howqua year. Now retired, Alix enjoys cycling, swimming, skiing and trying to keep up with a rapidly changing world!

Diana Robertson Memorial Scholarship

In 1992, Diana Robertson (Class of 1966), a passionate advocate for the importance of history in a girl’s education, left a bequest to Lauriston by way of a perpetual scholarship prize. This is awarded every year to the top History student in Year 10 (as chosen by the Principal) and paid via a tuition fee deduction, half in Year 11 and half in Year 12.

The scholarship is a fee deduction over the two years the prize is awarded from a portion of the income derived from the original corpus (i.e. capital invested) and is part of the Education Fund.

If you would like to discuss more about bequests and how you can make a positive change to a girls’ education, please contact the Alumni Manager on 9864 7555 at