Since 1901, Lauriston has been a pioneer in the education of young women. The Year 2021 is dedicated to a celebration of our achievements, acknowledgement of our past, and looking forward to an exciting future. 

Our alumnae are an integral part of our vibrant and diverse Lauriston community and the Old Lauristonians’ Association (OLA) have launched a number of wonderful 120 Year initiatives designed to bring our history to life.

Our celebrations kicked off early with a 120 Year Anniversary Song Competition. Lauriston students from Years 5–12 were challenged to compose an original song with lyrics that encapsulated what Lauriston means to them. Singer/songwriters and alumnae Julia Webster (2012) and Isobel Caldwell (2014) took part in the judging panel along with senior staff and music staff. 

Our Senior School winner was Year 7 student Lucy Gough, with her original composition ‘We All Belong’.

The winning song for the Junior Section was 'We are the Lauriston', a collaboration between Yuki M and Emily H (Year 5). Yuki developed the lyrics, music and provided the piano accompaniment, whilst Emily provided the vocals. 

We look forward to hearing the girls perform their songs at our 120-year community events in 2021.

Lucy Gough ‘We All Belong’

Yuki M and Emily H 'We are the Lauriston'

Recently we had the pleasure of inviting 12 Alumnae from 1966 to 2018 to come back to the school to share their experiences at Lauriston and how it prepared them for the future. It was lovely to see the generations intermingling.

Some other exciting projects and events include:

Captains' Corner

Captains and vice captains from as early as 1940 through to our Class of 2019 have shared their stories as a leader of the School, and their passions, careers and life experiences since graduating.

120 Objects

A collection of objects and stories from our School community (uniforms, photographs, an oar, a paintbrush) that capture the essence of Lauriston and our vibrant community.

Heritage Trail

The 2020 Year 7 students take us on a virtual and physical trip down memory lane.

Founders Day (8 February)

Guest speaker and 2004 alumna Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon (2004) has a long association with Lauriston, the Fitz-Gibbon family donating fund for the Fitzgibbon House at Howqua. Kate is Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and Associate Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. 

International Women’s Day (3 March)

Inspirational guest speakers include The Honorable Jane Hume MP (1988 and current parent); Dr Katie Blunt (2013), who was awarded Health Young Rural Doctor of the Year (Victoria); and Dr Emma Belcher (1994), President of global security foundation Ploughshares Fund (view Emma’s nuclear weapons TedTalk here).

Community Anniversary Picnic (21 March)

A good old-fashioned country-style picnic that includes a student performance of Picnic at Hanging Rock, music performances, the unveiling of the Heritage Trail and sculpture, as well as old-fashioned games and festivities.