1. What's your current role at the International Grammar School (IGS) and tell us about the main projects you're working on at the moment
My role as International Grammar School's
first Director of Advancement is interesting and varied. At the moment we are working on the School's second Giving Day, a great opportunity for the community to get behind supporting the IGS Indigenous Scholarship Program and the building of our new Centre for the Dramatic Arts. We are also working on our Year 12 Graduation Dinner - it's a big sit-down dinner offsite for between 250 and 300 people which allows us to celebrate with the students before they sit their final exams, this year the theme is Follow Your Heart. We also had a production of Grease the musical which took place earlier this term which I did all the ticketing for! 2. What made you decide to run an annual giving day and choose the two causes you're raising funds for on 20th August?
This is our second Giving Day, it's such an exciting day and a great way to get the community to come together for the good of the School and the students. The Indigenous Scholarship Program is a Kindergarten to Year 12 scholarship which allows the School to support the education of local Indigenous children and also allows all students to share in the beauty and richness of Indigenous cultures; whilst a new Centre for the Dramatic Arts will provide an updated purpose-built space for drama studies, a subject which fosters confidence, cooperation, communication, concentration and creativity. To find out more about the giving day, visit: www.charidy.com/igs3. What advice would you give to schools that are starting to think about fundraising?
I would suggest getting to know your community and their passions, and why they love your institution and have chosen to send their children to school there, or why they feel connected to you. I would also suggest you attend as many school events as you can so that people get to know who you are and your role at the School. 4. You studied your High School Certificate at IGS and have had several different roles at the school - how has it changed over the time you've known the school?
I did! Some of the teachers are still here and taught me when I was at school, but of course there are a lot of new teachers too. I think that although we have some new buildings, the School's values (authenticity, vibrancy, diversity, personal achievement and connectedness) still ring true for people. The students all accept one another's differences and also celebrate those differences, for example through our annual event International Day where we host country rooms and food stalls representing the various cultures from within our community. It's been so lovely to see lots of alumni coming back to work at the School, whether it be as teachers or after school care assistants. We even have alumni sending their own children to IGS! I think it really speaks to the fact that the ethos of the School and it's motto Unity Through Diversity still really speaks to them. 5. What are you excited about for the rest of 2019? (in or out of work!)
I'm very excited about getting married in September on Sydney Harbour! As well as about our Giving Day coming up next week and the Educate Plus
NSW/ACT Chapter Conference I have been helping to organise at Pier One on 2 and 3 September. 6. What gives you an 'EDGE' at work?
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