The Firbank Old Grammarians’ Association (FOGA) was founded in November 1918 and grew rapidly during the 1920s and 1930s. In an era when few women were part of the workforce, thriving literary, drama and sports clubs contributed to the vitality of the Association. World War II saw many changes, but the spirit remained. Our Old Grammarians cherish friendships made at School and have regular class reunions.
FOGA sponsors the Cameron Scholarship Fund and old Grammarians wishing to donate to this fund, or make a bequest, will be able to do so with tax benefits successfully applied for by the School. (Contact the Advancement Office on 9591 5188).
Firbank Young Graduate Alumni (FYGA) is open to all students who have left Firbank in the past 10 years. If you are interested in joining the FYGA committee or have any suggestions about activities, please email [email protected]
FROM THE PRESIDENT OF FOGA
FROM THE PRESIDENT OF FOGA
It has recently become apparent that some of our younger members may not know they are FOGA members.
Membership to FOGA is open to all girls (and Sandringham campus boys) who have completed one year at Firbank. On finishing Year 12, you transition from Firbank girls to FOGA women.
FOGA provides a wonderful opportunity to not only socialise and meet other past Firbank students, but to network and build professional contacts. We are all too familiar with the ‘old boy clubs’ and the opportunities and doors they open for our counterparts, so why not for Firbank Old Girls too? Finishing your university degree and looking for your first professional job? Perhaps you are still studying and looking for some career advice. Consider contacting FOGA to assist in matching you to an appropriate mentor. Better yet, attend one of our FOGA Industry Networking or social events.
I’d like to take this opportunity to reach out to our younger members, in particular the current Year 12 students, now is a great time to get involved in FOGA as it heads towards its centenary in 2018, become involved in an association that will support you after the ‘gates have swung wide’.
Anna Borthwick (Class of 1999)
The School has an extensive archival collection dating back to its foundation. The collection is conserved and maintained by an archivist. It includes a collection of past uniforms, school memorabilia, an extensive photographic collection, samples of student work and archival footage. The collection has been catalogued for ease of reference and is utilised in the History curriculum. Since 2006, $6,000 has been donated annually by the Old Grammarians to support the work of the Firbank Archivist. For the last 100 years, the school has been home to thousands of students from Prep to Year 12, and has gone through considerable changes. It is important that these are documented and records retained.
If you have any items of memorabilia that you wish to donate to the collection please contact the FOGA – [email protected]