Giving back to Firbank
Firbank has always enjoyed a strong community connection. Without the bequest left to Henry Lowther Clarke for ‘educational purposes’, Firbank as we know it today would not exist. Firbank has thrived and grown and, in many ways, this has been due to the ongoing generosity of the people who support it; the culture of philanthropy at Firbank is alive and well.
However, to meet the challenges of providing a quality education in a contemporary context, the School must grow and diversify its income streams. Tuition fees alone do not allow for the ever-increasing costs associated with providing a world-class education. To build on our strong and worthy traditions we seek philanthropic support from our community.
There are many ways in which you can contribute that allow our alumni and community to continue their family’s legacy at Firbank.
- Bequests or Estate gifts (becoming a member of our Bequest community – Pen-y-bryn Society)
- Alumni-specific funds
- Pledged Giving Program (regular payments to your preferred fund)
For more information, please contact the Head of Advancement, Carolyn Roney, [email protected] or telephone: +613 9591 5188
To donate to Firbank please go to Payments, Fees and Donations
Coming from a lower socioeconomic background, a private school education was not within my family’s means. Having a scholarship to attend Firbank provided me with opportunities I would not otherwise have had. The teaching staff at Firbank nurtured and encouraged me to excel academically with personal attention throughout my schooling. Attaining a high-quality secondary education allowed me to pursue my dream of a medical career and for this, I will always be grateful.
Dr Vera Golder (Class of 2002).
In 2005, the Firbank Foundation, together with the School Council, established the Pen-y-bryn Society, named in honour of a major gift from the Firbank Association which enabled the School to purchase the property known as Pen-y-bryn in Middle Crescent. This is the site on which our Junior School Brighton Campus is now situated. To honour those who have indicated their intention to remember the School in their Will, ‘Pen-y-bryn’ was chosen as the symbol for this bequest society being the name that has historical significance to those who have attended Firbank.
A bequest to the School does not have to be large. It can be given and used at the School’s discretion or it can be directed to a specific purpose such as drama, the Library, scholarships or the construction of a new building. Bequests can also be directed to the Education Support Fund, which provides bursaries to students in need of financial support.
A scholarship can be established in the name of the donor when a larger capital amount is received as a bequest and invested by the School. The interest generated annually can be used to enable a student to attend Firbank who would not otherwise have been able to benefit from a Firbank education.