Foundation

The Fort Street Foundation was formed in 1998 as the brainchild of a group of 1949 Fortians. It is a registered charity and supports the school financially for initiatives including the development of buildings and facilities. The Foundation runs three funds: the Building Fund, the Library Fund (both tax deductible) and the Education Fund.

Foundation

The Foundation began as an initiative of a group of 1949 Fortians who were returning to the School for their 50th year anniversary.

They saw the need to establish a way to raise funds for the school but as a seperate entity. Then, as now, the focus was to support the school by raising money for a wide range of projects including the development and refurbishment of facilities, bursaries and student support. The Foundation is governed by a Board consisting of Fortian alumni and representatives of the school community.

The Foundation is divided into three areas of donation: the Building Fund, the Library fund and the Education Fund.  Donations to the Building and Library Funds are tax deductible and can only be accessed with the approval of the School Council.

 

The Building Fund

Assists in financing major capital works. In recent years this has included:

  • The refurbishment of the Science laboratory
  • An upgrade of the School Hall’s sound and lighting system
  • The refurbishment of existing areas into technology spaces and additional learning areas
  • A commercial dishwasher
  • The establishment of the “Ron Horan Room” – an interactive area where students can research the rich history of Fort Street High School and its alumni

The Library Fund

Assists with technology upgrades and provides funds to help maintain and improve library facilities. This includes:

  • The purchase of specialised computing equipment
  • Supporting the school website
  • Supporting the school archival program

The Education Fund

Assists students and staff in many ways. In recent years this has included:

  • Providing bursary assistance to families in need
  • The acquisition of educational equipment
  • Enhancing the professional development of our teaching staff
  • Providing financial support for students involved in co curricular events

Many Australian companies offer a matching gifts program, where any donation made to an Australian based registered charity is matched by the employer. The Fort Street Foundation is an eligible registered charity and we encourage donors to ask their employer about registering their gifts via this program. Matching gifts are a simple and easy way to double the impact.

FOUNDATION DIRECTORS
Colin Long President
George Jaksic Fortians Union Director and Deputy President
Karen DiStefano Relieving Principal
Catriona Arcamone Staff Director
Don Newby School Council Director
Ethel Talty P&C Director
Mark Lindsay Public Officer and Director
Jules Davies Executive Officer

Reunions

Reunions are a fantastic opportunity for Fortians to reconnect with others from their year group and with the current school. If you would like to visit the school as part of your reunion activities then please contact Mrs Jules Davies on  0422 985157 or at jules.davies1@det.nsw.edu.au.