TAS Foundation Annual Giving 2015 – Your gift will last a lifetime

Each year the TAS Foundation sends out the Annual Giving fundraising appeal in the hope that the TAS community will again assist us in helping to fund a select number of projects that the school most needs.

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Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to commend to you this year’s Annual Giving program with a renewed focus on our Drought Relief Bursaries because the impact on TAS families of drought is of grave concern, particularly given the recent prediction of an El Niño weather event. We remain committed to doing all we can to provide some financial respite to those in need.

Your generosity makes a genuine difference at TAS and we see this same spirit in the parents, staff, Old Boys and students who volunteer and contribute to the life of the school.

Please also consider our Annual Giving projects — our Building Trust, the Indigenous Student Support Fund (ISSF), the Scholarship Fund, the Memorial Hall renovation, the Old Boys’ Shooting Appeal and the Jim Graham Scholarship. All of these initiatives are tax-deductible gifts worthy of your consideration this year. Each of them makes a real difference for a regional boarding school like TAS.

TAS is renown for high academic results, an extensive co-curricular program, its strong focus on wellbeing and leadership, service and adventure programs that build courage, compassion and commitment. Please join me in making a gift this year to the TAS Foundation. Together we can make a very real difference

With thanks,
Simon Paul
President | TAS Foundation


2015 Annual Giving Appeals

The TAS campus is the envy of many other schools, but maintaining it, of course, comes at a cost. Your donation to this fund will help us maintain our heritage buildings and invest in the infrastructure needed for the future. Donations to the Building Trust will enable us to provide a world-class campus for our boarding and day students.
These buildings are a legacy we have inherited from past families, and it is our turn to enhance it for generations to come.
Means-tested financial assistance is given to more than 70 families through the Scholarship Fund and it is under constant pressure to do more. Gifts to this fund provide an education for life to students who would otherwise be unable to come to TAS. Our desire to help families from rural and regional areas have access to education at an independent school like TAS makes this fund crucial to our success.
There is no doubt that the severity of the drought in the New England North West has an immediate impact on our families. The well-publicised extreme dry forecasts that are predicted for the near future are well known to those who live in the region and the need for the school to be able to provide some financial relief is palpable.
We would like to continue to raise funds for bursaries that can assist those who need short-term financial assistance for their children’s education so they can continue at the school.
Any funds donated for Drought Relief Bursaries will be distributed to those families most in need.
The ISSF is the brainchild of several passionate TAS Old Boys who donated the seed capital to establish this fund, which assists our indigenous students with specific co-curricular ambitions. It is a fund that enables all students access to the breadth of opportunities this school offers, that usually come at a cost additional to standard fees. Application for assistance from the ISSF is made by families and assessed by an independent panel to ensure it meets with the objectives of the fund.
This appeal for funds for a scholarship in Jim Graham’s name continues this year. Jim’s passion for the humanities, drama and music in his 43 years at TAS has left a legacy we are still reminded of to this day. This scholarship in perpetuity is for a student with interests and strengths in these areas and who has the enthusiasm to contribute to school life just as Jim did over so many years.
TAS has a long and proud history of rifle shooting ever since the first competition against fellow GPS schools in 1904 where TAS came second to Newington. Since then the school has had great success in the GPS competition most recently in 2012 as joint premiers and in 2011 being GPS Champions winning all three competition shields.
The Old Boys’ Union has launched an appeal for the $40,000 needed for the significant upgrade to shooting facilities and rifles. The OBU, TAS P&F and the TAS Rugby Supporters Group have all pledged their financial support for the project, and we are asking for any additional donors interested in this project to contribute through the Foundation’s Annual Giving this year.
The War Memorial Assembly Hall was originally opened in 1957 and was funded by Old Boys and friends of the school, and designed by distinguished Old Boy RJ Magoffin. It is one of TAS’ most iconic buildings and is now in need of some attention.
The gift to the school last year of a magnificent new organ for Memorial Hall lead to the first phase of renovations funded by the Foundation’s Building Trust and now we need to complete the work.
In this significant year marking the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli, is even more important that this landmark building be restored

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