Home' Focus : Focus Magazine Spring 2014 Contents Major donation to John Morris Centre
It is exciting to see the Foundation continue
to grow its membership base at Scotch
Oakburn, with 176 families providing their
philanthropic support to the College through
either Life or Annual Memberships of our
To all those who have recently given, we
thank you; you will be pleased to know that
your funds are already being put to work.
This month the Foundation Board decided
to use your contributions and donations to
provide $100,000 to help the transformation
of the John Morris Library on the Penquite
Campus into a vibrant new facility that will
provide a range of services to both Middle
School and Senior School students.
As the changes are made to create a
vibrant 21st century learning facility over the
coming months, we hope you take satisfaction
that your membership and support of the
Foundation has helped to make this possible.
Upon completion of this project, expected to
be by mid Term one next year, the building will
be renamed as the John Morris Centre.
Dr John Morris AO MBE has a long credit
of service to our College with more than 40
years of involvement at Board, Committee and
Even today, Dr John, as he is fondly known,
is still giving as a member of the Foundation
and great contributor to its Board, providing his
insight and wisdom.
The Board is also currently working with
the College Board of Governance on funding
another piece of infrastructure that will help
to make our College an even more inclusive
environment going forward.
There will be more news about that project
in the coming months, but the Foundation is
delighted to be playing an active role in helping
Past student Selena Palmer is the newest
member of the Foundation Board.
Selena has strong connections to the
College. She completed Year 12 in 1991 and
was Boarding House Captain and a School
Prefect. Selena is also a current parent of Sasi
in Year One and Lulu in Early Learning.
Selena is bringing a wealth of experience
to the Board with an employment history
including management roles in corporate
communications and strategic marketing
with Telstra, the Victorian Government and
Greyhound Racing Victoria as well as Manager
of strategic marketing and communications
at St Giles Society. Selena has a Masters
in Business specialising in innovation and
These days Selena can be found at her
family business, NBC Auto Parts and
Engineering, where she enjoys the great
challenge of owning and operating a company
in Launceston whilst balancing the fun of being
the College to provide things that school fees
and government funding don’t, that help build
an even better school for this generation and
those that follow.
Indeed, it has always been so. It is through
the generosity of past generations that we have
so much of what is at the school today.
Through that past support, along with that
of our current members, the Foundation is also
able to allocate a number of scholarships that
create opportunities for young people within
the broader Northern Tasmanian community
to play a positive role in College life where they
otherwise might not be able to.
Membership of the Foundation is making
a big difference, and importantly, is now open
to everyone, not just the current parents and
staff of the College. To join on line go to the
Foundation page of the College website
www.soc.tas.edu.au or call the Foundation
She is also a member of Launceston Rotary
Club and a member of the Cancer Council
Think Pink Ball Committee.
“I believe in the Foundation as a way to
solidify and support the activities of the teaching
staff we have at Scotch Oakburn,” Selena said.
“By offering modern and creative
surroundings for both teachers and students
we will continue to attract great teachers,
create diverse learning programs and our
children will continue to be challenged to reach
their individual potential.
“I also believe in actively practising what we
preach to our children, which is to be involved
and to make a difference and I believe I can do
that within the Foundation.”
Selena joins others on the Board including
Vice President Simon Clark, Dr John Morris,
Andy Müller, Rod Fraser and Richard Price. Ian
Chesterman, who has recently taken up the
role as the College’s Director of Development
and Community Relations, has stepped down
as President but remains on the Board.
Selena Palmer on Board
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