Mrs Debbie Buckley
Formation of a Past Girls' Association
Old girls' news has been published in the school magazine from 1917. These personal accounts celebrated achievements of marriage, birth and engagement, employment and education as well as changes of address and travels abroad. The magazine was the vehicle through which past students networked with each other and maintained enduring bonds with St Hilda's School.
At this time, there was however, no formal charter through which past students operated or contributed towards the development of the School. In 1921, the fledgling school magazine which was in its sixth year of publication was struggling to meet printing costs. With an annual subscription of five shillings and a small circulation, the editor petitioned for fundraising. Aware of a movement afoot to form a Past Girls' Society and unwilling to seek outskide help, she wrote, "we shall be very pleased to enrol as subscribers any who take an interest in th School, particularly past pupils who are anxious to keep up old associations. Surely, it would be a good thing for the subscription to the Society to embrace a subscription to the 'magazine', a portion of which we should be pleased to set aside for their use."
This plea for financial assistance mobilised the partnership between students past and present. The following year the editor wrote, "I am pleased to report the formation of a Past Girls' Association" and as forecast, the 1922 edition dedicated space to Old Girls' Notes.
The mindset of generosity which formed the 1920s 'Association' is no less evident in the OGA of today. Current members continue to celebrate their collective past while generously fundraising to shape the future of the School.
The OGA Constitution
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