Old Scholars' Association
Your relationship with St Mark’s does not end when you finish your final day of school. As an Old Scholar you will remain an important part of the School community. The Association is a rich resource and we invite you to share your skills, wisdom, time and ideas with us, while benefitting from opportunities to connect with students, teachers, parents and friends of the School - both past and present.
The Association runs its own monthly meetings, social functions and supports the volunteers who organise 10 and 20 year reunions. The range of services offered by (and for) Old Scholars grows each year.
What does the Old Scholars' Association do?
We support the School
The OSA hosts regular events help to build connections between current students and the Old Scholars, such as Career Days, the iRoar Competition. the annual Old Scholars vs Year 12 Sports Day and more. The Association also supports the School in other ways, such as providing funding linked to the annual service trip to Tanzania, the Mikono Tour.
We support our Members
The Association supports its members through initiatives such as the OSA Playgroup, the Business Networking Group, supporting the planning of year group reunions, amongst others. As the Association matures, more member benefits will be developed. If you have an idea for an activity or service please get in touch with the Committee. A great way to start is by attending the regular OSA Committee Meetings, which are open to all current members of the Association.
We fund the OSA Scholarship
In 2018, the Old Scholars' Association launched a Scholarship program for students entering Year 10 at St Mark's Anglican Community School. The scholarship provides partial tuition fee remission for a period of up to three years and the successful candidate is announced at Speech Night.
The Scholarship is awarded to a student that has a track record of full participation during their time in secondary school and a commitment to the values of the School: a well-rounded student that embodies the spirit of St Mark's Anglican Community School.
In 2018, the inaugural recipient was Aaliyah Butler, and in 2019, the recipient was Molly Bean. More information the next round of applications will be sent out to current Year 9 students during the course of the year.
How do I become a member?
Students who graduated after 2008 are registered automatically. If you are not sure of your membership status, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Students who graduated prior to this will need to complete an application form and return it to the Association as indicated on the form.
Why should I join the Association?
- Stay in touch with old friends and teachers.
- Receive invitations to Old Scholars functions.
- Active and ongoing involvement in Association and community activities, is taken into consideration when Old Scholars apply for a place at the School for their children. Please refer to the School's Admission Policy.
- Get all the updates about School events, reunions and news about past and present students. Be the first to hear to the news!
- Enjoy discounted hire of the School Chapel - great for weddings and baptisms!
- Valuable networking contacts for your business.
- If you are a parent of a current St Mark's student, your involvement with the Old Scholars' Association may be used to add to your Parent Commitment Hours.
Come along and find out more!
The Old Scholars' Association Committee encourages all members of the Association to attend the regular meetings. It is a great way to find out what is happening, how to get involved and to share ideas for future initiatives. The meetings take place at 7pm on the second Tuesday of every month (excluding January and July) and are held in the Parish Centre, located adjacent to the Chapel in the grounds of the School.
A great way to stay in the loop is to follow the OSA's Facebook page.
The 2019/2020 Committee
At the annual AGM, which takes place in September, all Committee positions are declared vacant, and nominations are welcomed from all members. The current members are:
President: Andy Gray (2001)
Vice President: Shontelle Curtis Smith (2001)
Treasurer: Neil Gerrard (1999)
Secretary: Jamie Pryer (2002)
Representative on Council: Franzl Shannon (1991)
Committee Members: Andrew Coffin (1990), Samantha Collender (2004), Damien Hocart (1991), Jo-Dee Mansell (2005), and Chris Upstone (1997)
Download the Old Scholars' Association Constitution