A Note from Craig

Craig Stephens  |  Presiding Member, The Board of Governors

Dear Friends’ Community Members,


In May this year, we were pleased to launch, Illuminate - Campaign for The Friends’ School.  This is a significant and vital campaign to help ensure we can provide the best learning environment for our current and future Friends’ students.


Illuminate’s goal is to provide philanthropic support for the Campus Redevelopment Phase One on the Commercial Road Campus and grow our scholarship and bursaries capacity.  The Campus Redevelopment building works include a new state-of-the-art Sports Centre and the transformation of the WN Oats Centre into a collaborative and modern learning centre.  Notwithstanding the limitations and challenges our community has encountered over the last 2.5 years, our alumni, parents, staff, past parents, past staff and volunteers have been generous in their support for the campaign to date.  As I write this message to you, 65% of our $2M fundraising target has been achieved. Thank you to those who have made a visionary gift to the School. But there is more to be done.


By working and giving together we can ensure that our students have the best possible facilities and programs for their all-round development, learning and enrichment. It is up to each of us to ‘pay it forward’ and ensure Friends’ continues to be a leader in values-based and progressive quaker co-education.


Please watch this video below to see how the new WN Oats Centre is supporting teaching and learning at Friends'.

To find out more, and how you can support Illuminate, I encourage you to visit https://illuminate.friends.tas.edu.au/

Last November, I wrote to all school parents and guardians outlining a number of changes and the introduction of some new policies and guidelines.  Some of these policies and guidelines have been developed to further enhance the safety and wellbeing of our school community.  The Surveillance Guidelines, which come into effect on Tuesday 26 July, is another example of the School’s continual work to ensure Friends’ is not only a very safe environment for our students, but has the health and safety of all school visitors and community members, paramount.  I encourage you to avail yourself of the school’s child safe policies and guidelines and if you have any queries to contact Principal Nelson File or Deputy Principal Shaun O’Rourke.


Warm regards,

Craig Stephens