The mission of the Advancement Office is to enhance the good name of St Stithians, to invest in a community of belonging, and to ensure long term institutional sustainability.
The St Stithians Advancement Office, created in 2015, represents the College’s intent to allocate staff and resources to ensure a co-ordinated approach to admissions, marketing, events, communication, fundraising, alumni relations and the archive.
From its founding in 1953, St Stithians College has instilled a deeply felt understanding that great things can be achieved when One and All unite in the pursuit of knowledge and goodness. The Saints Honour challenges all students to Honour God, Others and Themselves as they grow to "Know Themselves, Be Themselves, and Make their Contribution".
Work of this importance requires substantial and ongoing support. Gifts to St Stithians College empower us to hire the finest teachers, build and maintain the most up-to-date facilities and offer a range of other educational advantages and community projects that give the St Stithians experience its distinguished edge. Ultimately, gifts to St Stithians represent not only faith in the work of the College, but also belief in our collective future—one in which our talented Saints community continue contributing to society.
Sustainability, Creating a Community of Belonging
The future advancement and sustainability of St Stithians College requires a strategic combination of marketing the present school; creating a community of belonging amongst staff, students, parents, alumni and past parents; and diversifying revenue and resources beyond annual school fees.
The mission of the Advancement Office is to enhance the good name of St Stithians, to invest in a community of belonging, and to ensure long term institutional sustainability. In order to create capacity to meet these objectives, the College has created an Advancement Office with dedicated staffing to be appointed during 2015. The Old Stithian Association, the St Stithians Foundation and the Thandulwazi Trust are three key strategic partners.
In order to move this strategic theme forward, the following emphases will be addressed:
- Creating an effective and goal-directed Advancement Office which will combine admissions, marketing, public relations, communications, events, fundraising, alumni relations and the archives.
- Building a community of belonging, mobilised behind the College’s strategy and willing to support identified projects and programmes, including the Thandulwazi Academy.
- Developing a culture of giving of time, resources, expertise and funds amongst the College’s present and past communities.
- Collaborating with the Old Stithian Association, the St Stithians Foundation and the Thandulwazi Trust.
- Ensuring the diversification of revenue and resources available to the school for identified strategic priorities over the medium and long term.
The Advancement Team and their current responsibilities are:
Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy - Fundraising Manager: Charné Haak
Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy - Fundraising Assistant: Deirdre Lister
Executive Assistant to the Head of Advancement: Fiona Schwartz
Admissions: David Arendse, Liane Groombridge, Tania Fredericks
Marketing: Mfundo Ncube
Media, Public Relations and Communication: Annie Fyfe-Hitchings
Events: Barbara Beauchamp, Olga Carr
Alumni Relations and Fundraising Manager: Julia Phipps
Old Stithian Association and Database Management: Caitlyn Loneon
College Archives: Mary Reynolds
For a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Advancement Team, read this football analogy.
The existence of St Stithians College arose out of the Faith of St Etaine, the generosity of Albert Collins and William Mountstephens and the convincing and compelling voice of Gilbert Tucker. The success of the Advancement Office is dependent on all three of these distinguishing qualities.
To contact the Advancement Office, email Fiona Schwartz (EA to the Head of Advancement): FSchwartz@stithian.com.
If you would like to give to St Stithians College please visit giving.stithian.com.