The Lowther Hall Values Statement affirms our commitment to “an orientation towards our future which embraces our Anglican context, our traditions and our past”. One of the rituals that provides us with an opportunity to live out this value is the annual Founder Day assembly, at which we celebrate the School’s “birthday”. The assembly brings together students from Years 1 to 12, staff and Old Grammarian special guests in a ceremony that reminds us of the contributions which have been made by many individuals and groups over the school’s first century. This year, as well as our founder, Archbishop Lowther Clarke, we particularly celebrated the work of Nora Collisson, the School’s fourth principal, whose courage, commitment and character left an indelible legacy at Lowther Hall. We were privileged to hear from Old Grammarian, Mrs Mary Armour (Colwell, Class of 1943) who was a student during Miss Collisson’s time and to hear first hand of her vision for the education of young women within the Anglican tradition. From my perspective, Miss Collisson is an inspiration, not just as a woman of passion and commitment, but also as a philanthropist who embodied the School’s motto, non nobis solum. During her years of leadership, Miss Collisson generously gave from her own purse to support the work of the School at a time that it was facing significant difficulty. Because of her willingness to think of others, Lowther Hall flourishes today. As we move now into the next phase of the School’s history, I am incredibly proud that we have so many individuals who have ensured that we have the strongest foundations on which to build.
Ms Elisabeth Rhodes