Oak Overtones celebrated philanthropy in our community


13 March, 2020


This week we celebrated the installation of our new Walker Positif pipe organ in the Scotch Oakburn College War Service Memorial Chapel.

A gift from the Cuthill Family Foundation Fund, this wonderful contribution adds to a long tradition of generosity and philanthropy dating back to 1957, when the foundation stone what laid and dedicated to the memory of those Old Boys who served and gave their lives in both World Wars. This and other gifts ensure the Chapels existence, functionality and longevity long into the future.

A highlight of Wednesday’s service was an address given by Brady Crack (Year 12) which I’d like to share with you:

“Hello, my name is Brady Crack and I am a Wellbeing and Values Education (or WAVE) Ambassador here at Scotch Oakburn College. I, along with Kylie, the College Wellbeing Coordinator and a group of senior students, most in Year 12, lead the school in many Period 5 sessions that focus on relevant wellbeing issues and values upheld by the College. 

“Philanthropy is in the DNA of Scotch Oakburn College. From the very beginning of our history, people have made gifts to the College to ensure that they leave it a better place than it was when they arrived as students, parents and even staff. People have given money, boats, uniforms, books and documents, awards and prizes to name a few. Today we are here to give thanks for the beautiful pipe organ which will now reside in its new home here in our War Service Memorial Chapel. This organ has been so generously donated by the Cuthill Family Foundation Fund and for that, we give our heartfelt thanks.  

“We as a community have recently been contemplating gratitude in our Wellbeing and Values Education sessions. Gratitude is indeed an amazing lens with which to view the world. When we focus on our blessings, we tend to be happier. When we realize how much we possess, we tend to be more thoughtful of those who have less. When we talk about the good together, we tend to appreciate each other more.  

“Being grateful is really about being more mindful. Perhaps this mindfulness will help us all to focus on the abundance in our lives and how we can share it with others.” 

For me, this captures the essence of who we are and what we do as a College community.

This history of giving should not surprise us. As a community that began as two, united in 1979 and grown stronger ever since, our longevity is an indication of the support willingly given by those who have the capacity to those in their time of need. True philanthropy is selfless, without any burden of reciprocity on the receiver or expectation by the provider. That is what communities do, it is what creates true friendships, strong relationships and meaningful partnerships.

Once again, I would like to thank all of those people who have helped to bring this element of our Chapel to life and I am certain that we will hear our organ’s dulcet tones across the campus for generations to come.

“It is thrilling to give this beautiful instrument a fitting home and the day it’s grand tones first resonate over the grounds and through the leaves of the original oak tree, that marks the oldest entity on the Penquite Campus, will be a highlight on the College calendar indeed. Thanks to the support of Kerry Holloway and Jill Skirving, St Marks history is not lost.” – Harvey Cuthill (’65)

If anyone would like to find out more about the College’s giving program or is interested in giving, please contact me on joel.brewer@soc.tas.edu.au.

Joel Brewer 
Director of Marketing and Community 

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