The Walford Old Scholars’ Association was established in 1918 by Miss M Jewell Baker, the third Headmistress of Walford, to foster fellowship among past students of Walford, as well as maintain their connection with the School.
A committee is elected annually with a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, as well as committee members representing all age groups.
The 2021-2022 Committee:
Elizabeth Porter (’99) – President
Sarah Jay (’98) – Vice President
Ashlee Wachtel (’09) – Secretary
Linda Stanton (’91) – Treasurer
Rebecca Clarke – Principal
Gill Hopton (’74)
Alison Robertson (’70)
Lucinda Robson (’01)
Anne Trengove (’88)
Faye Wildman (’60) Pia Jensen (’06)
Victoria Camilleri (’99)
Old Scholar Connections
The committee organises decade reunions, special events and networking opportunities for Old Scholars locally, interstate and internationally. During Old Scholars’ Week, many events are held that have become a tradition, the Rose Bowl Debate is a highly anticipated competition between the School and the Old Scholars with the perpetual rose bowl being the prize. Old Scholars’ Playgroup, Back to School Assembly followed by a lunch at the school, tours of the campus and Long Sunday Lunch all form part of the calendar of events.
A new event is the International Women’s Day Breakfast, which is held in March with an inspirational old scholar speaker. A series of networking events are also conducted throughout the year providing opportunities for old scholars to connect with others at different stages of their chosen career.
Walford Old Scholars provide valuable support and mentoring to current students. Many are speakers at Careers Night, are invited to classrooms and assemblies to share their experience and provide important role modelling to all within the School.
Staying in Touch
To stay in touch with Walford and your school day friends it is vital to have your correct contact details to receive email communications and copies of the school magazine Jewell. Two editions of the magazine are published each year with news of school events and activities of Old Scholars. Old Scholars are welcome to contribute news items and photographs especially of weddings, new additions to the family and reunions, by emailing the magazine editors.
Follow the School and Walford Old Scholars on Facebook and Instagram to share achievements and moments from the history of Walford School.
Old Scholars are also invited to join the GOLD Choir which is conducted by Walford teacher Ms Tricia Hart. The choir is made up predominantly of Old Scholars who used to be in one of auditioned choirs at Walford but the group is open to choristers who also sang in their year level choir. Members come together to sing on a regular basis, enjoying a mix of musical genres and levels of choral complexity. If you enjoy the pleasure of singing, being part of team and joining like-minded singers with a link to the Walford community, then do not hesitate to join this group by contacting: email@example.com
Old Scholars’ Scholarship and Prizes
Members of the Old Scholars’ Association understand first hand the value of a Walford education and in doing so, wish to offer the gift of tuition support to the daughter, granddaughter or great-granddaughter of a financial member of the Old Scholars’ Association. The scholarship is offered in Year 12 and may be shared by more than one recipient. Please see Enrolments for further scholarship information for descendants of Old Scholars.
The Association has always maintained an active interest in the School and annually donates prizes to be presented at Speech Day. Each year the outstanding achievement of an Old Scholar is recognised with an Alumni Award presented by the President of the Association on behalf of the School. These remarkable women provide inspiration not only to the current students but to the entire Walford community.
Generations of Old Scholars
At Walford we place a high value on our students who are descendants of Walford Old Scholars. Girls who have a mother, grandmother or great-grandmother who attended the School, are privileged to be following in the footsteps of their family. Many of our students are second and third generation students and we have been honoured with fourth generation families. Included in the Yearbook is a photograph of the students of Old Scholars and each name is recognised with an infinity symbol in the student listings in the concluding pages of the publication.
To acknowledge this valued connection with Walford a special badge has been designed for students of old scholars families. The Walford Crest is combined with an infinity symbol signifying eternity and is a representation of the endless possibilities that our students have vetoer them. Each student who is presented with the badge can wear it throughout their schooldays and also as an old scholar.