Old Scholars

The GHS & St Hilda's Old Scholars Association (OSA) is proud of its membership of over 10 000 women.

Third and fourth generation families attend St Hilda’s and the School values these connections. Our networks extend nationally and internationally as graduates expand their horizons and pursue world-leading opportunities. Locally, our members remain close to the School and actively engage in a vibrant Old Scholar community.

Our History

Established under the stewardship of Miss Melina Parnell in 1913, when St Hilda’s was known as the Girls' High School (GHS), the Association has provided over 100 years of service. Throughout this period, the Association has maintained an important link between the School and Old Scholars, providing a place of belonging for our members and continuity for graduates upon leaving St Hilda’s.

To mark the Centenary of the GHS & St Hilda’s OSA a steel ammonite sculpture, carrying the symbol of the School crest, was presented to St Hilda’s in 2013.


OSA Committee & Year Representatives

The OSA is proud of the support extended to the School. It is at the heart of our endeavours as we offer scholarships and awards to future and current students, extend mentoring opportunities and support School building projects. The objects of the Association, revised in 2015 are:

  1. to advance education through the welfare and interests of the School and the Association;
  2. the promotion of a friendly spirit between present scholars of the School and old scholars;
  3. to keep old scholars connected with the School and with another for the above purposes; and
  4. to establish and provide scholarships, exhibitions, bursaries and rewards for education, the arts and sport.

Those who have attended this School have been blessed with an excellent education from which lifelong friendships have been built.  Enjoy your Association and please give back generously so others may benefit.

Treffina Dowland (Lidbury, '83) 

26th President of the GHS and St Hilda's Old Scholars Association (OSA)

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Treffina is supported by a committee working alongside the School Development Team, extending services to the Old Scholar community. Tasks undertaken by the committee include event management, budgeting, communication and co-ordination of special projects such as Mentoring and Scholarship selection. The most recent GHS & St Hilda's OSA AGM was held in October. The Committee for 2020/2021 includes:

Fiona Johnston, Principal

Treffina Dowland (Lidbury, '83)

Immediate Past President
Anu van Hattem (Palmoja, '75)

Vice President
Jane Barker ('86)

Vice President
Julie Hasson (‘87)

Sheena Storm (Richmond, ‘83)

Acting Secretary
Anu van Hattem (Palmoja ‘75)

Jill Binning (Mansel, 1960)
Emma Hannaford (Ashby, 1987)
Leah Smith (Hodgson, 1984 )
Amanda Burt (Coad, 1989)
Sidonie Cox (Brown, 1988)
Eliza Honey (2012)
Verity Burges (2001)
Yolande Dick (Ross, 1986)
Bronwyn Rose (Sutherland, 1987).

Year Representatives are an important link between members of their cohort, the School and the OSA. Typically, one or two Old Scholars represent their year group and are a central point of contact for the exchange of information. Year Representatives assist the Department of Communications & Engagement by updating alumni data, encouraging colleagues to attend special events, initiating reunions and supporting the activities of the Old Scholars' Association. 

The committee is represented by Old Scholars of different ages, who share a variety of skills and enjoy working in a social environment. Old Scholars are encouraged to attend the OSA monthly meetings and contribute to general business. 

The Old Scholars Association welcomes new members to the Committee; please contact the President at OSAPresident@sthildas.wa.edu.au  for further information.

To volunteer as a Year Representative or receive contact details regarding your Year Representatives please contact the Alumni Coordinator at oldscholars@sthildas.wa.edu.au.

View the GHS and St Hilda’s Old Scholars Association Constitution



Year 12 graduates are invited to become Financial Life Members in their final year of school and correspondence is sent to each family in respect to this process. At the conclusion of the academic year we warmly welcome the incoming cohort and extend a special gift from the OSA to new members.

Any person who attended St Hilda’s for a minimum of 12 months is entitled to become a Financial Life Member of the GHS & St Hilda’s Old Scholars Association upon application.


Scholarships & Awards

One of the Old Scholars Association's (OSA) most important contributions to the School is its scholarship program.  Daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters of financial members of the OSA are eligible for the OSA's scholarships.  There are two scholarships offered to students each year, namely the OSA Academic Scholarship and the OSA Ammonite Scholarship.  The OSA also offers an OSA Career Development Award to a financial member every year.

The OSA Academic Scholarship provides support from Years 7-10. This scholarship is currently a fixed financial amount paid per annum which approximates one term's fees per year.  The OSA Academic Scholarship involves:

  • the applicants sitting an examination managed by Academic Assessment Services with the winner determined by the Principal; and
  • the Alumni Coordinator confirming that the winner is directly related to a financial member of the OSA to meet the eligibility criteria.

If the school deems that there is not applicant who meets the academic criteria, this scholarship may not be awarded in that year.

The OSA Ammonite Scholarship provides support in Years 11 and 12.  This scholarship is a fixed financial amount per annum which approximates one term's fees per year.  The winner is determined by a panel of three financial members of the OSA based on a written application followed by an interview.  This scholarship is intended to recognise a girl who is an all-rounder, rather than selecting a winner based solely on academic achievement.

The OSA Career Development Award provides support to a financial member of the OSA for the purpose of: travel, study, professional development, to observe and learn from and contribute to different cultures and communities.  The Award is a contribution to cover the costs associated with a proposed project.  Valued at up to $3000 the OSA Career Development Award recognises the value of women who are independently making their mark on the world and reflecting the spirit of a pioneering St Hilda's woman.

The OSA Finance Committee reviews the value of all scholarships on an annual basis and if necessary, makes recommendations for change to the OSA committee.

Currently, the OSA provides $45,500 to support seven current students and $3,000 for one old scholar in our scholarship program.

If you would like to make a valued donation to the OSA Scholarship fund or would like to receive further information regarding OSA Scholarships, please contact the Alumni Coordinator at oldscholars@sthildas.wa.edu.au

To make a valued contribution to the Scholarship Fund please contact the President of the GHS & St Hilda’s OSA, Treffina Dowland at tjd@amnet.net.au

For further information regarding Old Scholar scholarships and the Career Development Award please contact the Alumni Officer on oldscholars@sthildas.wa.edu.au

Events & Reunions

Special events provide an opportunity for Old Scholars to meet up with friends, share interests and reconnect with the School. Often these occasions extend to the wider public, encouraging a strong community spirit.

To mark the decades since leaving school, six reunions take place each year. There is also an annual morning tea for members aged over 70. 


Friday 5 March
Year 7 (and other years) Ammonite Pin Presentation 
Coffee before ceremony at 7.45 am 
The Gallery / JSPAC for Assembly

Wednesday 10 March 
OSA Year Representative Drinks 6pm 
The Gallery, Hope Nicholas House.
Please RSVP Lizzie Warburton in School Development 

Wednesday 24 March
OSA Bridge Day at 10am
The Gallery, Hope Nicholas House

Saturday 8 May
OSA Bazaar 
Bay View Campus 10am - 3pm

Term 3 Week 2 -
OSA Mentoring Week June ...To be confirmed

Wednesday 25 August 
OSA 70+ Morning Tea at 10am
School Hall

Thursday 28 October
OSA Art Exhibition Opening Night 
JSPAC at 6pm

Thursday 28 - Sunday 31 October 
OSA Art Exhibition open 

Friday 12 November
Social Golf Day and Lunch
Mosman Park Chidley Golf Course 

Friday 19 November 
Country Lunch to be confirmed.

Special fundraising efforts contribute to the OSA Scholarship Fund and donations and ongoing support are greatly appreciated.

Please send photos from your reunion or informal St Hilda's friendship gathering to oldscholars@sthildas.wa.edu.au.


Old Scholars, working in a diverse range of industries, give back to the School through the OSA Mentoring program.

The OSA facilitates the Mentoring program in which Old Scholars return to School and share their career journey with current students from Years 10 to 12. The mentoring session, held mid-year, provides an opportunity for girls to explore career options with practitioners and discuss the path to preferred jobs.

If you have an interest in mentoring or coming back to the School to talk to the girls about careers, please contact the Alumni and Engagement Coordinator, Lizzie Warburton at oldscholars@sthildas.wa.edu.au 

Old Scholars who have pursued interesting and diverse careers are encouraged to volunteer by emailing oldscholars@sthildas.wa.edu.au.


Social events, reunions, sporting competitions and fundraising efforts provide numerous opportunities for Old Scholars to connect. Regular publications and social media platforms provide avenues to share achievements and special announcements, keeping friends in touch and up to date with news.

The Alumni Coordinator gratefully receives news from Old Scholars for inclusion in each publication. Contact oldscholars@sthildas.wa.edu.au to share your achievements and family announcements.

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