The Foundation was formed in June 2005 with its sole mission being to generate a financial base in the years ahead, allowing the school to make a point of difference as it seeks to offer the best secondary education in New Zealand.
The bulk of this fund is the result of pledges and donations from the school's Old Boys, former staff and other interested connections of the school, and allows the school to further strengthen its position as an educational leader for young men.
Financial assistance will not be directed towards the day-to-day operation of the school, but is invested in specific projects which will spell the difference between Otago Boys' and the rest. An example of this is the recently upgraded tennis courts on Stuart Street and the upgrade of the ablution block at Mt Aspiring Lodge.
Targets for Foundation funding are
Refurbished boarding hostel
Upgrading of the Shand building
Scholarships for both new entrants and leavers, and the attraction and retention of the highest calibre of teachers
The upkeep of the school’s lodge at Mt Aspiring
Otago Boys' High School has long been recognised as a yardstick by which others measure themselves and the establishment of its Foundation ensures it remains atop the pedestal.
Part of the Foundation's early work centred on the compilation of a complete and up to date database of the school's old boys. The assemblage of this information allows the Foundation to inform its alumni, former Rectors, Masters and parents and supporters about various events and the progress of the Foundation, as well as encouraging a culture of giving. Giving not only with monetary donations but of your time, perhaps by speaking in assembly or in the classroom or even lending a hand at a working bee or up at Mt Aspiring.
Of the 27,000 boys to have passed through the school, more than 16,700 are alive and we encourage them to contact the Foundation so we are able to confirm contact details as well as accumulate details about those who have passed on.
In the pursuit of a superior education since its establishment in 1863, Otago Boys' has forged a magnificent record in the classroom, in sport and drama, the arts and culture. The contribution to New Zealand society of the school's pupils, teachers, parents and supporters is immeasurable.
However, the objectives of providing educational excellence and maintaining the school's position among the leaders in this country are threatened by the pressure of on-going funding issues.
No longer can schools of the status and reputation of Otago Boys' function satisfactorily on government grants and fees alone. To rely on such a strategy would result in a reversal of standards for a school which has traditionally played a critical role in the lives of everyone associated with it.
Otago Boys' High School, already able to boast a proud record in contributing to New Zealand and global society through the education of its 27,000-plus alumni, is set to benefit enormously through the establishment of the Foundation. With education the second-largest industry in the world, the work of the Foundation ensures the pupils of Otago Boys' continue to be leaders in the generations ahead.
Educating young people is an inherently worthwhile activity. Schools must be proud of their work as should Foundations such as ours. Educating the young men of today is a tangible, worthwhile and long-lasting investment in New Zealand 's social and economic future.