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It is an unquestionable fact that Saint Ronan’s would not be what it is today without this tradition of generosity. There is a history of giving.
A TRADITION OF GENEROSITY
Saint Ronan’s School has a rich history of receiving generous gifts from alumni, parents, and friends that have played a significant role in its development over the years. These gifts have ranged from modest everyday items to major developments such as the Chapel, the fives courts, and the war memorial. More recent gifts have helped with the redevelopment of the Stable Block, refurbishment of the Dining Room and the Swimming Pool, and the construction of the Sports Hall (The Founder’s Hall). The school owes its success to this tradition of generosity, which has ensured its sustained growth and development over time.
One of the most significant gifts the school received was from W.B. Harris, the Headmaster from 1926 to 1957, who left the entire Tongswood Estate in trust for the school to enjoy in perpetuity. His son, Sir John, further protected the school's future by placing the family's interest in the school into a charitable trust in 1997. Saint Ronan's owes its continued existence and success to the generosity of its supporters, who have ensured that it remains a thriving institution that provides an outstanding education to its students.
A full and efficiently run Prep School of our size may be able to ‘make’ between 5p and 10p in the pound. At Saint Ronan’s all of this operational ‘profit’ is ploughed back into the fabric of the School but it is not enough to do much more than refurbish or re-equip tired areas or departments. If the School is to ‘step up’ a notch it needs external finance, without burdening itself with debt, and this message was at the core of the recent Sports Hall Campaign.
In your time at the School you may have, unbeknown to you at the time, benefited from the gifts of previous generations. In turn, you may now feel it is your turn to do the same for the children at Saint Ronan’s today and in the future.