Bequests are an enduring and meaningful way of supporting St Mary’s. Bequests, both large and small, have played a vital role at St Mary’s since its foundation in 1921, providing for buildings, scholarships and prizes. We continue to be inspired by the members of the School community who have chosen to leave a gift in their will to the School and in doing so, have committed to our vision of securing St Mary's as a leading girls' school in Australia for generations to come.

If you have appreciated the benefits of a St Mary's education, either directly or indirectly, and would like to support St Mary's in this special way, please contact the School and request a copy of the The Bishop Riley Society - Making a Bequest to St Mary's brochure.

Everyone who informs us that they have remembered St Mary's in their will is invited to join the Bishop Riley Society.

The Bishop Riley Society

The Bishop Riley Society recognises the special commitment made by those members of our community who have chosen to leave a bequest to St Mary’s, during their lifetime. The Society is named after the School's founder, first Principal and first Chairman of the Board of Governors, Bishop Charles L Riley CBE MA LLB DTh, in honour of his vision and lifelong commitment to the School. Everyone who informs us that they have remembered St Mary's in their will is invited to join the Society. Members are invited to an exclusive Society event each year as well as other special events in the School calendar. Please be in touch with us if you would like to join the Society.

Bequests – the gift of a lifetime

If you choose to leave a bequest to St Mary’s, you can help us plan our future work by letting us know about your kind intentions now. Any pledge you make is not legally binding and there is no need to tell us anything about the arrangements that you would prefer to keep private. It is simply a statement of your current intention.

  • A bequest is a gift made in a will. A bequest can take many forms including a percentage of your estate, a specific amount or an asset such as property or shares.
  • A benefit of making a bequest is that all your assets remain at your disposal and under your control during your lifetime.
  • You can make sure that your family and friends are the primary beneficiaries of your will and still make an impact on the future of St Mary’s with your bequest.
  • You can make a bequest of any size. There is no minimum or maximum amount.
  • You can specify precisely where you want your money to be directed or you can leave this to the discretion of St Mary's. Suggested wording for your bequest can be obtained from the School and may assist your solicitor in drawing up your will.
  • You can modify your bequest if your circumstances change. Informing St Mary’s about a gift in your will is not binding in any way and you can change your mind at any point.
  • All information is kept in the strictest confidence.
  • Everyone who informs us that they have made a bequest is invited to join the Bishop Riley Society.
  • If you wish, your bequest can remain anonymous.

If you would like to have a confidential conversation about leaving a bequest to St Mary's or would like to arrange a home or campus visit, please contact Jacinta Sirr-Williams, Director of Philanthropy, on (08) 9341 9120 or enquiries are in no way binding and will be treated in the strictest confidence.