Philanthropist Pamela Wall makes record $1 million donation to SA school

A South Australian school has received an incredible $1 million donation from esteemed South Australian philanthropist Dr. Pamela Wall OAM.

Photo: Dr Pamela Wall OAM with St Peter’s Woodlands Principal Helen Finlay and School Community Coordinator Paul Mesecke

St Peter’s Woodlands in Glenelg has received an incredible $1 million donation from esteemed South Australian philanthropist, and old scholar, Dr. Pamela Wall OAM. The generous contribution is set to go towards the construction of a state-of-the art multi-purpose centre, promising a new era of excellence for the school.

“Pamela’s been a great friend and supporter of St Peter’s Woodlands and we’re incredibly grateful for her donation towards this new building which will reflect the extraordinary standard of our sports and arts programs here at St Peter’s Woodlands,” Principal Helen Finlay said.

“Pamela is a passionate advocate for the arts so it’s fitting this multi-purpose centre will be the new creative and sporting heart of our school – a place where every student can develop their abilities and a place for our community to come together.

“I’m excited to announce the building will be known as the Dr Pamela Wall Centre in honour of Pamela’s generous donation, her love for the arts and the lifelong connection she’s maintained with her former school.”

Pamela, who turns 90 years old in July, recalls her six years boarding at the school during the 1940s, when it was known as Woodlands Church of England Girls Grammar School.

“This was my home from the age of 10 to 16 and helped make me who I am,” Pamela Wall said.

“Some of my fondest memories were made at this school and I hope my contribution to the new multi-purpose centre will deliver an outstanding facility that brings students joy for generations to come.”

Dr. Pamela Wall’s monumental $1 million donation builds upon the funds generated by last year’s successful fundraising efforts, which raised $480,000 for the multi-purpose centre project through the school’s first Giving Day.

Designed by architect Chris Morley, the centre will boast state-of-the-art amenities, including cutting-edge sound, lighting, and staging technology, capable of accommodating up to 500 attendees.

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