The St Matthew’s Old Girls Association, or SMOGA, as our group is fondly called, has as its key objectives keeping in contact with as many past pupils of the school as possible, and to aid St Matthew’s where ever possible.
Formed in 1931, SMOGA has been instrumental in providing support to the school in a variety of ways. Perhaps the most prominent was securing the little church from Turakina, near Whanganui, and transporting it to the present site at the school in 1985. Other Old Girl driven projects you may notice around St Matthew’s include plaques, gardens, outdoor seating and many of the photographs which hang in the school hallways and foyers.
Significantly, we also administer a Scholarship which is offered to a daughter of an Old Girl whose parents require financial assistance to send their daughter to St Matthew’s. We are proud of our ability to ‘make a difference’ with this Scholarship and maintain continuity in the school community through strong family ties.
All leavers are offered the opportunity to become Life Members of the Association by paying a one-off fee at the conclusion of their days at St Matt’s. We then keep in touch with those members via an annual magazine which is full of articles and news of Old Girls. We keep an up to date database of past pupils, but to do this we need YOUR help by letting us know what you, your friends and family members are up to.
The Old Girls are there to make the present pupils aware that the school has a past.Helen Dashfield, To the Stars, 1989
It belongs to us all – it is our school.
When I visited St Matt's for the Centennial, some things around the ground had changed beyond measure since my own departure, yet the essence of kindness, good character and achievement still remain.Charlotte Gendall, President, SMOGA