Those who choose to provide for future generations through a Gift in Will are invited to become members of the Founders’ Circle, established to honour and recognise those who have made a bequest during their lifetime. Founders’ Circle members enjoy a number of benefits including invitations to special events, opportunities to engage with the School community and are also recognised on the Founders’ Circle Honour Board. Gifts made anonymously are also welcomed and respected.
The Founders’ Circle is named in honour of our founders, who in 1847-49 were instrumental in providing the legacy for future generations of students at St Peter’s College. Their vision was instrumental in the establishment of the School and its founding mission, to provide a sound, modern and liberal education. Their foresight is continued in perpetuity by those who share a similar vison for the future of St Peter’s College by leaving a lasting legacy. Each Gift in Will, no matter its size or nature, contributes to the School’s future.
The Jury Memorial Fountain was chosen to symbolise the Founders’ Circle, today the hub of Big Quad and an enduring reminder of the impact of a gift in Will. The fountain is the legacy of George Rischbieth Jury who attended St Peter’s College from 1909 to 1912. When war broke out in 1914, George and his older brother Charles were living in England furthering their studies. George gained his commission to Second Lieutenant in October 1915 and shortly thereafter joined the 7th (City of London) Battalion. He was killed in action at High Wood in France on 14 September 1916, aged 21.
In his Will, GR Jury left a gift to erect a drinking fountain at St Peter’s College ‘In memory of my beloved Headmaster Henry Girdlestone’. The fountain was erected in 1920 by approval of the Council of Governors. It was their wish that the fountain not only commemorate Canon Girdlestone but also perpetuate the memory of the donor.