Outback Achievers

In 1994, St Philip’s launched its national Outback Achievers Appeal to raise funds for the development of facilities at the College. Fred McKay was Patron of the Appeal, and his friend Dr Bruce Reid was Chairman. Each year the College has an Annual Fund mail-out to its extended community, asking for support to assist with maintaining, upgrading and building new facilities. All donations to the building fund are tax deductible. Please call the Development Office on (08) 8950 4577.

Rev. Dr. Fred McKay AC, CMG, OBE 

15 April 1907 - 31 March 2000
Founder - St Philip's College

Fred's Vision:  In 1958 Fred saw an urgent need to provide residential accommodation in Alice Springs that would allow children to be educated in the Territory rather than travel interstate. 

Fred’s ability to inspire people to help him turn plans into reality was legendary.  Thanks to his vision and commitment (he camped on site while it was built) as well as the hard work of many people, St Philip’s was opened as a boarding hostel in 1965.

"Flynn of the Inland, my boss, used to talk about 'the best for the bush'.
St Philip's College fulfils the Flynnian ideal".


Dr Bruce Reid AM, KNO Hon.DSc Econ
20 Feb 1922 - 12 March 2005

With the death of Dr Bruce Reid on 12 March 2005, Australia lost one of its great men.
Few Australians could claim a life as successful as that of Dr Reid, entrepreneur, Captain of Commerce, devout churchman, unashamed Australian patriot, humble philanthropist, great visionary, brave adventurer and dedicated family man. 

Bruce lent his financial support, his skills and wonderful expertise to many projects, spurred on by a belief in the community, an excitement about the future and the knowledge that his vast contacts could be used for good. 

Knowing this, but mindful of how busy he was, Fred McKay asked him to become National Chairman of the St Philip’s Outback Achievers Appeal.  He not only donated great amounts to the College but also became an integral part of the College community.

We were all devastated when Bruce suddenly died and, with the Reid family’s support, we are going to establish a practical memorial to him here, in the Outback, which he loved.  The Bruce Reid Sports Centre which we believe, will be a fitting memorial to this great man will feature a commemorative display where the story of Bruce Reid will be told.  Please read Bruce Reid – A Remarkable Life for his inspiring life story.


The Outback Achievers' - Annual Fund

"The facilities enjoyed by today's students have been provided by commitment that commenced in the '60's.  It is now our chance to contribute. All parents are asked to commit themselves to the idea of supporting the College over the long term by contributing to the Outback Achievers' - Annual Fund."

Chris Tudor, former Headmaster

Annual Funds exists in most private schools in Australia.  They are supported by current parents, past parents and students and friends of the school.  Contributions are tax deductible.

The fund raised are used to finance the upgrade and maintenance of the school, whereas school fees are used to provide a first class, varied academic and extensive extended curricular program, staffing and resources.

You can make a difference!  If each family chose to contribute say, $200 each year, almost $90,000 would be available for the upgrade and maintenance of the school.

Invitations to contribute are sent out in April/May annually.  All donations to the building fund are tax deductible. Please download a Supporter's reply card


For further information about anything you have read in the Development section please contact:

Mr Paul Bailey
Development, Enterprise & Foundation Manager

St Philip's College
PO Box 33
Alice Springs NT 0871

Ph: (08) 8950 4577
After Hours: (08) 8952 2738
Fax (08) 8950 6212

Email: paul.bailey@stphilips.nt.edu.au