About our P and F Association
Our P and F welcomes St Patrick’s School community members to join our P and F meetings held on the first Tuesday of each month.
The P&F recently conducted their AGM as well as the first general meeting for the year. I would like to thank all that attended the meeting and formal introduce and welcome the members of the executive.
Executive P and F Representatives for 2019-
President Mr Lisa Caffery
Vice President Mrs Katie Ritson
Secretary Mrs Carmen Connolly
Treasurer Mrs Fiona Gretton
During the first meeting of the year the P&F usually undertake a goal setting process. Providing opportunities to continue to build on our sense of community was a priority as well as looking at resources that the P&F may be able to purchase to support the teaching and learning that happens at St Patrick’s. Our meetings take place on the first Tuesday of the month.
What have we been up to?
We are very fortunate at St Patrick’s to have so many parents and caregivers who generously contribute their talents to our Parent’s & Friends Association. Thanks to the grant writing skills of our P&F team, we are excited to report that St Patrick’s was recently awarded $16,000 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to purchase new musical instruments. These will be a fantastic addition to our school instrumental music program and go towards replenishing some of our aging equipment. We are also progressing many of our priority projects, which include trialling a new Veggie Pod in the prep area, purchasing new class sets of mini whiteboards, and replacing the school soccer goals. We have started to discuss natural shade in the school grounds and the possibility of planting more trees in priority areas. We will continue to explore this topic at our next meeting and welcome all green thumbs to join the conversation. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 3 September. Lisa Caffery (President)
Parents & Friends Update
All families pay a P&F levy as part of their school fees and last term we began allocating these funds towards some fantastic school projects and resources that help us achieve our goal of encouraging better family engagement in learning and wellbeing. When allocating these funds, we consider a range of criteria but most importantly we assess if the proposed project or resources directly benefit our students and if it aligns with the school’s priorities for 2019. So far this year we have supported the purchase of new learning resources for the Prep Literacy Program as well as new equipment for the sandpit area. We have also supported the Year 6 school musical production ‘Pirates’. At our meeting next week, we’ll discuss the funding of some other exciting school initiatives and how parents can become active participants in their children’s school community. We welcome all parents to take part in this process and look forward to welcoming you at our next meeting.