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Parents and Friends (P&F) Association

 
P&F Executive 2017

 

P&F Committee Roles

  • Monica Dunn - President
  • Josh Bird - Vice President (Communications)
  • Steve Hutchinson - Treasurer
  • Chris Brown - Secretary
  • Sally Wilson - Class Coordinators
  • Jane Stuckey - Care and Concern
  • Lisa Betts - Uniform Shop
  • Yvette Lynch - Meal Deals
  • Sharon Lorigan - School Banking
  • Jade Reading - P&F Parent Directory
  • Scott Pelto - P&F Representative to the Board
  • Catherine Shanahan - Year Book

 Committee Members

  • Serena Hui
  • Julie-Anne Braithwaite
  • Rachael Hockaday
  • Belinda Rigby-King

 

A Welcome to your P&F Association 

 

The P&F's aim is "to provide a forum to assist the education of our children and to support the school in any way possible".  This includes the traditional role of fundraising but it is also about building and keeping the school community together – in meetings and through functions where parents can interact seek information about the school's running, contribute, socialize and provide support for each other.

The P&F operates within a constitution adopted from the Federation of Parents and Friends Associations of Catholic Schools in Queensland.

We hold monthly meetings (except December and January), generally on the second Wednesday at 7.30pm.  Every parent and friend of the school is not just entitled to attend, but is encouraged and welcome to do so. Our meetings are structured but informal - and go no later than 9.30 (promise!). Our Principal, Roycelyn Wilden, attends every meeting to provide an update of the school's activities, so this is a good forum to hear what's going on.

The P&F has a regular spot in the weekly school newsletter each Thursday.

Each year in November a P&F committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting. The Committee consists of:

 

   1. President

   2. Vice President/ Class Coordinators/ Care & Concern Leader

   3. Treasurer

   4. Minutes and Correspondence Secretary,

   5. Fund raising/Event coordinator; and other various roles.

 

One way or another, the P&F is involved in, responsible for or helps coordinate: 

  • Tuckshop – The tuckshop at St Ignatius has a flexible arrangement which offers monthly opportunities for the children and is organised and communicated well in advance to ensure all students are able to successfully place orders.  Tuckshop is a great way to meet other parents and see your child during school hours.
  • Uniform shop, open on Friday mornings from 8.00am - 9.00am and various other times.
  • Prep/Year 1 Picnic Afternoon Tea held in January prior to school starting. An informal BYO gathering afternoon tea in the week before school starts, where you can meet your next year's teachers, other new parents and children.
  • "Morning Tea and Tears" for Prep parents on the first day of school – a chance for a cuppa and access to a tissue box after your little one heads off to the classroom for their first day of school.
  • Easter for Everyone – Easter eggs for the children and a donation to a worthy charity.
  • Other fundraising and social events including Mothers Day and Fathers Day stalls and a selection of Discos, Bush Dances, Trivia nights or other similar functions.
  • Goldicott – Opera Under the Stars – a beautiful night listening to opera singers on the lawn in front of the Sisters Of Mercy residence, Goldicott, above the school. Please visit our new Website at www.goldicottopera.com for information on this year's event.

 

We ask only that everyone contributes when, if and what they can to the P&F – whether that be a little time, ideas, or financially.  As with most organizations like ours we rely totally on the help and time of volunteer parents.

The profits we generate from the fundraisers are used to purchase additional equipment and resources for the children – including books and literacy tools, information technology, playground apparatus and upgrades, sports equipment, safety gear and so on. We have also been able to install interactive whiteboards in each classroom,  air conditioning throughout the school, and make a significant contribution towards the renovation of the school hall and the Sue Palmer field.

The P&F is also there to help as much as possible should any family have a crisis situation. For example, several years ago assistance was provided to a family whose house was destroyed by fire; and in 2011 families affected by the floods were supported by the school community. .

Also, a special mention about our Class Coordinators: These are one or two volunteer parents from each class who act as an intermediary with the P&F, facilitate a caring, assisting and social environment (organize transport if your car breaks down, arrange morning tea get-togethers, etc) and coordinate the particular fundraising events allocated to each class (we try to share the load).

May we take this opportunity to invite you to take an active part in the school through the Parents and Friends Association – whether by attending meetings and providing your ideas or asking questions, or in a committee capacity in due course, or in one of the many vital voluntary roles that make life fun and fruitful at this great school.  

May you and your children have a rewarding time at St Ignatius School Toowong. We look forward to meeting you.