P&F Committee Roles
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:
2. Vice President/ Class Coordinators/ Care & Concern Leader
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:
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.