The Association of Parents and Friends (P&F), run by parent volunteers has the dual role of building and supporting the parent community, as well as fundraising to support our school and students. Fostering parent communication and friendships is done through their events, meetings, presentations and Convenor system.
The P&F meetings help parents stay informed in the complicated modern world of education which has changed so much since their own schooling and meets twice a term, providing regular updates on key school news and events. The Head of School update is a standing agenda item once a term and presents parents with the opportunity for direct engagement with Dr Collier and senior staff on matters of education, welfare or school infrastructure. The P&F also regularly arranges specific presentations on topics of community interest from staff or invited guests and it is a good opportunity to stay informed about changes in the educational environment. The P&F meetings are open and informal opportunities to engage with the school and benefit most from a wide range of thoughts and contributions, so participation is strongly encouraged.
The P&F has its own community newsletter that updates parents on items of interest, upcoming events and P&F meeting dates and minutes.
The P&F looks forward to your involvement in the many events (both physical and virtual) we host during the year. Attending or helping out at events is a great way to meet new friends, perhaps we will see you at our Christmas markets on the iconic rooftop playground or at one of our Welcome in the Square events.
The P&F supports year group social functions organised by Parent Convenors. These events provide opportunities for parents (and sometimes their children) to meet informally to develop friendships and share the highs and lows of parenting and school life. This is much like a ‘class parent’ and we ask for volunteers from each year group in Years 7-12, and each class in Years Kindergarten to Year 6, to foster and encourage social networks, welcome families to the school, support families in need, and liaise with the P&F and the school’s Director of Community Engagement. This is a vital role in a school that draws students from over 220 Sydney suburbs. Convenors are also a great link between the P&F and each year group.
In addition, all families are encouraged to pay a membership fee with their school fees in Term 1 to offset administrative costs and support our community events.
In recent years, the P&F has raised funds for audio visual equipment, educational items, staff scholarships and the refurbishment of Chapter House. In 2021 we contributed to the Heath Bursary Fund to support our families in need. Funds are mostly raised through events and BBQs for students.
Mrs Helen Carson, P&F President