Recently, I sent this note home to all families...
One of the best parts of my role as Principal, is to lead prospective parents around our school, showing them our grounds, introducing the students and teachers and talking to them about the type of school we have. I often speak to them about the spirit of welcome, the inclusiveness, our high expectations and the culture of learning that exists in and around our school.
We speak about our school values:
Faith – We live faith-filled lives and give thanks daily.
Acceptance – We respect and embrace the community.
Compassion – We care and do what is right and just.
Excellence – We strive for and celebrate every success.
Today I am writing to you to invite you to consider ways in which you might continue to add to our story.
Educational research on the involvement of parents in schools shows that children thrive when parents and teachers work together.
Our Parents’ Association (PA) at St. Cecilia’s consists of a group of dedicated parents who work together for the benefit of the school community.
The Parent’s Association provides the formal structure necessary to ensure effective organisation and action. They provide some important services to the school community such as:
- Promoting a sense of community spirit within the school through the organising of parent and community functions and social events
- Managing school fundraising opportunities
- Providing an opportunity for parents to connect, make friends and learn more about what is going on at St. Cecilia’s
- Sharing the responsibility for the management of the Uniform Shop and the Canteen
- Supporting new families to the school.
- Promoting and supporting school banking
- Organising and managing significant celebrations, such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Grandparents Day
- Supporting Grade 6 Graduation
- Looking for ways to improve the family and school partnership by meeting regularly with the school Principal
Please consider becoming a member, particularly if you are relatively new to our school community. We acknowledge that many of us have very busy lives and can’t commit too heavily, but on occasions through the year there will be opportunities aimed at various grade levels that require assistance. (For example, our Grade One Parents will responsible for coordinating and running the morning tea for our Grandparents day.) We will advertise and promote when these occasions are happening so that you can prepare and endeavour to contribute in any way you can. We will provide a contact person for all events that can guide your questions or offer assistance.
Parents Association meetings are held in the second week of each school term, usually on a Tuesday or Thursday evening at 7.30pm in the staff room. Some great friendships have been formed through PA and our students love their parents being involved in their school. Meetings are advertised via the school newsletter or on our new PA Noticeboard on the wall near the hall entrance.
The St. Cecilia’s Parents’ Association is a very active part of the school community. We aim to create an engaging and vibrant hub for all students and to foster a strong and supportive community spirit among the parents of the school, thereby enhancing every student’s sense of belonging. A school that has strong parent, teacher and community engagement creates a nurturing environment and successful learning outcomes for all students.
Along the way, the Parents’ Association also raises funds for the school, and over recent years, we have been able to purchase a variety of items including chromebooks, a class set of drones and other technology to support our STEM program, some literacy and numeracy resources, flexible furniture in our learning space, just to name a few. Currently we are working on a landscape masterplan to beautify the existing school grounds to create a more interactive learning and communal space. This could include an outdoor kitchen which can also serve as an environmental classroom. We are also wishing to install air conditioning to the hall, to continue to enhance our STEM resources and to enhance the Catholic Identity of our school by way of signage, art, scripture and murals.
In order for all of these projects to come to fruition, the Parents’ Association needs the help of the whole school community. Becoming a class representative, lending a helping hand to organise an event, offering your knowledge and expertise in your field of work, supplying goods or services to the school or donating your time in other ways are some of the things parents can do to help.
Joining the committee or attending meetings are great ways to be involved in the school community and to meet parents across the various year levels.
It is our endeavour to be transparent around the role of the PA, the duration of time to be holding a position, the process for becoming more involved and the way in which we manage the generous funds raised by our parents to serve our students and assist our school.
If you have further questions, please contact me via email email@example.com
If you would like to join the PA, or just find out more, please contact us below.
Thank you for your continued support of our wonderful school.