Have you handed in your 2017 P&C Membership form yet? Don’t forget that all memberships and officer’s positions lapse at the AGM, which means current P&C members must also renew their memberships, and the AGM is the only meeting where a person may do so without being present. All parents, carers, teachers and staff are welcome, we invite you to join and we truly value your input! Meetings are held in the school library.
2017 will be my eighth year of membership with our P&C, and I’ve noticed that over the entire four years during which I’ve been an officer, whenever I tell my friends and family outside the school community about it I find myself needing to quantify that statement with something like, “everyone works together” or ‘it’s such a great little school,” because I’m afraid the words ‘P&C President’ might conjure up a picture that is just not indicative of who I am... or of who the other officers are, or of what it is that we actually do for the school.
Yes, it’s overwhelming at times, and yes, there are times when we disagree. But more often than not we do find common ground, and we are brain-storming, creating, organising, collating, distributing, asking, buying, selling, counting, paying, and most importantly, we are helping one another in our common goal to enrich our child’s journey of learning at Palm Beach, and we are finding a way to laugh and enjoy it while we’re at it.
I often say there is much to be grateful for at Palm Beach, after all we take great pride in the fact that we are not your average Tuckshop, we are not your average second-hand shop, and we are not your average P&C. But because of this, Palm Beach is also not your average school, so if any of these qualities are something you appreciate at Palm Beach, then the best way to preserve them is to pitch in when you can.
Volunteering doesn’t have to be a burden, and many hands make light work. In fact, if every parent at our school did Just-One-Thing, by giving just 2 hours of their time ONCE per year, we’d have help every single school day and at every single event for more than 2 years straight, without anyone having to come in twice (except of course for the officers, sub-committee members, and convenors, who would then have A LOT less on their plates!)
And while I can’t say that I’ve ever seen as many smiling faces as the ones we have now pitching in to help make these things happen, the bulk of the workload unfortunately still rests on the same small group of people, and since that’s just not a sustainable solution we are looking for a few coordinators to help lighten our load.
Of course getting more help isn’t the only solution; we could also have fewer events, cancel a few Discos, Book Clubs/Book Fairs, Stalls etc. because let’s face it, no one will loose a leg if we do. But ultimately it will mean less revenue generated towards things like books, computers, playgrounds, picnic tables, school furniture, shade sails, the annex renovation, school signage, bubbler taps, security alarms, smart boards, fencing, garden sheds, bin relocation, and so on. And I can assure you that Palm Beach State School would be a very different place without the invaluable contributions which I have witnessed the P&C make to the school since 2010, and that’s just during my time.
So if you haven’t gotten one already, please check your child’s school bag for a hard copy of the AGM notice, Membership Form, and Volunteer Form that went home with your child last week, and please consider doing Just-One-Thing. We look forward to hearing from you!
Nikki Robinson, P&C President ;-)