I have had many years experience in schools and in those years I have been involved with many PFA groups, but with out a doubt, the Nossal PFA is by far the most enjoyable, supportive and energetic group I have known and had the privilege to be a part of!
Firstly, unlike the majority of PFAs in existence, Nossal's is well attended with an average of 18-25 people (both male and female) arriving at each meeting. It is always a friendly and welcoming environment, with the members keen to meet each other and those who are new to the group. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month in the school terms and while it is referred to as a meeting, it is fair to say that often the business of the PFA can be finished in a relatively short time and the remainder of the session devoted to fun, fellowship and general chat about what is happening in and around our busy school.
Except for a small number of attendees, each member is a parent of a current student and therefore the things talked about and responded to, are all about the current students and their needs. It is testimony though that the group is so effective and so supportive of each other personally, that some of the members are the parents of ex-Nossal students who simply want to continue to give back to our school community.
Naturally, like most similar organisations, one of the key things the Nossal PFA does is to raise funds for the school and in 2018, this was in excess of $10,500.00! The money was primarily raised through sales of the popular Entertainment Book, Nossal celebrity pavers, second hand uniforms and small sales around Mother's Day, Father's Day and at the South-East Feast. In addition, the PFA conducted its annual Bunnings BBQ, second hand uniform and book sale, and hosted a meat tasting forum for a Government Department as part of a research program. The PFA were also supportive of many other events at the school such as the parents' night for The Resilience Project, Careers Expo, school production and a range of other Parent Information nights. In recent years, the PFA has contributed significant sums of money to:
- providing the turtle environment for Science
- develop the popular and well used, Library Courtyard
- AFL goal post pads and specialist Hockey equipment for PE
and in 2019 has already committed to equipment for our Music Department.
As a school, we are indebted to the PFA for all of their work and the support they provide. We encourage all families to support the PFA by perhaps attending one of their meetings, or buying a celebrity paver or entertainment book. Doing this will help your son or daughter not only through your involvement in the school, but through the money raised by the PFA, benefiting all the students at the school when the group provides other resources that would not otherwise be available.
Congratulations to the PFA on your outstanding achievements in 2018! On behalf of the school community, we thank you for your wonderful support and commitment.
Please support the PFA as they work to support your child's education.