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St Catherine's Catholic College Singleton - Harmony, Faith, Integrity. Kindergarten to Year 12

Parents and Friends Association

Parents and Friends Association

 

We now have decades of research affirming the critical importance of family involvement in young people’s holistic education both within the home and at school. We know that benefits accrue for students, schools and families when families and communities are engaged in partnership with the school to support student learning.

Danielle Cronin, Executive Director, CCSP Churchill Report 2009

Welcome

Welcome to St Catherine’s Catholic College P&F Association webpage.

All parents and carers whose children are enrolled at the school are automatically members of the P&F.

The executive elected committee for 2017-2018

President:                                                      

Craig Gradwell

Vice President:                                               

Heidi Tanzer

Secretary:                                                       

Erica Janssen

Treasurer:                                                     

Lizel Rossouw

Federation Representative:                        

Anna Slater

 

St Catherine’s College Parent and Friends Association, our main parent body, have supported our College in providing exceptional educational facilities and experiences for our students. Our P&F association in particular are pleased to have provided parents with an opportunity to play an active role in their children’s education and to strengthen the link between the College and the wider community.

Our P&F Mission and Goals

  • Develop a community spirit with a Christian ethos
  • Support and work in partnership with our Principal and staff
  • Participate in College decision making
  • Promote interaction between home and school, parents and teachers
  • Encourage parent participation in teaching and learning activities and school life
  • Assist parents to appreciate teaching and learning programs
  • Promote the School / College in the wider community
  • Attention to faith education activities
  • Create a forum for open discussion
  • Assist in providing resources to the school when necessary
  • Planning and organising of functions approved by a P & F Meeting and the Principal
  • Work with parish and college in pursuit of common goals – Faith, harmony and Integrity

So, how can YOU participate in your child’s education?  At school you can ask your child’s teacher about becoming a volunteer to help with reading and other class activities.  Volunteering at the canteen is a great way to participate as is becoming involved with the P&F Association.

The P&F provide opportunities to share your talents either through a specific role on the executive, volunteering and attending the meetings and having a positive input.

The P&F undertake with the support of our parents, friends and business associates a number of social and College beneficiary activities. These activities and association group meetings provided valuable liaison between our College principal and the broader college teaching staff.

With the dedicated commitment by the P&F association, our college and our wider parent community, the P&F association is able to manage and deliver a number of College projects.

The P&F supply the free issue of the kindergartens teal hats. The hats have significant importance in our College to identify our kindy children that may need assistance during the sometimes daunting early stages of separation from mums and dads. Identifying the littlies and providing comforting assistance from our college senior student buddies is nice transition into the first school year.

In 2016 we introduced a Meet and Greet night in our college grounds. This is a lovely night which allows our College community to welcome our new families and provide some contacts to assist both students and parent’s transition into our College community.

Our Primary disco allows our primary students the freedom to enjoy themselves in a fully supervised disco after school hours with associated fun created through dance.

Annually we hold our Mother’s Day and Father’s Day stalls. The excitement of our children when able to provide a small gift to our most loved Mums and Dads is overwhelming beautiful.

To improve the sense of community with our College families, we will be holding an annual Parent Night Out. 2016 was a red carpet theme with a lot of fun had by all who attended for dinner, trivia, dancing and a bit of fundraising for our College Band thrown in.

 

Where do St Catherine’s Catholic College P&F Association meet?

When:

Second Tuesday of each month

Time:

6pm

Where:

Secondary or Primary Library (depending on availability)

What we discuss:

Relevant issues concerning our school community

 What is the role of the P&F Executives?

The P&F Association is managed by the Executive members. In this function, the Executives plan, manage & organise the Association’s affairs.  It is the responsibility of the Executives to ensure regular meeting are held where all parents, the principal, teachers & priest are invited.  The Executive meetings will be held prior to the General Meetings to plan the agenda, look at issues that have been raised, finalise arrangements & ensure the smooth running of the association.

How to make contact with your Executive members?

Please feel free to approach your Executive members with any issues you may wish to address at our meetings and/or for any information you may need throughout the year. Alternatively you may wish to email your enquiry to admin@singleton.catholic.edu.au

Who attends the P&F General Meeting?

Our College Principal attends each of our monthly meetings.  The principal delivers a monthly report which keeps us up to date on the progress of the school. A school executive also attends to represent the teachers.

All parents and friends of the College are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 Funds raised by the P&F

Most of our fundraising in recent years has gone towards equipment, materials and resources for our College. We see this as a vital investment in our children’s future at St Catherine’s.

 How can you become involved?

·         Attend your P&F meetings

·         Take on a role in your P&F

·         Share your talents

·         Volunteer for P&F events

 

Useful Links

http://parents.mn.catholic.edu.au

http://www.mn.catholic.edu.au