Parents & Friends Association

Upcoming Term 1 P & F Events 2024

Parent Information Night & P & F Welcome drinks 7 February 2024
P & F Meeting 12 February 2024
P & F Meeting 4 March 2024
Middle of Term (MOT) 6 March 2024

What is P & F

We welcome and encourage involvement in our Parents and Friends Association (P & F) by parents, grandparents and friends of Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School.

Participation in GGLPS P & F is greatly valued and benefits our school community in many ways both inside and outside of the classroom.

P & F is always looking for new members to join, bring new ideas to the group and support our amazing school and help build community spirit.

The P & F meets twice a term to provide a forum for parents and friends to bring ideas forward on ways to build the community, channel questions about the school, and discuss ways of improving the learning environment for both current and future students. It gives you the opportunity to find out what is going on at school and what the plans are for the future.

Being part of the P & F allows you to become part of the school community and to make new friends with other school parents. It also gives you the chance to get to know the teachers and staff at the school.

Our meetings are held on the second and eighth Monday of the term, beginning at 7.30pm in the staff admin room.

For any enquiries contact (via e-mail) [email protected].

Report from the P & F Chair 2023

It was great to see 2023 return to some kind of normality following 3 years affected by Covid. For P & F that meant being able to bring people together again to build our school community.
We started the year with Parent Drinks which was a great opportunity to welcome parents to the new school year and introduce them to P & F. This was the first event in a busy Term 1 where we also held our first Middle of Term Breakfast for 2023, the Foundation Welcome Evening and the P & F BBQ at Sports Day. The Foundation Welcome Evening with pizza and drinks allowed us to bring Foundation families together and it was a wonderful evening watching them make new connections – it was particularly poignant for me as this is my last year with children at the school and reminded me of the wonderful friendships I have made over the last 9 years. Thanks to GGOSH for giving up their time to help look after the children while parents got to relax together.
We were able to hold our P & F BBQ at Sports Day and this was another occasion to be able to catch up with school families over the course of the day. Thank you again to out fantastic volunteers – we couldn’t do this without your support and a big shout out to Graeme Hoklas for being our BBQ chef on the day!

In Term 1 Sam Brookes came into the school and created his amazing mural. While this project took longer than we thought initially and at times we weren’t sure we’d get it done, I think you’ll agree the final result is breathtaking and a fantastic addition to the courtyard.

In Term 2 we held MOT where we had crumpets for the first time and they proved to be a popular choice!

As well as MOT, in Term 3 P & F provided the afternoon tea for Special Person’s Afternoon – it is always a lovely sight to see the students proudly showing off their achievements and the school to the special people in their lives. Term 3 also held the ever-popular Date Night – giving parents and caregivers valuable time to themselves – again thank you to Vicki Kahl and her GGOSH team for making this happen.

Term 4 crept up on us and was suddenly here and again it was a busy one! At the end of October, the School and Church Community Fete took place and P & F provided the inflatables – what an amazing day – everyone had so much fun and again it was great to see our school and church community come together.
We have the Carol Concert to look forward to as well as the P & F End of Year Fun Day on Tuesday 12 December. The students will have a selection of games and inflatables to play with as well as a sausage sizzle, icy poles and a special visit from Santa in their classrooms in the afternoon.
This year P & F took on a new major project that involves upgrading our existing Nature Play area. This project will take several years to complete but we have made a start this year by engaging a company to design what the area could look like and we have gone out to get quotes. We hope to be able to start the physical work on this space in 2024 and can’t wait to see how it develops over the next few years. It will be an amazing asset for the students who already enjoy the space we currently have.
This year P & F purchased the following items for the school:
Teachers’ Wishlist items
Kidz Biz Courses
AFL guernseys
Circuit Packs
Easter items
Water Bottle Carriers (Dec 2023 for 2024)
Hi-Vis Vests (Dec 2023 for 2024)
I would like to thank everyone who attended P & F meetings this year and everyone who volunteered at our events – we simply couldn’t support the school without you.
I would like to personally thank the P & F Exec team for their support this year – Claire, Sarah, Maree and Mr Wallace – their help and advice has been invaluable as always. This year is my last year with children at the school and my 3 years as P & F chair is now coming to an end so I would like to say thank you to everyone within the school community for their support of P & F, their input into what we can do and their commitment to building a fantastic school community and enhancing the learning experience of our students. I will be less involved with P & F going forward but you never know, you may still see me and Ben at a quiz night or two.
I wish the new P & F Exec Team and the committee all the best for 2024 and the future.
I hope everyone has a wonderful break and wish you all a joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Michelle

 

P&F Committee Members 2023

Chair
Sarah Kumela
Vice Chair
Stephen Tiller
Secretary
Michelle Parcell
Treasurer
Claire Rathjen

P&F Documents

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