WOW! WOW! WOW! What a fantastic and exciting conference we had in September! It was an absolute pleasure to meet so many wonderful P&C members, all coming together to connect, engage and inspire.
We were fortunate to have the entertaining and engaging Andrew Fuller present the keynote speech and help us to understand our children (and ourselves) a little better. I must thank our wonderful staff for the work involved in delivering this fabulous conference – the amount of work and effort that goes into delivering this type of event is immense and they do so with good grace and good humour.
Special mention must be made to our State P&C of the Year winner, Mooloolaba State School P&C. I was talking with the judges of the awards and they informed me how very close the judging was for all of the winners. It is so exciting to see such amazing work happening in state school P&Cs; from the very small to the very big. It’s not too early to start thinking about your application for the 2018 P&C of the Year Awards!
This term is always an incredibly busy one. We see the end of school life for Senior students and I want to wish all the Year 12s (and their parents) the very best for the next few weeks. This is the end of an era for you and as much as it sounds clichéd, you will look back on your schooling years as some of the best times of your life. Please be safe if you are going to Schoolies and remember: always check in with your parents.
October 27 is World Teachers’ Day and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the amazing teachers in our schools for everything you do! I know many of you are involved in your P&C and in your community, that you support many areas of your school with your time and commitment, and that you are always invested in helping your students achieve their best possible outcomes. Remember that a teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart. So a very heartfelt THANK YOU to all our teachers!
Don’t forget to check in with our P&C Services staff if you need any help in preparing for your P&C audit. P&Cs operate on a calendar year for financial operations and need to have their audit completed prior to their AGM. If you have any questions about the end-of-year process, please contact the State Office. And if you are thinking of running for a P&C executive position in 2018 (do it!), you will find helpful resources, including webinars, on the P&Cs Qld website. Next year, our resources for P&Cs will move to a new site – the info place. The site is currently in development and we can’t wait to present it to you in the New Year.
I would like to wish everyone a very safe, happy and relaxing Christmas break. I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends and take a moment to celebrate the busy year that was. Please be safe if you are travelling and we look forward to seeing everyone back, including some new faces for 2018.
Gayle Walters, President
Gayle Walters with keynote speaker, Andrew Fuller, at the 2017 P&Cs Qld State Conference in September.