Welcome back to everyone for term 2, 2017. It was a very wet and windy end to term 1 for most Queensland schools – I would like to thank the school communities; volunteers, police and Emergency Services workers; and the Department of Education staff who worked so hard to keep everyone safe. It is a testament to our communities that every school was able to re-open for the first day of term 2.
Many P&Cs have experienced damage and impact on stock from flooding or loss of power, please make sure you contact our office for any support or help with regard to insurance for your goods.
I encourage all our new (and returning) executives to make sure you check out our website for information that may be helpful in running your P&C. We are always happy to get a call or an email with any questions you may have – remember that there is no such thing as a silly question! Our wonderful P&C Services team are available to help you every day. Also, our Training and Development officer is about to start two exciting cross-state road trips, heading west through Dalby, Roma and Charleville, and up to Mount Isa and Charters Towers (with many stops in between), then up through the Central Coast into Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait in June. This is a great opportunity for our regional P&Cs to come together to network and upskill with our Training and Development officer. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and #wherestheTDO to follow this great program being offered across the state.
May 12 sees the annual appreciation of P&Cs Day! This is a day to acknowledge everything our P&Cs do in our communities and schools every single day. P&Cs provide support to our schools and students across the state in a great many ways, from helping in tuckshops, selling uniforms to raising funds for building programs and important learning resources – these are just some of the key programs P&Cs are involved in.
This year, we are excited to announce a continued partnership with the Commonwealth Bank for the P&C of the Year Awards. Make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to highlight your amazing P&C and possibly win $5000 in prize money. When asked what makes a great P&C, the best answer is ‘You do!’ Everything you do to help support your school and P&C directly benefits your own children and everyone else’s. Make sure you download the application forms from our website and nominate your P&C today!
Gayle Walters, President
Di Farmer, Member for Bulimba, pictured with Gayle Walters at the QCPCA ‘New Year’ function, 3 February