Welcome back to everyone for term 3 2017. This is a busy term for schools and P&Cs, and here at P&Cs Qld as well.
We are excitingly preparing for our Annual Conference in Brisbane on 8 & 9 September. Our fabulous keynote speaker, Dr Andrew Fuller, is a clinical psychologist specialising in the wellbeing of students and families. Times have changed since we were teenagers and today’s students are living in a new digital environment. (I can only be grateful there was no social media when I was 16!) Dr Fuller will look at ways that we can support our children and help us to feel a little more connected in a rapidly changing world.
At conference, we will also present a range of suppliers, supporters and businesses that can help your P&C. As a VP on a P&C myself, I understand how difficult it can be to work out the truly helpful suppliers from the spam. I know how hard we all work to support our P&Cs and to raise funds that support each and every child’s educational outcomes; I would hate to hear of any P&C getting ‘duped’ out of these hard-earned funds.
Please make sure you check in with our helpful and friendly P&C Services team if you have any queries. This phone and email support service comes as part of your P&Cs Qld affiliation, so you and your P&C may as well take advantage of it! Katrina and Rachael at State Office are more than happy to help with any queries you may have. We also have a close connection with the Department of Education and can quickly get the correct legislative/legal response that you need.
Thank-you to all the P&Cs that were involved in our recent road trips across Central and Western Queensland and right up into the Cape and Far North Queensland. Our Training and Development Officer and Area Co-ordinators thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many dedicated volunteers and hearing about the fabulous activities from P&Cs across the State every day. I can’t wait to see the P&C of the Year nominations for this year and presenting the winners at our Conference.
In my role as President of P&Cs Qld, I am especially lucky to be able to attend some of the fantastic events that highlight the outstanding work of our state school students. I recently attended the musically outstanding students (MOST) excellence program, which featured 79 students from 26 high schools, and was completely blown away by the amazing performances from instrumental music students. As a mother whose children have all been involved in instrumental music (with one still in the program), I am absolutely in awe of these young people and their professionalism, skill and enthusiasm for music. Creative Generation: State Schools on Stage is coming up this month at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. This is another fabulous opportunity to see the hard work, dedication and devotion of our instrumental, vocal, dramatic and dance students (including many of those I saw at MOST).
I look forward to seeing many of you at our Conference in September, this is a great opportunity to network, get some professional development and really connect with other P&Cs across Queensland. I always love seeing P&Cs that may have similar demographics but significant geographical difference come together and learn from each other. Make sure you register for your place at Conference as soon as you can, then come and say ‘hi’ to me in September – I really want to hear about your P&C!
Gayle Walters, President
Di Farmer, Member for Bulimba, pictured with Gayle Walters at the QCPCA ‘New Year’ function, 3 February