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P&F Update

posted Jun 22, 2017, 6:49 AM by Principal account
EduDance Cake Stall - We are holding a cake stall to raise funds to purchase our Earth Worm Farm, Rainwater tanks, arbour, outdoor kitchen, potting station and seats for the nature garden. If you could bake a cake, cookies or slice we would love to sell them at the EduDance concert this Tuesday! 

Click here to access the cake stall flyer/  Click here to access the EduDance poster

With our grant we won through the City of Stirling this means we should be able to purchase most items by the end of Term 3! Part of the grant was going halves on the worm farm and rainwater tanks so as soon as the money comes through we would like to purchase these for the kids. We will start building the arbour, outdoor kitchen, potting station and seats at the end of Term 3.

Disco - Thank you so much to Carmel and Mel who lead the amazing year 6 parents to put on a spectacular Disco! The hall looked amazing, the disco was pumping with cool tunes and kids loved the sausage sizzle and lolly bags. A lot of hard work goes into putting on the Disco and we are so grateful to the parents who gave up their time and donated items. Although we like to break even with tickets sales on the disco we made $400 with donations covering a lot of the expenditure! This money has been used to purchase new soccer goals and 9 soccer balls! Click here for some photos of the night. 

New Sports Uniforms - A massive thank you to Leonie McGuren, Helen Riolo, Leesa Moran and Julie George who put massive hours in to getting the sports uniforms ready for the interschool sports and cross country carnival this week! We really appreciate you all doing this for the kids and they have never performed so well at a carnival. Clearly the best looking professionally dressed kids at the carnival (I am not bias). Thank you for supporting the P&F so we could raise the funds to purchase these. Click here to see how great they looked.

Entertainment Books - If you haven’t already done so could you please return any Entertainment books that you aren't purchasing to the front office as soon as possible, so we can receive our money. We are hoping to reach $1,000 on this fundraiser! Thanks for everyone who has purchased a book or multiple books!

Frozen Meals to Brighten Someone’s Day - We know there are always tough times when we need to help someone out due to difficult circumstances. Our lovely ladies on the P&F have cooked some more meals that are in the freezer to take if you know someone who needs them! No need to ask, we will just refill the freezer as needed. If you would like to donate a frozen meal, please email me and I can collect it from your child or pop it into the hall freezer. Thanks to all who have cooked a meal.

Edible Garden - We purchased $1,100 worth of equipment for the nature garden last week. 15 sets of garden tools, 30m retractable hose, 10 buckets, 4 plant trainers, 2 mini 4 tier greenhouses, 6 poly tunnels to cover the plants so we can keep the bugs out and a storage box to lock the items away and for the kids to sit on/ pot plants. Thank you again for supporting the P&F so we can buy these items for the school! They will be on display at the EduDance concert.

P&F Meeting - Thanks to our great turn out last week, with your class reps and community members coming along each week giving up their evenings and our new parent Kathryn who came along to join the team! We love new ideas and feedback from parents and appreciate the support. All members of the community are always welcome! A highlight was receiving data from the CEO that St Dominic’s School has made significant progress and growth in literacy, numeracy and writing compared to national average! In fact we were well above the average in most areas! Some point below from our meeting:
  • St Dominic's school community continues to provide meals, stored in freezer in hall for any family in need at any time. Feel free to take a meal or let your class rep / P&F rep know and they can discretely help you out :-) 
  • P&F continue to have a strong focus on raising funds that enhance our children's learning and experiences at school. Recently the P&F have contributed $1200 for resources to assist in the Edible Garden, funded $6000 for EduDance, $5 800 for Lego Mindstorm for our fantastic technologies program with another $2300 of tech on its way!, provided a doll house and figures to facilitate Social Work programs and supports for our children and we now have the amazing sports uniform kits for the kids to wear when representing our school (photos coming!) across all sporting codes. We are also looking at getting some soccer goals for the oval shortly. Most items will be on display at the Edudance concert for all parents to see! 
  • Building numbers at St Dominic's School - this is a high agenda item at the Board and there were detailed discussions at P&F too which were very reassuring.  
    • consultation and advice being received from the CEO marketing and promotion consultant 
    • extensive advertising plans via school banners now at either end of the school to advertise vacancies, letter drop already done, looking at another one soon, ad in Stirling Times, advertising at local daycares / 3 Year old Kindy programs, development of promotional video and new brochure / pamphlet, new website which is more easily 'searchable, continued posts on Facebook of achievements, great programs etc 
    • consideration of scholarship at Board level to attract new families 
    • discussed that enrolment numbers are low at many kindy programs across Perth 
  • Reassurance given from Leon about a concern raised by a few parents about a story that had somehow circulated to possibly blend 2 classes in 2018 eg. Year 5/6 - Leon confirmed that he is not sure where this rumour has come from but its not something that has been considered to date and is not Leon’s preference at all. Leon will also send a note out to the school community regarding this 
  • Fiona and Leon shared that they have received some data from the CEO that St Dominic’s School has made significant progress / more growth in literacy, numeracy, writing than expected as compared to national average!! More details to follow from Leon. Parent reflections were shared about better access at St Dominic's to individualised attention and supports for their children across all ability levels than available at other schools with huge classes. 
  • Uniform shop – Big thanks to Mel Musca and Adele Douglas who have now stepped away from this role. Uniform shop will now be run by Kaye in the front office. Still open wed mornings 
  • Netball / Basketball court repair and resurface – being considered at board level 
  • Nature playground – Brief gone to design company which included input from NaturePlayWA, teachers, students and parents; Aiming for term 3 holidays to get the playground installed or if not will be term 4 Xmas holidays. 
  • Look out for more details about the big event this year - the Colour Run in term 4!!! More details to follow later in the year