Ithaca Creek has a culture and history of strong parental involvement in the School. Each year, hundreds of parents are involved in one way or another. Inside the classroom is one way, be it reading to students, assisting with art class or helping the learning program in some other way. Other forms of involvement relate to events and fund-raising, from helping at tuckshop (a great way to meet people), to providing goods for raffles and events, and running food stalls at our big events. As well, there is considerable scope for parents to use their work-related and professional skills, from such things as using business and management skills to run the sub-committee services; architectural/planning skills to assist with capital and grounds development; or grant-writing skills to access external funds.
Our philosophy is that all parents have something to offer, and something to gain, from being involved in the life of the School. In the great democratic tradition of public education, we also strongly believe that all parents are equally valuable, and that every contribution, whether it's helping at tuckshop or lobbying politicians, is equally important.
All parents at Ithaca Creek can be members of the Parents and Citizens Association. Incorporated by statute under the Education Act, there's a P&C Association in every school. The main role of the P&C is to assist the School, which is done through being the voice of parents on policy issues, and providing advice to the Principal from time to time on operational matters. On a practical level, the P&C is the body which organises events such as movie night, trivia night, and gift stalls for Mother’s and Father’s day. The aim of these events is two-fold. Community engagement is one aim, so that parents and kids can be involved in the life of the school, have a bit of fun, and get to know each other. The second purpose is to raise funds for the School. Such funds are allocated to the School annually and are usually spent on learning-related items which benefit the majority of students eg computer technology support, whole-school enrichment, or extra curriculum materials.
The P&C also runs some services such as the Tuckshop and Uniform shop, Outside school hours care and Swimming club. The mechanism for running these parent-friendly services is via sub-committees made up of interested parents. These services have paid employees, as well as volunteer parents, and the sub-committees are there to manage the operation, and make sure the services remain viable, and useful for parents.
ICSS Parents and Citizens Association Contacts
|P&C EXECUTIVE 2017 Elected Representatives, as elected by P&C members, and typically attending all P&C General Meetings|
Jack 6/5E, George 2C and Hugh 4yrs
|Improving the schools learning opportunities.
Oversight of P&C governance and implementation of P&C responsibilities
|Vice President||Julie Evans||
Liv 6/5A, Yumi 2A
|Supporting the President’s responsibilities.
Assisting the delivery of learning programs.
Coordinating Class Representatives.
|Vice President||Simon Bliss||
Rory Grade 6, Digby 2C and Eliza 2D
|Supporting the Secretary’s responsibilities.
|Vice President||Rob Kneebone||
Katie 2C, Isabelle 3 years
|Supporting the Treasurer’s responsibilities
Assisting the delivery of the school’s identified projects
George Grade 2, Agnes Prep A
|Coordinating finance, banking and auditing
Emma Prep B
|The P&C one point of all contact for inward and outward correspondence
Coordinating P&C communications through the school with parents and class representatives
Recording minutes of P&C general meetings
Corporate Governance Compliance
|Nominated Representatives, as nominated by P&C Executive, welcome but not expected to attend all P&C General Meetings|
|Outside of School Care (OSHC)||Geoff Pilbeam||
Amelia 6/5D, Eloise 2D
|All OSHC activities and overseeing the recruitment, training and retention of 5 permanent staff plus casual support.|
|Events||Miranda Robinson & Carolyn Burtonfirstname.lastname@example.org||Events and activities engaging parents, students and staff typically within the school grounds|
|Swim Club||James Knowles||
Stella Grade 5, George Grade 4, Monty Prep
|All swim club activities and the recruitment, training and retention of volunteers|
|Tuck Shop / Uniform Shop||Sharon Ley||
(07) 3514 9333 (Tuesday, Friday)
Sophie Grade 7, Rosa Grade 4
|All tuckshop and uniform shop activities and coordinating the recruitment training and retention of up to 50 volunteers|
Naomi Grade 5, Lyndon 4/3 A & Hanna Prep A
|Identifying potential supporters and key dates and coordinating documentation seeking support|
|The Source||Amy Doyle||
Mariamne 4/3F, Fabjian 2B, Vanescia Prep C
|Identifying and organizing suitable speakers and topics for the schools forums and wellbeing program|
|Mystery Festival||Steph Tickle||
Mia 6/5C and Romany 6/5E and Sam Grade 8
|Responsible for recruiting, acting, directing, producing and organising the Mystery Festival|
Cyrus Prep D
|Identify partners & opportunities for fundraising External communications with government representatives, community noticeboards and media|
Chloe Grade 7, Finlay 4A and Jasper 2C
|Improving the accessibility of information available on the school website and coordinating the most efficient means of booking and paying for events|
|Photographer||Julie Vermeiremail@example.com||Capturing and hosting images of the schools activities that encourages people to get involved|
|Videographer and Designer||Rod Smith||
|Promoting school activities in a video format and design of the student newspaper Creeky Chronicles|
|Works||Position firstname.lastname@example.org||Organizing a working bee each term and coordinating the parents, staff, students, builders, skilled trades’ people and any people willing to assist|
|Book Keeper||Amanda Hutchinsonemail@example.com||Paid book keeper maintaining the P&C’s monthly accounts|
|Auditor||Agilis Accounts||(07) 3510 5100 agilisaccounts.com.au||Paid annual auditor of P&C accounts|
OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED
You can nominate for any of the positions vacant, volunteer to support a subcommittee or become the class representative for your child’s class – 21 volunteers are required each year.
People are welcome at any time to offer ideas, assistance or support to any of the P&C roles directly or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0418 888 840.
Photo of Current P&C Executive from the AGM
From left to right:
- Vice President Simon Bliss
- President Robert Dunne
- Vice President Julie Evans
- Vice President Rob Kneebone
- Secretary Geoff Breemer
- Absent: Treasurer Claire Hooper