FROM THE P AND C PRESIDENT
NLS P&C AGM 2019
Blythe Scully | Outgoing President NLSPS P&C
At every NSW P&C Association AGM, all elected positions are declared vacant and nominations are encouraged for and from members interested in becoming involved in any capacity they can.
For a range of reasons, the current P&C Executive group have decided that it’s time for new leadership to come on board and they will not be accepting nomination for positions at the upcoming AGM.
The NLS P&C Association has an important role in supporting the students and families of our school. This happens through consultation on decisions directly affecting the community and fundraising to provide additional resources to benefit the teaching and learning priorities of the school.
The P&C also operates our onsite Uniform Shop, providing easy, cost-effective access to new uniform purchases and second-hand items of quality for very reasonable prices.
Last year, a strategic Fundraising Plan was developed and endorsed following conversations between P&C members and our school leadership. It is now a key objective of the P&C to drive the implementation of this plan.
All the NLS Community – parents, carers, grandparents, staff – are encouraged to consider the contribution they could make to the P&C’s efforts to consolidate and build on the contributions made over many years.
Outlined below are the key responsibilities of the three primary leadership roles.
The role of President is diverse, interesting and challenging, and provides an opportunity to get a detailed understanding of the day to day. Solid leadership and negotiation skills are recommended, and an average time commitment each school week would be around two hours maximum and P&C meeting prep and attendance three hours each.
Overall the P&C President is responsible for:
- Adherence to the constitution
- Setting up lines of communication with the Principal
- Guiding and delivering the P&C Association’s objectives
- Being signatory on the Association’s bank accounts
- Maintaining confidentiality while ensuring the P&C Association is consulted in decision-making processes in the school
- The successful functioning of the P&C Association and chairing meetings
- Fostering fair participation of all members
- Supporting volunteers
- Acting as the P&C Association’s spokesperson when public statements or actions are needed
If you’re a details person, this role is for you.
The Secretary is responsible for carrying out the administrativ
e tasks related to the decisions of meetings, including taking notes of discussions to produce Minutes for receipt, possible amendment and adoption at the following meeting.
The position also includes receiving and tabling all correspondence as well as responding if necessary. The Secretary also issues notice of all meetings and maintains official records of the P&C Association such as the constitution, by-laws, rules of subcommittees, Incorporation Certificate, ABN details, list of financial (voting) members, Minutes, Attendance book.
Probably the most time consuming role of the P&C Leadership group, but integral.
It’s so important that P&C members are mindful of complying with financial accountability requirements, but this is the Treasurer’s primary responsibility. Reporting to the ATO and other designated authorities is the key focus.
The Treasurer also ensures that all funds held and handled by the P&C are properly and openly accounted for, and this includes all P&C Association committees.
Community members with a financial background are encouraged to consider how they can contribute.
If the Membership agrees, one or two Vice Presidents can also be elected via the nomination and ballot process. VP’s are generally called upon to chair meetings should the President be unable to attend.
The President can also delegate a VP to chair a meeting on their behalf while in attendance to provide leadership-building opportunities to fellow executive members.
Sub-committees are not a specific requirement and are at the discretion of the individual P&C Associations. The only currently active P&C sub-committee is the Uniform Shop, and as noted it is a very successful and well-used service.
Fundraising Committee, Environment Committee, Event Committee… All suggestions are welcome.
The NLSPS P&C Association Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday 19 March at 7pm in the NLSPS Administration Building, accessed via the gate on St James Road
Blythe 0409 749 035
Well done to all our wonderful zone swimming carnival participants who did us proud last Tuesday! Congratulations to Oliver D who will be progressing through to the Hunter Regional Carnival.
ZONE SPORT REMINDER
Remember to nominate your students on the Newcastle’s Primary Schools Sports Association website for their chance to compete in zone sports such as golf, hockey, Australian rules and many more.
Basketball Zone Trials Registration needs to be completed as trials will be held this Thursday 28 February.
The link for the form is: https://goo.gl/forms/cR86E59pytauskwp2
The password: PSSA2019
This link and password will enable you to register for a variety of sports.
FAIRFIELD AVENUE CROSSING
Last week representatives from the Roads and Maritime Services and the Department of Education Health and Safety Directorate conducted observations on the traffic flow on Fairfield Avenue. The school has contacted the RMS in an attempt to have a crossing supervisor allocated to this road. Hopefully we will be successful and be notified shortly.
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS – SURVEY MONKEY
Thank you to all parents who have arranged a time to speak to your child’s teacher in our first round of parent / teacher interviews.
A survey will be going out after the interviews have taken place as we would appreciate your feedback on the process. By completing this survey, it enables us to review your feedback and improve the process for future interviews.
MATHS IN OUR CLASSROOMS PART 3
MAKE “YET” A NORM
Often we hear students say : I can not do this” in mathematics. In our classrooms we ensure that we change students mindsets from fixed to growth by saying “ you can not do this YET” This constant reminder form our teachers reinforces that the students learning is a journey and that each child is unique in that journey and that they will be able to achieve the task if they keep working hard. We often see in our classrooms if a child states that they cannot do a task other children will add the word “yet” to the end of the sentence for them.
Check out Carol Dwecks YouTube video “The Power of YET”
Our sports assembly was held last Friday and celebrated those students who placed in their swimming events at this year’s swimming carnival. Trophies were also awarded to the Girls and Boys Junior, 11 years and Senior Champions.
Even though it was a day to acknowledge these students who excelled on the day, I would also like to say how very proud I am of the way all students conducted themselves on the day, in and out of the pool. They tried hard and did their best, cheered their mates on and had a great day. Well done!
At NLSPS we understand that some students are required to bring mobile phones on their person for safety reasons on the journey to and from school. We do ask that students hand these phones to the office at the commencement of each day for safe keeping. There is always a risk of losing a phone if they are not secured at the office.
Thank you to families who are utilising the CareMonkey app and ensuring replies are sent back to the school via this platform. We have had very positive feedback from parents and carers regarding this. If you are experiencing any issues with CareMonkey, please contact the office on 4957 1168 so it can be rectified. I urge you to check your emails and respond to them so you don’t miss any activity or excursion that we are seeking your permission for your child to participate in.
PARENT WORKSHOP 12 March
Again, this year, New Lambton South Public School are holding parent workshops and Leanne Shephard will be discussing a variety of topics.
Session one will be held:
Tuesday 12th March 2018 at 6.00pm in the school hall.
Mindsets – research by Carol Dweck and Jo Boaler
Over and under participating in class – research by Marcy Wood
Cultivating capabilities – research by Bill Lucas and Charlene Smith
We look forward to seeing you there.
Enjoy your week