Parents & Friends
The St Agnes’ P&F enjoys a wonderful relationship with the school and its community. This parent-school partnership
assists the school to work towards achieving the best educational opportunities for the students. Whether it be
assisting the school through extra literacy or music resources, sporting equipment or ensuring all classes are kept up
to date with the latest computer technology, the P&F is committed to helping the school in many ways.
With a passion for fundraising, the P&F raises quite a substantial amount of money each year for our school.
In recent years, funds have assisted with the purchase of a new Infants and Primary Adventure Playground,
support for those children who represent our school at state level competition, supporting the annual Creative
Arts Spectacular, subsidise camp costs for Years 5 and 6, as well as providing funds to update all the readers
and literacy resources for the infant classes.
Our major fundraisers each year are:
• Golf Day at Emerald Downs – this usually raises approximately $7,000 and in past years we’ve proved that rain,
hail or shine, this is an event not to be missed!
• Annual Fair – generally held on the first Saturday in November. This is our ‘big day out’ and what a wonderful
day it is too. In recent years, the P&F have raised more than $30,000 from this one event and consider this to be
the “best fair in town”.
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are also special events at our school and the P&F co-ordinates a stall each year
to enable children to purchase special gifts. Various parent gatherings are held throughout the year, so please
keep an eye on the school newsletter and school App for further details throughout the year.
Becoming involved in P&F activities is a fantastic way to keep in touch with what is happening in the school and a
great opportunity to meet other parents. The P&F meet once a month and the meetings are fairly informal, so come
along and join us! Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month in the school staffroom at 5:45pm.
THE CLASS PARENT NETWORK
All parents have an intrinsic interest in their children’s development. The Class Parent Network builds on
this naturally occurring process to bring parents into shared co-responsibility with the Parish School. Parents
are chosen to work in support of the staff and a particular class. Each class is assigned an individual Class
Parent and together they form the Class Parents Group. This group is officially recognised by the school and is
assigned an important role in building school community.
Individually, each Class Parent would aim to fulfil the following roles:
• co-ordinate and support social activities among families
• include all families as much as possible in the life of the class/school
• care for the children and staff
THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL PARENT ASSEMBLY (CSPA) – DIOCESE OF LISMORE
The Catholic Schools Parent Assembly is a Diocesan Organisation established in 1996 to serve the needs of
parents in regard to their faith and educational responsibilities as partners in Catholic Schooling. The CSPA
is established under the authority of the Bishop and the guidance of the Diocesan Education Board. Parent
Assembly delegates forward information of interest in the school newsletter and through additional flyers.
The CSPA provides opportunities for parents to gain knowledge and understanding on how to develop healthy,
resilient families and improve the educational opportunities for their children.
WE VALUE YOUR HELP
In addition to the Parents’ and Friends’ Association and the Class Parent Network, parents are strongly
encouraged to offer their assistance to the staff in many other practical ways. Listed below are just some of
the numerous ways you could involve yourself with your child’s education:
• sporting activities
• covering books
• canteen assistance
• class reading groups
• Gross Motor program
• classroom art
The school community always welcomes new volunteers for any activity. The staff and students require support
in many aspects of school life. If you have a preference for one or more of these activities, speak to your child’s
class teacher to organise a convenient time to assist.
We encourage parents and members of the community to assist us as volunteers in many school activities.
Government legislation requires that volunteers must sign a Prohibited Persons Form prior to their involvement
with children at the school.