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St Paul's Parents and Friends

As with previous years, 2018 has been a wonderful year for the students, staff and families of St Paul’s.

It is fair to say the 2018 year has been another EPIC one, with a jammed-packed calendar of events, functions and activities all designed to enrich the experience of the children and staff at our wonderful school.

The P&F Committee for 2018 comprised of Jacqui Quinn-Smith (Secretary), Elliott Carson (Treasurer) and Malaika Jordan (Representative to the School Board). It was particularly notable that two of the positions on this year’s Committee were filled by fathers – the Mums at St Paul’s are renowned for their tireless work and enthusiasm for the School and it was long overdue to have some of the Dads “carry” some of the load. Special thanks are due to Jacqui Quinn-Smith, who is passionate and hardworking in her dedication to St Paul’s. As an example to the school community and her children, she was second to none in her work and efforts. Thanks Jacqui! Thank you to all the parents who attended meetings and made such valuable contributions to the many and varied activities the P&F organized.

The St Paul’s community is a strong one, with regular social events helping to sustain this strength. The 2017 social calendar was full, with fun events running every term – the Family Welcome Night, St Patrick’s Day celebrations, St Paul’s Feast Day, Fathers’ Day Movie Night, The Parents Wine and Cheese Night, the By-Election BBQ, the Morning Tea and Lunch at the School Athletics, the School Disco and our EPIC end-of-year function! Toss in the wonderful Open Night – a resounding success – and this has been a year of hits and memories!

The P&F’s fundraising this year has enabled us to fund events for the students, such as the Easter raffle and Mothers’/Fathers’ Day stalls; contribute to sporting equipment and uniforms; provide early childhood literacy and numeracy resources; and make additional contributions in terms of equipment and resources for the varied and inclusive curriculum offered by Joanna and her dedicated staff.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our class reps for 2018; Jeszell Gooch Pre-Kindy); Anne Duong (Kindy); Claire O’Dowd and Nicki Lenihan (Pre-Primary); Natasha Coelho, Michelle Fanowrios and Alessandra Cardi (Yr 1 and Yr 2); Suzanne Woods and Carla Morris-Luck (Yr 3); Emma Gregory and Vivian Tran (Yr 4); and Amanda Blinco and Erika Farone (Yr 5). Thank you for running the events for the students this year with such care, effort and dedication. You and all your hard work are very much appreciated.

St Paul’s is a wonderful school and we are very fortunate to have such a wonderful school environment for our children. Our relationship with St Paul’s Parish, and in particular parish priest Father Tim, means our students receive a strong, wholistic Catholic primary education. Moreover, the leadership and commitment shown by our Principal Joanna Noonan fosters and enhances this approach and as parents we are grateful for her tireless work. Joanna is of course assisted by the Assistant Principals, Mac Callisto and Jesse Yock, who are EPIC in their passion for our children’s development and education, and the team of teachers and support staff at St Paul’s are the best going ‘round! Thank you!

All events or funding that the St Paul’s P&F organise are only to assist in maintaining the high standards, attention to detail and devotion that Joanna and her team provide to our children. The strong all-round Catholic education they give is the backbone of our school. Being able to play a small part in an “official” role this year has been a humbling experience and it has been inspiring to witness so many dedicated parents, grandparents and carers who contribute to this School.

Finally, thank you to everyone who assisted during the year, whether you flipped a sausage, stood at a stall, wrapped a gift or bought a raffle ticket … we have all benefited from your generosity.

Here is looking forward to an equally fantastic 2019.

Tom Parker
St Paul’s P&F Association

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