What is the P&C
All state schools offer opportunities
for parents and community members to join a Parents and Citizens' (P&C)
Association. These associations are involved in a variety of school activities
from policy to financial planning as well as tuckshops, fundraising activities,
school functions and outside school hours care.
Our P&C is a group of community
minded people, parents and citizens, who take on a more formal role to assist
the school in providing:
- feedback on school policies and activities
- additional resources to be used to enhance student learning
- parents with opportunities to be involved in their child’s education.
Role of the P&C Association
The P&C Association provides a
vital service to the school community. The valuable role the P&C plays
within the school community and the role and of its Executive and members
should not be understated. The P&C
should be a genuine partner in the school’s life, working as one with the
school and the wider community to achieve the best possible outcomes for all
students of the school
The principal is the site manager and
the Minister’s representative. The P&C Association is there to work with
the principal and the school community in a productive partnership to achieve
the best possible outcomes for students of the institution. It is not the role
of the P&C Association to interfere in the daily running of the school,
which is the role of the principal. The principal’s supervisor is the Department of Education's
Assistant Regional Director.
The principal will ask the P&C
Association to endorse various documents during the course of the year.
Functions of the P&C
- To foster community interest in educational matters.
- To encourage closer cooperation between the parents of students attending the school, other members of the community, staff and students of the school.
- To provide advice and recommendations to the principal of the school on issues and concerns in respect of students and the general operation and management of the school.
- To provide or assist in the provision of financial or other resources or services for the benefit of students of the school.
- To perform any other functions, not inconsistent with the Act, as the Minister may decide.