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NHSPA P & C P&C President’s 2015 Annual Report

P&C President’s 2015 Annual Report

NHSPA Parents and Citizens (P&C) Association made a valuable contribution to school in 2015. A group of active parents and carers participated the P&C’s activities to support the school across its performing arts, academic, sporting and welfare endeavours. The P&C met nine times in 2015, and the P&C’s sub-committees also held meetings throughout the year. Many dedicated parents and carers gave time to be involved in various P&C events and activities including: volunteering their time for the World Earth Festival; volunteering to staff the Studio Theatre Café for Showcase evenings, auditions and orientation; participating in sub-committees and executive committee meetings; assisting with improving the school grounds through regular working bees; moderating, posting or answering items on the P&C Google Group; and collating and editing school archival materials. Priorities were set for the year by each sub-committee in consultation with the school and in line with the School Plan 2015-2017.

The P&C voluntary fundraising contribution, now in its seventh year, continues to raise significant funds for the P&C. In 2015 it raised $55,000. The P&C executive, in consultation with the school, maintained the voluntary contribution at the same level as previous years, but decided in 2015 to also set aside specific funds to assist the academic, welfare and sporting activities at the school, in addition to the performing and visual arts support.

I would like to thank all those parents who contributed to the P&C via the voluntary fundraising contribution or dedicated their time to participate in the P&C activities in support of the school. Your support is helping Newtown High School of the Performing Arts achieve its goals of excellence, creativity and equity.

Achievements for 2015 include:

Performing and Visual Arts Sub-committee:

  • Supported the Performing and Visual Arts faculties (Drama, Dance, Music and Visual Arts) through purchasing quality sound systems for the Dance and Drama faculties, purchasing a rostra for the Music Faculty and a drumkit for the Studio Theatre.
  • Assisted the school with archiving material for the 25th anniversary of the school and produced a 25th anniversary DVD, available for all parents to view on the school website.
  • Supporting a masterclass program for the Dance Faculty with Ruben Graciani from Point Park University, PA, USA in May 2015, to the value of $6000.

Environment Sub-committee:

  • Conducted a school working bee in November with approximately 25 parents, teachers and students weeding, pruning, mulching, planting and cement cleaning around the school grounds.
  • Conducted a working bee around the school grounds in March including planting 100 plants from the City of Sydney, clearing rubbish and weeding.

Communications Sub-committee:

  • Established a new Communications Sub-Committee to enhance parent-school communications.
  • With the school, sourced and purchased a new electronic sign for the school's front entrance, to improve communications with students, parents/carers and the local community.
  • Provided parent representation on the school communications sub-committee producing a new information pack for the co-curriculum program and updating the orientation material sent to new families.

Faculty Sub-committee:

  • Supported the Positive Psychology program at the school, including a parent information night in November 2015.
  • Provided a $10,000 donation to support three faculty grants for academic, welfare and sporting activities including: the purchase of a “LegoMindstorms” Robotics program; an interactive projector for Maths; and outdoor furniture for PDHPE.

General support:

  • Scores of parents gave up their time through assisting with catering and staffing the Studio Theatre Café for auditions and Showcase performances throughout the year.
  • Facilitated a donation of lights and starcloths from Opera Australia in July 2015.
  • Wrote to the Department of Education to address outstanding maintenance issues at the school.
  • Supported the World Earth Festival planning in February 2015, including assisting students plan the event and organising over 100 parent volunteers to help the festival on the day.
  • Welcomed new parents through a welcome BBQ after the World Earth Festival in February.
  • Participated on school selection panels for head teachers.
  • Assisted the school formulate its 3-year plan for the period 2015-2017

In 2016, the P&C will continue to support the school in working towards achieving the milestones in the School Plan. Sub-committees will determine their priorities for the year in Term 1. After a hiatus, the Building Sub-committee’s potential focus will be on refurbishing the beautiful St George’s Hall to make it a more useable and multi-function space. This is an exciting project that we hope will come to fruition over the coming year. We also plan to use new technology to increase parent participation and involvement in the work of the P&C and to do further work on improving communications with the parent body.

We welcome and encourage all parents and carers to get involved in the NHSPA P&C in 2016, which is already proving to be another active and vibrant year for the P&C and the whole school community.

Emma Walters
P&C President



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