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P&C AGM: 14 MARCH AT 6PM IN THE SCHOOL LIBRARY

The P&C AGM will be held next Tuesday, 14 March at 6pm in the school library. At the end of this P&C section of the newsletter is information on the various P&C roles and their responsibilities. Please come along and join us at the AGM, nominate for a P&C position and get involved with the school’s active parent community. At the P&C AGM, we will be having a presentation on HSC performance analysis. The Principal, Stephen Gray will provide an analysis of recent HSC results focusing on strengths and areas for development, as well as school-wide and faculty plans designed to support students in their HSC years.

 

P&C and SOUTH PACIFIC

The P&C has contributed $1000 towards making this transformation possible. The P&C is also running a Tiki-themed café before the show and during intervals. It has been wonderful to have many parents volunteer but we are still looking for more volunteers, and particularly tiki-themed items for the café and to decorate the area. The P&C, with the essential help of a parent volunteer, will assist in the filming of the production for future reference and study. To volunteer or lend a hand, contact Dennis Dumlao on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The P&C wishes to thank all the NHSPA teachers for their support and patience with students in the cast during the months of disrupted class work due to rehearsals. It is an invaluable lesson learnt when students can work through competing priorities and self-advancement, in order to cooperate with one another and uphold the integrity of the production. These students ultimately represent NHSPA to the wider community, as a centre for excellence in the performing arts and an emerging leader in musical theatre.

 

The fruits of six-months of preparation will finally be on display during show week 20-24 March 2017. Further information is available via school website.

 

THANK YOU FOR A FABULOUS WORLD EARTH FESTIVAL!

It was a ‘wet and wild’ World Earth Festival on Friday 3 March. When the skies opened, staff and volunteers flipped into Plan B, rearranging the entire layout to bring everything under cover. But the rain didn’t dampen spirits as we had great fun raising money to fund recycling bins for the classroom.

This year’s Festival theme was ‘Reuse & Recycle’. A HUGE THANKS to our AMAZING volunteers on the day who worked under very challenging conditions. Also thank you to EVERYONE who came, gave their kids money to spend, and donated items such as clothing, uniforms, music items, books, stationery, cakes etc.

This year we hit a record. It was our biggest secondhand Clothes and Uniform Swap/Sale EVER. 400 clothes and accessories, plus 200 uniforms were snapped up for just $1-$10. The school office donated surplus uniforms, and the surprise of the day was the resurgence in popularity of the NHSPA red vest! (NB Due to the huge success of the secondhand uniform Swap/Sale, another one is planned for later in the year so hang onto your outgrown uniforms). The secondhand Music / Reuse / Book stall also proved popular with festival goers carefully sifting through stacks looking for that special something. The Cake Stall, laden with over 200 delicious treats (in biodegradable boxes), sold out.

We enjoyed a terrific BBQ - sustainable beef and pork sausages (Feather & Bone), vegetarian sausages (Susie Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher) and vegan falafels…all washed down with fresh juices, vegan chai tea, ‘Tippy Tea’ iced tea, and ‘The Little Marionette’ coffee. Thank you to all our suppliers and special thanks to The Little Marionette for providing Barista Paul for the day, and for donating the Barista Training Course prize. Other generous companies helping us out on the day were Coates Hire in Camperdown (who loaned us a generator) and other Prize and gift card donors - Well Spotted T-Shirts, Vintage Cafe in Enmore Road, Cuckoo Calley in Newtown, and Eastern Flair in Newtown.

Big thanks to our Festival guests Reverse Garbage and The Green Living Centre. Next time you’re at school, check out the beautiful Reverse Garbage art installation made from plastic bottle tops. Well done NHSPA collecting hundreds of tops in just two weeks. The Green Living Centre talked about sustainability, gave away herb seeds, and collected gently used stationery for Second Life Stationery to pass onto families in need.

Prior to the Festival we had WEF Tote Bag Design Competition. The winners were Eleanor Oppen-Riley (Year 11) and Jack Thorn (Year 12). All 50 bags sold out. Thank you to the Environmental team for organising, and students Ari Kwasner-Catsi, Mungo McGregor, Nina Bayndrian and Magnolia Minton- Sparke for spending their Saturday screen printing.

Being an ‘environment festival’ we did our best to minimise waste. Cardboard, glass and metal was recycled; left over clothing, CDs and books were donated to The Salvation Army; left over food went to The Asylum Seekers Centre at Newtown, and food waste feed the worms and compost at Newtown Public School.

It takes a huge team and school community support to make World Earth Festival a success. Special thanks to students from the Environmental Committee; teacher Hannah Hindmarsh; parents Katherine Hynes, Anna Nettheim, Natanya Shearer-Stanton, Dennis Dumlao and Briony Magoffin; Head teacher of Music Chris Miller; and Dave Ferguson. Congratulations on World Earth Festival 2017. Can’t wait to do it all again next year… minus the rain !

 

A FEW WORDS FROM THE OUTGOING P&C PRESIDENT

I have been lucky to have had two years as President and it’s time to pass the baton. It’s great to see St Georges Hall finally being refurbished. I’m proud of the not-so-new school electronic sign and the parent school communications improvements being introduced. I’m proud of all the work that our subcommittees have done to support the school – from ebooks and stoves to drum kits and sound systems to gardening and pressure cleaning.

I’ve enjoyed meeting other parents at the annual World Earth Festival, at the Studio Theatre Café and laughing our heads off at Comedy for a Cause (who knew that Steve Martin was masquerading as Mr Shields who was pretending to be Mr Gray??). It’s been a privilege to get to know all the other parents on the P&C Executive over the years. It’s been wonderful to work closely with the school executive team. Finally a huge thank you to all those parents who get involved in big ways and small: from running or volunteering or baking for WEF, to helping out on working bees, to contributing food for lunches for the teaching and admin staff, to organising events, to volunteering on the café during Showcase or Orientation, to being a P&C year rep or involved in one of our sub-committees or on the Executive, to counting the cash or writing the minutes, to coming to our meetings or just responding on Google Groups to a request for a flute tutor. The P&C is a community, so thank you all for being involved and making it so strong.

 

P&C BUILDING SUBCOMMITTEE

The P&C Building Sub-committee has had an active year working with the school to improve its physical infrastructure, particularly working on improving St Georges Hall for school performances, through installing new seating and lowering the stage. The P&C is contributing half of the cost of this work, with the school contributing the other 50%. The school has now signed a contract for supply of the retractable seating modules, which will greatly improve sightlines and comfort for the audiences in St Georges Hall. There will be 2 units providing a total of 220 seats which are due to be installed in third term 2017.

The Building Sub-committee is organising work on lowering of the stage, and this is being planned for mid/late 2017. The work now needs to be tendered by the Dept of Education. The proposal is to remove the front of the existing stage in front of the proscenium and restore the floor underneath the stage. A lowered stage constructed of megadeck is to be installed at a height of 910mm. This will allow for reconfiguration of the stage to suit specific performances and different uses of the hall.

In other work being undertaken by the Building Sub-committee, the dance costume storage room has been repainted and new storage units will be installed in the next week to allow the costumes to be moved out of the hall foyer in time for South Pacific. The painting of the room looks great and has made it a very bright and inviting space.

 
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