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NHSPA P & C
P&C

The NHSPA Parents and Citizens group continues to play a very active role supporting the school. P&C meetings are held at 6pm on the second Tuesday of each month except when this day falls during school holidays. The venue is the staff common room which is immediately to the left after exiting the office foyer.

Welcome to all new and returning families. We hope you had a wonderful break and we look forward to working together in supporting NHSPA in 2017.


The dates for 2017 NHSPA P&C meetings are:

Tuesday 8th August
Tuesday 12th September
Tuesday 10th October
Tuesday 14th November
Tuesday 12th December


To join the P&C email network:
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To become a P&C Member: Membership Form [161KB]
 

P&C President’s 2016 Annual Report

2016 was an active and exciting year for NHSPA P&C. We achieved many of our goals and progressed towards achieving more.  As a major advance in 2016, the St Georges Hall upgrade is underway: retractable seating in the hall has been ordered, while the stage refurbishment is expected to be completed later in 2017. These changes will provide a flexible larger performance space option for the school, and more comfort and amenity for audiences.

This will be my last term as President of the P&C. I have been lucky to have had two years as President and it is time to pass the baton.  I have 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. It has been a privilege to get to know all the other parents on the P&C Executive over the years.  It has been wonderful to work closely with the school executive team.

I must give 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.

Achievements for 2016 include:

Performing and Visual Arts Sub-committee:

The Performing and Visual Arts Sub-committee asked for submissions in 2016 from the school Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts faculties.  The aim of the sub-committee was to supply additional resources and equipment in order to advance educational outcomes and foster maximum student participation.  Some of the main acquisitions included:

  • Music: Instruments and additional equipment
  • Drama: Master classes and sound system
  • Dance: Master classes and storage
  • Technical company: Lighting equipment
  • Visual Arts: Modular display boards.

Environment Sub-committee:

  • Conducted a working bee around the school grounds with many parents, teachers and students in May including planting plants, pruning clearing rubbish and weeding.
  • Conducted a school working bee in November with parents, teachers and students, who did weeding, pruning, mulching, planting and cement cleaning around the school grounds.

Communications Sub-committee:

  • Participated in updating and modify the parent teacher night information pack.
  • Suggested the surveying of the parent/teacher/staff community for communications preferences and improvements.
  • Polled year 7 parents for feedback of the communications content for enrolment/orientation, first weeks of school and the parent teacher night.
  • Working with the school to implement the key issues highlighted in the 2016 communications survey of parent needs. So far this has included:
    • establishing a new structure for parent communications including fortnightly email bulletins of upcoming events and issues thus changing the newsletter to a quarterly review of student highlights.
    • creating a new process for communicating directly to teachers via email through a new portal on the website

Both of these features are due to start first week of term 2 2017.

Faculty Sub-committee:

Provided financial support via Faculty grants to school faculties including:

  • HSIE for teaching materials and equipment including maps and geography resources
  • Science for physics and biology resources, allowing teachers to demonstrate the collection of data and the application to real world phenomena
  • Maths for teacher resources to further develop the successful STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) program
  • TAS for a renovation to the Design and Technology and Textiles classrooms to enable better use of these spaces and therefore optimal learning outcomes
  • The Library for ebooks and for the creation of a filmed teacher and learning studio.
  • Partially funding a permanent sound system in the gym.

Building Sub-committee:

  • Organised for drawings for the refurbishment of St Georges Hall.
  • Working with the school on the refurbishment of St Georges Hall, including the retractable seating modules and organising work on lowering of the stage.
  • Organising the repainting and refurbishment of the dance costume storage room.

General support:

  • Held two lunches for school teaching and admin staff, one in July and one in November.
  • 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.
  • Organised the fabulous Comedy for a Cause social event for the school in September, with over 100 parents and teachers attending and laughing uproariously.
  • Participated in the tender selection panel for a new school canteen provider in October.
  • Supported a Year 7 parents/carers social event in December.
  • Supported the World Earth Festival in March 2017, including assisting students plan the event and organising dozens of parent volunteers to help the festival on the day.
  • Welcomed new parents through a welcome BBQ after the World Earth Festival in March.
  • Supported the staging of the all-school spectacular South Pacific in March 2017.
  • Participated on school selection panels for head teachers.

In 2017, the P&C will continue to support the school, especially in formulating a new School Plan and finalising the refurbishment of St Georges Hall.  We welcome and encourage all parents and carers to get involved in the NHSPA P&C in 2017, 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

 

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

 

P&C Achievements - 2015

  • Parent representation on the school communications subcommittee producing a new information pack for the co-curriculum program and update the orientation material sent to new families.
  • Supporting the Performing and Visual Arts Faculties through purchasing quality sound systems for the Dance and Drama faculties, and purchasing a rostra for the Music faculty and a drumkit for the Studio Theatre.
  • Conducting a school working bee, organised by the P&C Environment Committee, on Sunday 1 November 2015, with approximately 25 parents, teachers and students weeding, pruning, mulching, planting and cement cleaning around the school grounds.
  • Assisting purchase a new electronic sign for the school's front entrance, to improve communications with students, parents/carers and the local community.
  • Supporting the Positive Psychology program at the school, including a parent information night at 7pm on Tuesday 10 November 2015.
  • $10,000 donation to support three faculty grants for academic, welfare and sporting activities: $5000 for “LegoMindstorms” Robotics program; $3000 for an interactive projector for Maths; $2000 for outdoor furniture for PDHPE.
  • Facilitating a donation of lights and starcloths from Opera Australia in July 2015.
  • Assisting the school with archiving material for the 25th anniversary of the school, to be celebrated late in 2015.
  • Establishing a new Communications Sub-Committee to enhance parent-school communications.
  • 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.
  • Supporting the school through assisting with catering for auditions and Showcase performances.
  • Supporting 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.
  • Conducted a working bee around the school grounds in March including planting 100 plants from the City of Sydney, clearing rubbish and weeding.
  • Welcomed new parents through a welcome BBQ after the World Earth Festival in February.
 

P&C President’s 2014 Annual Report

NHSPA Parents and Citizens Association (P&C) provides an opportunity for parents to be a part of an active and engaged community whose goal is to support the students and teachers at the school.  The involvement and contribution of parents is essential to the students’ learning and enjoyment of their high school years.

The P&C’s Voluntary Fundraising Contribution, continues to raise significant funds.  These funds have enabled substantial work to be undertaken to refurbish the Studio Theatre foyer and entrances in 2013/14.  The next planned project is a refurbishment of the internal space of the historically listed St Georges Hall, which will include more effective use of the internal space for both stage and seating.  This project is another example of the positive collaboration between parents and the school, to achieve a unique space for the performing and visual arts at NHSPA.

Other highlights of this positive collaboration in 2014 include:

  • Extensive involvement and coordination by members of the P&C committee and the wider NHSPA parent community to provide Front of House refreshments at Showcase, auditions, and orientations.
  • Coordination of important events such as the new families’ welcome BBQ, and the annual World Earth Festival, a unique event for students, families and teachers to come together and celebrate NHSPA.
  • The P&C Building Sub-Committee’s completion of the Studio Theatre upgrade and refurbishment, plus the repair and replacement of old and damaged lockers for use by the student body.
  • The P&C Faculty Sub-Committee’s grant funding to all academic/sport Departments to realise effective curricular outcomes; including excursions, teaching material and equipment.
  • The P&C Performing and Visual Arts Sub-Committee (PVASC) support of the Music, Drama, Dance and Visual Arts faculties and Technical Company, including Master Class Funding by application to Drama, Music, Dance and Visual Arts Faculties.
  • The P&C Environment Sub-Committee’s planning and delivery of another successful working bee to improve, clean and brighten the physical environment of the school for the students and teachers.

The NHSPA P&C program in 2015 will continue to support the school in a myriad of ways, in particular aligning with the school’s strategic outcomes outlined in the 2015-17 School Plan. We look forward to meeting new parents and reconnecting with established P&C members, and together making an invaluable and positive contribution to NHSPA.

Katie Mann

P&C President

 

P&C Achievements - 2014

  • $5,310 towards purchasing new lockers, increasing the number of lockers available at the school from 132 to 220 lockers.
  • New fridges for the Studio Theatre Café.
  • Coordinating two working bees around the school where parents pressure cleaned steps; painted the girls toilet walls and fixed doors and weeded, pruned and mulched gardens.
  • Organising parent volunteers and supporting the school and students in preparations for the World Earth Festival in March 2014, including a huge contingent of parents who helped out on the day.
  • Delivered a Welcome BBQ to new parents.
  • Provided support to the school for auditions, orientation and two Showcase seasons through parent reps staffing the Studio Theatre and St Georges Hall cafes.
  • Organised a series of sessions of “An Afternoon With…” sessions which saw creative arts professionals address parents and students.
 

P&C President’s 2013 Annual Report

P&C President’s 2013 Annual Report [128KB]

 

P&C Achievements - 2013

  • $36,528 disbursed in faculty grants for academic, welfare and sporting activities across a series of faculty grants to assist the school over 2013 and 2014. The faculty grants provided for up to $4000 to each non-performing arts faculties in the school, with the aim to support teachers to enhance the student learning experience. This included installing water bubblers outside the gymnasium; funding for Year 9 students to attend two-day cross curricular excursion to Canberra; purchase of two programs for Maths (Edudata and Math type); purchasing five computers which are permanently set up in English teaching classrooms; laminated wooden benches for TAS; two new laptops for LOTE; and Refurbishment of the new Learning Centre in the Library.
  • $15,579.82 for the Studio Theatre Café upgrade the installation of a formal box office, poster display box, refixing wall posters, external painting, storage enhancements, new furniture, and lighting improvements.
  • Financial support for the Dance Faculty Master Classes led by visiting US choreographer Garfield Lemonius.
  • Supporting the performing arts capacity at NHSPA by contributing to a new speaker system in the Studio Theatre valued at $14,158.05.
  • The Environment Sub‐Committee’s planning and delivery of a successful working bee involving more than 30 parents, teachers and students which saw extensive weeding, planting, mulching, fence painting, paving repairs, and rubbish removal.
  • Purchasing a new sound board for the Studio Theatre, costing $7,800.
  • Engaging with parents and the school through supporting auditions, orientations and Showcase performances, particularly through staffing the Studio Theatre Café.
  • Supported the World Earth Festival and presented a Welcome BBQ.
 


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