Welcome to a very exciting New Year!
We hope all our families had a relaxing and safe holiday and that students are ready for an exciting year of learning ahead. For many families, this will involve starting in Prep, transitioning into high school or entering the final year of either primary of secondary. Opportunities await you!
Please think about getting involved in your P&C and being part of making a difference in your school community. At P&Cs Qld, we know the valuable difference this involvement makes every day to a child’s educational outcome. If children see their parents value the school and education environment, they too see the importance of school.
Our strategic focus for the next three years is “partnering to ensure that every child has every chance”. To advance and promote this strategic direction this year, we are partnering with the Department of Education to bring you our annual state conference in September focussing on positive parent engagement to ensure Every child has Every chance. Building strong positive relationships between parents and schools, educators, administrators is the cornerstone to success for students.
To help our members and volunteers, we have redesigned our website with a fresh new look, including an extensive parenting portal, “Parents as Partners”, with tips about engaging with your school and becoming a leader in your community, as well as access to information on parenting and schooling.
To directly support our P&Cs we are introducing the info place: THE place for accurate P&C resources and information! Check it out here.
Directly accessible from our website, the info place gives P&Cs access to valuable, helpful and relevant information. There are easy-to-use, updated resources and information at your fingertips. There are also shared learnings from the P&C of the Year nominees and our road trips plus opportunities for you to contribute your own valuable tips.
We are very excited to welcome Hon. Grace Grace MP as the new Minister for Education and Industrial Relations. We are already working closely with the Minister, looking at the key issues for P&Cs, parents and families in state schools. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Minister Kate Jones for her wonderful support and dedication to state schooling and for her partnership with P&Cs Qld. I know this strong partnership will continue to grow with Minister Grace.
I would also like to express our gratitude to Dr Jim Watterston, Director-General of Education, who has moved on to the University of Melbourne as Dean of the Graduate School of Education, taking with him the power of valuable input of parent engagement in teacher training and education.
At our annual New Year launch we are celebrating the launch of the Suzie the Scientist Readers for grades P-2, in collaboration with Griffith University. P&Cs Qld supports these readers for school students that not only support reading but also link directly to the P-2 science curriculum. A taster pack was sent to every primary school in Queensland at the end of 2017. Check with your principal that you received them and see the wonderful stories and additional learning outcomes these readers will bring to the P-2 cohort.
Keep an eye out for your P&C affiliation renewal, which will be arriving at your school’s postal address at the beginning of February.
Remember, if you have any questions, our P&C Services team are always happy to help, or you could check in with our wonderful Area Co-ordinators who, like you, volunteer their time to support schools in their local areas. It’s a big year ahead, so make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter and keep up-to-date with all the exciting opportunities that 2018 will bring.
Gayle Walters, President, on behalf of the QCPCA Board