July 2019

This is my final message as President and Chair

 

 

Gayle Walters (centre) and the QCPCA Board

 

Term 3 is a very exciting time at P&Cs Qld, with our State Conference being held on 6 and 7 September in Brisbane. This year’s theme is “Innovate”. Innovate means to make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas or products, and we are looking forward to seeing how our amazing P&Cs and schools are looking outside the box at different ways in which to do things.

We know that many schools and P&Cs are doing creative, innovative business every day, and we want to know about it. Looking at the way P&Cs do business is a big part of this, we know through our digital age, that the way we purchase products now is very different to how we used to even five years ago. We have moved from predominantly cash to a cashless society. So how do we innovate but also mitigate the risks? Make sure you register for our Conference and find out all about this and many other innovative ideas for your P&C.

I am, just like you, a volunteer. I work in a paid job for nine days a fortnight, have three daughters and am on the P&C at my daughter’s school. I am on the Board and am Chair of P&Cs Qld and represent parents on over 10 reference groups. People often ask me “why do you volunteer so much”? The next question is often “where do you find the time”? Well, I do this because I love it.

For the past seven years, I have been truly honoured and privileged to represent parents and P&Cs and to advocate for the very best educational outcomes for all students in state schools. I am very passionate about ensuring that every child has every chance in our P&Cs and schools we work every day to ensure this happens. Over these years, I have worked with many amazing people: past presidents, board directors, staff, Area Co-ordinators, volunteers, principals, teachers, students and, most importantly, parents.

I believe that, in Queensland, we are building the very best educational program in the world, that our students are getting opportunities and exposure to the greatest educators, innovative programs and are becoming true global citizens. The world is changing, and our students will lead that world confidently, capably and civilly due to the great education they are getting in our state schools. Much of this is due to the commitment of parents, teachers, principals and P&Cs, all working together for this fantastic outcome, so I want to say a really huge THANK YOU!

This is my final message as President and Chair. My term in the Chair will end in August and my term on the Board of P&Cs Qld comes to an end at the AGM in September.

I have loved every minute of this wonderful journey. I am honoured to have been part of this amazing company and to support and advocate for over 500,000 parents in 1250 state schools.

In the words of Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”. Best wishes to all and thank you for letting me be part of this journey.

 

Gayle Walters, President, on behalf of the QCPCA Board