P&C of the Year Awards winners

P&Cs Qld has announced the winners in the 2017 P&C of the Year Awards.

This was the third year for the Awards, which are sponsored by Commonwealth Bank and recognise the volunteer efforts of parents in state schools throughout Queensland.

Eight “Area” winners won $1000 each for their parents and citizens’ association:

  • Begonia State School P&C (Darling Downs South West)
  • Coomera Rivers State School P&C (South East)
  • Everton Park State School P&C (Metro North)
  • Magnetic Island State School P&C (North Queensland)
  • The Caves State School P&C (Central Queensland)
  • Mooloolaba State School P&C (North Coast)
  • West End State School P&C (Metro South)
  • Tropical North Learning Academy: Trinity Beach State School P&C (Far North Qld).

Mooloolaba State School P&C was named State P&C of the Year and received a further $4000.

Commonwealth Bank Head of School Banking and Youth, Veronica Howarth said the bank was delighted to be involved with the Awards again.

“This year, we noticed that the entrants showed more confidence and were more able to convey the enormous contribution that their P&Cs make in supporting their school communities,” Ms Howarth said.

P&Cs Qld President Gayle Walters, said that the 2017 Awards were attracting increasing numbers of high-quality nominations, but some P&Cs were reluctant to “blow their own trumpets”.

“P&Cs work tirelessly to enhance the outcomes for students in state schools,” Ms Walters said. “Our 2017 member survey showed that 84% of P&Cs donated up to $60,000 annually to their school and 49% of P&C executive committees contributed more than 10 volunteers hour a week.”

“P&Cs across the state deserve to be recognised for this extremely valuable contribution,” Ms Walters said.

Representatives from the winning P&Cs were welcomed to the P&Cs Qld State Conference dinner at the Sofitel Hotel Brisbane, where the awards were presented in front of more than 350 conference delegates and guests.

Northern Peninsula Area College: Bamaga Campus P&C received a special “Inspiration Award” and $500 thanks to YMCA.

Bamaga Principal, Jennifer Skeahan, who arrived at the school only 12 months ago, said in their nomination package “Our combined focus was to rebuild our P&C strength. My first P&C meeting drew over 60 attendees. We now have a new P&C executive committee and a collaborative approach in progressing student-centred initiatives with community support.”


Further information:

Audiovisual presentations from the eight P&C winners can be viewed on the P&Cs Qld website http://pandcsqld.com.au/events/pc-year-awards/

Phone: Elise Parups, Acting CEO, 0401 819 722

Photos: Contact the CEO for photos of the Awards presentations, or the individual school to arrange an interview.