Parents and Friends
Our Parents and Friends organisation not only provides strong financial support to St Brigid's but is active in our daily school life. The P&F meets on the second Wednesday of each month in the school staff room and always welcomes new participants.
Bi-annually our P&F runs the school fete. This is an opportunity for them to raise funds but also for the community of parents and friends to socialise in the tranquility of our school grounds. Many friends from the wider community come together to enjoy stalls such as the chocolate wheel, cake stalls, craft stall and chocolate toss just to name a few. A selection of dishes from a range of food stalls ensure that families gather for dinner in the grounds.
Every other year the school holds a walkathon, where students gather sponsorship and walk an assigned track around the Coonamble township to raise money. The students also have a voice in how this money is spent and the members of the P&F executive meet with them to discuss this prior to purchasing with these funds.
St Brigid's P&F also has a cattle fund where cattle are purchased by the P&F and agisted without cost by families from the school and community members. These cattle are then sold, without incuring costs from the local Coonamble Stock and Station agents and all proceeds donated to the P&F. The careful management of this scheme has seen the P&F raise a significant amount of money.
The P&F also employ a canteen assistant to manage the canteen on their behalf. The canteen is manned by volunteers and operates three days per week, with funds raised going to the P&F to be spent for the benefit of students. The canteen is more than a business and an opportunity to make money. This allows parents to come together and support our school in a role that is visible to their children and is also a social outing. To take part in this worthwhile experience, please contact the office and we will have your name put onto the roster.
Our 2015 Parents and Friends Executive Members are
President: Mr Mark Hoath
Vice Presidents: Mrs Bronwyn Johnston, Mr Barry McIntyre, Mrs Julia Taylor
Secretary: Mrs Carmen Hiscock
Treasurer: Mrs Helen Rackham
Canteen Coordinator: Mrs Charmaine Ryan
Cattle Coordinator: Mr Andrew Windsor
Fete Secretaries: Mrs Rowena McRae and Mrs Vicky Hogland
We thank these people for accepting these roles. They willingly give of their time and energy to ensure all students benefit. We also thank all those parents who actively support these people in these roles.