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The Parents and Citizens Association (P&C) of Chatswood High School brings parents, staff and other members of the community together, to advance the best interests of the school and its students. The P&C plays an important role in supporting the school through parent volunteer Sub-Committees which support the programmes and activities that the School is involved with. All parents are invited to participate in the activities of the P&C.

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Next P&C Meeting

The next General P&C Meeting will be held on Tuesday 18 June in the Learning Space, commencing at 7:30pm. All parents and teachers are invited to attend. Any agenda items should be emailed to the secretary

A membership fee of $2 invokes voting privileges at the next general meeting and is valid until the close of the next AGM.

See meeting minutes for information on past P&C meetings.

Upcoming Events

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Sat 25 May 2019 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

May
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Thu 30 May 2019 8:00 am - 11:15 am

Jun
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Sat 01 Jun 2019 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Tue 18 Jun 2019 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Jul
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Sat 06 Jul 2019 - Mon 22 Jul 2019

Aug
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Tue 13 Aug 2019 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Uniform Stock Update

The following items are currently out of stock:
* Girls Junior Winter Tunic size 10, 12, 14, 18
* Boys Charcoal Shorts size 18/87cm, 20/92cm
* PE shorts size 2XL, 5XL
* PE Top 4XL
* Junior Navy Woollen Knitwear size 20/105cm
* Junior Navy PolyCotton Knitwear size 10/80cm, 12/85cm, 14/90cm, 18/100cm

Last updated 21 May 2019

P&C Northern Sydney ENews - 17 Dec 2014

In this ENews:

  • Next Year’s Meeting Dates
  • P&C Federation Election Results
  • Future of Northern Sydney District Council of P&C Associations
  • Northern Sydney Networking Meeting – running P&C Businesses and hiring staff or contractors – join the Network
  • Update on Accommodation Issues – watch out for land sell-offs
  • Government Improvement Initiatives

HSC:Link to HSC “First Place in Course” and other information and statistics www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/ebos/static/FSTIC_2014_12.html

Next Year’s Meeting Dates

TERM

P&C DISTRICT COUNCIL MEETING DATES 2015

Term Starts

Term Ends

1

Monday, 30 March - AGM

Tuesday, 27 January

Thursday, 02 April

2

Monday, 25 May

Monday, 20 April

Friday, 26 June

3

Monday, 31 August

Monday, 13 July

Friday, 18 September

4

Monday, 30 November

Tuesday, 06 October

Friday, 18 December

P&C Federation Elections

Congratulations to the following people elected in the two Northern Sydney electorates as declared on 20 November 2014.

A full list of successful candidates across NSW is attached.

 

Electorate

Councillor

Delegates (two positions)

North Sydney

Alan GARDINER

Mark VAN KERKWIJK

Mishell CURRIE

North West Sydney

Tim SPENCER 

Lisa WILMSHURST

Veryan McALLISTER

As the period of the P&C’s Administration comes to an end, there is a number of outstanding issues that the new Board will need to deal with.

These include re-establishing confidence in the Federation through improving the capability of the organisation to meet the contemporary needs of school P&C Associations and the full disclosure of the circumstances surrounding the expenditure of $170,000 of school volunteer raised funds on legal expenses, as revealed by the Minister in Parliament on12th  August, 2014 (www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Prod/parlment/hansart.nsf/V3Key/LA20140812032?open&refNavID=HA8_1 )

Future of Northern Sydney District Council of P&C Associations– we will go on ... …

Our District Council consists 100% of volunteers from our local P&Cs.

We provide a forum for the sharing of knowledge and experiences which has assisted many P&Cs.

We provide experienced volunteers to help with issues arising in local P&Cs, including acting as an independent external assistance with disputes or tricky issues.

Whilst in Administration, the P&C Federation has taken a hard line on local District or Regional councils of P&Cs which we consider to be very unhelpful.

The Federation is never going to be able to fill the local role that we do in Northern Sydney.

The Minister has stated the obvious, that school P&Cs are still able to organise on a local, or any other, basis independent of the existing service-provider, P&C Federation.

We are not part of the Federation, but we hope in the future the Federation will move from its current oppositional stanceto District or Regional Councils of P&Cs, to one of co-operation and collaboration.

Networking Meeting – P&C Businesses - 24 November at Chatswood High School

At our District Council Meeting on 27 October 2014, we decided to set up a sub-committee/working group to investigate options for P&Cs in fulfilling their responsibilities in running businesses and employing staff or contractors in these businesses (canteen, before and after school care) or as tutors or coaches for music and sporting activities.

The Convenor is Mark Van Kerkwyk, our District Vice-President from North Sydney Public School and Tina Jackson from Mosman High School is the deputy. Interested people are welcome to self-nominate.

The Sub-Committee ran a networking meeting on 24 November at Chatswood High School which was well attended with some very useful discussions.

All attendees are now on an email news group, and we encourage any interested people from your P&C to join this news group by replying to this email with a request.

We expect to run more networking meetings on this subject in 2015.

The formation of this sub-committee/working group will enable experiences and knowledge of P&Cs in our area to be shared, both within our area and with other areas. We see this as a valuable ongoing activity which would supplement assistance provided by a co-operative. Sadly, at this point in time, the P&C Federation has not demonstrated the capability to provide the support expected and needed of a co-operative.

Convenor Mark Van Kerkwyk’s email to attendees is reproduced at the end of this ENews.

Update on Accommodation Issues – watch out for land sell-offs

  • ·Three new schools

The Government’s commitment to three new schools on the North Shore that was the result of our successful District Council campaign are proceeding.

The new schools are at the soon to be at vacated sites at Lindfield UTS campus and the TAFE Bradfield College site in Crows Nest (to be called Cammeraygal); and the third at the former North Sydney Anzac Memorial Club site at Cammeray.

The very good news is that the approach to be taken at these schools seems to be close to contemporary best practice.

The models under consideration at Lindfield Learning village can be seen at https://mhspin.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/educational-models_lindfield.pdf

More links relating to the three new schools may be found near the end of this email.

  • ·City of the future – the challenge of providing schools, now and in the future

There has been much discussion recently about the changing shape of Sydney – with younger generations preferring inner city living. Along with the Government’s urban consolidation plans and the rising population of Sydney, this means that the demand in areas close to the City Centre will rise above what can be handled by current school facilities. The Department was caught out badly in its planning for the North Shore, and by their forebears who sold off school sites in similar areas such as Sydney City, Sydney East and Ryde.

Ultimo Public School is looking for a new, larger site and the Department has been negotiating with Council for a nearby site at an asking price of a whopping $70m.  

The cost of obtaining new land for a school in such heavily built up and expensive areas is considerable. It is therefore important that no school land is sold without thorough examination of the future needs – and certainly not just on the say-so of the Department of Education whose past decisions in this area have not always been prudent.In this regard, Planning Minister Pru Goward’s announcement ofa “Super body to bring Sydney’s 41 councils into line and streamline city planning” looks promising.

(www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/super-body-to-bring-sydneys-41-councils-into-line-and-streamline-city-planning/story-fni0cx12-1227154575604 )

There are some schools in Northern Sydney which may come under consideration for employing high rise buildings – the likes of perhaps Artarmon, Greenwich and Seaforth (the latter two being on split sites). Local communities and MPs need to keep their eyes on the ball to ensure that prudent decisions are made, lest the Department or the Minister for Education opt to solve short term problems by selling some of the land to help pay construction costs – at the expense of the long term and of good planning practice. Schools are essential infrastructure and need to be planned for decades in advance.

Here are some links:

http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/catalyst/SC1302H021S00 ABC1 Catalyst: With a soaring population how do we keep our cities liveable? Available on iView until Dec 25

http://tinyurl.com/ka6a64e news.com Family Life in a High Rise

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydney-landmark-should-house-future-city-school-say-top-architects-20141129-11w6qu.html SMH: Sydney landmark should house future city school – Department of Education’s Head Office

http://lindfield.mindmixer.com/whos-listening

http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/about-us/news-at-det/news/new-north-shore-high-school-named  

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/city-offers-425-million-olive-branch-in-sydney-primary-school-deal-20141207-1218h7.html New site for Ultimo Primary School

GovernmentImprovement Initiatives

The NSW Government, along with its Departments (Education & Communities and the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards), is undertaking a number of reforms. We plan to follow the progress of these reforms in 2015 and provide critique and advocacy as needed.

The Minister has announced a new reporting requirement of public schools:

“Lift your game, schools told” www.smh.com.au/national/education/voice/nsw-schools-told-to-show-how-they-are-lifting-standards-20141211-124w7z.html

Public schools in NSW will have to detail exactly how they plan to lift their HSC and NAPLAN results and identify ways to push their brightest students further and help their most disadvantaged out of a cycle of underperformance.

This is a good move because performance across schools in NSW (after allowing for all the individualcircumstances) varies considerably from school to school and classroom to classroom. There are kids who reach High School who can barely read and this is an awful blot on our public school system.

There is theoretically no reason for such wide variation in performance, which is harming the education and life chances of many of our kids, and is absolutely unacceptable. The reasons for these variationsare complex and varied, but include: perverse departmental policies and procedures which means that recidivist poorlyperforming teachers and school leaders are not effectively managed; not enough support for Principals in underperforming schools; inflexible, outmoded staffing structures for teaching and support staff; poor departmental performance in implementing the new SAP business support system (called LMBR) in schools; sub-optimal results in managing the assets;  a curriculum which makes it difficult for teachers to teach kids according to their ability level rather than their age; and a culture of acceptance of mediocre performance in some areas.

The removal of the small percentage of recidivist unsatisfactory teachers is something which could be achieved fairly quickly – and have a considerable impact. I sometimes hear excuses for the Department’s inaction in this area – one being the furphy of raising the issue of teachers who are just going through a temporary bad trot. These are not recidivist bad teachers, but people that are worth continuing to invest in.

On the question of inflexible policies, procedures and systems, I also hear from some higher performing teachers that these inflexibilities can be worked around. Well, maybe so for  some teachers but what’s needed is a system that doesn’t need to be worked around so that all schools, teachers and kids benefit, rather than the minority.

Some important outcomes are slipping at a time when we need to be doing better to keep up with the rest of the world – see

SMH article “NSW students' literacy and numeracy rates dropping and schools not being maintained: NSW Auditor-General’s report”

www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-students-literacy-and-numeracy-rates-dropping-and-schools-not-being-maintained-report-20141212-125sdy.html

Auditor-General’s Full Report:  Focusing on Education and Communities 2014

www.audit.nsw.gov.au/ArticleDocuments/348/01_Volume_Thirteen_2014_Full_Report.pdf.aspx

The Government’s much heralded Local Schools, Local Decisionsprogram is being held back by bad policies and excessive red tape; a poorly performing business systemfor the schools; the influence of vested interests; and a lack of support for Principals, many of whom don’t have the range of skills required available to them.

The same public reporting process should apply to the performance of the department’s head office including the business support areas such as asset management, IT, HR and Finance.

We will be looking at the Department of Education’s management and governance structure which needs to be strengthened to improve performance. In particular, the direct reporting of the Chief Executive to a Minister, without the aid of a skills-based Board, needs to be critically examined.

  • ·Drivers for government improvement initiatives

The drivers for government improvements in our school systems are the need to maintain our competitive position in the world (the danger being that we can slip to be a 2nd world economy unless we improve) and the need to provide the best possible education for our kids so that we remain a tolerant, advanced society.

These drivers are expressed in agreements made by the Coalition of Australian Governments over the years, and are articulated in the Australian Government’s Students First Initiative, in the Melbourne Declaration (read the very good Preambleat www.curriculum.edu.au/verve/_resources/national_declaration_on_the_educational_goals_for_young_australians.pdf )

The Students First initiative (www.studentsfirst.gov.au) has four key areas:

  • Teacher quality
  • School autonomy (Local Schools, Local Decisions in NSW)
  • Engaging parents in education
  • Strengthening the curriculum

The COAG Reform Agenda (https://www.coag.gov.au/reform_agenda ) has recently been revised and school Education is in Theme 1 of 5:

Theme 1: A long-term strategy for economic and social participation
The key focus of this theme is on improving educational outcomes, through measures such as:

  • ·the provision of universal access to early childhood education;
  • ·improved literacy and numeracy through the school system; and
  • ·improved teacher quality and school leadership

The NSW Department of Education has a web page detailing its reforms www.dec.nsw.gov.au/about-the-department/our-reforms

Your District Council Executive team wish all our P&Cs volunteers a happy Christmas and a fulfilling New Year.

David Hope

President, Northern Sydney District Council of P&C Associations

0419 247 547

North Shore’s New Schools - Web References:

Professor Stephen Heppell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB0U-AT8VmE VIDEO: Lindfield Learning Village – Professor Stephen Heppell July 2014. MUST SEE 1:42 minutes

http://vimeo.com/17550989 20 minute video (www.creativeinnovationglobal.com.au/ci2011/speakers/professor-stephen-heppell )

www.heppell.net

Lindfield Learning Village

https://mhspin.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/educational-models_lindfield.pdf Three different model options: Global Focus / Community Focus / Entrepreneurial Focus

www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/north-shore/new-school-on-university-of-technology-sydney-kuringgai-campus-in-lindfield-proposal-to-dump-school-year-model-and-provide-boarding/story-fngr8h9d-1227031673625 Includes comment from Steph Croft

http://lindfield.mindmixer.com/about-this-site The Community Consultation site

www.donovanhill.com.au The architects

https://www.facebook.com/lindfieldsschoolofthefuture Facebook

Cammeray’s new Primary School – a conceptual walk through

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1OeJtNPkWo&feature=youtube_gdata  The new Primary School on the former North Sydney ANZAC Memorial Club site at Cammeray

Sir Ken Robinson – another world leader in education

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U plus a number of TED talks which can be found on Google

Cameraygal High School (Bradfield site in Crows Nest) bit.ly/1rvVZio   

Innovation in education has been a theme in our regional/district P&C for some time now – see some old editions of ENews athttp://tinyurl.com/2uugus

Our Region ran a “School of the Future Night” on 30th April, 2007!

Networking Meeting – P&C Businesses

Email from Convenor Mark van Kerkwyk

Hi folks, thanks for attending our discussion evening last Monday at Chatswood High. It was great to have a good representation of the types of the P&C Businesses that operate in the school community and from my perspective, most of share common challenges when it comes to meeting our statutory obligations, with employment in particular being a sticky area. Currently, the P&C Federation cannot provide enough guidance for us to operate our businesses with the right level of risk and we need to take action to mitigate this. The objective is to form a working group of people who can collaborate together to determine how we can fill some of the gaps. Ideally, members can each take on specific topics to give it a little structure. This is a particular challenge for P&C as the exec office churns each 2 years or so and none of us seem to have a well enough defined structure that allows a seamless handover from one group to the next. The good news is that our issues are fixable and we just need to determine what course of action would make it easier for P&Cs to operate, whether it be in the form of better structured guidance and checklists, or in the form of leveraging a 3rd party for assistance. Either way would be best done as a group approach I my view. If you would like to be an active participant in this working group, please contact myself via email or phone. Please also let me know how convenient or otherwise a North Sydney based meeting venue would suite you. We'll setup a LinkedIn group (or similar) and a document repository where we can share information and discuss the pertinent topics. If you'd like to be a passive follower, you'll be kept in the loop. I'd like to think we could aim to have some content and recommendations before the end of Term 1, which would align closely with the P&C AGMs. cheers Mark van Kerkwyk 
VP, Northern Sydney District Council of P&C Associations 0419-273-456

Information for Parents

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    Opening Hours

    Thursdays from 8am - 11:15am.

    Some Tuesdays from 8am - 11:15am, during busy times.

    For more information and special opening days, see the Uniform Shop page.

    Order online at shop.chspandc.org.au.

    Blazer Fitting

    Blazer Fitting Days are generally held in weeks 4 and 5 of each term. Blazers are made to measure - please check the calendar for fitting days.

    The uniform shop sells second hand blazers on consignment. These blazers can be tried on during shop hours and purchased immediately.

     

    School Uniform  

    The school expects every student to be wearing the school uniform each day.

     

    Second Hand

    The uniform shop accepts donations of second hand uniform for re-sale. These items are not available for sale during busy periods.

     

    Music Uniform

    The uniform shop sells the music uniform worn by participants in the music program.

     

    Volunteers Wanted

    Volunteering in the uniform shop is a great way to get to know the school and community. You will get to know our group of friendly and dedicated volunteers. It is not all work as we get together twice a year for social events, usually to try out multi cultural food and cuisine that the volunteers made from home. You may take a look at "What we do" at the uniform shop events. Come in and we'd love you to join our big uniform shop family.

  • What is the Parent Network?

    The parent network co-ordinators for each year group maintain a list of contact details of all interested parents in their year group. This list is circulated to those on the list, enabling parents to be able to contact other parents in their child's year.

     

    The parent network co-ordinators may organise social events during the year, send information emails, and ask for help at certain school functions.

     

    How do I join?

    Fill in your details or email your network co-ordinator or fill in a hardcopy form that is available at the school office.

  • Would you like to get more involved but not sure where you fit?

    The P&C has a variety of functions and there are many opportunities to get involved: view the list of roles within the P&C.

    For further information about any of these roles, please contact the President  or the Secretary .

     

    Uniform Shop Volunteers

    Volunteer in the uniform shop on a regular basis.

    Please note that a Working With Children Check (WWCC) is required for all volunteers. See more on our info sheet.

    Apply online for your WWCC - its free and can be used for other organisations that require it from you.

     

    Committee Members

    Come along to the general P&C meeting - there are 2 meetings each term on either a Tuesday or Thursday night.

    Join one of the P&C committees - uniform, fundraising, building - and have a say in how things are run.

     

    Parent Representative on Teacher Interview Panel

    Would you like to represent the parent body on teacher interview panels as required? There is a small amount of training to do first.

  • The P&C supports the school with specific projects and events where the school cannot afford the cost, but these projects can only go ahead if the P&C can afford it.

     

    Parent Contributions

    While funding is sought via grants and sponsorship for specific projects where appropriate, parents are asked to contribute to the P&C to enable these projects to continue. Suggested contribution amounts are:

    Building Fund (Tax Deductible): $150 per student

    General Fund: $90 per student

     

    Contributions can be made with your school fees.

  • The P&C has gathered resources from various speakers and these are available for parents - please see the Parent Resource page.

Building Fund Donations

$ 100000
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$ 41413
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41%
Updated
21/5/2019
Donations over $2 to the building fund are tax deductible. Contributions can be made with school fees.

General Fund Donations

$ 50000
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$ 33131
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66%
Updated
21/5/2019
Contributions can be made with school fees.

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