Hi, I’m Lachlan, Oatley Public School’s newly elected P&C President. I have 3 boys at OPS – one in 5M, one in 3/4D and one in 1M. I am looking forward to contributing to a school community with great values that develops talented, confident and resilient kids.
Firstly, I would like to thank Sandy Grekas (and her family) for her years of hard work and commitment as OPS P&C president. There have been numerous milestones achieved during her service, with the children at the school being the benefactors of the hundreds of hours donated by Sandy and the P&C community. Sandy continues to remain involved with the P&C, taking on the role of convener of the Canteen and Uniform Shop.
One of my P&C highlights in recent years was the centenary celebrations, recognising OPS serving the community for 100 years. My children are 4th generation Oatley Public School kids (my grandmother Doris Ravensdale attended in the 1930’s, my father Clive Derwent attended in the 50’s, and I attended in the 80’s), so I am excited to give back to the school that has been a part of my family for so long (the number of my relatives that have been educated at the school would be in the dozens).
Oatley has a great community spirit, both within the school and more broadly across the suburb. The objective of the OPS P&C is to participate as much as possible in the activities of the school and communicate with all members of the school community. This includes being responsible for the provision of some core services to the school community (e.g. canteen, uniform shop, etc) as well as assisting the school with funding for mandatory and discretionary programs and assets, such as teaching resources, playground initiatives and building improvements.
Historically, large fundraising events (school fair, food festival, etc) have been the preferred method to raise funds, as these give back to the community whilst benefiting the school. However, these events don’t run themselves – volunteering is what these events run on. Oatley has an incredible core group of volunteers, however unless more of the parent community engages with the P&C to assist with ideas, planning and execution of events, fundraising may need to evolve to a more donation based approach. Whilst this may appear preferable in our busy lives, we are at risk of the school losing the valuable connections made with the parent community through the events.
We have one last P&C fundraising event for the year, which is the Halloween Disco in term 4. The other main focus for the P&C for the rest of the year will be to get our fundraising plan for 2020 developed during October and November. If you feel you can and would like to contribute a small amount of time to assist with fundraising ideas/strategy and planning a P&C event, I encourage you to get in touch with me at email@example.com so I can keep you informed of workshop plans in term 4.
Regular P&C meetings (approx 2 hour length) are also held in the school administration office on the second Wednesday of each month (except where this falls in the holiday period), and everyone is always welcome to come along to learn more about the school operations and contribute ideas.
I also welcome you to reach out to Mel at the canteen via firstname.lastname@example.org or Mandi in the uniform shop via email@example.com to spare a few hours to assist. A few hours one morning every term or semester helps a lot.
If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, please don’t hesitate to catch me if you see me in the playground, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org