The Stella Maris Parents and Friends Committee (SMPFC) is the collective voice of parents and other carers in our school community, working with one common interest: the benefit, welfare and education of our children at Stella Maris. The P&F assists the school community throughout the year with social events and fundraising. The monies raised from these activities is used to provide financial support to the school. More importantly we aim to build a sense of community fostering a Christian based welcoming environment. This is achieved in the following ways...
The P&F is a
democratic organisation. Most decisions are made by the vote of membership at
monthly meetings. An agenda is published prior to each meeting so that members
are aware of the issues to be discussed and decided. The elected Executive
Committee Members decide some minor expenditure and urgent issues, where it's
not practical to take these issues to a meeting. The Principal ultimately has
the final say.
Regular meetings of
the general membership are held on the second Tuesday of each month during
school terms. This means there are usually 8 meetings per year. An agenda for
the meeting, including where and when, is communicated in the Stella Maris weekly
newsletter. Any items may be submitted by email to the secretary by the
Thursday preceding the meeting. Most meetings begin at 6.30 pm. Meetings
are usually very informal. The Annual General Meeting is held on the 2nd
Tuesday in November. The annual budget is usually discussed and agreed at the
second meeting of the year.
Even though it's more difficult for parents to attend evening meetings,
if you have something to say about an issue on the meeting agenda, you can
write a brief letter or send an email, which will be tabled at the meeting and
recorded in the minutes. Letters should be addressed to the Secretary P&F,
via the school office.
Other ways to get involved are -
An important way
you can get involved
without necessarily coming to meetings is by acting as a class
parent coordinator for your
child's class. This person is a link between the school and that class, keeping
people informed and helping people get to know each other. If you think you can
help, talk to the class teacher. A role description is available.