Welcome to the website of the Canterbury Public School P&C.
The P&C supports the school to provide quality education for all our children, assists in the provision of extra-curricular opportunities, works to enhance the school environment, and creates a welcoming and friendly school community.
P&C membership is open to all families. While participating in meetings and committees is one way to get involved, we welcome all families to contribute to our school community however they can. Contact any P&C committee members if you have an idea about how you can get involved.
Canterbury Public School has an active P&C Association working closely with the principal and staff across all facets of the school. Our dedicated parents volunteer their time in many different ways. Highlights of the past few years have included:
- Supporting the playground upgrade via advocacy along side Berlinda Cook and fundraising for a 2nd significant item of playground equipment.
- Upgrade and total clean of the school toilets utilising a workplace giving program, donations and P&C funds.
- Donated Architectural services to re-design the school admin area (project over 3 years).
- the development of the school gardens;
- the provision of a major piece of play equipment.
- the provision a music into classrooms project by funding a specialist music teacher;
- the establishment of the school band and string ensemble;
- taking over the management of the canteen;
- taking over the uniform shop, moving to one supplier as stock ran down and working towards an online shop;
- the development of the Indigenous garden and Indigenous resource room;
- the provision of Interactive White Boards for several classrooms;
- the organisation of successful social and fund-raising events such as the Movie night, Trivia night, Election day BBQ’s, Comedy night, Fete and stargazing night and world record contribution for stargazing.
Fundraising contributes to student welfare in many ways, ensuring the participation of all students in the life of the school. We are planning to improve the amenity of our outdoor spaces to facilitate and encourage active play. There is a working party convened for this project.
We are grateful for the support of local businesses and organisations towards these endeavours.
The P&C Newsletter is distributed fortnightly as part of Canterbury Tales. This is sent out via email (School Enews) and is then available on the School website and via the School Enews app.
P&C Meetings: 3rd Wed mthly meet at 7:15pm staff room
P&C meetings are an opportunity to find out what is happening in the school. Come along and make a comment, raise a concern or ask a question. Meetings are held at 7.15pm on the third Wednesday of each month during term, and are attended by the school Principal, Berlinda Cook.
The members of the P&C Executive are as follows:
President – Tom Gordon
Vice Presidents – Steven Tuften & Cate Lyons-Crew
Treasurer – Gordon Bevan
Assistant treasurer – Chris Trimmer
Secretary – Sha
The P&C has a number of subcommittees to help share the load and get things done. If you have any interest in getting involved in some way please get in touch. You don’t have to regularly attend P&C meetings – we welcome people helping where they can and where their skills are most useful.
The Social/Fundraising committee is made up of interested parents/carers who want to get involved in organising events such as the Fete, Movie night,Trivia Night, Election BBQ’s etc. The aim is to have fun and raise money for school needs. All welcome. If you are not interested in attending meetings but have an idea or want to get involved in a particular activity, please email us.
Members of this committee consult on a range of indigenous projects throughout the school. The committee helped establish our indigenous garden. Indigenous students from Canterbury Public School and the local high schools assisted with the planting. This committee have established the Indigenous Resource Room in the school library.
Whist we don’t currently have a music committee all parents of children who play an instrument and who are involved in the School ensembles and bands will be invited to help out with music performances/concerts during the year. The Music committee was established towards the end of 2009 to initiate a whole school music program at Canterbury Public School. Students from years 3-6 interested in joining the band can have lessons at school from the beginning of Term 1 on their chosen instrument. K-2 students have the option to learn violin or recorder, and there are options to start other instruments prior to joining the band in Year 3. The committee sets policy for the music program, manages the organisation of the ensembles, including recruitment of conductors and tutors. The committee includes a teacher. For more information see CPS Music Committee or email us.
Gardening bees are held 3 times a term on weekends. This is a great way to get involved and you don’t have to have a green thumb. Kids are welcome to bring their bikes and scooters and they love having a play at school out of school hours. The committee meets a couple of times a term. See School Gardens for more information about the school’s gardens. Email us for more information.
The canteen committee is made up of representatives from the parents, staff and the canteen manager, Nicole. The committee meets every term to discuss a range of issues concerning the canteen such as the menu at Canterbury Crunch and maintenance of the canteen environment. There are also opportunities to volunteer as a helper in the canteen. Helping in the school canteen is a wonderful way to meet other parents, gain food handling experience, and of course give your child a thrill to see you in the canteen! Volunteers in the canteen are often Mums, Dads, Nannies, Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents.
Our Canteen will follow the guidelines set out in Fresh Tastes@ School NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy, which is a requirement of The Department of Education. Our Canteen is not profit oriented. Our underlying philosophy is that we believe that children should eat delicious, high quality and healthy food whenever possible, and especially at school. Email us for more information.
Class Parent Representatives
The P&C supports the class parent representative program within the school. The role involves supporting communication between parents and the teacher as well as helping to organise occasional parent and or family social activities. Class parent reps use email as the main way to communicate with parents. Please contact your class teacher if you are not on the email contact list.
From time to time the School Executive or Department of Education need parent representatives for panels to review policy or appoint staff. This is an important role for the parent community and volunteers are drawn from P&C meetings by the Principal.
The P&C has successfully moved the Uniform shop online working closely with our main supplier Oz Sports. See Online Uniform tab in the menu to order uniforms.
The P&C has set up a school banking program through the Commonwealth Bank.
School banking is part of P&C fundraising and provides an opportunity to encourage children to develop good saving habits. Apply for a School Banking account at your local Comm Bank. Children are able to make a deposit through school banking every Friday MORNING during the school term. If you are able to help out with the administration of this on Friday mornings (about half an hour or so) please contact the P&C.
- Kids hand in their deposit books at Friday morning line up.
- Parents count the deposits straight away, award silver tokens to students for deposits and then return the kids deposits books straight to the teachers mail holes (within 30mins).
- Volunteers take the deposits to the bank to immediately deposit (or place the money in the school safe until depositing is possible), enter all the deposits slips into the secure Comm Bank data base and Order student rewards.
- Ordered student rewards are handed out (they usually take 2-3 weeks to arrive via post).