The St Matthews Parents & Friends Association has supported the school over the years with the sole goal of supporting the children and families of St Matthews to have the opportunity to the best education facilities and opportunities to excel academically, through sport and spirituality.
The P & F is primarily a fundraising body made up of parents of St Matthews students. It is an evolving association, in that each year a new group of parents assist in prolonging the commitment and support the P & F has provided to the school over the last 25 years.
The P & F has been instrumental in a number of significant contributions to the school. Most recently the fundraising undertaken last year paid for the development of the school carpark and added an additional 40 car spaces. Prior to that the P & F supported an Information technology push for the school and over several years purchased the interactive whiteboards that each of the classrooms now utilise.
The P & F also donated Shade covers for sporting events for each of the school houses. It contributes to the Year 7 camp and Graduation each year along with supporting the students through a number of activities throughout the year.
The St Matthews Parents & Friends Association holds monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. They are held at 7.00pm in the Staffroom. All parents within the school are encouraged to attend throughout the year. The Annual General Meeting at which the P & F Committee for the coming year is elected is held in November.
Everyone is welcome to attend P & F meetings held on a Wednesday once a month in the staffroom from 7pm. Meeting dates for 2017 are as follows:
The Parents and Friends Association runs on volunteer parents and a supportive school leadership group. It is through volunteers from the parent body and support of the teachers and administration staff at St Matthews that we can undertake many activities throughout the year.
Previous year’s activities have included:
Working Bees are undertaken each term to assist with keeping the school grounds at the highest standard. The working bee runs for 4-5 hours on a Saturday morning and through the support of the groundsman many hands make light work of a range of jobs that are difficult to undertake whilst the children are in classes. Each working bee is advertised in advance through the School Newsletter and morning tea is provided on the day.