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Term 1, 2013 Meeting


Monday, 25th March, 2013.

7.15pm for 7.45pm

Arrive at 7.15 for a good networking opportunity

Venue:  To be advised


Suggestions for agenda items welcome.




Term 4, 2012 Meeting


Monday, 29th October, 2012.

7.15pm for 7.45pm

Arrive at 7.15 for a good networking opportunity

Venue:  Hunters Hill High School

Entrance near the corner of Reiby Road and The Avenue

Plenty of parking

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Agenda includes:

● Funding cuts to public schools

● Accommodation shortages and unsatisfactory facilities

● Reorganisation update – Changes to support for schools, and changes to the Regional Structures (a consultation paper is expected to be issued in late October just before our meeting)

● NSW DECs Resource Allocation Model – Details requested from DEC

● Update on other initiatives (Local Schools, Local Decisions: Every Student, Every School)

● Languages Classes – experience at your school

● Networking between P&C’s on other issues


Suggestions for other agenda items welcome.


Term 3, 2012 Meeting


Monday, 27th August, 2012.

7.15pm for 7.45pm

Venue: Frenchs Forest Public School

Entry via Grace Avenue and car park at the rear of Forestway Shops


Term 2, 2012 Meeting:


Monday, 25th June, 2012.

7.15pm for 7.45pm

Light refreshments

Venue: St Ives Park PS – New BER Hall

Cnr Acron Road & Woodbury Roads  St Ives

Map showing half built hall




AGM: Includes Office Bearer Elections and Financial Report

See current list of committee members

Following General Meeting: Guests and Topics TBA


Term 2, 2012 Supplementary Meeting

Monday, 28th May, 2012

Details TBA

We are looking to organise a short meeting informal to discuss current issues.

This meeting will be no more than 90 minutes, and will feature an informal presentation and discussion format.





Term 1, 2012 Meeting:


Monday, 26th March, 2012.

7.15pm for 7.45pm

Light refreshments

Venue: The Forest High Library

Frenchs Forest Road, Frenchs Forest




Guests: Regional Director Jane Simmons and School Education Director Dean White.

·         Dean White will provide a brief presentation on asset management issues in the Region – including a proposal from the Department to put together a representative group to join a Working Party on the looming accommodation shortage in our Regional schools. See more below my signature.

·         Brief discussion of issues and priorities for the Regional P&C, and a possible framework within which we will communicate with stakeholders, including our local MPs, Ministers & Governments, the Department of Education & Communities; Board of Studies, etc.

·         Discussions of specific issues as currently identified:

o   Gonski Review - the impact of the once-in-a-generation Gonski Review on our schools, and what our response should be. or download the Gonski Review

o   Local Schools, Local Decisions – the possible impacts of this program in schools in general, and your school in particular.

o   School Curriculum – update on the new Australian Curriculum and impact of NAPLAN etc

o   Roden Report – 31 recommendations for change. Brief report on changes at the top of the P&C Federation. Brief discussion and input from school P&Cs.



Suggestions for agenda items always welcome


Click here for your School P&C Nomination Form

for the Regional Council




Term 4, 2011 Meeting:


WEDNESDAY, 2nd November, 2011

(changed from Monday, 31st October, 2011).

7.15pm for 7.45pm

Venue: Lindfield Public School … Map

Pacific Highway and Grosvenor Rd, Lindfield

Our Hosts: Leanne Ferreira (P&C President) & Craig Oliver (Principal)

Agenda includes:

“Local Schools, Local Decisions” Consultation Paper

Gonski Federal Funding Review

Staysafe Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into School Zone Safety

Regional Director Q&A


Suggestions for agenda items always welcome


Click here for your School P&C Nomination Form

for the Regional Council





Term 3, 2011 Meeting:


Monday, 29th August, 2011.

7.15pm for 7.45pm - Close by 9.30pm.

Venue:  Epping Boys High School

 Vimiera Road, Epping (just off Epping Road)

Host:      Michael Keen, P&C President at Epping Boys High School


(Click “Take me to the Map” near the bottom of the page – no need to sign up)


The meeting will be held next door to the Trade Training Centre, which is near the ovals at the top end of the site on the map. Drive into the front gate, veer right and drive through the line of trees shown on the map. Easy.



Introduction by Principal Peter Garrard covering the school’s Centre of Excellence activities and a quick look at the new Trade Training Centre (Commercial Kitchen)


Hot Issue: Accommodation, facilities and maintenance


Other possible items

National Curriculum – General progress and impact of the NSW Minister Piccoli’s announcement of a one year delay (see attached pdf’s, including Board of Studies letter to Principals)


Abolition of the NSW School Certificate from next year, and alternative credentialing proposals

Is there a benefit in adopting the Australian Qualification Framework approach pre-HSC?


New school leaving age –issues and impacts, including credentialing for those students who leave before the HSC

Board of Studies Discussion Paper:


Update on Ethics classes


Discussion of school P&C management issues


Events that P&Cs would like the Regional Council to run





Term 2, 2011 Meeting:


Monday, 30th May, 2011.

7.15pm for 7.45pm



Killara High School

Koola Avenue, Killara

See Map:




Term 1, 2011 Meeting:


Monday, 28th March, 2011.

7.15pm for 7.45pm



Mowbray Public School

635 Mowbray Rd Lane Cove


This meeting is the AGM.

Agenda includes the election of Office Bearers.

See current list




Term 4, 2010 Meeting:


Monday, 29th November, 2010.

6.45pm for 7.00pm

Note special time for this meeting



Lindfield East Public School (Hall)



Main item: Cyberbullying


ALL WELCOME – you don’t need to be a delegate, just a concerned parent or citizen.


Cyberbullying  Presenters/Guests are:


·         Mark Anderson - Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Cybersmart program

·         Peter Robinson – Principal, Baulkham Hill North Primary school. Peter will present a case study of the program the school has been running, which features school leaders, and a video on Cyberbullying called “Let's Fight It Together” .

·         Ross Bark – the producer of a movie on Cyberbullying called “Best Enemies”. See Channel 7’s Sunrise piece at:  


There will be an interactive session to allow questions, answers and discussion.




Term 3, 2010 Meeting:


Monday, 30th August, 2010.

7.15pm for 7.45pm



St Ives Park Public School

Cnr Woodbury & Acron Roads St Ives NSW

The meeting will be held in the new BER Hall. The agenda includes guest speakers on the school autonomy in decision making trial.



Term 2, 2010 Meeting:


Monday, 31st May, 2010.

7.15pm for 7.45pm



Epping Boys High School (map)

Corner Vimiera Road & Epping Road, Eastwood

Common Room



Agenda includes discussion on key issues including the bans on NAPLAN testing, the Principal autonomy trial, BER problems and other issues as raised by school P&Cs.


AGM and Term 1, 2010 Meeting:


Monday, 29th March, 2010.

7.15pm for 7.45pm



Lindfield Primary School

Map & Streetview ( )


Agenda includes the election of four P&C Federation Councillors for two year terms and the Election of all Office Bearers for the Regional Council.


There are two forms that need to be filled in and brought to the AGM or emailed beforehand to These forms can be found here (the P&C’s Federation’s new Regional site under development). Scroll to bottom of page for: Northern Sydney Regional Nomination Form 2010 & Councillor Nomination Northern Sydney 2010


Term 4, 2009:


Monday, 30th November, 2009.

7.15pm for 7.45pm



Chatswood Public School

Cnr. Pacific Highway and Centennial Ave, Chatswood



Guest Speaker

Tom Alegounarias

President, NSW Board of Studies

Mr Alegounarias is newly appointed to the position, having previously been the Chief Executive for the Institute of Teachers. He will be talking about his views on the future direction of the Board of Studies, and how the National Curriculum initiatives might impact on the education of students as it is further developed and implemented. There will be an opportunity for questions.


Term 2, 2009:


Monday, 29th June, 2009.

7.15pm for 7.45pm



Roseville Public School

This meeting features short talks by two of our School Education Directors:

Dail McGilchrist

Connected Class-Rooms (Primary & Secondary)

Louise Yeomans

Strategic Directions for our Region;  Promotion of Public Education and Environment Education.



Special Canteens Evening:

Monday, 22nd June, 2009.

7.00pm for 7.30pm


Murray Farm Public School

Tracey Avenue, Carlingford

(Just off the M2 or Pennant Hills Road)

The Regional P&C is putting on a special Canteens Evening, with a focus on the new food handling regulations. The regulations will be administered by Councils, and there may be a cost involved for your Canteen. In addition, you may need to change your processes and some equipment.


We have three experienced speakers, who will be available for a Q&A session covering:

·   the new regulations

·   general canteen matters


The Canteens Evening will appeal to canteen staff and volunteers, and P&C members with an interest in the running of their school canteen.


We held a Canteen Evening some years ago, and we packed out the room. So an RSVP from most of you (although not essential) will help us with the arrangements – RSVP by replying to this email.


Download Food Safety Presentation (Suzanne Kennewell) (PPT 231kb)

Download Meeting Details (Word 44kb)



Term 1, 2009 and AGM:


Monday, 30th March, 2009.

7.15pm for 7.45pm



Gordon West Public School

Ryde Road Pymble

Just a few minutes from the M2 and Pacific Highway Pymble interchanges




At this meeting we will have two guests from the DET who will provide an update on the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution, and some insight as to how your school can benefit.


This Program will provide a massive $14.7 billion across Australia over the next three years.

Funding will provide for halls, libraries, indoor sports centres, science laboratories, language centres, technical facilities and building refurbishments – something which is of interest to all schools.

See Maralyn Parker article and blog on this topic


Regional Director Jane Simmons will be present, providing a broad view of current DET activities.


The agenda includes the election of Office Bearers:

President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Publicity Officer and six executive members.



Agenda for 30 March, 2009:  AGENDA 30.03.09

Minutes from last year’s AGM: AGM 31.03.08

Minutes from last General Meeting:  Fourth Meeting 27.10.08

President’s Report

Agenda Item: A fair go for HSC students

Executive elected at the AGM



Term 4, 2008:

Monday, 27th October, 2008.


Time:               7:15pm for 7:45 pm – finish around 9.30pm.

Date:                Monday, 27th October, 2008.

Place:              Killara High School

                        Koola Ave, Killara NSW 2071 




The impact of recent federal and state government policy on the school experience of students in NSW schools.


 What are the plusses and minuses of initiatives such as –

 ► Proposals for standardised national curriculum

 ► National testing

  ► International ranking and comparisons of some areas of performance, and the use of these comparisons to justify policy decisions

 ► The increasing level of funding for private schools


Communities of Schools – New opportunities for the P&C.

Submitted by Peninsula (Pittwater) Community of Schools P&C


P&C Development. 

How do we achieve greater involvement of parents, particularly in High Schools?

Local School - Council Engagement. 

Potential win/win situation with Council providing maintenance, and school sharing with local sporting clubs out of hours.

Both submitted by Pittwater High School 


Justifying new pedestrian crossing.s

Submitted Dee Why Public School


P&C Federation Report.


Other meeting items:

Regional Director report and Q&A 



Term 3, 2008:

Monday, 25th August, 2008.


Time:               7:15pm for 7:45 pm – finish around 9.30pm.

Date:                Monday, 25th August, 2008.

Place:              St Ives High School

                        Yarrabung Rd, St Ives

                        MAP Use slide control on the left of the map to enlarge or reduce scale


The program will feature:

►An opportunity to meet the new Regional Director Jane Simmons

►Guest Speakers will be Penny Verdich, Principal at Curl Curl North Primary and Geoff Wing, Principal   at Pennant Hills High School on the topic of special needs students

►Discussion on current issues for P&Cs in schools


Term 2, 2008:

Monday, 30th June, 2008.


Time:               7:15pm for 7:45 pm – finish around 9.30pm.

Date:                Monday, 30th June 2008.

Place:              Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre, Macquarie University.

Map:                Macquarie University Map  (pdf)

Parking:           In the grounds (see map).  There are a number of entrances, including from Balaclava Road and Waterloo Road. Bring $7 coins if you wish to park within the Uni.


Parents from your school who are not delegates are all welcome – so please encourage parents with an interest in developments in IT-based learning to come along.


The agenda includes a tour of the Innovations Centre, and a farewell to Regional Director Deonne Smith, who is moving to a new role in the DETs Head Office.


The Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre is operated by the NSW DET and is a leading initiative in optimising the use of Information and Communications Technology in school education.


The centre hosts visits from schools, runs holiday workshops and other training opportunities for teachers, runs projects (Interactive classrooms, field-based ecostudy, etc) and develops new approaches to the use of ICT.


For example, there are hands-on workshops where robots are used as an effective way to introduce students of all ages to programming, cause and effect, angles and geometry. It also

provides teachers with an appropriate introduction to robotics use for students.


Middle Harbour and Northern Beaches District Council Meeting Monday, 16th June 2008


Guest Speaker: Bill Holland - Pittwater High’s Solar Panels project


Time:               7:45 pm

Date:                Monday, 16th June 2008

Place:              Dee Why Public School Library 

Please advertise this meeting amongst your network as there has been a lot of interest in solar panels and sustainability. Come and hear about the process.

Everyone is welcome. If you could RSVP to Mary Anne Yeldham on 9971 6813 it would help with catering for supper.



First Term 2008


Term 1, 2008 and AGM: Monday, 31st March, 2008.

7.15 pm for 7.45 pm

Chatswood Public School Library in the Main Building.

Pacific Highway, Chatswood.


AGM Agenda includes election of Office Bearers.

General Meeting Agenda immediately following AGM

President’s Report 2008



Fourth Term 2007

Notice of General Meeting

Download Meeting Agenda  


Time:               7.45 pm. Light refreshments from 7.15pm.

Date:                Monday, 29th October, 2007

Venue:             St Ives North Public School

                        87 Memorial Road St Ives


The next Regional Meeting will feature a tour of the room of an innovative teacher at St Ives North Public School.


The teacher is Nerida McCredie, and here’s what she has to say about her approach:  


I have my room set up as a computer-mediated classroom. No whiteboard, no desks. We have tables, computers and cushions. The children don't have set places - we're always on the move in different groups. I have 16 computers for the children to work with. All our computers are connected and we can mirror screens and share files. The children have a lot of choice about how they would like to approach an activity and we keep in touch with the ideas and strategies of others through the network (as well as lots of chatting!) I need this flexibility to be able teach in line with my understanding of learning. I want my room to be shaped by the ideas, values and interests of my students. I find that having my room set out so differently encourages children, parents and teachers to think again about learning and what school is all about.


Nerida has won awards for her achievements as a teacher, and this will be a really interesting night.


Please encourage anyone at your school to come along and enjoy the evening.



Third Term 2007

Notice of General Meeting  


Time:               7.45 pm. Light refreshments from 7.15pm.

Date:                Monday, 27th August, 2007

Venue:             Roseville Public School

Archbold Rd Roseville, between Addison and Duntroon Avenues Map


Guest Speaker:

Karen Yager presents a case study on how the Quality Teaching Model was used at Richmond River High to achieve major improvements in teaching and learning, in student engagement and in school culture. Karen was formerly Head Teacher, English at Richmond River High and is now a consultant at Northern Sydney Region.


Meeting agenda includes a report/Q&A by Regional Director Deonne Smith; issues from schools;  feedback from P&C’s Annual Conference, and Regional priorities.


Second Meeting 2007

and AGM

Notice of Annual General Meeting  

Download complete Meeting Notice


Date:                Monday, 25th June, 2007


Time:               7.15pm for 7.45pm Sharp. Close 9.30pm Sharp.

Light refreshments from 7.15pm.


Venue:             Truscott St Public School, NORTH RYDE.

                        Centrally located to our Region, near the corner of Epping Road and Ring Road 3.

Near Macquarie Centre and the M2.

                        Parking is readily available in the street.


Agenda:           The AGM is expected to take about 20 minutes, including elections and formalities.

                        No-one will be pressured to stand for any positions.

Agenda items for the following general meeting include items of interest to school P&C’s and a discussion of broader issues.

                        Regional Director Deonne Smith will present a DET update and take questions.


First Meeting 2007

Notice of General Meeting  


Date:                Monday, 30th April, 2007


Time:               Business Session 6.30 – 7.00pm

Refreshments, meet & greet, demonstration of new technology from 7.00pm.

Workshop 7.30 pm

Those unable to make the Business Session are welcome to arrive after 7.00pm.


Venue:             Beaumont Road Public School

                        17 Beaumont Road, KILLARA

                        Parking is readily available in Beaumont Road.


Topic:             School of the Future. PHOTO REPORT

An exciting workshop for parents and educators.


RSVP:             Optional – but it will help us with our planning if you email numbers

from your school to

Regional delegates, parents who aren’t delegates and teachers are all welcome.


Our schools are changing rapidly with the advent of new approaches to teaching, the impact of new technology, new curricula, and changes to the way children prefer to learn.


What will our schools look like in the future? How can we parents have a say in the changes happening now, and in the future?


Our plan at this meeting is to explore the attributes of the School of the Future. The initial driver for this meeting came from our regional Asset Management Committee, which recommends the allocation of the very limited funds for capital projects. One of the issues the Committee faced was determining the relative future value, and potential for flexibility in meeting changing requirements, of the different projects proposed.


The present DET Facilities Standards, whilst rating well against other educational providers, are based on a relatively static view of the functions of a classroom and a school. But it is clear even now that the buildings and physical environments in schools will be used quite differently in the future. Drivers of change include: developing technology which will increasingly be used in new and innovative ways (eg interactive whiteboards, video conferencing); evolving approaches to teaching focus, practice and methodologies, partially driven by a new wave of young teachers; changes to curriculum to meet new demands from students, parents, governments and society; and changes to learning preferences and community expectations.



Fourth Term 2006

Download Draft minutes


Notice of General Meeting  


Time:              7.45 pm. Light refreshments from 7.15pm.

Date:               Monday, 30th October, 2006

Venue:            Roseville Public School

Archbold Rd Roseville, between Addison and Duntroon Avenues


Meeting topic:


Regional P&C Planning Meeting 

  • review what we are doing at the Regional P&C
  • review our relationship with affiliated P&C’s and the NSW P&C Federation
  • discuss priority educational and school issues that we should be pursuing
  • discuss what areas of policy or action that we could put to the P&C Federation’s Annual Conference next year


Third Term 2006


Notice of General Meeting  


Time:              7.45 pm. Light refreshments from 7.15pm.

Date:               Monday, 28th August, 2006

Venue:            Killara High School, Koola Avenue, Killara East

‘A Block’ Common Room upstairs from the school reception

[Opposite Koola Park: Plenty of parking available in the street]


Guest Speaker:

Sue Beveridge, the DET’s Assistant Director - Teaching and Learning Innovation.

Topic - the DET’s Centre for Learning Innovation, and some of the initiatives the DET is undertaking to update teaching practice. Includes an update on the DET’s Teaching and Learning Exchange website which has a parents section, and information on the use of Interactive Whiteboards.


Second Term 2006

Notice of General Meeting


Time:              7.45 pm. Light refreshments from 7.15pm.

Date:               Monday, 29th May, 2006

Venue:            Mosman High School, Cnr Military Rd and Belmont Rd, Mosman

Map Ref:        < Click here >





7.45pm            Opening and welcome (minutes from the previous meeting will be dealt with at the next general meeting)


7.50pm            Introduction of the new promotions officer, Ed Smith. A discussion to follow (led by Deonne and Ed) on what is being done at Region level to promote Public Education and how local schools and communities can become involved.


8.20pm            Susan Wyatt, Mosman High School Principal to discuss with the meeting what Mosman HS are doing to promote Public Education in their area.


8.30pm            General discussion, led from the chair, on how other schools can leverage on what the Region are doing and share learnings from any success stories.


8.45pm            Outline by Deonne Smith of what portfolios and committees she now has running in the region, what parent involvements there are already in place and what opportunities there are for additional parent involvement.


9.05pm            General discussion, led from the chair, on how parent involvement should be managed, eg nominations, term, reporting back to Region Council etc.


9.25pm            Short discussion, if necessary or any general business to be tabled for the next general meeting (proposed date of 31st July)


9.30pm            Close



This agenda is a slight departure from our usual general meetings but we hope to gain not only an insight into what is happening and how we can assist in the Promotion of Public Education within our areas, but also see how we can foster even better communication and working relationships within our Region.  The meeting is open to all and we encourage everyone who has an interest in this area to attend.


Jenni Farrow (Bradshaw)

Vice President


Second Term 2006

Annual General Meeting & General Meeting


Time:              7.45 pm. Light refreshments from 7.15pm.

Date:               Monday, 1st  May, 2006

Venue:            Gordon West Public School, Ryde Road, Pymble.


Draft Agendas for AGM and the following General Meeting


AGM Agenda Items



(President, Treasurer, representative committees)


Minutes from previous AGM




General Business


The AGM will be followed by an ordinary General Meeting


General Meeting Agenda Items


Short Q&A (Regional Director)


Minutes from last meeting


Discussion of issues or items which need pursuing over the next year


General Business


Close by 9.30pm.


As there will only be nine more days to the close of submissions for Investing In Our Schools – 2006 Round there will be an opportunity after the close of the meeting for questions to David Hope & Dianne Butland, who are both P&C assessors on this program.



List of Positions for Election.


President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Publicity Officer, and up to six Executive Members.


Current holders of these positions:


President – David Hope

Vice President – Jenni Farrow  (previously Bradshaw)

Secretary – Dianne Butland

Treasurer – Alan Ferris

Publicity Officer – Kos Psaltis

Executive Members – Kathy Greer, Jan Butland, Mary Anne Stuart, Lynn Muir, Helene Mountford, Wayne Christie



First Term 2006

Notice of General Meeting

Click for Word version of Notice


Time:              7.45 pm. Light refreshments from 7.15pm.

Date:               Monday, 27th March, 2006

Venue:            Lindfield Public School – in the Library

                        Entry via Pacific Highway – parking is available in the grounds



  1. Guest Speaker

     Dave Wasson
      Director, Educational Measurement & School Accountability

      New analysis tools for teachers to help improve student outcomes, and an update on Annual School Reports.         

  1. Regional Director’s Report

Hear the latest from Regional Director, Deonne Smith.  Q & A session.

  1. Updates & Discussions

Ø  School maintenance, asset management and capital works

      Dianne Butland and David Hope

Ø  Federal Government’s “Investing in our Schools” grants

      David Hope –  State P&C IIOS Assessor

  1. Running your P&C – Putting together a budget

     Regional Vice-President Jenni Bradshaw will lead this session, which will cover the budgeting process, what P&C’s should spend their money on, and what monies need to be held in reserve to ensure financial viability.  See also “Role of the Treasurer  in the Procedurally Speaking column of the Term 1 P&C Journal.

  1. Issues from schools

Ø  Security Fencing (Avalon PS)

Ø  Email your issues to

  1. General Business


Meeting completion: by 9.45 pm

(people are quite welcome to leave earlier if they need to or wish).



President:   David Hope 9402 0274                                  


Secretary: Dianne Butland 9144 2515



Please RSVP your intention to come. We just need an idea of the numbers.

RSVP to or phone 9402 0274


Regional P&C E-Newsletter

All P&C members are welcome to join. Email


Regional P&C nomination form


Your P&C’s details

Please fill in and return the nomination form

This will allow your delegates to vote at Regional P&C meetings, and also allows us to contact you with meeting notices.


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Fourth Meeting 27.10.08

Third Meeting 30.06.08

Second Meeting 30.06.08

AGM 31.03.08

First Meeting 31.03.08

Fourth Meeting 29.10.07

Third Meeting 27.08.07

AGM 25 June, 2007

Second Meeting 25.06.07

First Meeting 30.04.07

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