We value positive relationships with parents and carers to help develop better social and emotional skills in children. We know that when children are engaged with their learning, they attend school more regularly, leading to better long term outcomes.

For parenting and counselling services, visit the Family Support page, and for direction and clarity on regulations, processes and procedures at our school, read the Sydney Catholic School policies.

Term 1 2019 start dates

Please see our 2020 term dates in the right hand column. Please note that the 2020 start date for Kindergarten is Thursday 30 January.

What is the P&F Association?

The Parents and Friends (P&F) Association recognises and values the role that parents/carers play in the education of their children and aims to strengthen and nurture the partnership between family, school, parish and the wider community for the benefit of their children’s overall development and learning.

The P&F relies on the involvement and support of as many parents as possible. You are therefore encouraged to get involved in as many activities as possible.

When and where are meetings held?

The P&F meets once a term, usually on a Wednesday evening at 7.30pm.  These meetings are held in Fernlands Hall.

What type of activities does the P&F organise?

Each year the P&F organises a range of both social and fundraising events.

Some examples of past events and activities include:

  • Tea and tissues morning tea for Kindergarten parents
  • Mother’s Day stall and afternoon tea
  • Mary MacKillop Feast Day BBQ lunch
  • Father’s Day breakfast
  • Father’s Day stall
  • Class dinners
  • Men’s night at the pub
  • Various social events (Cheese and wine night, Dad’s golf day)
  • Various fundraisers (Chocolate drive, Hot cross bun drive, Trivia night, Art show)

In addition, the P&F co-ordinates a series of working bees to maintain the school grounds, as well as providing an in-house, 100% volunteer run canteen.

How can I get involved?

You can get involved in a number of ways:

  • Attend the P&F meetings.  Both the principal and assistant principal attend these meetings, so it is a great way to hear about what is happening in the school.
  • Volunteer in the canteen.
  • Attend a working bee
  • Join a sub-committee to assist with organising a particular social or fundraising event.
  • Attend the social events and support the fundraisers.
2023 School Year
Term 1
Friday 27 January 2023 – Thursday 6 April 2023
Term 2
Monday 24 April 2023 – Friday 30 June 2023
Term 3
Monday 17 July 2023 – Friday 22 September 2023
Term 4
Monday 9 October 2023 – Tuesday 19 December 2023
Note: Please check with your school as dates will vary.
2024 School Year
Term 1
Tuesday 30th January – Friday 12th April
Term 2
Monday 29th April – Friday 5th July
Term 3
Monday 22nd July – Friday 27th September
Term 4
Monday 14th October – Friday 20th December
Note: Please check with your school as dates will vary.
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