School Parents and Friends Associations
School Parents & Friends Associations provide a formal structure for parents and others interested in the welfare of the students to plan and organise activities for the benefit of the school.
Parents & Friends Associations participate in Catholic schools by:
- providing a medium of support, information and involvement of parents/carers in their children’s education and the school community
- developing collaboration between parents/carers and school staff
- promoting the principles of Catholic education
- fostering a distinctive Christian environment in the school
- providing a medium for parents/carers to participate at diocesan, state and national levels.
While other groups may be active within the life of the school, no group, other than the Parents & Friends Association, can represent the interests of the whole parent body at any school.
Diocesan Parents and Friends Council
The Diocesan Parents & Friends Council has responsibility for the Parents & Friends Associations in the Cairns Diocese and operates within a constitution approved by the Bishops of Queensland.
The Diocesan Council is made up of delegates from the 29 school PandF’s in our Diocese. Each school PandF nominates two delegates to the Diocesan Council. In turn, each Diocese has two representatives on the State Council of the state-wide parent organisation for Catholic schools in Queensland, the Federation of Parents and Friends Associations.
The Council’s mission is to enrich the education and learning of our children through an active participation between families, students and teachers. The Diocesan PandF meets four times a year, hosted each time by a different PandF in the Diocese. If you are a member of the executive in your school PandF association and you want to be on the email mailing list please contact the Diocesan Parents and Friends Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming events and meeting dates for the Cairns Diocesan P & F can be found at the Federation of Parents and Friends website: www.pandf.org.au/diocesancouncil/Cairns/calendar
2016 Committee Members
|Chair & State Committee Delegate||Vince Musemeci||St Augustine’s College|
|Vice Chair||Nicole Tobin-Donnelly||St Andrew’s Catholic College, Redlynch|
|Treasurer||Louise Nicholson||Our Lady Help of Christians, Earlville|
|State Committee Delegate||Warren Dunn||St Monica’s College, Cairns & St Francis Xavier’s School, Manunda|
|Minute Secretary||Natalie Terry||Good Counsel Primary School, Innisfail|
|Correspondence Secretary||Alfio Borzi||St Francis Xavier’s School, Manunda|
|Indigenous Delegate||Natalie Terry||Good Counsel Primary School, Innisfail|
|North Cairns Cluster Rep||Nicole Tobin-Donnelly||St Andrew’s Catholic College, Redlynch|
|South Cairns Cluster Rep||Melissa Strange||St Gerard Majella School, Woree|
|Tableland Cluster Rep||Kasmin Brotherton||St Joseph’s School, Atherton|
|Southern Cluster Rep||Natalie Terry||Good Counsel Primary School, Innisfail|
Contact the Diocesan Parents and Friends Council at email@example.com
Parent Education Fund
The Parent Education Fund was established by Catholic Education Services to provide funding to Parents and Friends Associations in the Diocese of Cairns. One-off grants are approved to P & F Associations to help them provide parent education programmes including building faith communities in our schools; to host activities that encourage clustering across school communities; and to encourage parents to consider emerging issues in education.
A funding process is managed by Catholic Education Services in partnership with the Diocesan Council of P & F Associations.
A committee representing the partnership considers all applications for funding. The committee ensures that these funds are distributed fairly throughout the Diocese.
Federation of Parents and Friends Associations
The Federation was founded in Queensland in 1960 and is endorsed and supported by the Bishops of Queensland, the Directors of Catholic Education Offices and Congregational Leaders.
In 1982 the Federation established a Secretariat (based in Brisbane) to assist with the role and function of the organisation. The Federation’s structure is consistent with Church areas, having Councils of Parents and Friends Associations at each Diocesan level, including the Archdiocese. Each Arch/Diocesan Council elects an Executive Committee for their respective Diocese. The parent network operates in partnership with the parish, system and congregational schools in each Diocese and with each Catholic Education Office under the respective Bishop.
The Federation’s operation and management is the responsibility of the State Committee. To download the P&F Constitution visit www.pandf.org.au
The Queensland Catholic Education Commission and Federation of Parents and Friends Associations have developed a series of Fact Sheets to help keep the Catholic education community informed about current issues and developments.