GPA Newsletter #1 – 14 February 2019

Events & Reminders

Term 1: Thursday 31 January – Friday 5 April

Friday 22 February: Walk a thon

Friday 1 March: 1st GPA Meeting (9.45am after assembly, Wendy Wilson Hall)

Tuesday 5 March: 2019 Twilight Fete Meeting (9.15am, Wendy Wilson Hall)

Friday 15 March: Family Fun Night (5.00 – 7.30pm, West Site)

Wednesday 27 March: Harmony Day – Sushi Lunch

Friday 1 March: 1st GPA Meeting (9.45am after assembly, Wendy Wilson Hall)

You are invited to come join the Glen Huntly Parent’s Association (GPA) – a dynamic team of parents and friends of the Glen Huntly Primary School Community. The GPA fundraise for our school to improve the facilities and experiences for our children. We also organise fun social events that bring our wonderful school community together and build strong links between our school and the wider community.

The GPA raised $19,000 in 2018 – a fantastic result. We couldn’t have done it without help from all of you. This year is FETE YEAR, which means we are going to need you more than ever.

The GPA usually meet on the 2nd Friday of every month and everyone is welcome. Even if you are not able to attend meetings, we welcome everyone to join our mailing list and volunteer to help with any of the events/drives we co-ordinate. The GPA use SignUp to coordinate rosters – all of our current rosters can be found on the GPA Signups Group Page:

Our first GPA meeting is on Friday 1 March at 9.45am after assembly in the Wendy Wilson Hall.

Our first Fete meetings were held on Tuesday 12 February. The next meeting is planned for Tuesday 5 March at 9.15am (Wendy Wilson Hall).  Please come along!

If you wish to join the mailing list or have any suggestions please contact:

The GPA welcomes all of the new families to our school and hope that you will become involved!



Working With Children Check (WWCC)

Under the GHPS Volunteer Policy, all volunteers will need to hold a WWCC (Volunteer Check). This means that you will need to hold a WWCC (or have submitted your application) to volunteer on the icypole stall, or to help with readers, in class rooms, and at many more events held throughout the year.

It is simple, quick and free to apply for a WWCC online and to finalise your application at participating Australia Post Outlets. To secure your WWCC, please follow this link and get cracking:



Chocolate Drive

We still have a number of boxes of Fundraising chocolates available from the office – if you can help us shift this stock, please see Julie in the office. For those families who have not yet returned their money and any unsold stock – please do so as soon as possible.

Cake Raffle – Fridays – Tickets $1

The GPA co-ordinate a weekly cake raffle every Friday – kicking off this Friday with a batch of Caitilin Hawkins’ Ultimate Fudge.

One family signs up each week to showcase their baking skills with something sweet – such as a cake, a batch of cupcakes, biscuits or slice, etc.

Students can buy tickets for $1 each to be in with a chance to win the coveted prize.

And if it is your week to bake, your child or children get their chance to take to the stage at assembly to show off what’s on offer and invite students to buy a ticket.  Please sign up here:

Don’t forget to support this fundraising for our school by buying tickets for $1 each.

Friday Lunchtime Snacks


The GPA sell Quelch frozen fruit juice sticks every Friday lunchtime out of the kitchen attached to Wendy Wilson Hall on the Senior Site.  We need 4 helpers every Friday lunchtime from 1.05pm for about an hour to sell icy-poles, starting on 15 February 2019.

To volunteer, please sign up here:

Students can pre-order icy-poles or purchase them on the day for $1 each. Don’t forget your money!

2019 Twilight Fete (Saturday 26 October 2-8pm) Meeting Report

Next Meeting : Tuesday 5 March (time and location TBC)

On Tuesday we held our first fete meetings for the year and what an amazing turnout we had!!  In the morning meeting we had 29 in attendance and in the evening 11 attended.  It was nice to see so many new faces eager to join in the fete planning fun.

The children always have such a great day at the fete and we raise money for our wonderful school in the process.  It’s a win-win!!  Thank you to all who came along, expressing an interest in helping out.  I look forward to working with you over the coming months.

Our fete team is coming together nicely.  So far we have Fiona Davey as Fete Coordinator,  Caitlin Hawkins as Communications Coordinator, Nicole Verginis as Publicity & Marketing Coordinator, Shan Jayaweera as Entertainment/Events Coordinator and Tina Gevaux as Sponsorship Coordinator.  We also have stall coordinators for the Plant Stall (Cassandra David & Ben Shields), Souvlaki Stall (Theo Verginis) and a South Indian Food Stall (Roopa, Pavani and Tharana).

We still require an Activities Coordinator and a Food & Drinks Coordinator as well as coordinators for individual stalls.

If you are interested in being a coordinator, have suggestions for stalls or activities, are able to offer any special skills or would just like further information, please email or come along to our next meeting.

With so much interest already shown by the GHPS community we are set for another amazing Fete next year!

2019 Prep Parent Welcome Morning Tea

Thank you to the GPA for hosting a lovely Prep Parent Welcome Morning Tea on the first day of school (Thursday 31 January). We had another wonderful turnout for the morning tea providing a great opportunity for our 2019 prep parents to catch up with each other and plan.

With thanks to Caitilin Hawkins, Raphi Bloch, Nicole Verginis, Fiona Davey, Ally Stuart, Shan Jayaweera, Heidi Powell, Janaki (Janu) Ananth and any other members of the GHPS community   for their contributions (baking, setting up and/or packing up).

 Next GPA Meeting: Fri 1 March

(Starts 9.45am, WW Hall, West Site)