GPA Newsletter #7 – 23 May 2019

Events & Reminders

Term 2: Tuesday 23 April – Friday 28 June

Friday 24 May: Grandparent’s Morning Tea (10am Wendy Wilson Hall)

Tuesday 4 June: Fete Meeting (9.15am Wendy Wilson Hall)

Friday 7 June: GPA Meeting (9.30am Wendy Wilson Hall)

Tuesday 11 June: State Schools Relief Winter Warmer Hot Dog Lunch

Tuesday 25 June: Fete Meeting (7.30pm, venue to be advised on RSVP to


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Grandparent’s Morning Tea

Don’t forget that our Grandparent’s Morning Tea is on tomorrow. The roster for our Grandparents Morning Tea is still open and we still need:

  • more baked supplies (home made or store bought – no nuts please); and
  • more volunteers to help in the kitchen.

Please sign up here.


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THANK YOU for your support on Election Day

The GPA would like to thank Theo and Nicole Verginis for coordinating our Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall and to the following people who helped setting up, cutting onions, cooking, serving, baking or with pack-up: Ally Stuart, Amy Tinetti (staff), Angela Natalier, Annessa Conquest, Ben Shields, Bernadette Grinver, Briana Price-Robertson, Caitilin Hawkins, Christine Donnan, Christine Viegas, Debbie Field, Frances Cieslak, Gajalakshmi, Hayley Kringas, Heera Arvind, Helen Matthews, Kalaiselvi Karthikeyan, Kathryn Dench, Lisa Simpson, Mamatha, Margo White, Nicole Bishop, Rachele Jowett, Richa Gupta, Ross Donnan, Sandra Zovko, Sarah McGregor, Shan Jayaweera, Sharbani Dhar, Shira Roth, Steve Davey, Nicole and Theo Verginis. Thank you also to anyone else who baked or volunteered not on our sign up roster

Honourable mentions must also go to:

  • Theo Verginis and Steve Davey who were there from start to finish
  • Nicole Verginis who did all the shopping  and worked on the stalls for most of the day
  • Fiona Davey for pre-day preparations
  • Ross Donnan who made his delicious home-made vegie burgers for us again
  • Angela Natalier for kindly taking 10kg of onions home to cut
  • Margo White, Fiona Davey, Christine Short, Sarah McGregor and Debbie Field who did some emergency baking for us on Saturday to boost our supplies.

Thank you also to TheirCare who generously donated $500 towards BBQ supplies, to Sarah Davis for donating 6 slabs of soft drinks, and to the Bloch family for donating the onions and ice.

We raised approximately $800 from the cake stall and approximately $3000 on the BBQ – an awesome result made possible through all of your generous support.

THANK YOU for your support on Mother’s Day

We put a thank you in our last newsletter but that report was prepared before the date of the Mother’s Day Stall. Now that the dust has settled on another Mother’s Day we would like to thank Nicole Verginis and Ruth Smyth- Kinyua for coordinating, and the following people who helped with sorting, baking, selling and with the set-up and pack-up – some for 3, 4 or more hours: Anjali Jain, Anna Shalima, Anupreet, Anuradha, Briana Price- Robertson, Caitilin Hawkins, Gajalakshmi, Gunja, Harisri, Hayley Clift, Jacqui Wright, Janaki Ananth (Janu), Krishnapriya, Mamatha, Nicole Verginis, Prema, Ramya Nangunoori, Rashmi, Rohini Kulkarni, Sahithi N, Sona B, Srija Samuel, Vasumithra Tanikella and Venmani Sasikumar. And a special thank you again to the Student Councilors who helped with packaging.

Thank you also to Botanical Creations, at 124 Grange Road who supported our school by once again providing little pots of potted colour at cost price for us to sell at our Mother’s Day Stall.  We encourage you to support the businesses that support our school.

We made approximately $1800 profit on the stall this year – which is a fantastic result. We couldn’t have done it without all of your support.


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Friday Lunchtime Snacks

(Quelch frozen fruit sticks & hot chocolates)

Thank you to Heidi Powell, Gajalakshmi and Anjali Jain for  volunteering to make our icy poles and hot chocolates happen last week.

This term we will offer Quelch frozen fruit sticks every week, but will ONLY offer hot chocolate service if we have a full roster (ie 6 volunteers serving) by Thursday 12 noon (the day before). We simply cannot make hot chocolates happen on two sides of the school without 5-6 volunteers every week. Our roster is almost there, but there are still a few spots that need to be filled. If you can help from 12.30/12.45 for less than an hour, please sign up here – WWCC required.

For children who have not pre-purchased for Term 2, icy-poles and  hot chocolates can be purchased on the day for $1. Remember to bring your own cup and we’ll throw in a free marshmallow!

Weekly Cake Raffle

Thank you to Angela Natalier and Anjana Gaddamanugu for baking for our Term 2 Cake Raffle last week. Caitilin Hawkins will be baking this week with a combination of Ultimate Fudge and Gourmet Chocolate Crackles. We don’t have anyone signed up for 14 or 28 June. Please sign up or let Julie know in the office.

GPA Event Coordinator rosters

If you would like to help us make GPA events happen this year, please sign up to be a 2019 GPA Event Coordinator.

We still need 2019 GPA Event coordinators for

  • the Pie Lunch (Friday 20 September) and
  • the Kids Disco (coordinator can choose either Friday 15 or Friday 22 November).

If we do not get coordinators to run these events we simply may not be able to run them. If you are able to coordinate any of these events, please sign up. If you have any questions about the roles or would like to suggest other fundraising or social events that you are happy to coordinate this year, please contact us.

Find all of our GPA rosters here

The GPA use SignUp rosters to coordinate all of our fundraising events – a list of our current rosters (and links) are listed below. Simply click the relevant event link (or copy it into your browser) and sign up for the spot(s) which suit you:

Alternatively, please email and let us know how you can help.

All of our GPA rosters can also be found on the GPA SignUps group page by following this link: Logo

Support our fundraising

Families can support the GPA’s fundraising efforts to benefit the school by:

  • purchasing Quelch frozen fruit sticks or hot chocolates for your child on Friday lunchtimes for $1 each
  • taking home a box of Cadbury Fundraising chocolates to sell – please see Julie in the office if you can help
  • purchasing tickets for $1 each in our weekly cake raffle held each Friday (subject to volunteers)
  • purchasing an Entertainment Book


2019 Twilight Fete

We still have plenty of events and stalls that need coordinators to make them happen. Please consider signing up to become a 2019 Twilight Fete Coordinator here.  If you are interested in discussing the coordinator roles, 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 the next meeting on Tuesday 4 June at 9.15am in the Wendy Wilson Hall.

Please contact to let us know if you plan to attend our meeting.

FREE ENTRY @2040Film

@2040Film is releasing in Australian cinemas this week! Directed by and starring Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film), 2040 is a positive and empowering journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.

@PalaceCinemas are offering FREE ENTRY for all school aged students to see 2040 this weekend if accompanied by an adult. One child per paying adult right across the country. Please spread the word and let our children know that there are solutions, there is hope and there are people who care deeply about their future. More info




Working With Children Check (WWCC)

Under the GHPS Volunteer Policy, all volunteers during school hours 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:

Next GPA Meeting: Friday 7 June

(WW Hall, East Site straight after assembly)