GPA Newsletter #1 – 2022

WELCOME TO 2022 GHPS

The Glen Huntly Parents’ Association (GPA) warmly welcome everyone back to GHPS in 2022!

It is wonderful to see our students and teachers so excited to be back in the classroom and enjoying the return to face to face learning!

GPA are looking forward to co-ordinating many fundraising activities and social events throughout this year. With the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider community our priority, we will arrange activities in a COVID-safe manner when it is considered safe to do so.

GPA co-ordinate events the following activities and events (noting currently on-site events have been postponed):

  • Prep Parent Welcome Morning Tea
  • Family Fun Night
  • Weekly Cake raffles with delicious goods baked by student families, teachers or GHPS friends
  • Icy-poles with occasional popcorn alternative (Terms 1 – 4) and hot chocolates (Terms 2 & 3) available for all students to purchase (Friday lunchtimes)
  • Easter Raffle
  • Diwali Celebrations
  • Special lunch days
    • Harmony Day Sushi Lunch
    • Book Parade Special Lunch
    • Grand Final Pie Day
    • Diwali Samosa Lunch
  • Sausage sizzles
  • Raffle hampers
  • Cake stalls
  • Kids Disco
  • Mother’s Day Stall  and Father’s Day Stall
  • School Fetes – (Next Fete planned for 2023)
  • Trivia Nights / Social Fun Night

All parents and caregivers are encouraged to become members of our GPA (please see “Becoming a GPA Member” below).


GHPS “2022 AIR PURIFIER” FUNDRAISING DRIVE

As reported in the GHPS newsletter, the Department of Education and Training (DET) have provided 18 air purifiers to GHPS as part of the roll-out to improve ventilation in all Victorian schools. All classrooms in GHPS do now have an air purifier, however some spaces including the Library, Music Room and some office spaces do not. There is no indication that any more air purifiers will be supplied by DET.

Some members of the GHPS community have raised concerns about every room not currently being fitted out with an air purifier. To address these concerns, GHPS have already purchased 2 smaller air purifiers using  money from the school’s operating budget. The school is keen to purchase an additional 4 smaller air purifiers (and necessary replacement filters) to enable more spaces to be fitted out with an air purifier. The cost of these additional air purifiers and filters is $1,600. The GHPS operational budget cannot currently support this additional expenditure.

In an effort to support the health of GHPS students and teachers, and reduce the anxiety that some GHPS families may be experiencing, GPA have agreed to allocate the 2022 GPA Special Effort Fund (up to $2,000) to the air purifiers so that purchase of these important items can proceed immediately. This does mean that these funds will not be available to be used for other equipment and activities not funded by DET (such as musical instruments, sports equipment, playground equipment, readers, IT equipment and printers, or contributions to specialist programs).

So … we are asking for your help! Please donate to the “2022 Air Purifier” fundraising drive in the hope we can raise $1,600 to cover the cost of these air purifiers over the next fortnight. Any contribution is greatly appreciated and will enable the GPA Special Effort Fund to be re-directed to other equipment/activities.

Please CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW.


FIRST GPA MEETING (Annual General Meeting)  – Friday 25th February at 9.05 am (Online)

Duration: 1 hour

Our first meeting for 2022 will be held on-line and we would love to see you there (you do not have to be a GPA member to attend!) It is a great opportunity to meet others and learn more about what we do. If you are interested in attending the meeting please subscribe to the GPA Mailing List at the bottom of GHPS GPA page on our website so that you can receive the meeting link details and an agenda for the meeting.


BECOMING A GPA MEMBER

For further information about the GPA please refer to GPA Charter 2022 or you can contact us on ghpsgpa@gmail.com

You can become a member of the GPA by completing the application form on the last page of the GPA Constitution 2022 and providing that The Office (East Site). Membership is open to all GHPS families and is free. You can also subscribe to the GPA Mailing List at the bottom of the GHPS GPA page on our website.

Even if you are not a member you are still welcome to volunteer to help with any of the events/drives we coordinate (noting that to help at school events you are required to supply a copy of your current Working With Children Check to the School Office to be kept on file as per the VOLUNTEERS policy).

You can apply for a Working with Children Check using this link: Working with Children Check . Should you require any assistance with this process one of the GPA members would be more than happy to help – just email ghpsgpa@gmail.com


SIGNUP WEBSITE INFORMATION

This website has been wonderful in rostering / preparing for GPA events and we will continue to use this for upcoming events.

How it works:

1) Click on the GHPS Sign Up Page link, or copy it into your browser to see the roster.

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up by entering your name, email address and phone number.

It’s That Easy!

BONUSES:

  • You will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.
  • SignUp does not share your email address with anyone.
  • You will receive an email reminder to let you know what you have volunteered for
  • You can cancel out of shifts or choose other spots if your circumstances change (although please give us enough time to find a replacement).

If you need help or have any queries or suggestion please contact ghpsgpa@gmail.com


Term Events & Reminders

Term 1 2022: Monday 31st January – Friday 8th April

FIRST GPA MEETING (Annual General Meeting): Friday 25th February 9.05am (online)