One of the most unique aspects of Overnewton Anglican Community College is the role played by the parent community in the daily and overall life of the College. The Articles of Association were originally drawn up with the aim of providing the whole parental community with a voice and a means with which they could support the growth and maintenance of the College, as well as have a real voice in the College’s aims and objectives.
Therefore the Parents and Friends Association responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
An area often associated with the Parents and Friends Association and its functions, is the area of fundraising, be it through the Annual Country Fair, the chocolate drive, occasional raffle or any of the other fundraising initiatives run each year by the Committee. This is an important area, which raises in excess of $100,000 each year, all of which is then spent on facilities and services for the students of the College.
The management of the Work Groups that administer the Family Involvement Program is equally as important. Without the cooperation of the many volunteers and the individual input of all parents, additional fees would be required to replace the many hours currently contributed to the daily running of the College every year.
Management of a volunteer workforce has proven to be a lot easier than some might imagine, due mainly to the fantastic cooperation of the parents who are prepared to contribute for the good of their children and the College.
Another of the more important functions of the Parents and Friends Association has been the development of Parent Support Teams. The value of these teams has been proven time and again, especially when providing direct assistance to families in need and the expansion of friendships within the school / parent based groups.
The Parents and Friends Association Committee holds elections each year and maximum terms of membership for committee members have been agreed. The opportunities for all parents within the College to contribute to the development of their children, the future of the College and general community at large, definitely exists at Overnewton via the Parents and Friends Association Committee.
All parents are encouraged and welcomed to nominate for election at the Annual General Meeting, which is held in November each year. The Parents and Friends Association looks forward to all parents becoming active contributors to the College, the Committees and, more importantly, the children of Overnewton.