Parents & Friends Association

Father’s Day Breakfast a hit

P&F 2On Wednesday 30 August, the Parents and Friends Association hosted the Father’s Day Breakfast for the first time. Traditionally hosted by the College staff, the committee thought this was an event we would like to host from here on in, as part of our ongoing commitment towards ‘building community’.
Helpers arrived from 6.30am and by 7.30am we were ready to serve up our first lot of bacon and egg rolls for the dads and sausages for the kids!  We had a wonderful turn out of dads who were able to also enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate from Phil and Jordan at Lola Café, pictured below, or from the VET kitchen’s coffee machine.
P&FI would like to thank all of the helpers who turned up in the morning to help set up and cook:
Mums: Jo Edwards, Mandy O’Connell, Kylie Child, Marg Marshall, Jacky Purves, Stacey Daley, Anet De Cesare, Deanne Lamb, Fran Bearman and Katrina Berry. 
SMC students: Hannah O’Connell, Maddie Lamb, Meg Messer and Mollie Daley. 
Members of staff: Ryan Flack, Charmaine Fenton and Maria Cooper. 
Dads (even though it was a Father’s Day breakfast): Andrew Pinelli, Simon Edwards, Tony O’Connell and Phil Cox. 
I would also like to thank the SMC maintenance staff for their assistance with the barbecues, tables etc., along with Rosemary Dwyer for allowing us to use the VET Kitchen, and Michael Goward for the donation of orange juice.
We ran a little side fundraiser which was selling Football Margin Tickets for the AFL Grand Final. Tickets
were sold for $10 each. The dad with the correct margin at the end of the AFL Grand Final will receive $200! I still have a few tickets left, so if you are interested in purchasing one please email me.
Looking Ahead:
Future P and F fundraising events for this year include a trailer raffle for Term 4. More information with regards to this year’s trailer raffle will be available in the coming weeks.
If you would like to become involved in the Parents and Friends, we will welcome you with open arms.
By the time this newsletter is published, we will have hosted this month’s meeting on Tuesday 5 September. Meetings are only an hour’s duration, from 7.00-8.00pm. Our next meeting is November 7 in the SRC at 7.00pm.  This will be followed by the AGM.
Jo Messer

High Tea – a sweet success!

On Sunday 13 August, the P and F Association hosted an extremely successful High Tea in the Nagle Centre. We had 200 in attendance ranging from Kindergarten age children through to Grandmothers. It can only be deemed as a highly successful event.  We had many sweets and treats on offer. Jelly cakes and slices, macaroons, chocolate crunch, fairy bread and frogs in the pond for the little ones, and for those with more of a savoury tooth, we had mini sausage rolls, pin–wheel sandwiches and much more. 
On occasions such as this we couldn’t do without our very supportive family members who all put in to help on the Saturday and Sunday with cooking, setting up and cleaning up.  On the day, we had the ‘men’ in the kitchen, Andrew Pinelli, Simon Edwards, Fil De Cesare, Nicholas O’Connell and Tom Messer serving coffees and washing up.  On the ‘floor’ helping out we had Jo Edwards, Anet De Cesare, Kylie Price, Karen Cooper, Katrina Berry, Robyn Partridge and all of our children.  Meg Messer and Hannah O’Connell had the music, and electronics sorted, Alice Wright and Caitlin Cooper did a fantastic job on face painting, Chloe and Ella Edwards sold the fairy floss, Sonia and Natalie De Cesare with Stefanie Partridge sold raffle tickets.
Part of the fun for the kids on the day was a drawing competition with the nominated winners receiving movie tickets. 
We had fantastic support from businesses with donations for the day as well. I would like to acknowledge: Succulent Restaurant, Billy C Diggs, Lola Café, Elizabeth McKay, Karen Cooper, The Entertainment Book and Midfords for their very generous donations of either gift cards, vouchers or items.  Some of these items were raffle prizes and others were Silent Auction items.
On behalf of the Parents and Friends Committee I would like to say a very sincere thank you to everyone who supported the occasion and were very patient on arrival.  This day was all about welcoming families into our community and building on to that wonderful sense of community that we have. There was also a fine example of school spirit on the day.
Thank you also to Mrs Rosemary Dwyer and her VET Hospitality students for baking much of the food on offer as well as providing the crockery and cutlery on the day.  Thank you also to the office staff for collating names and collecting payments.
Photos from the day will be uploaded to the College website soon!
Jo Messer

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Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

 The SMC Parents and Friends provides a forum to:

  • engage in a spirit of cooperation with the life of the CollegeSMC Fair 2016
  • promote genuine fellowship between parents, staff and friends of the College
  • assist in the provision of the College’s facilities and teaching resources
  • actively partner and contribute to their child’s educational experiences

The Parents and Friends Association runs a variety of social and fundraising events and proceeds go directly to providing additional facilities for the students.

Be part of the Parents and Friends Association by attending meetings, providing assistance or being available for feedback. We look forward to your input.

Thank you,

Jo Messer

“If I could be of service in serving souls in any part of the world, I would gladly do all in my power.”

– Nano Nagle

Spring Fair 2016

Sumo-Suit-actionParents and Friends members and volunteers worked tirelessly for months in the lead up to the 2016 Spring Fair. Despite some fierce weather, the P&F soldiered on and in the end the day was a huge success.

Click here to read the 2016 Spring Fair roundup

Read a post-Fair summary here





 2017 Committee members

  • Jo Messer (President)
  • Jo Edwards (Vice President)
  • Fil De Cesare (Treasurer)
  • Karen Cooper (Secretary)
  • Andrew Pinelli (General Member)
  • Simon Edwards (General Member)
  • Anet De Cesare (General Member)
  • Mandy O’Connell (General Member)
  • Tony O’Connell (General Member)

Contact the P&F

If you would like to contact the P&F please email or come along to our next meeting.

P&F Meeting Dates for 2017

Note: All Parents and Friends meetings will now be held on Tuesday Evenings commencing at 7.00pm, in the Student Resource Centre.

  • Wednesday 8 March (change to schedule-this time only)
  • Tuesday 9 May
  • Tuesday 6 June
  • Tuesday 8 August
  • Tuesday 5 September
  • Tuesday 7 November General Meeting and AGM

Minutes and Reports

Minutes 9 May 2017
Minutes 5 April 2017
Meeting Minutes November 16
Minutes 2016 15 June 2016
P&F Finance Report Three Year Plan


Contributions to the school





Grand Piano


Adrian Doyle Chapel (2nd Instalment)



PE Smart Boards


Principal’s Discretionary Fund



Water Polo Caps


Staff Well Being



Speaker for the Grade 11/12 Common Room



Sustainability Garden



Presentation Sisters Mission


SMC Sponsor Child



Total 2016:



Assistance with Presentation Sisters Mission in PNG



Carlo Fernandez Sponsor Child (from 2011-2015)



Adrian Doyle Chapel (1st Instalment)



SVC/SMC/GYC Rowing Club



Total 2015:



Equipment for SMC/SVC/GYC Rowing Sheds Amount $400 



Purchase of three interactive Whiteboards for Junior School



Total 2014:



SMC Sports Department (Knockout Cup)

Library, PE Department and Principal’s Discretionary Fund 

Playground redevelopment



Playground redevelopment

Library, PE Department and Principal’s Discretionary Fund

Women in science hanging wall prints, microscope and recycled plastic seating in College Green area 



Library, PE Department and Principal’s Discretionary Fund



SMC Sports Department

SMC reflection area below parapet

SMC-Cyber bullying effort

Library, PE Department and Principal’s Discretionary Fund



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