Parents and Friends
Parents and Friends (P&F)
The P&F meets at 7pm for General Meetings in the Edmund Rice Centre at least once a term. In addition, there are scheduled Executive meetings to ensure the organisation is run effectively and efficiently. All members of the P&F are welcome to attend the Executive meetings if there are topics of particular interest.
(Feedback, requests or communication with the P&F may be made at any time. Please address these C/O Edmund Rice College.)
Parents and Friends Profile:
How do we see ourselves?
The Edmund Rice College Parents and Friends exists to support the College and its endeavours to provide a complete education for the students who attend. The objectives of the P&F are formally listed as a series of statements that reflect the values of the parent/guardian body, the expectations and the agreed focus of parents’ efforts in supporting the College. There is a strong theme of leadership and an acceptance of responsibility to contribute to the betterment of society and to promote a Christian environment in the tradition of Edmund Rice.
Who are we?
The P&F is made up of the parent body and those responsible carers for the boys who attend. Other members can be those friends and citizens who are committed to the P&F’s ideals and share similar values. There is an Executive Committee made up of office bearers of the P&F. This Committee is responsible for the management of the organisation, developing strategies and achieving objectives for and by the parent body. The Executive has the stewardship role of the P&F, managing its assets and resources in the best interests of its current and future membership. They are elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Parents and Friends, with a nominal term of a calendar year.
Parents and Friends Executive 2020
President: Mr Robert Tomasiello
Deputy President: Mrs Francis Fenech
Secretary: Mr Martin Carolan
Treasurer: Mrs Kerri McCracken
How do we operate?
The management of the P&F is supported by documented roles and responsibilities and a constitution.
The Parents and Friends can only succeed with the support of its members. The tangible support from members is the attendance at College and P&F meetings and functions, generally held about once a term. Help in the organisation of functions/events is also a necessary ingredient for their success. There are committees established for each function/event and members are encouraged to participate by contacting the Committee Co-ordinator.
Information about upcoming events is in the school newsletter, or specific flyers and the school website, which contains regular published Minutes of past meetings.
We sincerely welcome you to the school community and encourage your participation in the ERC Parents and Friends.
Why Parents and Friends?
A Parent Council was formed in 2008 following the continued challenge of attracting and retaining parent interest and involvement. The Parents and Friends does not operate in the traditional format of a P&F Association (such as fundraising) but continues to perform an important function as a conduit of communication between the College, the parent body and the wider community. The P&F meets between 6 – 7 times a year on a Tuesday. The current P&F structure is informal with the appointment of four office bearers who share the conduct of the meetings. To adhere to the constitution the Parent Council is required to hold an election each year.
All parents, especially new families, are warmly invited to come along!