Playford College Parents Committee
General Meeting 21 March 2018
Mr Mayer welcomed everyone to the meeting.
A thought – at these meetings, could a member from the community open with sura al Fatihal?
Jawad Haidari; Mahammad Abdullahi;
Zahra Khanum; Zarina Hassan;
Bakhtawar Hossaini; Racha Makki;
Sarah Ahmad; Saeeda Ibrahim;
Abas Ajez; Said A Hussaini;
Muhammad Raza; Sheikh Idrees;
Hawra Al Hakim; Rainer Mayer
ADOPTION OF MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING
Copies of the minutes from the August 2017 meeting
were handed around and adopted as presented.
Mr Abdullahi thanked Sheikh and Mr Mayer
for a wonderful result in 2017.
Great position for the school to be in
after only one year.
Principal talked about growth
from 2017 to 2018 which
is significant – from 106 to 226.
This led to conversation about
the Master plan – Mr Mayer explained
that he has made an application
for a grant and if successful,
we will build 8 classrooms during 2019
in readiness for 2020.
He indicated enrolments should
rise to around 250 this year,
but he only expected 300 to 320 students
next year because we will only
have 14 classrooms (this year we have 12).
Mr Mayer asked if there
were any questions relating
specifically to his report,
or any other items.
It was asked if the school
would develop and run after school activities –
Mr Mayer replied that it has
not been possible until now,
and that even now we have
90 students leaving at 3.30pm on a bus,
so there are things to consider.
Mr Mayer mentioned that
a longer lunch period this year is
an attempt to try clubs
– eg art club already running.
Homework a question in 2 parts –
one was when considering secondary students
and all of the books they cart around,
to have for purchase a
school bag with wheels.
The other with direct reference
to homework was a request
to slowly increase the homework
up the years so that there is
not a big jump from primary into secondary.
There was a question
if the school had plans for a canteen –
Mr Mayer explained that many
other school had either closed
or outsourced their canteens
because they were losing money –
this meant it was unlikely that
Playford would be opening up a
canteen any time soon.
Mr Mayer indicated that he would
like to discuss with local businesses
the possibility of providing a lunch menu
once a week or even twice a week,
but doing it in a way
that was good for the business
but also good for the school.
For 2018 – Mr Mayer indicated
that the main purpose tonight
was to identify and list the activities the
PCPC might get involved with.
He handed to sister Racha Makki,
who brought with her the experience
from her previous school.
Four events on the calendar were identified as PCPC events:
Iftar dinner including children and parents –
such a number will need
off site catering and seating facilities –
need to start now.
Start a Viber or Whats App
group for communication.
Cooking part could be managed easily enough.
Program can be put together by
Illumination Department –
certificates as one example of the program.
Haj Camp –
will need the help of the teachers;
it is thought we could build
on last year’s excellent program.
Plus Fathers day and Mothers day –
a stall at school –
purchase little gifts which are
then on sold to children
as gifts for their parents.
Mr Mayer asked is anyone had
any other ideas they would like
to have on the list,
even if only for consideration.
Muharram already planned
by the Illumination Department.
Need to consider that we
are an Australian school –
there are ten celebrations planned
during the year which will
take place in the lesson after prayer (after lunch).
Ramadan Eid is a suggestion
not decided yet –
but there was some potential here.
Mr Mayer explained that the PCPC had 2 main functions:
1: to plan events that brought the community together
2: to plan events that raised money for the school.
He went on to say that the PCPC
should have its own account
and deposit its profits and
donations into that account.
It was then up to the PCPC
to consider how it would use those funds –
with consultation with the Principal –
for example to fund additional projects
which hopefully would return
the initial investment,
or to identify projects that the PCPC
would like to see in the school.
Mr Mayer suggested that the PCPC
should maintain control and decision making
over the expenditure of its funds,
but to do so with discussion
with the Principal.
Sister Racha will create a group and
start planning on the first event.
Mr Mayer and the president Mr Abdullahi
will set the dates for the remaining meetings –
one each term, to which all
Playford families are invited.
The May meeting will first have
a quick AGM to elect the executive for the year –
existing members can stand again.
If Playford family members would
like to stand for any of the positions they
are encouraged to speak to
Mr Abdullahi or Mr Mayer
and attend the AGM meeting in May.
Meeting finished at 8.55pm.