The Glen Iris Primary School Parents’ Association (GIPS PA) is a sub-committee of the School Council and its members include a volunteer group of parents of students at GIPS, teachers and administration staff. The PA aims to support GIPS in three very important ways – by strengthening the GIPS community by providing opportunities for social interaction and communication between parents, students and staff; by providing services to support the running of the school; and by raising fund to supplement the school budget.
All PA activities are coordinated with the GIPS Office and endorsed by the School Council.
The PA meets once per month at the school to review current activities and to plan and coordinate future events. Anyone in the GIPS school community may attend these meetings, with 2018 meetings held on the second Monday of each month in the GIPS Library at 7:30pm (subject to change as needed). Please refer to the calendar for the most current meeting dates.
If you’d like to support our school, please contact your Class Rep or PA President Mal Osborne-Smith.
A strong school community is one with shared understanding and expectations – created through an exchange of practical information about the school, activities taking place, opportunities to get involved, and feedback and ideas.
The PA provides events and services within the school community that create happier and more effective parents, teachers and students that ultimately improve the educational and social outcomes for our children.
The PA has a strong and valued tradition of supporting GIPS by providing parent help for services that support the running of the school.
The PA prides itself on its ability to raise funds from the school community and corporate and business sponsors. Typically, around $50,000 is raised annually, providing much needed funds to supplement the GIPS school budget, to allow for items to be purchased that enhance student wellbeing and educational outcomes. Recent funding has contributed to the purchase of Apple TVs, carpets, painting, classroom books and resources, and the Grade 1/2 playground renewal.
Major Sources of Funding
2018 is set to be an exciting year within the PA and we have set an ambitious list of objectives that allow us to not only deliver our much loved calendar of events, but also improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the PA, better meet the needs of the GIPS community and have a whole heap of fun in the process!
Review and improve current PA Structure, Processes & Procedures
Develop a PA operating manual that documents our systems and procedures
Branding & Communications Goals
Strengthen the PA brand by introducing a PA logo, develop and implement a promotions strategy
Review current communication modalities, understand communication needs of GIPS community and undertake a communications benchmarking exercise
Understand and align our parent’s skills and interests to support the school
Implement a school-wide online volunteering app
Develop an appreciation and recognition process
Events & Fundraising Goals
Review events, clarify their purpose and refresh their undertaking to reflect current interests
Improve transparency of donations & fundraising
Investigate and introduce more efficient fundraising initiatives