Welcome to another busy year at Marist College Ashgrove- we look forward to your continued support and meeting our new parents and families.
About the Marist College Ashgrove P&F
An essential component of the Marist philosophy and MCA tradition is parental involvement. By becoming involved you can assist your son’s school by contributing to the P&F’s objectives to;
·foster the welfare and progress of the College community and in so doing, seek to create a close and harmonious relationship between all members of our school community,
·promote Catholic Education and, to that end, to enter public discussion on matters affecting it and to affiliate with any organisation formed to promote it,
·assist the Brothers and College staff whenever, wherever and however possible in the interests of the College and its pupils,and, as a secondary aim, to raise funds and apply them for the purpose of furthering these objectives.
The Marist P&F Association is organised into sub-committees, with parents actively involved as convenors and volunteers. Convenors are appointed at the Annual General Meeting in August each year and activities are confined to term-time. The sub-committees include;
This group is responsible for co-ordinating and assisting hospitality and social functions for the College, particularly the Year Dinners for parents with boys in each of Years 5 through 11. These dinners provide a great opportunity to meet and socialise with other parents in your son’s Year group. They are held on a Friday night in the Brother Cyprian Pavilion and the dates can be found both on the College Calendar and the MCA website. The dinners are designed as enjoyable opportunities to socialise with costs kept to a minimum as these are not fundraising ventures. Your ticket includes a welcome drink upon arrival, savouries and a two-course meal with further drinks available at the cash bar.
This group assists and supports boarding students and their families in the daily life of the College, easing the concerns of parents who are often far from their sons. Volunteers may be called upon to transport boys to medical or dental appointments, transporting boys to weekend sporting venues, assisting the younger boys in shopping for clothes, sewing on name tags and other day-to-day tasks the boys find difficult to do for themselves, or even helping our Senior boys as they prepare for their Formal. This group also co-ordinates and runs life skills workshops for Yr 9 and Yr 11 boys teaching such things as general etiquette, table manners, laundry skills and legal issues surrounding drugs and alcohol and ‘schoolies’. It aims to facilitate relationships between day and boarding families by holding BBQ's during football/rugby season, as well as the fortnightly afternoon teas of home-made food provided for boarding students. Boarder Support is able to assist the College in arranging accommodation for boarding families, through a list of day families who have generously offered their homes for this purpose.
Solo Parents Group
Marist Card Days are a long-established initiative that remains a very popular event on the College calendar. The Card Day committee provides a social opportunity for card players in our own and surrounding community and in doing so, provides a modest contribution to P&F fundraising.
Card Days are held once each Term on a Wednesday (please see the College Calendar) from 9:30am - 2:00pm in the Brother Cyprian Pavilion. Our guests book tables of 4-6 and enjoy the day playing card games such as bridge, euchre and 500, or board games such as scrabble. Volunteers prepare and serve a home-baked morning tea. At lunchtime a cash bar operates with sandwiches served, and raffle and lucky door prizes drawn.
The Walkathon committee works to organise, co-ordinate, prepare and ensure the success of the Walkathon each year in May. The Walkathon is the major fundraising event for the P&F association and is a wonderful opportunity for parents and families to be involved. Held on a Sunday morning the boys, and often other family members, participate in a supervised walk then return to a family barbeque and the annual “Battle of the Bands” which is hotly contested by the boys. A website link is established for the Walkathon and more information is sent home closer to that time.
Your contacts are Marty and Angela Kerwin.
P & F meetings are held once a Term in the Brother Cyprian Pavilion. Dates are in the College calendar and your son’s diary. Meetings commence promptly at 7:00 pm and conclude by 8.30pm and are often followed by supper. All members of the College community and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. At the meetings you will have the opportunity to hear reports from our Headmaster Mr Peter McLoughlin. Members of the various sub-committees also present a quick report about their current happenings. Your P&F will also discuss any suggestions or issues which have been brought to our attention by the MCA school community. Submissions of agenda items for discussion are welcome. These need to be emailed to our secretary in the week prior to the meeting date.
In Terms 1 and Term 3 the P&F host a Parent Forum. Guest speakers are invited to address issues relevant to parents and then facilitate discussion/question time after their presentation. Forum topics in the past have included bullying and cyber bullying, drug and alcohol information, self esteem, and management of behavioural issues. Parents have found these to be very informative and useful.
The forums are advertised in the newsletter and all parents and interested persons are encouraged to attend. The College sponsors the forums which are provided free of charge to parents.
As a fund raising initiative for the College, the P&F run a ‘school fees raffle’ in terms one and three. If you choose to enter this raffle and you’re the lucky winner, your youngest attending son’s one term's tuition fees will be paid by the P&F! Tickets are mailed home to parents early in these terms.
Become Involved…it’s easy!
We both welcome and encourage you to become involved in P&F activities. Parents often comment that there is less opportunity to be a “part of the action” now that their boys are at “big school”. All of the above activities and groups provide an opportunity to be close to what’s going on, and importantly to help in meaningful and enjoyable ways. Please contact any of the committee members for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Marist College Ashgrove P&F President