Parents' Association


  • About Us

    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 virtually approximately every three weeks. Meetings are typically 30-45 minutes and  are held online using Microsoft Teams, allowing everyone to dial in from the comfort of their homes. The meetings are used to review current activities and plan/ coordinate future events.  All members of the  GIPS community are welcome to attend these meetings. Meeting dates can be found on the Compass calendar and dial in details/an invitation can be requested by emailing GIPSParentsAssoc@gmail.com .

    If you’d like to support our school, please contact your Class Rep or email GIPSParentsAssoc@gmail.com 

    Our Purpose

    Community 





    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.

     



    Support Services  

    The PA has a strong and valued tradition of supporting GIPS by providing parent help for services that support the running of the school. 

    Fundraising

    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 



    Administration Goals

    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 

    Resourcing Goals

    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