Boyne Island P&C could be forced to fold

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A LACK of support could force Boyne Island State School to close its Parents and Citizens (P&C) association, meaning children will miss out on a number of activities and events throughout the year, and the school will have to find other avenues to fundraise.

Principal Ian McMaster said life was a lot busier for parents these days, and while the school did have a 'reasonable percentage' of parents volunteer, it was in 'desperate need' of more support.

'At the end of the day if we can't fill the position of treasurer, we will have to follow the constitution and close the P&C, which could have an impact on many of the activities throughout the school,' he said.

Mr McMaster said often parents felt they did not have the skills or expertise to take up formal positions in the P&C, but that there was information available to support them.

Clinton State School P&C president Tina Zawila agreed there was a perception that parent associations required a lot of time and energy.

'People seem to think it's a big commitment, but it doesn't take up a lot of time,' she said.

She said the school was lucky it had a P&C association, but that often it was the same parents filling key positions and more people had to be involved.

'We have the same people year to year and we'd love to be able to welcome new members, we don't expect them to take up positions at first, but after awhile they'll realise it's not a big job,' she said.

Mrs Zawila said being involved in the P&C allowed parents to have input in their child's school life and also allowed them to know what was happening at the school.

She said out of hundreds of families at the school only a 'handful' of parents turned up to P&C meetings and she would encourage others to find the time to take part.



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