Canterbury Public School parents and citizens' association (P&C) supports the school to provide quality education for all our children, assists in the provision of extra-curricular opportunities, works to enhance the school environment, and creates a welcoming and friendly school community.
Our school P&C runs both the canteen and the uniform shop. P&C membership is encouraged and open to all families. While participating in meetings and committees is one way to contribute and find out what's going on, we welcome all families to contribute to the school community in whatever way they can. Contact any member of the P&C or ask your class parent representative. The P&C newsletter comes out fortnightly as part of our school newsletter Canterbury Tales.
The P&C runs a class parent representative scheme to facilitate the partnership between teachers, parents and students. Your class parent representative will keep an email list of parents and will keep you up-to-date with class news. They will meet frequently with your class teacher and can pass on questions of a general nature for the class.
The Canterbury Public School music committee, a sub-committee of the P&C, was established in 2009 to research the viability of beginning a band program at Canterbury Public School. Led by Connie Emmington and a dedicated group of parents, the committee set about surveying the school community and researching schools with successful band programs. Prior to 2010, there was a recorder group and a choir available to students.
In 2010 both a school band and a string ensemble were set up as part of an extra-curricular music program to complement the existing school music program and school choirs and to enhance the opportunities for the existing recorder ensemble students. The program has gone from strength to strength and is now in its sixth year with students in both theband and a string ensembles competing at the Engadine Band Fest yearly, acheiving gold medals for the last 2 years.
The music committe is funded by the P&C. In previous years the P&C has supported music in classrooms through the employment of a music tutor to support teachers in learning and teaching music. The P&C continue to subsidise the junior choir leader.
We have been able to expand the music program and increase access for students across the school by buying some instruments that can be hired by students at modest rates. The music committe meets once a term and communicates as necessary at other times electronically. The committee encourages interested parents to join this committee.