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Head’s Message

New Parent Association Established

Ray Paxton

Ray Paxton

From the Head of College, Ray Paxton

I chaired an important Special General Meeting and AGM of the Waverley College Parents’ and Friends’ Association this week when the current Waverley College Parents’ and Friends’ Association Constitution was dissolved and a new Waverley College Parent Association Constitution was adopted.

The new Association will be a merger of Waverley College Parents’ and Friends’ Association and the Mothers’ Club.  The new constitution will encompass the current roles and responsibilities of each group and allow for growth in the future.

The meeting recognised and acknowledged the significant part these groups and their members have played in shaping the history of Waverley College.

The management and control of the Parent Association was be vested in the new Committee, consisting of the Head of College; a President; two Vice Presidents; an Honorary Secretary; an Honorary Treasurer; at least one parent representative of each of the College Year Groups (Years 5 to 12), and a Clothing Pool representative. The Waverley College Development Office will be the main point of contact for the new Association.

The new Parent Association Executive will be:

  • Greg Bodkin, President
  • Michael Jaeger, Vice President
  • Hayley O’Sullivan, Vice President
  • Kathy Davies, Secretary
  • Christina Fragias, Treasurer

The new organisation has already formalised the establishment of Parent Year Group Representatives as a conduit for parent input and participation and the full list of these representatives will be published shortly. Next year’s parents can look forward to shared contact listings (opt-in) as well as new opportunities for parents to attend an annual year group social function.

The current activities of the Mothers’ Club will be maintained by the new organisation, including operation of the Clothing Pool and support of functions like the May Procession and Year 12 Graduation Luncheons.

In acknowledgement of the historic role of the Mothers’ Club in the life of the school – it has operated since 1969 – and the importance of the Marian Tradition at Waverley, a new annual event for mothers and sons will be introduced to the college calendar – details will be announced for 2017.

It was with warm gratitude that we took the opportunity on the evening to thank the previous Executives of both groups for their service during 2016. My thanks go to Greg Bodkin, Michael Jaeger, Tom Denigan, Kathy Davies and Christina Fragias from the P&F, and also to Emanuela D’Urso, Linda McGuiggan, Patsy Thompson and Sandy Templeton-Martin from the Mothers’ Club. My particular thanks go to Emanuela and Linda, who have been associated with the Mothers’ Club since 2012.