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Parent Support Groups (PSG) are an integral part of the St Peters Indooroopilly community, providing valuable support for student activities in and out of the classroom.

Donating time and effort to a support group offers parents an opportunity to become more involved within their child’s subschool and in various cocurricular activities.

There are currently Parent Support Groups for each sub school (Lower and Upper Primary, Junior High and Senior School) and various activities such as Music, Robotics, Rugby, Rowing and the newly reformed Tennis group.

‘Every little thing the Parent Support Groups do are warmly welcomed and exponentially value-add to a program or sport their child is involved in,’ explained Community Liaison Officer, Nicky Hughes.

‘Whether through raising awareness or funds, parent support groups enhance the experience for the students participating,’ Nicky said.

Rowena Lester, member of the Lower Primary Parent Support Group (LPSG), said she decided to become involved because she was keen to learn more about the Lower Primary years and the opportunities to help around the school.

‘I always remember my Mum helping out a lot when I was at school and I wanted to do the same for my kids,’ Rowena said.

Like all the sub school Parent Support Groups, the main purpose of the LPSG is to create and maintain an open environment for parents to keep up to date with what is taking place each term, and inform them about how they can help to support specific activities.

‘There are only two LPSG meetings per term, and they provide a great way to hear about what is happening around the school. It is also a nice way to meet other parents and have a say in planning future activities,’ Rowena explained.

Janine Narbutas, President of the Robotics Parent Support Group established last year, said she decided to get involved in the Robotics and Music Groups to support her children’s interests and as a way to connect when she was new to the school.

‘If you want to get involved in school and feel a little bit more connected to your student, have a better insight into what they do, and engage socially with other parents, I think it’s a really easy way to get connected,’ Janine explained.

Parent Support Groups drive a number of fundraising and community initiatives and determine the best way to utilise funds available for their activities.

‘We help with competitions, support activities and fundraising and we do that with the teachers and the teams, who are often responsible for their own fundraising,’ Janine said.

This year, the St Peters Robotics teams have been involved in numerous competitions: the RoboCup States Competition; Brisbane Regional Robocup, hosted by St Peters with the assistance of Robotics PSG; FIRST Tech Challenge, Asia Pacific Invitational Robotics competition in Sydney; and the inaugural FIRST® Global Challenge in Washington DC, where Team Australia was awarded a silver medal for Global Unity.

‘It’s fantastic to watch the students compete in these national and international competitions,’ Janine said.

Rowena said the LPSG has also been very active this year, in terms of supporting events such as the Lower Primary Bush Dance, Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day Stalls, Year 4 end of year celebration day, and pizza days each term.

The group, with assistance from the P&F Community Grants program, has funded a new shade structure built near the 2C classroom, providing the students with another outdoor covered area to utilise. Previous initiatives have included additional grey umbrellas, shaded multipurpose areas in the playground, improved bag racks, and new learning resources for various year levels.

‘We are very grateful to the Parent Support Group committees and volunteers, who are able to assist the College and Coordinators throughout the year,’ Nicky said.

‘Our parents and volunteers are our unsung heroes.’

Parent Support Groups fall under the umbrella of the P&F Committee. If you would like to form a support group for your child’s activity, please contact Nicky Hughes, Community Liaison Officer, for further details: n.hughes@stpeters.qld.edu.au.