‘Make KPA part of your parenting journey’
The Karoo Parent Association (KPA) exists primarily to promote a sense of community amongst the families at Karoo. Part of this involves the planning and implementing of various social and support activities, such as the Second Hand Uniform Stall, Mother’s and Father’s Day talks, Teacher Appreciation Day celebrations, and Prep Transition afternoon teas for prospective parents.
KPA also provides the opportunity for discussion of topics that affect Karoo at a local level, and they meet regularly on dates which are advertised in the school newsletter. New members (and their pre-schoolers) are wary welcomed. Your support is encouraged.
Ways parents can assist:
- Come along to the meetings and be involved in discussions with other parents as well as with the Principal.
- Volunteer to be involved with school community events such as listed above.
Even if you aren’t able or do’t wish to attend the KPA meetings you can still be involved with KPA by being on the email distribution list. By doing so, you will receive the minutes of meetings and updates on volunteer opportunities around the school. If you would like to be added to the email distribution list, please contact KPA on KarooParentAssociation@karoops.vic.edu.au.
KPA is looking forward to a big 2015. Click this link to see all the great initiatives they were involved in last year Karoo Parents Association
Past KPA Community Events
Charity Morning Tea
Coordinator – Vanessa Ferdinands
In May 2014 parents gathered in the staffroom and enjoyed a social time catching up and meeting new parents at our school over a cup of tea or coffee and some scrumptious food. The afternoon tea was provided by active KPA members and a gold coin donation was given to this year’s chosen charity The Zaidee Foundation. The students at Karoo also participated by wearing colourful clothes to school for a gold coin donation or by purchasing rainbow shoelaces before and after school during the week of the afternoon tea.
Second Hand Uniform Sales
Coordinator – Tracey Johnson
KPA offer the chance for parents to buy some second had uniforms at a bargain price at various times throughout the year. This is certainly a great opportunity to purchase that extra item that can make life a little easier through the rainy weeks. A stall is set up in the courtyard area before and after school for parents to look at all items available. Dates and times are advertised in the newsletter and through tiqbiz. If you have any school uniforms that you no longer need please drop them off at the office for us to use at our next sale.
Teacher Appreciation Day
Coordinator – Janelle Toh
To honour the dedication to our children that the teaching and support staff of Karoo provide in abundance the KPA have a special day to show how much students and parents appreciate them. A delicious morning tea and lunch is provided on this day by parents from our school community for our teachers and support staff to share and enjoy. In the weeks leading to this special day at Karoo all students are given an opportunity to express their thoughts and feeling of their class teacher and specialist teachers through words and pictures and these are collected and made into a keepsake booklet. Students present this booklet to their teachers along with a gift to say thank you for being awesome.
Coordinator – Bec Young
Active KPA parents provide morning or afternoon tea during prep transition programs and orientation day to welcome new and returning parents to our school. We are here to answer any questions you may have or point you the person that will have the answers. KPA also present at prep information night to hear about the school journey from a parents view.
Mother’ s Day & Father’s Day Stall
Coordinator – Simone Lancashire
KPA organise a school stall for all year levels to purchase a special item for mum and dad at this special time of the year. The stall is usually held a week prior to the big day and a display of goods and prices can be found on display in the library window in the lead up to the stall date. This allows students to have appropriate money on the day and coordinate with other siblings to avoid doubling up on stall items. The stall details are advertised in the newsletter and on tiqbiz prior to the event.
KPA parent s source and purchase the items at the stall. If you have any connections or suggestions for the stall please contact the co coordinator well before the event so this can be discussed during our meetings. We aim to keep prices low however quality is also a factor in decisions made.
On the day of the stall students come as a class to view all the special items and if they wish can make a purchase. The stall is hectic, busy and a lot of fun and is successful due to our hard working KPA team who volunteer their time and go on the roster throughout the stall. KPA parents obtain information about this roster at our meetings and through our emails.
Coordinator – Leanne Siwes
We aim to go out for some social time as a KPA parent group once a term. Suggestions are made during meetings and emails are circulated to all KPA parents to become involved if they wish. Social gatherings are organised during the day and at night. It is a great opportunity to get to know each other and unwind.
I view my child’s education as a joint effort between home and school. Being a part of KPA has allowed me to contribute to decisions and to discuss issues that may impact on my child.” Peta A
“Being part of KPA has been a great way for me to get involved with what’s happening at my children’s school. I feel like I am part of the school community and I have made some wonderful new friends along the way.” Tracey J
“I joined KPA to feel involved in the school community at Karoo. As a relatively new school parent I have found it great being able to have things clarified directly from the principal (and more experienced school mums).” Bec G
“KPA is important to me as it gives me an insight into what’s happening in and around the school that I wouldn’t otherwise hear about. I love being able to help out with the various fundraising activities – seeing the smile on my son’s face when he recognises me as one of the helpers is priceless.” Leanne S
“I joined KPA because I wanted the opportunity to help the school in any way I could. As a mother of two special needs children at Karoo, I am happy to be able to give back to a school which has been incredibly supportive.” Vanessa F