One of the basic higher needs of human beings is connection. We want to be part of a community as it provides a sense of belonging and makes life richer.
At CGGS, our students, staff, old grammarians and families, both past and present, all actively participate in the life of the school.
Every day, members of our community invest their time and talents for the enrichment of the CGGS experience. We highly value the connectedness and warmth of our parent community.
Families are important partners of the school, and we know firsthand that their involvement and support enriches the learning and educational environment for our students. We encourage current families to find an area of involvement that interests them and join the many parents, alumnae and friends who help make a CGGS education possible. We have been committed to building this community for over 100 years.
The old African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” – also means, “It takes a community to raise a school.” Our school is your school and everybody has the opportunity to play a vital role in the way CGGS shapes its future.
The objective of the PFA is to provide CGGS parents and friends with opportunities to contribute to the school, in ways that enhance the development and educational opportunities for students.
The PFA also aims to build a strong network and sense of community between parents and to support the school, including its students, parents and staff.
Building a strong connection and network of friends between CGGS parents and families is an important focus of the PFA. This is achieved through PFA events and volunteering opportunities, providing parents with an avenue to socialise and contribute to the school.
Some of the PFA supported events include:
> Welcome Morning Teas and Parent Drinks at the beginning of each year
> Junior School Twilight Picnic
> Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Breakfasts
> Pre-Show Refreshments offered prior to Performing Arts and Music events
> Dad and Daughter events
> Oaks Day Spring Carnival Lunch
> Junior School Disco
> Whole school events such as Carols at Camberwell and the Summer Spectacular
Raising funds to assist the school, students and staff is an important objective of the PFA. The PFA uses funds raised through some events, along with the voluntary parent financial contribution, to help fund extra-curricular purchases and programs outside of the normal operational budget of the school.
The PFA is proud to have funded many items and programs for the school community.
Some of these include:
> Physical Education and Sports Programs
> Senior School oval resurface and running track, CGGS Aquatic upgrade of starting blocks, lane ropes, and marker flags, AFL jumpers and high jump mats
> Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) program
> NAO Robots and Microbots, Eye in the Sky camera (Physics Labs), laser cutter and 3D printers
> Grand piano and upright piano, musical instruments and sheet music
> Art Programs
> Photographic equipment and kiln
> Outdoor Education Program
> Covered trailer for camps and sporting events
> School Equipment
> Junior school outdoor furniture and climbing frame
> Portable padded chairs for Barbara Sutton Hall
> Prowise Interactive Screens throughout the school
> Wellness programs for students, staff and parents
The Parents and Friends Association (PFA) is made up of parent volunteers to execute their friendraising and fundraising initiatives. Volunteers are welcome to join the following parent groups and initiatives:
Select an option below to discover how you can get involved.
Please note it is now a legal requirement under the Child Safety Act that volunteers attend a short Child Safety training presentation.
By signing up to volunteer at CGGS you agree to attend this presentation, as well as adhere to the two following policies.
President – Cindy Wong
Vice President – Terry McAleenan
Secretary – Fiona Nicholson Stocker
Treasurer – Jason Lyster
General Committee Members