Natural Playscapes at Majura!

Playscapes stage one is nearly completed and we are now planning stage two. Come to the next meeting and help us make decisions about the future of this school. 

A lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes with the vision to develop a variety of inter-linked outdoor play spaces, recreational zones and garden rooms that foster creative learning, nature adventure and imaginative play for meaningful interaction between students, teachers, parents and the community. 


'I want a place where I can jump, explore new paths, hide with my friends and imagine' 


We recently sought a concept design to install Stage 2 in 2015-16: a larger natural playscape near Main Playground. Parent, carer, community input is welcome. The best way to have your say is to complete this short SURVEY - comments open until 18 September 2015. 


For more information, keep an eye on the upcoming newsletters. Yes, you can still get involved! Contact the P&C gmail  to get involved or for further information. 


Check out the Majura playscapes framework for background to this P&C project. Stage 1 was completed in in 2013 and converted a garden bed near the Kindy Wing into a playscape.  We have been inspired by some other school projects: see this Gardening Australia video and this Melbourne playscape project at Beaumaris North public school and the logs used at Ainslie Primary school. Thank you to Greening Australia for donating 30 locally native plants from the National Tree Day schools program.

In August, the awesome Majura Trivia Night was a great success! Photos coming soon. Thanks you all - especially Jens the MC and Amanda to coordinator. We raised $4800 to spend on improvements at our school!!


Next fundraiser is the Spring Carnival on Saturday 24 October please offer your help via email to P&C gmail

Majura Winter Warmer - just one of the community events the P&C runs each year to raise funds and help strengthen our community. 
Held in August 2014 it attracted more than 80 people and raised around $1000 for improvements at the school. 

P&C Dancefest raised  $3000 for the P&C to dedicate to improvements at our school, plus it was  great fun night!!! 


Thanks to all the dedicated people who plannind it, set up, boogied and then packed up!  Come to a P&C meeting to find out more about fundraising events and allocating our hard earned funds. 


At its November 2014 meeting, the P&C donated $10,000 to the school for priorities 1 and 2 (as identified by School Board planning). This adds to the October donation of $16,000 for the same priority areas. 


Check out the new books and learning resources in the Library.These donations are the direct result of our great community effort with fundraising this year, thank you all!


1.         Classroom resources

To support the implementation of the developing Australian Curriculum and a larger student population further investment in classroom teaching and learning resources is required, particularly to support "hands on" activities. This would include maths, science and physical education equipment, as well as materials to support history, geography and the arts.

 

2.         Rejuvenate the outdoor environment

While the building renovations have been a significant upgrade for the school, the outdoor environment is in need of significant improvement, both in terms of the street presentation and the children's play areas.  The aim will be to work with the P&C's playscapes project and the Directorate's landscape architect to develop the outdoor environment.



Working with Vulnerable Children Cards

- Volunteering in the Classroom -

As you are probably aware, anyone to volunteers in the school is now required to have a Working with Vulnerable Children Card. This card is easy to apply for through Canberra Connect shopfronts and is free for volunteers. Please ensure your card has been photocopied by the front office staff and kept on file and have your card with you when you are helping out in the Kitchen Garden, in reading groups or other activities with the students. More information can be found on the Canberra Connect website:

CANBERRA CONNECT - WWVP


To apply for your card, simply fill out the forms (found HERE) and visit a Canberra Connect Website for your photo to be taken. 


The Majura Spring Carnival was held 8 November 2014 and raised $17,000 in funds for the P&C to help improve this great school! More info click on the school newsletter 12 Nov 2014 

A new Giant Chess Set was installed in the school Courtyard in 2013 and follows the same principles set out in the playscape framework. Full story: 'its so easy'.

The P&C is your representative body in the school. We have established this website as a key tool to communicate with parents and carers about how they’d like to see their child’s experience of school enhanced.


The P&C does many things. We raise money to fund extra resources to the kids’ learning and play facilities. We provide ‘sweat equity’ through working bees to create better play and learning spaces and to keep the school looking and feeling like a welcoming place. We also work together with the executive and Board of the school to ensure that parents’ views are heard.

So, explore the website, like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/majura.parentsandcitizens 

but most importantly, get involved!

Meetings

The P&C constitution (last amended 2014). 


The parents of Majura Primary meet with the principle Daniel Zobel twice each school term: usually at 7pm on Wednesday of Week 3 and Week 7.

 

Variations to this are published in the school newsletter.


All parents and carers are welcome to attend any of these meetings and children can come too.

P&C achievements    

P&C fundraising contributions

In 2016, we have achieved a record breaking fundraising target which has enabled us to fully fund the playscapes a redevelopment of the main playground. This work will be completed before winter 2017. 


In 2015, the P&C is focussing efforts on raising funds to design and install a natural, outdoor playground in late 2015. Come to a P&C meeting to find out more!


In 2014 the P&C gave significant contributions to the school, including $31,000 for 4 key areas of support that were identified as priorities for support by the School Board that year. 


In 2013 the P&C made large contributions to the school, including a grant of $40,000 for ICT resources and purchased new bubblers for the playground, lectern and staging blocks for the school hall and $866 to purchase new uniforms for the basketball team.

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