Welcome to all our families, new and returning, for 2023. We’ve already had a spectacular start to the year, with our Welcome Picnic and Drone Show event. It was great to see so many of you there, supporting our vibrant school community. Many of you will also have helped us celebrate the school’s 125th birthday last year at our gala School Fair.
Your P&C sits at the heart of these events. We’re here to make sure the Cottesloe Primary School community is welcoming, friendly and inclusive. Our events are a great way for new families to make friends and get involved in the life of our school — and they are an important branch of fundraising that allows us to pour money back into facilities, resources and activities that will help our students thrive.
To make these events work, we need your participation! We rely on volunteers who give as much or as little time as they have available, to run social events, to serve breakfasts on Walk to School Day, to organise our legendary Cottfathers camp, and to staff our Uniform Shop. Every little bit of support helps, and we appreciate any part you can play in making our school a better place for our children and the broader community.
I do encourage you to come along to the next P&C meeting and see how your skills and talents might help enrich the life of our school. There is no pressure to join — you won’t walk away with a terrifying to-do-list, but you will feel part of a fun and supportive parent body. We’re all busy parents and professionals, but we’ve learned how rewarding it is to give back to the school community. I attended my first P&C meeting when we moved to the area in 2021, knowing nobody, and have somehow ended up being President. (Again, no pressure!)
If you are new to the school, your P&C Association is a helping hand, to answer questions or introduce you to other families within the community. We enjoy a close working relationship with school staff and teachers as well as the school advisory board. We pride ourselves on the cohesive approach we take and the close alignment we hold with the Cottesloe Primary School community.
Keep an eye on your school newsletter for the date of the next P&C meeting — I look forward to seeing you there!
Who Are Your P&C Representatives?
Myke Bartlett – President
I’m journalist and writer with two girls at Cottesloe (year 3 and year 5 respectively). We moved
back to Perth after 18 years away and two Melbourne lockdowns. The kids are loving the school,
the open spaces and the beach-to-river lifestyle and I’m enjoying being part of the great Cott
Kat Tiller – Vice-President
Lucy Henderson – Secretary
Hi, my name is Lucy Henderson and I have two boys, one is year 2 and one in year 4.
We are relatively new to CPS, having relocated from Brisbane at the start of 2021.
When we started at the school we were blown away with the warm and welcoming
community and I wanted to be a part of it! I am the Secretary of the P&C, come say hi
and ask me if I can help out! 🙂
Andrea Bindell – Treasurer
Andrea holds a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Accounting from the University of Cape
Town and has over 15 years experience in both financial and operational roles in Oil &
Gas, Bunker Trading and Heavy Haulage & Engineering services within the Mining and
Renewable Energy sectors. Since January 2020 she and her family have called Perth home
where her two children have been warmly welcomed into the school and as a family
welcomed into the school community.
Sara-Jane Fraser – Green Scene
My name is Sara-Jane Fraser, and I am mum to Phoenix (year 3) and Taylor (Pre-Primary). We
are very proud to be a Cottesloe Primary School family and love being part of the school
community. I am a passionate environmental scientist in my personal and professional life
and have joined the school’s Green Scene to help the school in its environmental sustainability
journey. The Green Scene love hearing new ideas so please feel free to share these with us and
get involved where you can.
Lincoln Elliot – Cott Fathers
I am Lincoln Elliot and I have twins (boy and a girl) in year 1 at Cott primary. We relocated here
from Sydney back in 2017 and absolutely love Cott and the school. I became the Cott Dads
coordinator in our first year and love how connected to the parents, teachers and kids it has
enabled me to be at this wonderful place.
How to become involved with the P&C
Positions on the P&C are opened to the community annually at the AGM and everyone on the P&C is a volunteer. All help is welcome and it is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in your child’s school life. As Cottesloe Primary School is an independent, public school there is always a place for volunteers to share their skills, knowledge and time. Please see the poster below for some ways you can lend a hand. The Cottfathers are also a central part of school life and help out with P&C events as well as organising their own catch-ups.
In 2016/17 P&C fundraisers contributed to many resources for the school including: playground equipment, landscaping, library books, early learning readers, Lego Robotics, sports equipment, I.T and educational supplies. The P&C has recently funded the construction of undercover walkways to complete the first stage of an ongoing infrastructure plan for the school. These projects are all made possible thanks to the continued support and energy of the P&C and school community.
The Uniform Shop
The uniform shop is run by the P&C Association and open every second Tuesday morning of term. Please check the school calendar for dates and times. Order forms can be downloaded and emailed to email@example.com or posted in the letterbox at Admin. As the uniform shop relies on volunteers alone, please bear in mind that orders need to be placed in good time.
Lost Property tips
Lost property will be returned to your child if correctly labelled (we recommend iron-on tags as marker pen fades). Every school has a mountain of lost property so we do recommend that you label your child’s items as clearly as possible to avoid losses. At the end of each term any unclaimed items will be donated to the second hand store for resale.
Each class has a class representative who communicates via email to all parents. The class email group is an excellent way to learn about activities and news relating to your child’s class and is particularly important for teachers when they need to reach the full parent group. Class reps help to ensure families are aware of what is happening at school. they also organise catch-ups, welcome new families, communicate information etc… If you would like to consider being a class representative, please speak to your child’s class teacher. Many classes have two or more reps who share the role.
The school Facebook page is a great way to keep up to date with what’s happening. General information and the school calendar can be found on the school website. There is also a P&C page for P&C news. If you would like to learn more, please check the P&C contacts on the website to reach us directly or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy your time at Cottesloe Primary School.
Cottesloe Primary School P&C Association
The 2023 Elected Office and Non Office Bearers
|Vice President||Kat Tilleremail@example.com|
|Uniform Shop Coordinator||Gaby Mathews & Jennifer Murtaghfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Class Parent Coordinator||Jess Harrisonemail@example.com|
|Green Scene||Sara- Jane Fraser|