Newington Public School

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Parents, carers and the community

As a parent or carer, you are an important part of our school community. We offer a range of services to support you and your family.

Parents and Citizens’ Association (P&C)

Our Parents and Citizens’ Association (P&C) is made up of parents and carers, teachers and community members. The P&C meets regularly to contribute to decision-making, developing policies and management plans as well as fundraising.

What is the P&C? 

Newington Public School Parents & Citizens Association (P&C) is a group of volunteer parents and community members that support our children and the school. It is run by an Executive Team and supported by different committees. Members are voted into each of the positions at the Annual General Meeting. 

Current Executive Team 



Vice Presidents 

Jack So

About me: I chose to volunteer in the position of Vice President in the P&C as a way of giving back to the Newington Community and to become more involved in my children’s schooling. My son has just started Kindergarten this year so the school journey through a parent’s eyes is still quite new to me. I am currently a Global Quality Manager in a medical device company with an extended career in healthcare.

Lara Barquinha 

About me: Hi everyone. Welcome to NPS and the P&C. I am an Australian and Portuguese mother of two children attending the school: One in year four and one in kindy. It has been a wonderful journey to see my kids growing in the school. Before moving to Newington, I lived in Lisbon and Perth. I have a Nursing degree and a Masters in Health Services Management. I started my professional career as an emergency department nurse and then as a manager. I was also a full- time mum. Currently I am working as a quality and compliance coordinator in aged care.  


Hellen Miller  

About Me:  Hi everyone, I have a daughter in year 3 at NPS. Love our school and love the community, which is why I decided to volunteer and help out. Looking forward to exciting times ahead.


Zoe Sotiriou 

About Me: Hello everyone, Welcome to NPS. I am a mother of two both of my children attend NPS one is in year 3 and the other is in year 1. My journey here at NPS has been great and that is why I volunteered to be a part of the P&C to give back to this amazing community and help the team at NPS who provide a safe and happy environment for our children. Looking forward to meeting many of you personally.

Sub- committees

  • Enrolment Representative:  Lauren Learmonth
  • Merit Selection Coordinator: David Cusack
  • Canteen Representative:  Amy de Paula 
  • School Finance Representative: David Cusack
  • Uniform Representative:  Pip Nagy 
  • Grounds Committee: vacant 
  • Book Club Coordinator:  Michelle Weeks
  • Bake Stall Coordinator:  Carol Chu 
  • School Banking Coordinator: Judith Bailey 
  • Entertainment Book Coordinator: Michelle Macdonald 


Our Vision 

Due to the current challenging times, our executive team is exploring new and exciting ways to continue to support the school and meet the future needs of our students. 

Our focus for 2020/2021 will be on: 

  • increasing community awareness and engagement with the P&C
  • improving how we communicate with the community
  • developing an action plan for the next 5 years 
  • creating new fundraising opportunities, keeping in mind the current restrictions and community feedback. 

We would love to hear from you. Please email us on for more information or to share any ideas or concerns. 

What does the P&C do?

P&C Members suggest and implement positive changes at our school by  

  • consulting on School Policy decisions: for example, canteen operations, uniforms, out of area students applications
  • applying for grants
  • encouraging parent input into the curriculum and other educational issues
  • running the School Banking Program and Book Club
  • organising fundraising activities and school events including discos, art competitions, baking, mother’s and Father’s Day stalls, fun fair days
  • managing the 2nd Hand School Uniform Shop


The funds we raise help to improve our school’s learning environment. For example:

  • school artificial lawn
  • school shades
  • upgrading of the students’ toilet block
  • air conditioning maintenance 
  • literacy program/ purchasing of books
  • science resources
  • sports uniforms
  • funding an extra teacher position
  • funding the School Wellbeing Officer


How do I join? 

Anyone who is a part of the community can join the P&C. It is an excellent way to be active in the community, meet new parents, share ideas, be part of the school and engage in our children’s learning journey. 

To join, please: 

  1. Pay a membership fee of $5/year by bank transfer to the following account: 
    1. Account name: NPS P&C 
    2. BSB: 032 326 
    3. Account number: 104 818 
  2. Visit (for new members) or (for renewal of existing membership) to fill out our membership form (you will need your bank transfer reference number to complete the form). Alternatively, you can request a paper form (please indicate the class and name of student) through the P&C box inside the school office, or contact us at


Will being a member take lots of time?

Your participation is voluntary, and anything you can help with will be welcome: a vote, an idea, a smile, your feedback/opinion or your participation in activities. We need your support!

By becoming a member, you can vote or be part of the P&C Executive Team and sub-committees, help decide on fundraising initiatives and priorities for spending, raise items for discussion in meetings and receive correspondence regarding P&C meetings.  

Counselling for families

The school counsellor can assist when families undergo a trauma or big change. Contact us to make an appointment. For information in community languages, see school counselling service.

Outside of the education system, free telephone counselling services are available to support families who may be going through a difficult time.

  • Lifeline – 24-hour telephone counselling service. 13 11 14.
  • Mensline Australia – 24-hour telephone counselling service for men. 1300 789 978.
  • Parent line – 24-hour advice and information service. 1300 1300 52.

Interpreting and translations

We will help you communicate with our school. If you’d like an interpreter for a school meeting, let us know and we will arrange one, if available.

If you don’t speak or understand English well and want to contact us, call TIS National on 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language. The operator will call the school and get an interpreter to help. This service is free.

For more information, listen in your language.

Visit the department’s translated documents section for important information that’s relevant for your child’s education in many languages.