Par­ent helper’s life sur­prise

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT - By ZOE MCMAUGH

As an ed­u­ca­tor her­self, Felic­ity Michael al­ways val­ued the in­volve­ment of par­ents in their child’s ed­u­ca­tion.

That’s why she had no hes­i­ta­tion in be­com­ing a mem­ber of De­niliquin’s Ed­ward Pub­lic School Par­ents and Cit­i­zens Com­mit­tee 13 years ago — when Felic­ity and hus­band An­thony’s el­dest child Is­abel started kinder­garten.

With four more chil­dren also at­tend­ing Ed­ward Pub­lic in the years that fol­lowed — Billy, who is go­ing into Year 10 this year, Jack (Year 9), Henry (Year 7) and Katie (Year 3) — Mrs Michael is still an ac­tive mem­ber to­day.

With her time on the P&C in­clud­ing about six years as pres­i­dent be­fore stand­ing down from the role at the re­cent AGM, Mrs Michael was re­cently be­stowed life mem­ber­ship for her work.

‘‘The life mem­ber­ship took me by sur­prise, but I feel really hon­oured,’’ she said.

‘‘To be in the same com­pany as the other five life mem­bers is just mind-blow­ing.

‘‘I chose to send my chil­dren to Ed­ward Pub­lic School be­cause of its staff, and be­cause I knew it to be a school that works really hard for ev­ery child.

‘‘By at­tend­ing the school my chil­dren have learned so much about dif­fer­ence and ac­cep­tance.

‘‘The at­ti­tude of the school is also why I wanted to work with the P&C to en­sure we could cater to ev­ery child at the school.

‘‘It’s not a huge P&C, but it is a com­mit­ted one. Our em­pha­sis has al­ways been on pro­vid­ing the best ex­pe­ri­ences and fa­cil­i­ties for ev­ery child.

‘‘Our chil­dren have done very well there, and I hope I have been able to sup­port the staff dur­ing my time there as well.’’

Mrs Michael said some of the ini­tia­tives the P&C has es­tab­lished dur­ing her time as a mem­ber in­clude sup­port for the an­nual Stage 3 ex­cur­sion to Syd­ney, which she said makes it eas­ier for all chil­dren to at­tend.

She said oth­ers have been fundrais­ers for the school, which in­volve the whole com­mu­nity.

‘‘The re­turn of the school fete was a big ini­tia­tive, and we’ve held two of those now.

‘‘I’m also very proud of the P&C’s in­cep­tion of the Ed­ward on the Ed­ward mu­sic event — it’s a pos­i­tive project for the school and for the town.

‘‘The P&C has in­stalled a big sand­pit, has been in­stru­men­tal in tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments like smart­boards and ipads and we’ve also achieved a goal to in­stall a cov­ered out­door learn­ing area, which had been on the agenda since be­fore I came on the P&C.

‘‘One of the strong­est things is that we’ve al­ways had a school uni­form shop of­fer­ing high qual­ity, low cost cloth­ing af­ford­able for all fam­i­lies.

‘‘Prior to be­ing pres­i­dent, I was the uni­form shop co­or­di­na­tor.’’

Mrs Michael said while the list of achieve­ments for the P&C is con­tin­u­ally grow­ing, she said it’s not why par­ents get in­volved.

‘‘I do it be­cause I love it, and I get a lot out of it, too,’’ she said.

‘‘I know the value of when par­ents are in­volved in their child’s school and that fol­lows through as a ben­e­fit for the chil­dren — they love see­ing you at school.

‘‘There’s a good com­mu­nity as­pect to be­ing on the P&C, and it’s a great way to meet other par­ents.

‘‘As time went on, I en­joyed hav­ing an in­put into what hap­pens at the school, which is a real col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween the staff and the P&C.’’

Mrs Michael was pre­sented with her life mem­ber­ship by her suc­ces­sor, re­cently elected P&C pres­i­dent Scott Mil­dren.

RIGHT: Felic­ity Michael with her youngest chil­dren Katie and Henry.

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