Parents and Friends Association Approves Funding for Athletes, Orators and Robots

Monday 20th March 2023

The PFA continues to provide resources, and support for the current students of the College.

Queenstown Cricket Carnival
Queenstown Cricket Carnival

PFA Chair Sandy Rasmussen warmly welcomed new Committee members during the 13 March meeting.  It is great to see such amazing and enthusiastic support within the parent community for the College.

The PFA approved funding proposals totalling $7,500. Three approvals were sports-related, as March is busy with national tournaments and competitions:

  • Senior A Volleyball Team's travel to National Championships in Palmerston North ($1,000)
  • Maadi Rowing Cup group’s accommodation in Cambridge (Karapiro) ($1,000), and
  • Year 10 Cricket Team’s travel to Palmerston North for the Junior Secondary Nationals ($1,000).

The meeting also approved $500 for a TED-Ed event, at which almost 40 (mainly) Year 11 students will discuss global issues, stakeholder perspectives and actions. The funding will cover event costs and pay for public-speaking expert, Craig McGregor, to train the students. It will be a valuable experience, allowing students to engage with vital issues and learn presentational skills from a Master Toastmaster.

The Committee enthusiastically approved $4,000 to replace existing Edison Robots, extensively used for hands-on robotics and coding learning, especially by Year 10 students. The current robots are ageing or worn out - so it was time for a change up. Edison Robots have been proven effective learning tools in schools; they encourage problem-solving, computational thinking, and creativity. Studies show that robotics education increases student engagement and interest in STEM subjects. The original Edison Robots were purchased with PFA support.