Parents and Friends
Outside School Hours Care
Parents and Friends’ Association (P & F)
The Parents and Friends’ Association (P & F) is an active and vibrant friend-raising and fund-raising group within The Cathedral School and has been a vital part of our school community for many decades.
The P & F hold a variety of functions throughout the year. Details of these events will be published on our News & Events page.
This year’s events include:
- Welcome Back BBQ – Friday 3 February
- Swimming Carnival BBQs – Friday 17 February (JS), Thursday 23 February (SS), Friday 24 February (MS)
- Sunset Soiree – Sunday 23 April
- Carnival – Friday 19 May
- The Connection Sundowner by the Lagoon – Friday 28 July
In 2022, in addition to our normal fundraising activities, the P & F also held an Easter Raffle, and were able to donate $3000 each to Althea Projects and Ronald McDonald House Townsville from the proceeds.
The P & F second-hand uniform store, located in the St Mary’s building, will be open on boarders’ travel day at the start of each term. It will also be open during term time on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8.00am to 9.30am. Opening times can also be found in the school calendar.
Donations of second-hand uniforms are gratefully accepted and can be dropped off at main reception during office hours.
The School will be holding its biennial Carnival (Fete) on Friday 19 May from 5.00pm to 8.30pm. This is a major fund-raiser for the P & F and a wonderful community event.
P & F meetings are held once a month in the Junior School Wonder Hub at 7pm and everyone is welcome to attend. The 2023 meeting dates are:
31 January • 14 February • 14 March • 9 May • 13 June • 25 July • 8 August • 12 September • 10 October (AGM) • 7 November
The Tuckshop is open daily for both breaks.
The Tuckshop uses the MyTuckshop online ordering program, which is a cashless system. Modern technology makes paying for your child’s lunches easier than ever before. Gone are the days of hunting for exact change for that brown paper bag. View the Tuckshop Menu here.
Through the MyTuckshop web portal, parents can place tuckshop orders, top up the balance via credit card or direct deposit, view their child’s purchases, set spending limits, dietary or allergy alerts, ban items from sale and top up the balance on the student account.
All online orders for Junior School students need to be submitted prior to 8.30am for that day. Year 3 – 6 students will still be able to access the Tuckshop during first lunch break to purchase additional items, using their ID card instead of cash. ID cards will be distributed to Junior School students by their teachers.
Middle and Senior School students are also able to place their lunch orders online prior to 8.30am, or they may utilise the Tuckshop at break times, and swipe their ID card/library card for payment instead of using cash.
Outside School Hours Care
The Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) education program is developed and implemented in accordance with the My Time, Our Place – Framework for School Age Care. It ensures that students have opportunities to participate in leisure and play-based activities that are responsive to their needs, interests, and choices. School age children may do their homework in a supervised quiet area before joining the play-based activities.
For all new enrolments to OSHC, please register through XPLOR via the link below.
The Xplor Home App gives parents access to their child’s daily journal including photographs of the children and their activities.
Vacation Care Program
Our Vacation Care program offers art and craft activities, wet days, outdoor games, cooking, drama and various excursions. We also have visits from professionals such as QLD Surf Life Savers, police officers, ambulance and fire officers, and wildlife carers to name a few.
Parents are welcome to participate in all aspects of our program and attend any of the excursions with their child (if places are available on the bus). Parents who have a talent in a particular area are invited to share these skills with us at OSHC.
A full Vacation Care program is available at least two weeks before Vacation Care commences, to assist children/parents with organising items required for activities each day of the program. We encourage the children to be responsible for ensuring that they have their equipment ready and to be organised for their day.