Congratulations on making the decision to attend Yeronga High.
The School has been operating since 1960 and has a long and proud tradition of providing good quality public education to students from a variety of backgrounds. At its peak, the School served 1,800 students in the 1970s and currently has a smaller but growing number of around 580 students. The school is one of the most diverse in terms of the student population with students representing over 50 different nationalities and over 60 different cultural groups. The multi-cultural and cosmopolitan nature of the school along with the small school size means it has a strong sense of community, can provide a high level of individual attention and opportunities for participation in activities that students in larger schools find harder to achieve.
However, the diverse student population along with declining government funding also makes it challenging for teachers to deal with a broad range of students. Never-the-less the school manages to achieve:
- A high level of OP success
- Excellent Vocational Education Training (VET) results
- Employment of graduates in a range of general, trade and professional occupations
- Educational and life opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds
- Excellent support from a committed and great group of teachers
- Disciplined, well dressed and happy students
These achievements are supported by the P&C through a variety of activities including fund raising, facility improvements, working bees and helping to develop school policy. We also provide parents and carers with a communication link between home and the school and to raise issues on your behalf that effect your child’s education.
The P&C holds a meeting on the second Monday each month of the school year. We meet at 6.30pm in the Administration building, upstairs from the general office and aim to finish by 8.30pm. Our up coming meetings are advertised in the school newsletter. You are most welcome to attend meetings, where you can hear directly from the school management team and teachers about current events, meet and socialise with other parents and have input into what happens in the school. On a personal note, one of the things I have learned by being involved in the school is that teachers know more about me and my children and can bring opportunities and problems to my attention.
Ways that you can be involved with the P&C and the school more generally are:
- Come along to a P&C meeting, once a month or once a year
- Contact the P&C or school management to raise issues you would like us to know about
- Help out in the tuckshop or uniform shop, once a month or once a year
- Attend a working bee, which normally involve a Saturday morning 1-3 times a year
- Respond to our calls for assistance that appear from time to time in the school newsletter
- Come along to School functions and events
- Offer support in the library, the EAL/D (English as a second language or dialect) unit or other areas in the School
While we understand it is difficult for many parents to attend meetings, one particular way you can help is to offer your general support or trade/professional skills for a special task on an occasional basis. By drawing on your help we can continue to make Yeronga High a better place for your and other children. If you are interested in registering your interest with the P&C, finding out more or would like to have a chat about the P&C, please feel free to email me.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
on behalf of the Yeronga State High School P&C Executive