In this Edition please find:

  • Welcome to 2023
  • Details of our first Lunch Meeting for 2023
  • Advice on the Proposed Amendments to our Constitution
  • Payment of Annual Membership Fees
  • Dates & Venues for the other Lunch meetings for the remainder of the year
  • Annual Golf Day
  • Recent media report on the plight of Funding for Public Education
  • Welfare Update


!. WELCOME one and all to our 2023 ARPP year.

We hope everybody has survived the festive season and are safe and well.

While 2022 was by far a more comfortable year given the ever present Covid Strains, let’s dare to dream that 2023 will be a kinder and more rewarding year.

Please spare a thought for those colleagues, families and friends who have been affected by recent floods & fires as they endeavour to recover from the devastation.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to those brave workers & volunteers striving to protect people adversely affected by the disasters.


You are invited to attend the first City ARPP lunch of 2023 on Thursday, 2nd March at 12.30pm at the Kirribilli Club, 11 Harbourview Crescent, Lavender Bay.

 We will also be able to meet for drinks in the bar area from 11.30am.  There will be a 3 course lunch with the cost for ARPP members being $55 ($70 for non-members).  ARPP will also provide wine with lunch. If any special dietary requirements are required, please advise when responding. The very reasonable lunch costs are possible because of the annual subscription payments of ARPP members and sponsorship by Campbell Financial.

 This will again be a pre-pay event. The lunch cost can be paid by cheque to ARPP and sent direct to Noel West at 62 Wagstaffe Avenue, Wagstaffe 2257 or by Bank Transfer to BSB062668 Account Number 10152151. The Account Name is ARPP.

Also, to help with number advice to the club, please send your intention to attend to Maurie Bird on or by phone on 0434148141. Please send payment to Noel and advice to Maurie by Thursday, 23rd February. Advice to Maurie can also help with cross-checking in any cases where Bank Transfer payments need follow up.

There is parking available at the club with a flat cost of $12 for visitors. If travelling by public transport, take the train to Milsons Point Station and exit onto Alfred Street South. Turn right and go to Lavender Street and then left onto Harbourview Crescent  (about a 7 minute walk).

 We look forward to an enjoyable lunch together.

 Best Regards,

Maurie Bird (Events Coordinator), Tom Croker (President), Noel West (Treasurer)


At the end of January we will be circulating details of the proposed changes we need to make to our Constitution as was foreshadowed in the December Newsletter.

The proposed Motions and the timetable for the casting of votes will be outlined in the SPECIAL NOTICE for the attention of all financial members as at the end of 2022 and to whom the Notice

is being circulated.

Please show your support and interest by casting your vote and returning it to our Returning Officer by the due date to ensure our amendments are reflective of a strong response from the membership..


In late 2021, the ARPP Executive decided to suspend the collection of membership fees due for 2022 and a “year of grace / free membership” was provided to all members who were at that time financial or became financial / paid up by the end of the 2021 year.

 Gatherings had been suspended during 2021 largely due to Covid restrictions and the natural reluctance to be ‘out and about’. During 2022 luncheons have resumed and newsletters have continued to be sent out to keep everyone informed.

 A number of initiatives dating back to late 2019 have been on hold or partially realised such as website upgrade / update, area contacts and attracting those Principals who have retired more recently. Each of these is intended to benefit all retired and retiring Principals.

 It is now time to pay the 2023 membership fees and continue enjoying contact with your colleagues. Fees are due from 1st January 2023 and would best be paid by 30th January for the year.

How to pay

By cheque to ARPP and sent direct to Noel West at 62 Wagstaffe Avenue, Wagstaffe 2257 or by Bank Transfer to BSB062668 Account Number 10152151. Those paying by Bank Transfer need to include their name in the description.

If you have a continuing credit because of lunch cancellation or other factors, please confirm credit amounts by emailing Noel West on

 With thanks

 Noel West Treasurer


Dates for the city Lunch meetings have been determined to be held on the first Thursday of the month to ensure consistency.

2nd March – Kirribilli Club (details above)

1st June      – Sydney Rowing Club, Abbotsford

7th September – Emperor’s Garden, Chinatown

7 th December – Epping Club


We will be discussing with our Regional Contact members possible dates for Regional Gatherings during the year.

In 2022 Lunch Events held in Newcastle and the Central Coast provided a great opportunity for local retirees to join together.

We look forward to similar gatherings in other centres such as Mudgee/Bathurst and the South Coast.


The date has been set for Friday 2nd June to be held at Royal Massey Park Golf Course, Concord.

This is the day after the Sydney Rowing Club Lunch and will provide an opportunity for regional travellers to attend the lunch and then stay over for the Golf the next day.

Our Coordinator, Ray Gentles, will be circulating details as we approach the day.


Our thoughts and best wishes go out to:

Chris Worthington  – who is recovering from a car accident and required urgent surgery for a badly damaged right hand.


Maurie Bird – who will be having a medical procedure next week.

and to other members  not known to us and who are doing it tough.  

PLEASE REMEMBER if you are aware of a member or colleague who is suffering from an illness or a long term health issue please advise

our Welfare Officer, Chris Worthington, at mobile 0414 603 603 or any of the Executive Committee.

This will enable us to make contact, reach out to family and offer our support in their time of need.

  1. RECENT MEDIA re Plight of Public Education.

I refer to articles that can be found in the attachments below provided by Retired Secondary Principal, John Frew and

Trevor Cobbold, Save Our Schools

Keep well and safe

Tom Croker


on behalf of the Executive Committee


Labor Kicks the Public School Funding Can Down the Road

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