Welcome back and Happy New Year. This is the first of our newsletters for ARPP and provides a January update……

Executive and Committee Elections. for 2024-25

The returning Officer Grahame Hayton has declared that the nominations received were

President  Tom Croker

Vice Presidents Heather Causley and Rick Riddle

Secretary  Kerryanne Knox

Treasurer  Noel West

Events Coordinator  Maurie Bird

Welfare Officer Chris Worthington

Committee Members   Geoff Scott,  Ray Gentles,  Jacki Malecki , Lyn Davis

As none of the positions were contested there was no need to conduct an election to confirm the positions

Our special thanks to Graham Hayton for conducting the elections. We appreciate your time.


Annual Xmas Lunch Report

This year our lunch attracted 66 members & friends which is the highest attendance ever at an ARPP event

A big thank you to our events coordinator Maurie Bird for organising the lunch and to Treasurer Noel West for his assistance

Our special guests were Barry Johnson Chairman of the Stewart House Board of Directors

Phil & Joel Campbell from Campbell Financial who continue to be our sponsor. and have committed for another 2 years.

Dr Sylvia Corish  Executive Director Students Support and special programs. Her role also includes the co-ordination of the recent  Schools Spectacular. (How great was that?) Sylvia was also a principal for 14 years

At this event we also welcomed two new members – Therese Hinder and Gerry Attwell

Several apologies were received including Murat Dizdar, Secretary of the DoE, Robyn Evans, PPA  President and Vice President Trish Peters

Our annual raffle to support Stewart House, our charity of choice, was conducted and raised $1340

Our special thanks to Heather Causley and Kerryanne Knox who organised the raffle.

A BIG thank you to members who so generously donated prizes and purchased tickets on the day.

May I express my appreciation to all of the Executive for their support and assistance with this special day


2024 Lunch Dates and venues 

Kirribilli: Thursday, 7th March.

Springwood: Thursday, 2nd May.

Sydney Rowing Club: Thursday, 6th June.

Newcastle: Thursday, 1st August.

Emperor’s Garden: Thursday, 5th September.

Woy Woy: October – date TBC

Epping: Thursday, 5th December.


ARPP Membership renewals for 2024

A big reminder to members that the annual 2024 membership fees are are now due

For Metropolitan members the annual sub is $50.   This provides a discount for each function and provides wine for each table

Payment can be made by direct deposit to the

ARPP Account

BSB 062668

Account number:10152151

OR paid on the first luncheon date at Kirribilli Club.

For non Metropolitan members outside of Newcastle, Greater Sydney and Illawarra Regions

the annual Fee is $30,00 and payment can be made as detailed above.


Stewart House Report

Continues to struggle financially largely due to the drop off in contributions from   teachers.

Principals are being encouraged to promote having a member of staff take on the role of Stewart House coordinator to create a better understanding of Stewart House and how schools can support Stewart House.We encourage members to lobby organisations that are connected to support Stewart House.

A recent event conducted by the Breakfast Point Men’s Shed raised $3000 in support of Stewart House

A big thank you to members & friends who supported the FOSH Xmas wine drive coordinated by Brian Collins which raised $3 600  to support Stewart House



We were delighted with the Wine raffle…thanks Brian Collins!

We had a great start to FOSH events with 60 people attending the High Tea (with champers) at Breakfast Point Country Club in November. It was a fun day with many acquaintances reconnecting and enjoying themselves immensely. We raised $1 000 and were delighted with the support.

We are having another event on February 2nd at Casula Powerhouse. It is a luncheon at $50 per head commencing at 12.30 pm

If you are interested and we would love to see you phone Robyn on 0407888196, or email at windswept2@bigpond.com
By Friday 19 January 2024 (limited numbers)

The good news is that you can have a walk around the gallery as well….

Would you like to join FOSH? Please go to this website https://www.stewarthouse.org.au and follow Friends of Stewart House prompts.

Attached is a photo collection for a review of the year.



Vale  Maureen Stephenson

 Dear Fellow Arpparians

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the passing of our esteemed former principal colleague and ARPP member Maureen Stephenson at the age of 85. She lived at the Estra Aged Care facility at Manly Vale and passed away on 3rd January 2024. Principal colleague Maureen will also be remembered for her involvement in the NSWPPA where she served as secretary in the early years and later as Research officer. Maureen became a  Life member of the PPA in 1996.

 Maureen was an educator on Norfolk Island and in many NSW primary schools. Our thoughts and commiserations are extended to all her relatives and friends at this sad time.

Her funeral will be held at the Sacred Heart Church Mosman 23 Cardinal St Mosman this coming Thursday 18th January 2024 at 10:30am

Chris Worthington

Welfare Officer

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