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KIrribilli Lunch 2022

Dear ARPParians,

You are invited to attend the first ARPP lunch of 2022 on Thursday, 3rd  March at 11.45am at the Kirribilli Club, 11 Harbourview Crescent, Lavender Bay. We have selected the earlier lunch sitting time this year so that the later 1.30pm sitting we had last year will not cause any problems with some members’ afternoon commitments.

We will also be able to meet for drinks in the bar area from 11am.  There will be a 3 course lunch with the cost for ARPP members being $51 ($66 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 maubird@ozemail.com.au or by phone on 0434148141. Please send payment to Noel and advice to Maurie by Thursday, 24th February. Advice to Maurie can also help with cross-checking in any cases where Bank Transfer payments need followup.

There is some 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 Co-ordinator), Tom Croker (President), Noel West (Treasurer)

Christmas Lunch Reminder

Christmas lunch Reminder

Hi Arpparians,

For those members who have not registered for the Annual Christmas Lunch please note the following reminder:

ARPP ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH 2 December 2021

The ARPP Christmas Lunch for 2021 will be held at The Epping Club, 45-47 Rawson Street, Epping on Thursday, 2nd December at 12.30pm.

Our lunch will be in The Grand Salon. The 12.30pm start is earlier than our usual 1pm lunches to cater for the canapes and pre-dinner drinks, the 3-course lunch, the gift giving and the Stewart House raffle draw.  We hope it will enable all colleagues, especially those who have travelled long distances, to enjoy the full lunch experience. We will also be able to meet for drinks in the 45 on Rawson Bar (formerly called the E Bar) from 11.30am with appropriate spacing.

 

Costs and Inclusions

Cost for ARPP members will be $70 ($85 for non-members). This will include payment for the Stewart House /FOSH Raffle. We are able to keep our costs as low as possible because of the support of Campbell Financial and the payment of annual fees by ARPP members. The cost includes canapes with pre-dinner drinks (selection of champagne, beer, soft drinks, orange juice and iced water), a three-course lunch, wine with lunch and tea/coffee. This lunch will be a pre-pay event.

(If any special dietary requirements are required, please advise when responding).

Kris Kringle

We are also including the Kris Kringle Christmas gift sharing and for those wishing to participate please bring along a gift to the value of around $10.

 

Parking

There will be some limited parking at the Club. To use the club carpark, press the buzzer and advise attendance at the Retired Principals’ Lunch. If club parking becomes unavailable, parking in nearby Chesterfield Road or Chelmsford Avenue is recommended. Alternatively, there is a free Council Carpark located on Rawson Street (Time restrictions may apply).

 

Train Travel

If coming by train, alight at Epping Station and walk across the pedestrian overbridge and then through The Epping Club Walk (about a 3 minute walk). For train travel, the Central to Newcastle services and Newcastle to Central Express services have limited stops including Epping.

 

Easing of Covid restrictions

We would expect in the interest of the health of colleagues that all attending this lunch will be double vaccinated.

We can also return to the Kris Kringle and we ask that all attending bring a Christmas gift to the value of around $10 for a Kris Kringle gift sharing.

 

How to advise attendance

Please advise Maurie Bird of your attendance by email maubird@ozemail.com.au or by phone on 0434148141 by Thursday, 25th November. Numbers need to be advised to the club at this time.

How to pay

All those attending should send payment to Noel West by 25th November. 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. If you have a credit because of lunch cancellation or other factors, please note this on your payment eg “Balance paid by $35 credit”. Credit amounts can be confirmed by emailing Noel West on nwest@bigpond.net.au a week before payment is due.

We look forward to a very enjoyable Christmas get-together.

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

ARPP Newsletter May 21, 2021

EXECUTIVE REPORT for MAY 2021 NEWSLETTER                        

Welcome one and all to our latest Newsletter for 2021. While the restrictions have been eased and we are now into receiving the Vaccines and flu shots we still need to be on guard and follow the requirements for living in a COVID 19 safe world for some time We continue to be amazed at the wonderful work of our health workers and volunteer services as they endeavour to maintain a safe environment for all Australians.

It was great to be able to hold two events for this year with our April Sydney Rowing Club Luncheon on 3 March and the recent Annual Golf Day on 23 April at Massey Park. See reports below.

Our Kirribilli Lunch Reminder: Takes place on Thursday 3 June starting at 1.30pm. We can meet for drinks from 12.30pm. Cost is $45 for ARPP Members and $60 for Non- Members. This provides for a 2 Course lunch and wine with lunch. The lunch cost can be paid by cheque to ARPP and sent to:

Noel West at 62 Wagstaffe Ave Wagstaffe 2257 OR by Bank Transfer to BSB 062668 Account No 10152151

Account name is ARPP.

When sending your payment please also advise Maurie Bird of your attendance by email at maubird@ozemail.com.au or by phone on 0434148141. Payment and advice need to be completed by Thursday 27 May.

 

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL – REMINDER

Thank you to those members who have paid their 2021 fees. As anticipated the effect of COVID 19 and the lack of events has limited the payments and we currently only have 50% of our regular members financial.

To that end we have extended the final payment date to 30 June to enable all unfinancial members to renew.

As a reminder:

 

METROPOLITAN

The Annual Sub is $50.00, which provides a discount for each function, puts wine on the table and keeps everyone in touch. For those of you who are yet to pay you can pay at any function or by Direct Deposit to the ARPP Account BSB 062668 Ac No 10152151 or by cheque to ARPP C/- Noel West, 62 Wagstaffe Ave Wagstaffe 2257

NON- METROPOLITAN – Outside of Newcastle, Greater Sydney and Illawarra Regions

The Annual Fee is $30.00, and payments can be made by Bank Transfer or Cheque as detailed above.

 

Keep in mind that one of the best ways to increase our membership is through members promoting our Group to other retirees & friends and bringing them along as guests to our events (special members rate).

 

 

ARPP WEBSITE

The development of our upgraded Website has progressed and our Webmaster, Aman Yadav, has advised that the site is now up and running.  The site will be more responsive to the various needs of our members and focus on aspects such as Managing Retirement, Keeping in Touch, Retirement Options, Working in Retirement, staying Up to date and news around Tours & Travel.

We are in the process of developing information for the various Topics, and we look forward to member contributions as the site becomes available in the form of stories and reflections.

The new site domain name is rppa.com.au and the access password will be provided to members as they become financial.

 

 2021 CITY LUNCH EVENTS.

Sydney Rowing Club Lunch 3 March 2021

There was smaller than attendance impacted by the Covid 19 requirements and caution with travelling to group events. Those attending had an enjoyable get together. Graham Hayton’s outstanding contribution as  the outgoing Treasurer for so many years was acknowledged. 

The dates and venues planned for our future City based Luncheons we continue working towards are:

·      Thursday 3 June at Kirribilli Club  

·      Wednesday 1st September at Emperors Garden

·      Thursday 2nd December at the Epping Club

 

As you would understand all of our events are subject to the health requirements and abiding by the restrictions that are in place regarding numbers able to attend.

Non-Metropolitan Lunch Outings:

Newcastle Lunch – Planning is underway for this to be held in July in Adamstown. Organiser Brian Collins to provide further details regarding arrangements.

We live in  hope that we will be able to support lunches planned for other centres on  Central Coast (Woy Woy) and South Coast (Dapto or Kiama). Dates will be advised as they come to hand.  

Visits to regional areas are still under consideration for the North Coast (Yamba) and either Bathurst/Orange or Mudgee subject to the COVID 19 Heath restrictions and requirements.  

These occasions enable us to meet up with many of our country retired colleagues not previously involved in Association activities. 

 

ANNUAL GOLF DAY

The 2021 ARPP Golf day was held at Massey Park Golf Club on 23 April. Those who played had an enjoyable day. The ARPP Trophy was won by Graham Hayton who was the host of our first event at castle Hill some 13 years ago. Runner-Up in the Singles event was Peter Shuttleworth. The 2BB Event was won by Geoff Scott and Michael Glenday with Peter Shuttleworth and Tom Croker in the runner Up position. The Nearest the Pin competition was won by Alan Laughlin.

A big thank you to Maurie Bird for organizing the event.

 

WELFARE UPDATE

Members and friends have reported the following sad news which we have provided through Notices to the membership.

VALE: Bob Hince      – Former principal of Auburn & Berala PS. Passed away on 27 March.

              John Dawson – Former principal of Samuel Gilbert PS. Passed away on 22 April.

              Paul Greer     –  Former principal of Albion Park Rail PS. Passed away on 30 April.

 

The deepest sympathies of all members have been extended to all families.

 

UNWELL LIST:

Peter Stretton – Former Principal St Johns Park PS

Mark Hagan  –  Former Principal Greenway Park PS

 

PLEASE LET US KNOW of any members or former colleagues who are ill and have major health issues.

Contact our Welfare Officer, Chris Worthington on 0414 603 603 (Phone or text) so that we can contact the person.

STEWART HOUSE  We continue to support Stewart House especially as it emerges from the COVID19 lockdown. Stewart House has resumed taking in students with a modified 5 Day Program and restricted number of up to 20 students per session which will progressively increase during the year.

COVID 19 has caused a huge drop off in support from teachers and schools. Such funds are critical to for the operation of Stewart House and there is a need for a major drive to ensure such support is ongoing to maintain Stewart House.

A Special PowerPoint message has been sent to all Primary & Secondary Principals through the NSWPPA & NSWSPC seeking their support. In addition, a message has been sent out in School Biz to all schools.

FOSH

At this stage due to COVID 19 there have been no activities held for FOSH (Friends of Stewart House) during 2021. Planning is underway to hold the AGM in June, pending arranging a suitable venue. A big thank you to those who have renewed or become members. It is important for people to continue with their membership so that we can continue to provide financial support to Stewart House.

The Fees are $20 for 1 Year or $50 for 3 years and Payments can be made by: Direct Deposit to Teachers Mutual Bank BSB 812 170 Acc 263444 in the name of ‘Friends of Stewart House’ OR  by cheque made payable to ‘Friends of Stewart House’ and sent to Assistant Treasurer Robyn Graham PO Box 32 Miller 2168

 

ARPP EXECUTIVE ELECTIONS

Please note the new Executive Committee for 2021elected in February as previously reported.

 

President:                                Tom Croker

Vice Presidents:                      Heather Causley & Rick Riddle

Secretary:                                Kerryanne Knox        

Treasurer:                                Noel West

Events Organiser:                    Maurie Bird

Welfare Contact:                     Chris Worthington

Committee Members:

Ray Gentles, Jackie Malecki, Geoff Scott & Graham Hayton

 

NSWPPA – State Council

Interesting matters arising at the last State Council Meeting:

·      Murat Dizdar ( Deputy Secretary) one of the few remaining Senior Executive with a school education background

·      School Performance – Phonics Targets 2022

·      Prof Support being provided that is targeted, guided, with universal resources based on school need & data

·      Workload effect on Principals  – Riley Report -stress, difficult parents

·      Consistency of DEL’s  – raising issues

·      Focus on promoting best Principals into DEL positions

·      New Curriculum Roll Out – aggressive timetable

·      Rural Ed – commitment to enhance – New Exec/Remote Ex Director -unit to be located in a rural area

·      Support for Reading & Numeracy – Resources Hub K-12 – Prof learning packages

·      Ongoing COVID Program Support

·      Announcement of departure of Secretary Mark Scott at the end of April – Deputy Sec Georgina  Harrison to be Acting Secretary till vacancy has been filled

 

** We were also advised that PPA Vice President, Trish Peters, will be the Executive Contact to ARPP.

     Trish is Principal of Kincumber PS.

 

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

We continue to search for recent retirees and to encourage them to join with us as new members in our Association. We will be reaching out through the Principals’ Networks for the opportunity to identify future,

(and past) retirees enabling us to make contact and suggest that they join our Association. Whilst we realize that many retirees live outside of the Sydney area, we would like to keep as many retired principals as possible in contact, if only to provide news of what is happening through email and to maintain a communication network around the state. We are expanding opportunities for our retirees and although it has always been primarily, a social connection, we are looking for other ways to engage our colleagues.

We seek your support in promoting our organisation as a strong advocate for our schools, Leaders & NSWPPA and a continuing voice for public education. ARPP was established to provide an avenue for retirees to keep in touch and to be able to meet and share their life in retirement. While many of our members take on roles in a variety of organizations there are many who find the transition more difficult.

Our events, newsletters and website provide news and a communication around the state. All retirees whether they are metropolitan, or country can be involved through the various groups as they meet during the year. If there is anyone whom you would like to contact, please inform Kerryanne Knox on kknox@bigpond.com or President Tom on mtcroker@bigpond.net.au 

Keep well, stay safe & enjoy the good life.

 

Tom Croker

President 

 

 

 

RPPA June Lunch Notice

Dear ARPParians,

 

You are invited to attend the next ARPP lunch on Thursday, 3rd June at 1.30pm at the Kirribilli Club, 11 Harbourview Crescent, Lavender Bay. We will also be able to meet for drinks in the bar area from 12.30pm. There will be a 2 course lunchwith the cost for ARPP members being $45 ($60 for non-members).  ARPP will also provide wine with lunch. 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 isARPP. Also to help with number advice to the club, please send your intention to attend to Maurie Bird on maubird@ozemail.com.au or by phone on 0434148141. Please send payment to Noel and advice to Maurie by Thursday, 27th May. Advice to Maurie can help with cross-checking in any cases where Bank Transfer payments need followup.

There is some 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)