Like a big pizza pie, that’s Carnevale

This year’s end-of-term Carnevale lunch was another great success, raising more than $1870 for the school. A huge thanks must go to La Generalissima, Michelle Lorier, who manages to work as a chef, care for two girls and carry much of the load for these lunches which come round all too frequently. Michelle not only plans the menus, but does much of the food preparation and cooking.

The sublime Miinot Gelato, in Pascoe Vale South, also kindly offered their services and
equipment to help make the gelato.


Thanks also to the man volunteers who helped with prep and serving: Jackie Hanson, Meredith Dimsey, Liz Pye, Paul Sutton, Jane Holroyd, Tamara Heath, Lyn Beale, Ruzi Duric, Amanda Tabone and Michelle’s mother-in- law. Grazie tante!

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Mother’s Day stall sets a record

The 2017 Mother’s Day stall would appear to have been the school’s most successful yet, raising a record $2600.


So, thank you to all the crafters, bakers and candlestick makers who provided wares for the stall, as well as the many volunteers who turned up on the day to help out.

A particular shout-out must go to Amanda Gordon-Lee and Kirrily Noonan for organising and coordinating what is a mammoth task of organising, mustering and estimating the number of products required.

The growth in the school roll made the number of items for this year’s stall particularly difficult to estimate.

The Saturday Mother’s Day craft stall was also a huge success, attracting 16 stallholders who raised another $640 for the school.


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Farmers’ Markets, April 22 and May 13

Some overdue thanks to the parents and carers of Foundation B and C who turned out for the last two Coburg Farmers’ markets.

Thank you to Nicola Andrews with Jack, Shaun with Louis, Gavin with Zoe, Leah with Dylan, Paul Cavicchiolo with Eva, Fiona with Jackson, Kelly with Luca, Sana with Fazil, Liz with Archie and Georgie Murphy. Thanks also to Jackie Hanson, Mike Bruce with Billy and Matt Abbott who turned up to breach the gaps on the Anzac Day weekend.


Billy, of the Tigers, and Archie, of the Cats, helping out at the gate with Liz.

A special congratulations to the parents/carers of Foundation C who set a record for the market of May 13, namely, that we had enough volunteers to not have to put out a call for more helpers. So … well done!

Thank you to Jeff with Ernie, Luke with Noah, Ravi with Shruthika, Mary with Gemma, Sarah with Ned, VIcki with Essien, Debbie and Dave with Georgia, Richard and Rachel with son Josh, Mitzi with Frida, Dallas with Quinn and Adriana with Frieda.


Thank you all. The next market is this Saturday, May 27, when Foundation D is up.

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What’s on for second term …

Thanks to everyone who attended our second meeting of the year – on Monday, May 1 – it is always great to have you onboard.

After a successful first term, where we raised more than $8000, things are already full steam ahead for this coming term.

Members of the craft committee have been creating a host of masterpieces for the Mother’s Day Stall, to be held on Friday, May 12.

We are sure the students are going to be delighted with the range of items for sale on the day.

Thank you to our coordinators, Mandy and Kirrily, and their creative cohort for all the work that goes into preparing for the stall.

We are also very excited about our first coffee morning – to be held from 8.30-10.30am on Friday, May 19. We hope this regular event will build a network of happy, connected and engaged parents across the school.

Our term lunch will be held on the last Friday of term (June 30) and will be Italian-themed to coincide with Carnevale celebrations at the school. Michelle has a yummy menu planned and we will start promoting the items for sale closer to the event.

We know there were some issues with the delivery of food at the last lunch, but we are confident everything has been sorted out and it won’t happen again.

At the meeting, we also agreed to set aside $1000 of our fundraising money for a student-led project. We look forward to seeing what the students decide to buy for their school.

Plans are also under way for how we will contribute to this year’s Make.Noise festival.

Thanks to our comms guru Mike, we will continue to keep the school community updated and get our message out through regular posts on the school’s website, in the newsletter and on this blog.

Feel free to email us at if you want to know more about anything related to Parents & Friends.

Tamara and Jackie


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Hot cross bun day

You’d think that with hot cross buns these days making their first appearance shortly after New Year’s Day, that kids might be sick of the sticky treats come Easter time.

Apparently not. The kids of Coburg North snapped up 400 buns on hot cross bun day, tipping a handy $390 into school coffers.

Thanks to parents for remembering to give their kids some money, and to Parents & Friends volunteers who organised, collected and handed out on the day.


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Farmers’ Market, March 25

Thanks to the families of 1D — and others — who turned out to help with the school stall at the last Farmers’ Market of the first term.

A big thank you to Angela and daughter Indigo, Alex and Kate with Raphael, Mary with Gemma, Jessica with Eva, Sarah with Maya, Jodie with Marlie, Rebecca with Giada, Matt with Louis, Azahan with Aaron and Fiska with Fatir.

Your help is, as always, much appreciated. If you are able to help at the twice-monthly school stall, please email

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Farmers Market, March 11

Thanks to all the parents of Grade 1C (and others) who turned out to help at the March 11 stall – a long weekend, to boot.

Thank you to Byron with daughter Esme, Wendy and her daughters Madison and Ella – who did all three shifts! – Rachel and Richard with Alisha, Josh and Lou Lou, Mehrnaz, Paul with daughter Camille, Ruzi with Charlotte and James, Kyra with Baxter, Silvia with Emilio and Cinzia, Liz and George with Kit and Alice, and Mike and Sylvia with Charlotte Billy.

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Picture: Courtesy Ruzi Duric.

Thank you all. Your help is, as always, much appreciated.

The next Parents & Friends stall at the Coburg Farmers’ Market will be on March 25, when it’s the turn of Grade 1D. Volunteer early. Volunteer often.


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