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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Farmers’ Market, February 25

Thanks to all the parents of 1B – and others – who answered the call for the school stall at last Saturday’s Farmers’ Market.


On tong: (from left) Ada, Matt Abbott and Paul “The Guns” Sutton. (Pic: Benjy Lee)

The Parents & Friends group would like to thank Miss Carmel with partner Brett who helped on the barbecue, Travis, Troy with son Archie, Jasmin with daughter Nieva, Amanda with Jock and a big thank you to Colleen who brought along her husband their three kids before heading away for the weekend. Thanks to the parents from other grades who filled the shortfall – Kate (1D), Tamara and Paul with Ada (3/4A) and Camille (2), Alan (2C) and Matt with Charlotte and Jack (2C, Foundation A).

Your help is, as always, much appreciated.

The next school stall will take place on March 11th, when it will be the turn of Grade 1C. If you can help, email Erika at

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We’re back!

Thanks to everyone who attended our first meeting of the year, on Monday, February 20 in the aftercare room. It was great to see so many of you there.

There was plenty of discussion about our fundraising activities for this year at the meeting – obviously the barbecue and pancake stall at the Farmer’s Market will continue to be our main fundraising focus, and the successful  Make.Noise arts and crafts festival will be back louder than ever.

We plan to continue to run themed special lunch events every term, and the craft group will be back in action making lovely items to sell at craft stalls for Mother’s and Father’s Day and Christmas.

There are even some ideas floating around for an art auction and mango drive – so watch this space.

Our first event of the year will be the barbecue at the Twilight Sports on March 23, and our recruitment drive for volunteers to help set up and run the barbecue has begun. Email if you are keen to help.

This year’s P&F committee are:

Presidents – Jackie Hanson (mum of Charlie in Gr 2) and Tamara Heath (mum of Ada in Gr 4 and Camille in Gr 2)
Treasurer – Meredith Dimsey (mum of Logan in Gr 5 and Holly in Gr 2)
Secretary – Kalissa Alexeyeff (mum of Frank in Gr 5 and Dan in Gr 2)

Have a chat to any of us in the school yard or email if you are interested in getting involved in this year’s activities.

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