Farmers’ Market, May 28 – the show must go on

A special thank you to the parents who fronted the Antarctic vortex that swept through the school grounds on the day of the last May farmers’ market.

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The rain barely let up all morning, so a huge thank you to the parents of Foundation C who braved the elements, as follows: Adytia and Chevalier, Jen and Beatrice, Phil and Cecilia with son Hugo, superstar Kalissa who stayed on well after her shift, Coralie and son Pascal, Kyra, Pwint and her son Bman, Rene and Elikya, Friska and Fatir, Tom and Artemis, Tarni and Ilya and Mike.

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Thanks particularly to the clean-up team who were faced with a massive drying-out job of all the gear.

Your help is, as always, much appreciated.

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Bumper Bunnings barbie

It was cold and there was rain, a lot of rain, but luckily the weather did little to dampen the general public’s enthusiasm for sausages and sauce in bread.

Coburg North Parents & Friends ran the barbecue at the Gaffney St Bunnings on Saturday, June 4.

As always, we are so grateful to our generous volunteers, especially those who were up early on a Saturday morning to start the ball, well barbecue, rolling (that’s you Elise, Gina and Mike).

We also feel very fortunate to have had so many fathers lend a helping hand, albeit looking a little worse for wear in some cases, after an apparently successful Dad’s Night Out the evening before.

In the end, we served up 70kg of sausages, 35 loaves of bread and 15kg of onions to make about $1800 for the school.

Thank you so much to Jackie, Lewy and Paul for hand cutting all the onions, and to our volunteers – Elise, Gina, Mike, Liz, Rachel, Justin, Ben, Matt, Kirrily, Diana, Paul and Chris – you are all awesome.

Thanks also to all the school families who showed their support by coming along to buy a sausage.



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A “roo-lly” tasty lunch

Roo and rosella fruit were on the menu last Friday as Coburg North students marked Reconciliation Week  with a taste of indigenous fare.

The menu for this month’s lunch included roo sausage rolls, warrigal green parcels and shortbread made from rosella fruit – all of which proved popular with the hungry hordes.

It was great to have some new hands on board for the preparation and serving of the lunch- Parents and Friends always needs as much help as it can get, especially as the student numbers continue to rise!

Thanks as always to our resident chef Michelle – we know how much work you put in to planning and preparing the lunches each month – and her team of apprentices, including Meredith, Jackie, Jenny, Kerry, Allan, Paul, Catherine and Bolanle.


We are already starting to plan next month’s lunch so watch out for another yummy menu.

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Have licences, will flip – Farmers’ Market, May 14

It was the turn of newly qualified pancake flippers, Foundation B, at the second-Saturday Farmers’ Market on May 14. Thankfully, we had a full complement of volunteers, as the stand was pumping by mid-morning with the grill firing on all burners by 10am. Just as well cool heads, Andrew Alves and Michelle Lorier, were on hand to make it look all  too easy.

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So a big thank you to Jock and daughter Vera, Sian with son Thomas, Amelia with Rose and Lewis, Maria and daughter Emily, Dave and son Jack, Kerry and daughter Adeline, Andrew with daughters Greta and Esme, Michelle and daughters Isla and Nina and Mike and Sylvia with their kids Billy and Charlotte. A big thanks, too, to Sian, Amelia and Gina who helped midweek with the kids’ pancake licences. And, of course, to the unflappable Carla Bruce-Lee. Apologies to any volunteers who might have been forgotten.

The market again pushed us closer to our $9000 target for new basketball hoops and backboards.


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Mum’s the word

So popular were the craft and sweet treats at this year’s mother’s day stall that a quick re-stocking was required on the day to keep all our eager shoppers happy.

Organised by the very crafty Erika and her team of volunteers, last Friday’s stall included an amazing array of handcrafted necklaces, bracelets and tote bags, as well as delicious and extremely pretty looking biscuits, succulents in teacups and homemade lipgloss.

This year’s stall raised $1750 for the school, almost doubling the takings of previous years.

Thank you so much to our wonderful Parents and Friends craft and cooking volunteers who helped stock the stall, and to those who helped out on the day.


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End-of-term lunch, April 29

Three hundred ANZAC biscuits, almost 150 mezze plates and around 450 slices of pita bread were the order of the day at the “end-of-term” lunch late last month.

Charlotte, Imogen and Ada from 3/4B digging in.

Charlotte, Imogen and Ada from 3/4B digging in.

A huge thanks to the parents who helped make it possible, particularly to the ridiculously industrious Michelle Lorier who, in between working and caring for two girls, managed to churn out a mountain of ANZAC biscuits and what seemed like four metric tonnes of hummus. Thanks also to Janine Strahan and Jenny Dun who baked a couple of hundred biscuits between them and to Meredith Dimsey who did a sterling job with the preparation on the day.

Jenny, Meredith, Kate Pruis, Michelle Di Blasi and token bloke Mike Bruce also helped with prep and serving on the day – thank you!

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Farmers’ Market April 23

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who turned out to help at last Saturday’s Farmers’ Market (April 23) – a long weekend to boot – which started out slowly but turned out to be a bonanza, with a larger-than-normal batch of pancakes selling out before market’s end.

Thank you once again to the incomparable Erika Vella for her tireless efforts, to Brian and son Luka, Gemma and daughter Ada, Rebecca  and Carmine and their daughter Giada, Magnus and son Per, Hannah, Noah and Siham, Mike and daughter Charlotte, Benjamin with Lilian and Ruby, Brett with Virginia and their daughter Audrey, Michelle and Oriana and Wendy with Jodie and their daughter Marlie. A special thank you to Coralie and Mehrnaz who weren’t rostered on, but jumped in late in the proceedings to help out with the final hour and clean-up. Sorry to anyone who might have been left off the list – please know your help is greatly appreciated and that the market simply cannot operate without you.

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Further funds were raised for our new basketball hoops and backboards.

With the market now running weekly, the next market will be on April 30, but with no school-run food stall at that market and the next, school volunteers won’t be required until the May 14 when it’s the turn of Foundation B who will soon be doing their pancake licences.

For those parents who haven’t had an opportunity to help out, it’s a load of fun and a great way to get to know other parents and children.

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