The next General Meeting for the ELPSP&F will be on Wednesday the 6th of December at 7pm in the Gilligan Hall. The agenda is available here. Minutes of previous meetings are available in the Meetings section.


This is a gentle reminder that dogs are not permitted on the oval or surrounds at any time (not just during school hours) either on or off-leash. The P&F have recently received a number of reports of people exercising their dogs on the oval. The reason for the ban on dogs is for health and safety issues, relating specifically to dog faeces. The school grounds-person currently has to clean up dog faeces before the school day because of people not cleaning up after their dogs. Even if you are doing the right thing by cleaning up after your dog, the signage around the oval clearly states that dogs are not permitted on the oval and surrounds and we ask that you exercise your dog at the authorised dog exercise areas. A link to a map of dog exercise areas in Launceston is available at https://www.launceston.tas.gov.au/Parks-and-Gardens.


At the ELPSP&F AGM the election of members to the Executive Committee was held.

Office Bearers are:

  • President - Paul Vandenberg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Vice-President - Sarah Foster
  • Secretary/Public Officer - Leigh Anthony (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Treasurer - Derek Le Merchant (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

General Committee members are:

  • Ross Smith
  • Claire Robertson
  • Libby Glover
  • Michael Lowe
  • Michael Douglas
  • Lea Watson

I would like to thank Jess Downie for all her hard work as the outgoing President (you can read her Presidents Report here). I would also like to thank the new and renewing Executive members for their commitment to the P&F in taking on committee member roles.

Many of you will be now aware of the recent developments with the Capital Works programme. The Department have decided that the new build will be on DoE owned land between the Pavilion and the Basketball courts. This does not now require the Land Swap Proposal to progress for the build to occur.

The Department and the P&F Executive are still negotiating an agreement on the Land Swap Proposal despite this. The P&F Executive still believe that the Land Swap is in the best interest of the P&F, and the Department have committed to seeing the process through.

As negotiations continue, information will be provided to members on the financial and other impacts to the P&F so that members can make an informed decision when voting to execute the negotiated agreement.

I appreciate your continued support for your P&F. On behalf of the Executive committee I look forward to working with you over the next year.

Paul Vandenberg - President


A big thank you to everyone (over 100 of you) who came to the P&F Trivia Night. It was a great night. Thank you to Richard Talbot for being a fantastic trivia master. Thanks also to Claire Robertson for her amazing organisation, and her helpers Lea Watson and Libby Glover. Thanks to Ross Smith for organising the drinks and licensing, and Emmy Brient and the school for letting us use the 'new library' space for the event. Lastly, thanks to all the businesses that provided prizes on the night. It was great to see such support for the P&F and the school.


Christmas Cake Fundraiser! For those who are not aware, Parents and Friends of ELPS have prepared Christmas Cakes for the past 4 years with the invaluable support of Manu Bakery. More information is on the Fundraising page.


The P&F recommend that anyone volunteering at P&F events hold a Working with Vulnerable People (RWVP) card. You can apply for the volunteer registration by going to http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/working_with_children/application. The cost is $18.36 for the volunteer only registration.