World P&C Day is on 23rd July and Melville SHS was very keen to promote our P&Cs achievements and thank the tireless volunteers, whose activities sometimes fly under the radar.
The school has posters in place to remind students and staff what activities and projects the P&C funding provides.
The P&C has approved STEM tools including a PCR and Gel Electrophoresis equipment for state of the art investigations into DNA profiling and chromatography. Senior School Science students collect DNA isolated from material collected at a ‘crime scene’. The STR loci are amplified by PCR using sequence-specific primers. These primers are designed in such a way that they can amplify the STR loci from any individual. The resulting DNA fragments are then processed using electrophoresis. The photo shows Year 9 Gifted and Talented students Kelly Crew and Rachel Yeo David with the DNA equipment
Other STEM items include $3000 towards a 3D Printer and a sublimation printer for the Arts Department and the Graphic Design Media Specialist Program
All learning areas benefit for example a $4000 donation toward a grand piano for the new Performing Arts Centre, ongoing maintenance and refurbishment of the swimming pool, drones for students in the Aviation Specialist programs, donations to the Harmony Committee for events and initiatives and sports awards and trophies.
According to a WACSSO survey, P&Cs across Western Australia contributed $13 million and almost 400,000 volunteer hours to help their schools in 2020, which is an average of 608 hours and $20,328 per P&C. In 2020, P&Cs across Western Australia contributed $13 million and almost 400,000 volunteer hours to help their schools.