To the Victor Goes The Spoils and the key to the school

It was an unprecedented crowd who gathered in the staffroom of our local primary school last night, to witness and take part in the vote for the Parents & Citizens Office holders. Word on the street was that our beloved President, and a dear friend of mine, was being contested by a fella whom I have to admit, I did not know. I found a seat next the wine and cheese table and once again, I failed Feb Fast in seconds.

Wine and cheese at a P & C Meeting? Why had I not been a regular attendee?

The room continued to fill, as this particular even was the most controversial thing that had ever happened in our suburb since someone graffitied FUK on the bus stop near the shops. Il Presidente, as I like to call her, sat with her team opposite the opposition and his team. They meant business, with their ties and their iPads, writing a lot of notes to each other. With the welcomes and the niceties over, it was time to vote.

The would-be-president outlined his experiences and background and why he wanted to change things up a little. The standing candidate did the same, but in a much less corporate way. Everyone was handed a piece of paper, and the School Principal walked around with a cardboard box to collect the votes.

“Can I have a volunteer to count the votes?” He asked the crowd. Fuelled by two plastic cups of warm wine, I stood rose like a phoenix from the ashes, raised my hand into the air and declared…

“I sir, will count the votes.”

Because I love the democratic process and I am nosy. I went with another school Mum into the hallway, sat on the floor and got counting. I took my job very seriously and double counted. It was very clear that the incumbent nominee was the victor. We handed the Principal the results and walked back into the crowded room. I looked a the floor. I gave nothing away. The results were announced and we all gave the unsuccessful nominee a round of applause.

And so on and so on until it came time for the call for nominations for the Treasurers position, of which there was only one.

Or so we thought.

Once the nominee gave a little speech about what a good accountant he was, we heard another voice.

“I’ll have a go…”

It was a kindy kids Dad, only weeks into the Primary School gig. He also gave a little speech about how much he loved the school, how he went to the school, how his classroom is now the Uniform Shop (They need more volunteers FYI) and how he was a local lad who has moved back into the area because he wanted his kids to have the same, marvellous experience that he had, many decades ago.

Well, give a tear-jerking speech to a group of mainly mothers, and dude. YOU HAVE GOT YOURSELF A POSITION ON THE P&C! However, this didn’t go down without some controversy apparently, because I was not there to witness it at the end of the meeting, I cannot deny or confirm that a storm out took place. (But neighbourhood gossip would have me believe that indeed there was.)

So there you have it. It will always be known as the meeting that they have to get chairs from the classrooms to fit everyone.


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  • Janice

    Always good to have a “controversy” or a “you will not mess with our beloved President” to get people to a P&F meeting which otherwise would be scarce enough people to get a quorum in case you ended up in a “position”!! Know it well. Ha.

  • Susan

    Thanks for that update, and how important are you Mrs (pokerfaced) Vote Counter !
    I loved how at the beginning of each year at my kids school, a diehard (usually a dad) would arrive at the AGM, take the floor and very loudly make sweeping statements about what and how things could be done much better. They would then continue to big note themselves, outlining inadequacies of the P&C, (compared to their corporate world) and offering suggestions for improvement. When the realities of funding, priorities etc were pointed out they went quiet and when asked if they would volunteer their time, skills etc since they were sooooo amazing, lots of muttering about being too busy could be heard. Needless to say they drank the wine and were not seen for the rest of the year !!

  • Donna

    Thought you were going to end up as treasurer then.

  • Deb

    I’m starting to think Liane Moriarty is less fiction-writer and more historian. But you, Mrs Woog, could give her a run for her money!

  • ahhh the P and C …I was the shoirtes lived ever secretary of the P and C…it was give it up or self annihilation for me I hated it that much.

    We had a very very MEAN treasurer at a local sport club my son participated at. Our nuclear family did a fundraiser in 2011 in the worst storm/flood to hit QLD ever…we bbq’d snags out side Officeworks in a collapsing marquee tent – each son holding a leg of the tent and grabbing the billowing walls to prevent liftoff. Amazingly we collected $235 odd…said treasurer drove into the carpark as we packed up like 4 drowned rats and she wound down her car window only far enough to stick out a hand for the cash bag…and drove away without so much as a gday or thanks or how are you…I sent that sports club to spanky town after several more such bitchy unwelcoming incidents and now we play rugby.

  • I have actually been too scared to go to the P and C annual meetings because I am told everyone gets voted in to do something that gets them in way over their head. And I want to help, I do. But I have a problem saying no. That’s how I ended up with kids in the first place!