“As a parent, it was automatic – you did what you could for the school”.
Avis McDonald played her part over the years when she was a St Peter’s College parent. She joined the PTFA and annually helped out with the Fair. She served time on the committee, but was usually to be found manning the chip wagon with Tom Browning.
She had always supported other local groups – Plunket, Brownies and the Lions – as well as her involvement with SPC and her house was home from home to many of the boarders from the Hostel. Boarders were taken home by bus for occasional weekends, but school weekends often found them visiting Avis’s house to spend time with her children, Janice, Annette and Gordon. When the school was affected by flooding back in 1978, boarders took refuge with sleeping bags on her lounge floor.
As a member of the PTFA, Avis was involved in working out an alcohol policy as a guide for parents dealing with this issue. (Boarders were allowed two beers on a Friday night – what they referred to as “compulsory fun”.)
As non-Catholics, the McDonalds sent their children to SPC because of its good reputation on discipline and fostering respect in children. They were delighted with the results of this choice and with the diverse range of activities that the children were involved in through school. Avis has maintained her contacts with the school as she has watched her grandchildren complete the same journey.
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