PARENT PARTICIPATION AND INVOLVEMENT

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  • All volunteers in a school are required to have a DCSI Criminal History Check unless they satisfy one of the criteria below.
  • Parent/guardian volunteering in connection with an activity that involves their own child (this does not apply to siblings, grandparents or other family members).
  • One-off guest appearance such as concert performance that is supervised by screened school staff
  • Parent involved in on-off whole school event such as sports day or working bee
  • Teachers registered through the Teachers Registration Board of SA

Checks are valid for 3 years and the cost is covered by the school. Please email   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the school if you require further information.

We have become increasingly aware of the importance of bridging the gap between home and school. There are benefits for everyone when you become involved in the school community. You, as parents, become more familiar with the things that are happening in the school, your children will take pride in seeing the work you have done and the staff appreciate the help given.

The school policy on Parent Participation and Involvement emphasises this and outlines how the School Council and Parent Association play central roles in defining, coordinating and monitoring parent participation and involvement in the school while the Parent Class Representatives liaise between teacher, parent and the Parent Association.

GOVERNING COUNCIL
The Governing Council is comprises of up to 23 members, including elected parents, two elected staff members, one member of the Parents & Friends Association and the Principal. Elections are held at the AGM and nominations open for a month before that meeting. Council appointments are made for a two year period. Governing Council meetings are held in the staff room beginning at 7.30 p.m.

Each council member is expected to be a member of one of the Sub Committees that have oversight of the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Business
  • Education / Sport
  • Asset Management
  • Community Involvement

PARENTS and FRIENDS ASSOCIATION
Formed from the parent community, this association plays an extremely important role in welcoming new parents to the school, providing social contacts, school information and raising much needed funds for school amenities. An executive is elected at the AGM each year to coordinate activities, and parents are welcome to attend any or all meetings held regularly. The Parent and Friends Association is affiliated with Governing Council. For more information about the Parents and Friends Association click here.

LEARNING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LAP)
This program was established in 1991 and consists of a group of adults who volunteer to work on a one to one basis with students who have special needs. The tutors become special friends to the students and help develop their self-esteem while boosting their academic skills in the needed areas.

READING
Listening to children read, assisting with reading activities e.g., helping children follow recipes for cooking, comprehension and research work.

EXCURSIONS AND CAMPS
Parent participation in excursions and camps is essential in enabling the necessary supervision of children in appropriately small groups on such outings.

ELECTIVES
Many parents share their expertise in subjects such as art, drama, dance, music etc.

GENERAL CLASSROOM ASSISTANCE
As negotiated by the individual teachers e.g. mixing paints, covering books, etc.
All classrooms require 1-2 Parent Reps.

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