Parent involvement and participation is warmly invited and actively encouraged. You can participate in a variety of ways such as school council, parents and friends, working bees, excursions. camps, volunteering in the classrooms and just by staying up to date with school news and happenings.
Just speak to your classroom teacher – or our Principal to find out more!
Parents & Friends
St Joseph’s Parent Engagement Action Team (PEAT)
In 2016 and 2017 we have been transforming how the traditional Parents and Friends has operated at St Joseph’s through Family Conversations. This group has been established to look at ways we can be partners in their child’s learning. During 2019 we plan to hold conversation hours on topics of interest to the parents.
Parents continually work towards raising much needed funds, which are always used to benefit our curriculum and facilities. Annual events parents are involved in organising include the Easter egg raffle, Mothers and Father’s day stalls, pancake cooking, parent/family BBQs etc
We encourage social functions, organising a number of opportunities to gather throughout the year. All parent input is welcome and you are urged to support school activities like the Fete, car boot sale etc.
Parent Involvement/Volunteers—Child Safety Standards
Parents are always welcome in our school. Parent help and involvement is both encouraged and appreciated. Research consistently shows that the more involvement a family has with the school the greater the degree of successful learning is achieved by the student. The Victorian Government recently introduced Child Safe Standards along with Ministerial Order No 870, which set out the minimum requirements for schools in relation to child safety. All volunteer helpers along with employed staff require new procedures to be followed. The volunteer application forms and details are outlined under the Child Safety tab on our website. A requirement of all parents who volunteer in our school or go on excursions is to complete an application form, obtain a current Working with Children card (WWC) and read the associated documents on our website.
Parish Education Board
The Parish Education Board is the principal body associated with education in the Parish School. Its purpose is to bring together, in a formal way, all the important parties connected with education at the Parish School: the Parish Priest, the Principal, parents, teachers, catechists, and other groups involved with education in the community. The Education Board acts as a forum for discussion on matters concerning education in the Parish School so that responsible and informed advice can be given to the Parish Priest and Principal. It enables the people of our Parish School community to share their wisdom and thus enrich the decision making process that guides our Parish School towards achieving its mission
St Joseph’s requires the support of parents to help keep our school beautiful. In recent years the school has invested time and money into refurbishing the buildings and grounds at St Joseph’s.
In order to help keep the school in good condition we hold 4 working Bees a year and every little bit helps. General gardening, pruning and maintenance along with small projects are completed at each working bee.
These events also provide opportunities for parents to meet and enjoy a BBQ at the end of the working bee.
If you come along to one working bee for the year you will also receive a $100 discount off your fees. So there is an incentive to come along and help up. Remember many hands make light work.
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