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)
We have transformed 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 2022 we plan to hold conversation hours on topics of interest to the parents after two years of constant interuptions.
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 has 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.
School Advisory Council
The Board of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS) has responsibility for the strategic direction and oversight of the operation and management of MACS schools, including St Joseph’s PS Chelsea. Clear lines of authority, reporting and delegation from the MACS Board through the MACS Executive Director delegate the day to day operational management of St Joseph’s PS Chelsea to its principal.
In keeping with the objects of the MACS Constitution, which states “The good work of educating the young, undertaken in the light of the Gospel, is a co-responsible task led by every member of the Catholic school community”, the School Advisory Council provides a crucial point of connection between the wider school community and school leaders. While the School Advisory Council does not have governance responsibility or decision-making authority, it supports the principal and school leadership and provides an important connection to the parish.
It is not a governing body but its role is to support the overall governance of the system as it “is to give consideration to, and advice on, important school matters in order to support the principal and the strategic interest of the school.” (Working Together in Mission p.11)
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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