We believe education begins at home and the family is the first “educator” of children.
We acknowledge that children are a precious gift and families honour us, as they entrust their children into our care to guide and support their learning and development.
To provide an effective education for each child, there needs to be a partnership between teachers and families – one based upon honest, open communication and mutual support. We invite families to choose from a large range of possibilities in order to form this partnership.
Parental involvement across these options helps strengthen the bond between home and school. Children respond positively to seeing their families involved and the establishment and development of open lines of communication is greatly enhanced.
As part of our School Policy it is compulsory that all volunteers MUST complete the Student Protection . This allows volunteers to help throughout our children’s schooling with activities and events such as Reading, Motor Program, Swimming, Excursions etc.
A link has been placed on our school website with regard to Student Protection Parent Volunteer requirements. Parents are encouraged to complete this training. It can be located in the ABOUT tab under Student Protection. Once parents have completed the online training the certificate showing that this training has been completed needs to be run off, signed, and handed into the office.
Your participation and involvement in your child’s education could include the following:
Praying with your child at home
Celebrating your faith with your child in your faith tradition at your local place of celebration/worship
Participating in class/whole school liturgies/Assemblies
Reading to/with your child
Acting as Class Convenor
Discussing the day’s events with your child
Helping your child with home studies
Becoming involved in our Parents and Friends Association and/or Pastoral School Board
Participating in working bees at the school or parish
Assisting in the tuckshop
Participating in parent information evenings
Participating in parent/teacher conferences
Assisting in classroom, physical education and sport programs
Participating in consultation processes and Policy development
Remember, the more you participate in your child’s education, the more they will get out of it – and the more you will enjoy it too.
It is imperative that all volunteers, including parents, who are working in the school and are directly in contact with children, complete the mandatory Student Protection and Code of Conduct training every year. In previous years the school has supplied volunteers with a hard copy of the training and requested them to sign a confirmation statement indicating that they have read the document and agreed to comply with the content within the manual. Recently Brisbane Catholic Education has consolidated the previous separate training resources and Code of Conduct for Volunteers and Other Personnel into a single training module which is to be completed online. Please click on the following link to access the document, “Volunteer and Other Personnel Student Protection and Code of Conduct Training", which is via the BCE public website.
Volunteers will need to undertake the training utilising the online resource. All volunteers are required to submit a signed “Volunteer and Other Personnel Register Form" as evidence that the training requirements have been completed. This should be returned to the school office via email and is only accessible once the online training has been completed.
All volunteers and other personnel, e.g. visiting Speech Pathologists, specialists, sporting coaches, grandparents, etc., are required to hold a 'Positive Issue Blue Card for Working with Children'. Parents of students at the school are exempt from the requirement to hold this Blue Card.
While some people may find accessing the new training materials online an imposition, please remember that these mandatory requirements are in place solely for the safety and wellbeing of children.