Parent Involvement

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Working With Children Check 

Schools are responsible under the "Working With Children Act, Victoria 2005" to provide a safe environment for students by ensuring those who work with children have no relevant criminal records for conviction, findings of guilt, pending charges and offenses, or professional disciplinary records.

Consequently, in conjunction with CECV Policy, all employees, volunteers and contractors are required to obtain a "Working with Children Check (WWCC)", since 1 December 2007.

The WWCC is administered by the Department of Justice and replaces Criminal Records Checks previously issued by the Police Department and required only for specific categories of volunteers.

 

A WWCC will be required for all volunteers who assist the school

This includes camps, sporting teams, inter-school sport, classroom helpers, excursions, Class Reps, Parents Association and Education Board committee members, uniform shop and working bees.

Only volunteers, who have a current WWCC ID Card and have registered details of this card with the school office, will be permitted to assist at the school.  Volunteers will be required to wear their WWCC ID card at all times when assisting the school.

 

Parents’ Association

The major role of the Parents’ Association is to provide support to the School and Principal by organising various functions or events throughout the year. The fundraising is aimed towards improving the facilities and services available for our children at our school. These fundraising ventures align with the curriculum and ethos of our school and are held with the approval of the Principal and Parish Priest. Some of the PA activities in the past have included:

  •     Pancake Tuesday
  •     St Gregory’s Day
  •     Mother’s Day Stall
  •     Father’s Day Stall
  •     Trivia Nights

We encourage all parents to become members of our Association, either as a committee member or purely as an interested parent. Parents’ Association meetings are run on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm (excluding the school holidays). Parents’ Association Meetings are:

  • held monthly to discuss school matters with the Principal, Leadership Team member and Parish Priest Monsignor Ireland in attendance
  • a great chance to meet other parents
  • a great opportunity to see the way our school operates
  • an opportunity for you to offer us your knowledge and expertise, and give you the chance to be actively involved and have your say relating to allocations of monies raised, and many other interesting issues that arise
     

Class Representatives 

Each class has up to 2 parent "class reps" whose role is to assist the teacher and the Parents’ Association when parent help is required, such as fundraising and other special events.  They are also responsible for organising with other class reps in the year level, social gatherings and the class friendship list.  Parents interested in volunteering for class rep positions are advised to let the Parents’ Association coordinators know. 

 

Literacy Help

All parents are welcome to attend the training and have their names listed on the roster to help with Literacy in their child’s class (Prep - Grade 2). A specific notice will be issued at the start of each term requesting helpers for these sessions.

 

Education Board

The purpose and role of the Education Board is to:

  • Provide informed advice to the Parish Priest and Principal
  • Contribute to the formulation of school policy
  • Support the school and parish in the development of plans for the future
  • Assist in the development of strategies for the promotion of Catholic Education
  • Execute projects in fulfillment of its objectives.

Nominations for the Board are sought in October, for commencement in the following January, or if a position becomes vacant.  This is a way that parents can become involved with the school and work with other Board members to assist the school.   

 

Working Bees 

Working Bees are held at least once a term and give parents the opportunity to contribute their valuable time, services and skills to the upkeep and maintenance of the school grounds.   

 

Uniform Shop

The Parents Association is involved in the School Uniform Service, which is run on a purely voluntary basis by parents to sell the St Gregory’s school uniform to parents. The shop is open every Tuesday from 9.00am - 10.00am. A parent voluntarily manages the running of the Uniform Service each year with the assistance of other parents.

 

OSHC Committee

Parents are welcome to join the OSHC Committee which works in partnership with Camp Australia to ensure the smooth running of the Out of School Hours Care program.