Parent Involvement

Parents & Friends

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 record for conviction, findings of guilt, pending charges and offences, or professional disciplinary records. Consequently, in conjunction with CECV Policy, since December 1 2007, all employees, volunteers and contractors are required to obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC).  The WWCC is administered by the Department of Justice and replaces Criminal Records Checks previously issued by the Police Department.
This means that parents who volunteer in any capacity at St Gregory’s must hold a current WWCC. 

This includes when assisting with camps, sporting teams, inter-school sports, classroom helping, excursions, canteen, uniform shop, working bees, school events, etc. Class Representatives, Parents Association, and School Advisory Council committee members must also hold a current WWCC.

Working with Children Checks are free for volunteers and can be applied for online at Service Vic.  

Document checks are made at Australia Post outlets. Applicants will need to provide a passport photo with their application.  

Upon lodging a successful application, volunteers will receive a WWCC card, similar to a driver’s license, which is valid for five years and the school will maintain a register of all adults who assist in the school.

Only volunteers who have a current WWCC will be permitted to assist at the school. The WWCC must be visible at all times while volunteering, with lanyards available from the School Office.

Parents’ Association

The role of the Parents’ Association is to provide support to the School and Principal by assisting with organising various functions and events. Fundraising is predominantly aimed at building a sense of community and improving/adding to the facilities and services available for our children at our school plus donations to our chosen charities.  These fundraising ventures align with the curriculum and ethos of our school and are held with the approval of the Principal. 

Some Parents’ Association activities include:

  •     Pancake Tuesday
  •     St Gregory’s Day Celebrations
  •     Mother’s Day Stall
  •     Father’s Day Stall and Breakfast
  •     Lapathon
  •     St Vincent de Paul Soup Day
  •     World Teacher’s Day
  •     Sporting Events including House Athletics and Cross Country Carnivals, Swimming Program and Year 5 and 6 Interschool Sports

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 second Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm (excluding the school holidays). Parents’ Association Meetings are:

  • held monthly to discuss school matters with the Principal and Leadership Team
  • a great chance to meet other parents
  • a great opportunity to see the way our school operates
  • an opportunity for you to offer your knowledge and expertise, and give you the chance to be actively involved.
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.

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Classroom Helping 
After attendance at a Classroom Helping Training Session (usually scheduled in Term 1), parents and grandparents are always welcome to support our students by assisting in the classrooms. Classroom helpers are highly regarded supporters of our students’ learning.  A reminder that all classroom helpers must hold a current Working With Children Check (WWCC). 
School Advisory Council

The purpose and role of the School Advisory Council is to:

  • Assist in promoting Catholic Education
  • Act in advisory role regarding school matters
  • Inform and support the decisions made by the Principal and Parish Priest for the good of the school and parish where the wellbeing and outcomes for students is paramount
  • Provide support and advice on important school matters to support the Principal in the context of the MACS (Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools) governance arrangements. 
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

Following are the uniform requirements for all students:

Summer (Terms 1 & 4) Winter (Terms 2 & 3)
School check dress
School tunic or brown school trousers
Fawn ankle socks
Monogrammed yellow long sleeve polo top or yellow skivvy
Brown shoes
School jumper
School hat
Brown tights
Brown shoes

Summer (Terms 1 & 4) Winter (Terms 2 & 3)
School short sleeve shirt Brown school trousers
Brown school shorts Monogrammed yellow long sleeve polo top or yellow skivvy
Brown shoes School jumper
School Hat Fawn ankle socks
Brown shoes

Summer (Terms 1 & 4) Winter (Terms 2 & 3)
Brown pleated netball skirt or brown school sports shorts Brown school track pants
Brown or black sports brief (under skirt) Monogrammed brown school track top
Monogrammed yellow short sleeve polo top Monogrammed yellow short sleeve polo top
White sports socks White sports socks
White runners Brown pleated netball skirt may be worn over the track pants
School Hat

Summer (Terms 1 & 4) Winter (Terms 2 & 3)
Brown school sports shorts Brown school track pants
Monogrammed yellow short sleeve polo top Monogrammed brown school track top
White sports socks Monogrammed yellow short sleeve polo top
White runners White sports socks
School Hat

A monogrammed school wet weather jacket, school bag and library bag are also available from the school.

School excursion bags are compulsory for all school excursions. These can be purchased from the Uniform Shop.

The school uniform can be ordered and purchased through the School Uniform Service, which is run on a purely voluntary basis by parents. The shop is open every Tuesday from 9.00am – 10.00am. There will also be some dates prior to school year start, which will be advised for new parents in due course. Uniform order forms can also be completed and left at the office.

OSHC Committee

St Gregory’s works in partnership with Camp Australia to provide the Outside School Hours Care program at the school. Camp Australia is the nation’s leading provider of quality, safe, fun and professional OSHC.  All of their programs meet National Standards and Quality Assurance guidelines set by the Department of Family & Community Services. Each day the children receive healthy snacks and participate in a range of fully supervised activities.

Registration forms are available from the school office. Any enquiries can be made directly to Camp Australia on 8851 4100 or 0413 594 035.

Hours of operation are:

Before School Care 7.15am – 8.45am daily
After School Care 3.30pm – 6.00pm daily
Curriculum Day Care 8.00am – 6.00pm
Early Finish Day As determined by the school

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

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