Volunteering is an extremely important part of this school and enables your child to have access to fun events, extra recreational activities , technology and sporting equipment and keeps costs down in the canteen, uniform shop and ERA. Without dedicated and helpful parents, none of this is possible and the P&C are concerned that many of our regular volunteers are leaving the school this year. In case you didn’t know ;
- Our entire ERA program is run by volunteers
- The uniform shop is completely managed by volunteers.
- The canteen needs volunteers every day to operat
- Events need volunteers to help organise and run stalls.
Please don’t rely on the fact that someone else will do it and think about what time you could offer the school, as little as an hour a month, makes all the difference to many opportunities and doesn’t need to be in school hours. Below are some tips on volunteering.
Your children love it when you volunteer and they get to see you at school
You don’t need to speak English well to volunteer, all the kids speak loads of different languages
Grandparents are welcome to volunteer too
You can volunteer as little or as much time as you can spare
You can volunteer for things during the day, at the weekend or after school
You can volunteer with your friends
Nothing is hard , you will be shown what to do
You don’t need to be a P&C member
To keep our children safe, some volunteer opportunities such as the canteen, require a Working With Children Check, which is a simple form, available to fill in at the School Office.You will need identification. Passport is best and it doesn’t cost anything.
One Off Volunteering
These are usually for events eg Welcome Party, Disco, Christmas Carols
Either a tear off volunteer slip on the Events Information Note or an online link to a volunteer spreadsheet is sent out, via your class parent, prior to an event
When you click on the link you can choose how long you can volunteer for, in 30 minute slots eg one hour, two hours or 30 minutes. If you need help please let the P&C or your class parent know.
You and a friend can put your names next to each other and catch up while you help out
You can go back into the link and change times if you need to
You will be shown what to do
The tear off slip would just be returned to the P&C box in the school office
Some opportunities would be selling tickets, cooking on the BBQ, selling treats, managing a craft stall, baking cakes for events.
You can email the uniform shop, ERA or canteen and let them know what hours you could do, on what days
For example - 1hr a month during school hours on a Friday, 1 canteen shift a term on any Wednesday, 2 hrs at the canteen anyday except Thursday, Saturday mornings for an hour, once a month in the uniform shop etc
You are not committed when you regularly volunteer and can stop at any time
ERA is a great way to volunteer if you can’t do anything during school hours, as it is mainly administration work to keep all the activities, Tennis, Dance & Art running