Catholic schools are all about family and therefore a sense of partnership between home and school is considered vital. When parents, carers, families and teachers share in the common vision of the school, the effectiveness of the school and the child’s experience is greatly enhanced.
Our school prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive community. Parents and carers, grandparents and other extended family are strongly encouraged to become involved in the life of their student at school. Often by doing this, support networks and friendships are formed which enrich family life.
There are various ways in which our families can become involved in the school community including:
- Classroom reading
- Excursions and camps
- Library assistance
- Under 8’s Day
- Classroom rotations/activities
- Cross Country, Athletics Carnival
- Parents & Friends Association (P&F)
- Support with various functions throughout the year (e.g., Mother’s and Father’s Day Stalls, School Disco’s, Music Under the Stars)
- Working Bees
- Uniform Shop
Before being able to volunteer at the school there are a number of steps that must be completed. Volunteers must first review the Code of Conduct for Parents, Carers and Volunteers and the Student Protection Handbook for Volunteers which can be downloaded below. After reading both of these documents a short online training course must also be completed. More information on Volunteering can be found in the Parent Engagement section of the Catholic Education Diocese of Cairns website with the online training course available here.
An application form is also required to be completed for new volunteers which includes a Volunteer Declaration. The form can be downloaded below with copies also being available from the school office.
In compliance with the Queensland Governments ‘No Card, No Start’ law, all volunteers (with the exception of parents/carers of current students) are required to hold a valid Blue Card before commencing volunteering. Please visit the Queensland Government website for more information and to make an application.
Only once a volunteer application has been approved can a volunteer begin helping out at school. When assisting, volunteers are required to sign in upon arrival at the school office at which time a Visitor Badge will be issued which must be worn at all times whilst onsite. Upon departure you will need to return the badge to the office and sign out.
In the case of custody, the school must comply with directions set down by a court of law. It is the duty of the parent to advise the school of decisions handed down by the courts. Upon receiving proof that the custody of a child rests with one parent only, the school will do all in its power to ensure that the child returns home to the parent to whom custody has been granted.
Parents must make children fully aware of the correct procedure to be adhered to when leaving or being collected from the school grounds. The Principal should be advised immediately if a problem arises in this area. Parents must advise the school by letter if permission has been granted for the child to be collected by a person other than the legal custodian.
Please be aware that the school is not the place to settle any family disagreements.