Helping out at school is a great way to get involved in your child’s education as well as get to know the staff and other parents and carers.
Research shows that children benefit when their parents or carers are actively involved in their education and school life.
You can help by:
- listening to children read in the classroom
- volunteering on sports days
- helping supervise excursions
- getting involved in fundraising activities
- joining school committees.
Volunteers play an important role in the daily school routine. The NSW Department of Education requires volunteers to bring in 100 points of identity and complete a form as part of its “Child Protection” strategy. Anyone who works in the school in any voluntary capacity in classrooms, canteen or transporting students to any sporting venue etc. needs to bring original documents for sighting identification and complete the form at the office as soon as you can.
100 points can be made up from 3 categories:
Category 1 (70 points) eg birth certificate or passport,
Category 2 (40 points) eg licence, health care card,
Category 3 (25) points eg medicare card, council rates notice.
All visitors and volunteers are required to wear a visitor’s badge provided by the office staff to ensure students, staff and other visitors can easily identify everyone on the school site. When you sign out of the school please ensure you return the visitor’s badge to the office staff.