Ways to get involved with your school community
If you’re a new family to the school find out how you can get involved with your school community.
If you’re a new family to the school you may want to connect with other families to get in touch with your children’s friends or get involved in helping out with school activities. Here are 5 tips how.
1. Get connected
Ask the school if there are any school-specific apps or social media groups that you could join to help you connect with other parents or get updates on school activities.
Check out your school’s website and find out if they have a Facebook page or newsletter that promotes opportunities to get involved.
2. Parents and Citizens Association
The Parents and Citizens (P&C) association is a formal organisation for parents and members of the community to support their school and work out what’s needed and wanted by the school.
The P&C might do things like bring in facilities or equipment for the school; organise fundraisers; help with public events (like fetes or concerts) or get parents and citizens to work closely with teachers. As the principal attends P&C meetings, there is an opportunity for families and community members to be involved in curriculum and education matters at the school. The P&C usually has a budget which comes from voluntary donations as well as other sources like uniform shops, canteens or public fetes and carnivals.
Joining the P&C is the best way to actively help the school and get a good understanding of what’s going on.
3. Help out in the classroom
Parents may have opportunities to assist in the classroom. Each school is unique so your school can best advise ways you could help out. You could be a learning support volunteer or a mentoring volunteer.
A classroom volunteer may help out by assisting the teacher and working with children in small groups, for instance on maths or reading and comprehension activities that the teacher has assigned.
A mentoring volunteer will work one-on-one with a single student each week, offering face-to-face support, giving them confidence and working with them on academic activities.
4. Help out with school activities
As a parent you can help out beyond the classroom, for instance volunteering at the canteen, assisting at school sports carnivals, helping out at the library and assisting with school excursions, or after school activities. Every school will be different.
5. Initiate something you’re passionate about
You may have your own ideas for improving the school and its community. For example, you may want to start a new club (like chess or debating) that doesn’t exist in your school. Or you may know of a community partnership opportunity that you can develop with the school. You may have a fantastic idea for an after school activity that’s not currently available. Maybe you want to offer an extracurricular activity like a language or sport. Maybe you know a great guest speaker that you can arrange to come and visit the school. Share your ideas with the school or the P&C.
The most important part of volunteering is that you’re able to commit. Choose a school activity that you’ll truly enjoy taking part in and get involved.
Ask your school if they have a Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) and how they work with this group
The primary role of the NSW AECG is to promote active participation by Aboriginal people in the consultative and decision making process of education. All the members of local communities can become members of their Local AECG.
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