Get involved with your school community
If your family is new to the school, consider connecting with other families in the community. You could get in touch with your children’s friends, or get involved in school activities.
Ask the school if there are any school-specific apps or social media groups to connect you with other parents and carers, 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.
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. The P&C might source equipment for the school, organise fundraisers, help with public events (such as fetes and concerts) or encourage 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 school education matters. The P&C usually has a budget which can come from voluntary donations and sources such as uniform shops, canteens or public fetes and carnivals.
Joining the P&C is a great way to actively help the school and be involved in the community.
Help in the classroom
Parents and carers may have opportunities to assist in the classroom. Each school is unique so your school can best advise ways you could volunteer. Classroom volunteers might help by assisting the teacher and working with children in small groups. They could assist with maths, reading or comprehension activities that the teacher has organised. Mentoring volunteers generally work with a single student each week, offering one-to- one support to increase their academic confidence.
Volunteer for school activities
Parents and carers can also help out beyond the classroom. There could be opportunities to volunteer time at the canteen or library, or assist at a school sports carnival, excursion or after school activity. Each school will be slightly different.
Initiate something you’re passionate about
You may have your own ideas for improving the school and its community. For example, you could offer to help start a new club (like chess or debating) or support a co-curricular activity (such as learning a language or sport). Perhaps you know of a community partnership opportunity, or a great guest speaker that could visit. Share your ideas with the school or the P&C.
The most important part of volunteering is that you’re able to commit your time and energy. 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.