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Parent Engagement

As a Catholic learning community, St Michael's strives to be welcoming and connected, supporting the engagement of parents as partners in their children’s learning and wellbeing, and their involvement in the life and community of the school and parish.

Parent engagement is more than volunteering and helping out at the school. While we value any contribution you can make to school life, we understand that work and family commitments can make it difficult to be involved in an ongoing way. However, you can still engage in your child’s learning and wellbeing by supporting and/or attending:

  • Mass and prayer celebrations with the parish and school community
  • Our parish-based sacramental programs
  • Parent information nights and parent/teacher meetings
  • P&F Meetings and community events – see below
  • School assemblies
  • School open days and special occasions
  • ...and offering any other practical assistance either on-site or from home

You can also engage in your child’s learning and wellbeing simply by working with the school to create a stimulating and supportive environment for them both at school and home – working together collaboratively to connect both learning environments.

This is best achieved when parents and school work in partnership to encourage positive and respectful relationships, regular and meaningful communication about children’s progress and development, and a consistent positive attitude to learning, education and school life. Get to know your child’s teacher and other staff – this is a great way to build this most important relationship!
  

Find more information and resources on parent engagement here
View our Parent-School Partnership Framework

 

PARENT VOLUNTEERS

If you are able, St Michael's welcomes any parents and carers who may be able to volunteer at the school. Parent and carer volunteers are a valued support base for our school, assisting staff to provide a range of high-quality opportunities to promote the learning, wellbeing and growth of students.

Some ways you can be involved may include:

  • Supporting library assistants by repairing and covering books
  • Assistance on excursions when required
  • Assistance at sport carnivals and gala days
  • Helping out at and attending P&F functions

Please note: Given our commitment to safeguarding children, volunteers will first need to organise a Working with Children Check (WWCC) process – information and forms can be found on the CEDoW website.

 

PARENTS & FRIENDS (P&F) ASSOCIATION

The Parents & Friends (P&F) Association is the formal parent forum for St Michael's. 

All parents and families are invited to become involved with the P&F, which aims to foster communication between the school and the parent community by generating an open forum for discussion to encourage and support our children's education.

The P&F works collaboratively with the school and parish about matters that affect your child at school, as well as general issues around school life including social events, fundraising and community-building.

All parents are invited and very welcome to attend the P&F meetings, which are normally heldonce a term in the school library. Details of upcoming meetings will be communicated via the school newsletter and Compass.

If you can’t attend meetings there will be other opportunities to support the work of the P&F throughout the year. 
 

Our current P&F Executive and representatives are as follows:
Presidents  Mike Lyon and Rebecca Hay
Vice President  Sinead Molloy
Treasurer  Rodney Bolton 
Assistant Treasurer  Clare Rees
Secretary / Diocesan Delegate  Elaine Gully
Assistant Secretary  Sonya Harrison


The P&F Executive and Sub-Committee Managers are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). All positions are vacated each year and nominations are called for from the school community. 
      

To contact our P&F Executive, please email pandf@smtdow.catholic.edu.au


P&F FUNDRAISING

Fundraising is one of the major activities of the Parents & Friends Association. Fundraising provides vital additional financial support for the school to continue to invest in educational resources for the benefit of all students.

Each year the school (via the principal) provides the P&F Association with a 'wish list' of educational priorities and costs that are outside its budget. The P&F then agrees on the financial commitment that it can provide to assist the school in achieving these priorities.

There are small fundraising activities held throughout the year – for example, walkathons, trivia nights, cake/produce stalls, and entertainment book sales. to assist the P&F to achieve its financial commitments for the year.

Funds that the P & F have raised over the past few years have provided vital financial assistance to support the following purchases:

  • Information technology – iPads, iMac desktop computers for the library, Mac Minis for classrooms, a Smartboard, Macbook Pros and a trolley/equipment for these items
  • Key Learning Area resources
  • Resources for bubble classes
  • Library resources
  • Gifted education resources
  • Classroom readers
  • Playground upgrades
  • $15K contribution to our shade sail
  • Creative Arts and Religious Education resources