St Mary’s recognises and endorses the fact that the parents are the first and primary educators of their children. We view the academic process of education to be a cooperative effort from school and home.
Some parents and carers may be able to assist the teachers in the educative process at the school. Whenever possible, parents will be invited to assist with and participate in school activities such as:
- School Sport and Physical Education
- P&F meetings and initiatives
- Reading Groups
- Enrichment workshops
- Swimming & Athletics carnivals
- Celebrations such as ANZAC Day
- Liturgical celebrations
- Children’s Liturgy
- Concerts and performances
- Discussion groups
- Sacramental Programs
- Learning Technology Education
All volunteers must have a current Working With Children Check and have completed the Volunteer Induction process.
New regulations regarding the Child Protection Laws and the safety of the children in our school have come into place. All parents volunteering at the school need to attend to a Volunteer Induction Presentation at the school in which they would like to volunteer.
Working With Children Check
All volunteers need to gain a Working With Children Check (WWCC) Number and complete the following forms:
- Form 1 “Volunteer Registration”
- Form 2 “School Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement”
- Form 3 “Photograph/Video Permission”
- Form 4 “Working With Children Check Clearance Number Verification & Declaration Form”
A WWCC number can be obtained by following the process below:
- Go to: https://wwccheck.ccyp.nsw.gov.au/Applicants/Application
- Fill in the Volunteer Working with Children Check (this is free for volunteers).
- Note down your application number.
- Take the number to your local RMS office. You will be given a WWCC number.
- Original forms of identification will need to be sighted to complete a one hundred point proof of identity check.
- If you already have an approved WWCC number simply fill in the Declaration Form and return it to school with your 100 points. It is very important for volunteers to read the Declaration before signing as it is an offence for a prohibited person to apply for, undertake, or remain in a child related employment. Volunteers not willing to provide a Prohibited Employment Declaration are not permitted to undertake any duties in the school.
- A volunteer who has any doubts about his/her status should seek independent legal advice.