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.
Parents/Carers and Volunteers at Sylvania Heights Public School
NSW public schools are committed to providing safe, supportive and responsive learning environments for everyone. We teach and model the behaviours we value in our students.
Sylvania Heights Public School has an outstanding level of parental support in classrooms as well as in the canteen and uniform shop. Our school could not function at the optimum level without parent and volunteer support. All parents who enter onto any Public School premises do so in the knowledge that the school community and the Department of Education expect them to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner.
Parents/carers are expected to:
- Be outstanding role models for students
- Show respect for students, teachers, school staff, school volunteers, parents and other community members
- Comply with school safety rules and policies, following the directions of teachers and departmental employees who hold ‘duty of care’ when on school grounds or supervising students
- Support the highest standards in learning and avoid interrupting lessons
- Resolve conflict respectfully, calmly and fairly through complaint handling procedures
- Refrain from defamatory comments on social media platforms and bring matters to the attention of the principal and executive staff
- Ensure children in their care attend school every day and on time (unless legally excused)
- Maintain confidentiality involving children
- Encourage the development of children’s personal responsibility, independence and resilience
- Value and accept the professional judgement of teachers and staff when selecting representative sporting, performing arts and extra-curricular teams
- Be respectful of teachers personal/family time outside of working hours
- Keep a safe and respectful distance from all students, reporting any behaviour concerns to teachers (and not directly intervene)
- Comply with Working with Children Check legislation and student safety policies
- Not be violent or bring weapons, illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco into our schools
- Vacate the school playground on regular days by 3:40pm to allow teaching professionals to complete their duties and ensure the school can be cleaned and resources allocated for the following teaching day
- Not bully, harass, intimidate or discriminate against anyone in our schools
Parents/Carers are encouraged to make appointments through the office to meet with teachers to maximise the learning and social outcomes for students.
Staff have an obligation and a commitment to treat all members of the community with respect and courtesy and we ask that you do the same for our staff, other parents and our children who enjoy our school environment built on respectful relationships.
A full copy of the policy can be found here.