Plenty Parklands Primary School actively seeks volunteers to provide assistance in the many programs operating at the school. Volunteers come from many diverse areas such as parents, grandparents, people interested in working with children, the City of Whittlesea volunteer register, secondary and tertiary students, parents of ex students and friends of Plenty Parklands Primary School.
All people who volunteer to assist at Plenty Parklands Primary School have to undertake a briefing of 30 minutes. This is to ensure clarity of expectations and shared understandings of our duty of care for students. The 30 minute training session covers areas such as Privacy legislation, Occupational Health and Safety, and The Equal Opportunity Act. Specific assistance and training will be provided by staff to suit the expectations of the various volunteer roles. All volunteers will be required to provide a current Working With Children Check (WWC) before being able to volunteer in any capacity.
The WWC check is free to volunteers and applications can be made on line at the following address or lodged at an Australian Post outlet: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/home/
The school will keep a register of volunteers and their WWC card number.
In addition to completing the half hour Volunteer Training, volunteers who have been selected by the school to attend camp, participate in a more detailed briefing of their roles and responsibilities.
Volunteers to help in classrooms are actively encouraged. Volunteers provide extra support for students under the supervision of the classroom teacher. In term 1 each year, the year 1 to year 6 staff will request classroom helper volunteers and arrangements are confirmed with individual teachers. Prep parents are welcome to assist from term 2.
Volunteers are sought to assist on excursions. For 'duty of care' reasons pre-schoolers cannot attend. If more people volunteer than places available, teachers make a selection. During the year we aim to accommodate as many different volunteers as possible.