Last week our wonderful Ms Higgins and myself talked to everyone about our very special St Kilda community. Each and every person at SKPS works together to create a school where our children feel happy and safe. The children are at the centre of everything we do.
Sue talked about the many ways that you can contribute to our community. You can help in classrooms, on excursions, Fruit Friday, sausage sizzles, Kelly-Woodford Cup, gala days, camps, Mother’s Day stall, Father’s Day breakfast, school council, being a host family for our Japanese visitors, school banking volunteer, Class Rep, swap shop, fete stall, swimming program helper, working bees, school productions, helping in the Productive garden, Frog Bog or orchard, helping look after our chickens and so much more.
It is very well known that children thrive when their parents are involved in school life. The pride our children have when a parent, friend or grandparent comes into school to lend a hand is palpable and stays with them for many years after.
Class Reps are a vital part of our community. Each year one or two parents nominate to be the Class Rep for their child’s class in response to a request from the child’s teacher in early February. Once we have a representative from each class, Sue and I hold a Class Rep Induction Session where we outline the role you play in our wonderful school. Being a Prep Class Rep is an exciting time and sometimes we have parents with older children take on the role as they are familiar with the school and it’s workings but often we have brand new parents volunteer and this is an exciting time for them and us!
Class Reps have a range of roles but the main one is to create a close and supportive hub of parents connected to one class. This is the beginning, very soon the network of friends and support widens to include other parents within and across year levels.
At the beginning of the year we run two programs to help you feel confident about helping at home and in the classroom. The Parents as Tutors Program gives you lots of tips and ideas about how to help your child at home. In 2017 our website it so going to be a great source of ideas and resources for you to use at home. The Classroom Helpers course is a must if you think you would like to commit to helping in your child’s classroom. There are two separate programs, one for Literacy and one for Numeracy. These programs share with you what we do in the classrooms and why and how you can help support the children’s learning.
We have many events during the school year where we need parent volunteers to help out. If you have a cooking skill then you might like to help out with the catering at events like the Kelly-Woodford Cup, sausage sizzles or cake stalls. If you have a bent for the garden we have our Productive Garden, Frog Bog, orchard and planters. Working bees are usually held at weekends for a couple of hours (sometimes after school for an hour)and are a great way to get involved if you are working and haven’t got time during the week. Sometimes we have jobs that require special skills. It can be as simple as offering to water the gardens once during the holidays to helping us create another wonderful facility for our children.
Our Fund Raising Team are always looking for new faces to help out and we love getting to know you and hearing about some new and exciting ideas that you might have to help us raise much needed funds for our school. This is a fun way to be involved and is a great way to get to know lots of different people across school.
If you have an artistic bent then the school productions might be for you. Every other year our Year 3-6 children put on a major performance with the Prep to Year 2 children performing on the other year. We are beginning to plan for 2017’s Prep -Year 2 performance so if you have skills script writing, singing, choreography or set design this might be the way for you to be involved.
So as you can see there are a myriad of ways that you can be involved in life at SKPS! It’s a great place to be with an amazing and highly supportive community that makes our school a really special place to be. We are looking forward to having a long and happy relationship with you, your child, your pets and your extended family and friends!!
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Posted on 01/11/15 in Prep Transition Blog