Catholic Education South Australia


Our partnership with parents

We recognize parents as the first educators of their children and strive to work with parents in partnership to provide quality Catholic education for the students in our care.

At St Gabriel’s School, parental involvement is strongly encouraged. Opportunities for you to be involved in your child’s education and sharing of your passion and talents exist in a variety of forms. We build up and strengthen the partnership between school and home through open dialogue. Teachers welcome communication from home in various forms, notes, emails, phone conversations.

Our commitment to parental involvement is taken from the Charter for Parents in Catholic Schools SA: "as partners in the education of their children, parents* contribute to the life of the school in many ways that reflect their interests, skills, experience and capacity to do so” and the Australian Government Family School Partnership Framework, 2008: “when schools and families work in partnership, children perform better academically, stay in school longer and enjoy their schooling”.

Volunteers at St Gabriel's School

Who can offer to volunteer?

  • Parents/carers or legal guardians
  • Grandparents
  • Aunties or uncles
  • Older siblings
  • Friends and other members of the local community including Parishioners

Everyone has something to offer:

  • Listening to reading
  • Helping out in the classroom and Learning Assistance Program (LAP)
  • On policy development or review committees
  • Helping out at school events
  • Assisting in school activities
  • Attending excursions and activities
  • Supporting community events
  • As a member of the Parents and Friends or School Board

How can I become a volunteer?

Contact the school office, speak to a teacher or school leadership about the varied opportunities and to register your interest.

What will be required?

  • have a valid and current Catholic Police Clearance (Front Office Staff will support you through the online application process)
  • complete the ‘Responding to Abuse and Neglect: Education and Care’ (RAN-EC) Online Induction for volunteers ( & provide a copy of your certificate to Front Office Staff or email a copy to
  • undertake an Annual Induction (This induction addresses Work Health and Safety, and Protective Practices. Together, these induction components aim to ensure the physical and emotional wellbeing of children and young people and the safety of our volunteers)
  • read the document “Protective practices for staff in their interactions with children and young people - Guidelines for staff working or volunteering in education and care settings” Copies available at the Front Office or online at
  • return the Volunteer Details and Declaration page

 volunteer letter 2018.pdf
 Volunteer Induction Handbook 2018.pdf
 protective practices for interactions with young people.pdf

What can I expect?

You will receive a brief induction to the role that will include:

  • Information on relevant school policies
  • Relevant training in relation to the OH&S and duty of care responsibilities of volunteers
  • Relevant Training in relation to child protection and the responsibilities of volunteers as mandatory notifiers.

The Federation of Catholic School Parent Communities



The Federation of Catholic School Parent Communities is the main body for parents with students in Catholic schools in South Australia.

“Animated by our Catholic faith and in partnership with families, our schools are communities which create opportunities for encountering life to the full—in all its personal, religious, political and cultural richness”
(Mission statement from the Catholic Education SA strategic plan 2010—2014)


The Charter for Parents in Catholic Schools SA is an initiative of the Federation of Catholic School Parent Communities.

The Charter acknowledges and promotes the various roles of parents and carers as integral members of our Catholic school communities and partners in the education of their children.

The key statements in the Charter articulate the unique opportunities and responsibilities associated with this partnership.

The Federation has provided a framed Charter for display in every Catholic school in South Australia.

Click here for a PDF version of the Charter and an associated “Message for Parents and Families”.

Postal Address: PO Box 459, Torrensville Plaza SA 5031
Phone 08 83016685

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