Catholic Education South Australia

Parents

Our partnership with parents

We recognise 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?

The SA Government Direction specifies that volunteers in all schools and education and care settings must have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination by 10 December 2021 and show evidence of a booking for their second dose.

  • 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 (https://www.plink.sa.edu.au/pages/signup.jsf) & provide a copy of your certificate to Front Office Staff or email a copy to info@sgs.catholic.edu.au
  • 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
  • http://www.cesa.catholic.edu.au/__files/f/18944/2017-0921-Protective_practices_final_WEB2.pdf)
  • return the Volunteer Details and Declaration page

 volunteer letter 2018.pdf
 VOLUNTEERS DETAILS & DEC FORM 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.