Whitehorse Primary School welcomes and thanks all parents who offer their assistance. Please speak to your child's classroom teacher for specific information about how you can become involved.
Please note that all volunteers will require a current Working with Children Check, and will need to undergo induction training.
School councils play a key role in Victorian government schools. Participating as a school council member is a rewarding and challenging experience. The school council supports the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.
The main functions of the School Council are to:
The School Council meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (8 times a year)
Tam McLaughlin (President), Carolyn Baker, Liza Dessent, Bonnie Gardiner, Stephanie Muratovic, Tim Price, Vince Raso, Kristy Sanbrook, Jo Majdan, Dianne Keats, Peta McDonald
School Council electionsare generally held in February each year. The next elections will be held in February 2023. If you would like to know more about how you can nominate for School Council please enquire at the office.
Current sub-committees of School Council are:
> Marketing & Promotions
> Buildings & Grounds
> Community Matters
> Twilight Fair
These committees are open to the school community. If you would like to know more about their terms of reference, when they meet or how to join, please enquire at the school office.
Community Matters promotes:
> community support
This initiative is designed to actively involve families in the school community and help create a welcoming, inclusive environment. School Council has been keen to build on the good work of our past parent volunteer groups (the more traditional Parents & Friends), while re-shaping community activities and volunteering to accommodate families’ increasingly busy and often complex lives. Consequently activities are now designed to be short and project-based, giving time-poor people more flexible ways to contribute to the school community.
One of the centrepieces of Community Matters has been the introduction of Freezer Angels. This program provides gourmet meals to people in our extended school and kindergarten community in times of need. Meals are cooked up throughout the year by kind volunteers in our School Kitchen and frozen for distribution as required. The volunteers - who don’t know who they are cooking for - have had a lovely time whipping up big batches of soups, casseroles, tagines, pastas, desserts and cakes. Each year there are many grateful recipients.
A range of wonderful community and social activities are run throughout each year. These usually include the annual Mothers Day and Fathers Day Stalls, Welcome Picnic and Mothers and Fathers Day events. All are well-attended and a lot of fun.
Fundraising forms a small but important part of our community. Each year we hold annual pie and mango drives and have the popular Melbourne Entertainment Books for sale. In the past we have also had fun runs (cleverly masquerading as our cross country event!) and there is a very popular bi-annual Twilight Fair. In election years our school is used as a polling booth and we take the opportunity to run the traditional sausage sizzle and cake stall.
Fundraising is used to help pay for items that can't be afforded (or in some instances are not permitted to be funded) by the school's education budget. In the past fundraisers have helped pay for shade sails and the football goals. Occasionally we also hold fundraisers (such as icy pole and hot chocolate days) to support the expenses of the Freezer Angels program.
In past years our community has also generously raised money for the Salvation Army and donated hundreds of gifts to Kmart’s Wishing Tree Appeal.
Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless!