Meeting Dates Term 2 2009
Tuesday 19th May at 1.30 in Parent Room
Tuesday 23rd June at 1.30 in Parent Room
When: Tuesday 12 May at 12 non
Where: Modbury Hotel
Wednesday 13th May at 1.45 in Parent Room
Tuesday 9th June at 1.45 in Parent Room
One of the key elements in students achieving success and welbeing at school is the active participation of parents and caregivers.
Studies confirm that parent involvement makes an enormous impact on students academic achievement, attendance and attitude.
Without our volunteers,
many of our school services would disappear or their activities
would be dramatically reduced.
Effective volunteer programs bring benefits to all parties- the person being assisted or project being mounted, the organisation, the volunteer and the community at large.
Volunteering, whether seen as a form of community participation
or as a means, by which services are initiated, enhanced or extended,
contributes to a more democratic, informed, caring and cooperative
It provides opportunities for people to become involved,
whether they are working for change, seeking more say in decisions,
or looking to improve services. It is democracy at work.
The social concerns, which motivate many volunteers, are something
to be welcomed.
We at The Heights School benefit across all those areas in which
volunteers are involved, in that, new services are developed and
current services are enhanced and extended.
Volunteers are an integral part of The Heights.
Areas and programs volunteers are involved are listed below.
Please contact Lyn Albury for any further information.
Parent and Community participation
Lyn Albury is the The Heights Community Liaison Officer.
In addition to her Community Liasion Officer role, Lyn has been an active parent of The Heights for the past 9 years. Her involvement has been with Governing Council, Parent Club, Grounds Committe, Strategic Directions, classroom support, sports days and events. Lyn is familiar with many aspects of the school you can contact her if she can assist in any way.
Some of the ways she can assist are:
- Providing information on the school and the local area.
- Discussing options on school related issues
- Assisting with communication
- Assisting with coordination of volunteers
- Encouraging volunteer involvement and participation
- Promoting school activities
- School tours for new families
Lyn's office is located in the Parent Room - E4 (please ask at the Front office for directions if you are unsure), where you are able to drop in or you may wish to leave a message at the Front Office so she can make contact at a time convenient to you.
Her hours are Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 8.45am - 1.45pm
Ph: 8263 6244 or 0488 027 346
Some of the areas you can volunteer are:
This is a group of parents who are elected annually at the Annual
General Meeting. The council, together with student and staff representatives
and the principal, meet twice a term. The Council’s function
is to exercise, on behalf of the parent community, an oversight
of the well being of the school. The roles and duties are clearly
defined by regulation.
As increased management responsibility for school matters is transferred to the school, the Governing Council will play an increasingly important role. The Governing Council supports an active sub-committee structure -. Grounds, Uniform, Canteen, Finance, OSHC and Monitoring & Review.
Further details: http://www.erieoffroad.com/about_governing_council.shtml
The aim of the Parent Club is to develop and maintain an interest among parents & care givers in the welfare of their children and staff at The Heights School.
We also welcome new families to the Heights and maintain an ongoing friendship base and social community for all families within our school.
Parent Club is a great way to keep informed about all aspects of the school.
- Support Student Learning and class activities such as the Friendship Garden through fundraising within the school.
- Represent the parent community on various committees within the school
- Organise parent functions such as Luncheons and Guest Speakers
- Catering for events within the school, such as sausage sizzles.
- Year 6 Graduation
Year 12 Valediction
"Green & Clean" the school through the purchase of trees, plants etc
The Heights School Parent Club always welcomes new parents and caregivers. Please come along to one of our meetings.
You will be made to feel very welcome.
Contact: Lyn Albury
Without the generous assistance of many parents and caregivers the number of sporting
teams we have would be severely restricted and the variety of sports we are able to participate in would be greatly reduced.
Parents help with coaching, managing teams, transport, umpiring, scoring and supporting their
children in their chosen sport.
We welcome parent/caregiver help in classrooms from Pre School to Year 12 Parents help with Reading, Maths, Language, cooking, craft,
as well as accompanying the school on excursions. Parents are most
welcome and encouraged at Assemblies and class performances.
Resource centre assistance
The staff in the library/resource centre always appreciates help,
where parents can assist with book maintenance, borrowing/returning
and general procedures.
The covering of new books used in classrooms is a task undertaken
by groups of parents each year.
Many students benefit from the voluntary assistance of parents
involved in our three learning programs.
- Early Intervention (Literacy) is a one to
one structured reading program for reception to Year 2 students
who are having difficulty with their reading, letters and spelling.
- Funtastics (Coordination) is a program
developed to help students from Reception to Year 2 with their
fine and gross motor skills.( Ball throwing, balancing, skipping)
Special interests groups
Parents are able to share their experience and knowledge with students
having interests in areas such as the Observatory, Gifted Education, Debating, Pedal Prix, Chess and Wakakirri groups.
International Exchange Student Program
As part of our commitment to building international connections The Heights School often hosts student and teacher groups from overseas and organises exchanges for students from The Heights to sister schools.
Part of this program is Homestay accommodation. Providing accommodation to an international school student (short term 10 days)affords many unique opportunities, including the chance to learn firsthand about another culture, build life-long international friendship networks, learn another language, and try authentic international dishes.....to name a few.
We are always looking for families to be part of this program. Financial support is available.
In 2007 an exchange group visited Singapore. This was a highly successful trip. We also hosted 10 students from Singapore in Week 2 of Term 3.
We hosted two visits from students from Thailand in 2007 and we have been invited to visit them in the future.
In July 2008 we hosted 18 students (boys and girls)students from Japan.
It was a very successful exchange and we have been invited to Japan.
If you are interested in any of the above programs or future programs please contact us.
We hope this information gives you a better understanding of the
areas within the school that volunteers are needed. If you have
any queries, please contact The Community Liaison Officer, Lyn Albury