St. John’s Lutheran School values the active involvement of parents in its program and fund raising efforts. The School’s aims can only be achieved if parents are aware of, and are actively involved in School programs and activities. A range of formal and informal opportunities exists for parents at a level of commitment of their own choice.
Parents can positively assist and support their children and the staff in many ways and are urged to consider in what capacity they may best contribute to their children’s education and well-being.
Parents & Friends
Parent participation is critical to the effectiveness and success of the Parents and Friends. All parents are encouraged to take an active role in the Parents and Friends by supporting the various activities that may be planned each year to foster fellowship throughout the school community and to raise funds to assist the School in providing the students with a high standard of equipment and resources.
The Parents and Friends Group is established under the approval of the School Council and is required to act under the policies of the School and under the direction of the Principal. Each family unit (including carers) who has a child at the School automatically becomes a member of the Parents and Friends. Membership is also open to any person who is associated with, or has an interest in, St John’s Lutheran School.
In consultation with the School, funds raised by Parents and Friends activities may be used to support the provision of: internal and external furnishings, computer equipment, audio-visual facilities, resources for the library, playground equipment, games, musical instruments, classroom and library books plus a wide range of invaluable aids to the students’ education, comfort and enjoyment.
St John’s has one major fundraiser for each year- the St John’s Lutheran School and Kindergarten Fete held on the Mother’s Day weekend in May.
Classroom Helpers & Excursion/Camp Helpers
Parents gain a great deal through their involvement in the School’s activities and their children receive substantial personal and educational benefit as well.
All volunteers over the age of 18 are required to have a Working With Children Card before taking part in School-related activities involving students. Parents who choose to volunteer are required to undergo training in Valuing Safe Communities sessions, and the Classroom Helpers program. Both these programs are administered through the School.
Parents are encouraged to help at St. John’s in activities which may include:
- friends of the Library
- walking excursions
- sporting programs
- day excursions
A Canteen Manager, who is assisted each week by volunteer parents, runs the School Canteen.
The canteen is open on a Wednesday and the menu considers the extensive Health Food Policy of the School, which states:
“All foods sold by the canteen should be selected using nutrition as one of the criteria, and be consistent with the Australian Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents, which recommend that high intakes of fat, salt and added sugar and low fibre intakes should be avoided.”
Children order their lunches in advance for delivery in the classroom. They may also purchase certain items over the counter at lunchtime.
Please see link to current Canteen Menu: Summer Menu 2019