Public education is free. A School may offer or facilitate some specific optional items, activities and services for which parents may be asked to pay if they want their child to access them. Such activities may include excursions, class photos and performances.
Schools do ask families to contribute a voluntary contribution to enable it to continue to provide a quality learning environment for our children.
Purchases rely upon the commitment and generosity of our parent community. The voluntary contribution is set at $60 per term, or $220 per year if you pay for the full year prior to the end of term 2. Your voluntary contributions supply the preschool with educational games and equipment, books, craft and consumable items and office supplies. Voluntary contributions should be paid at the Junior Campus front office. Mastercard or Visa are accepted at the Junior Campus front office.
Volunteers have a special place in schools and assist in many ways. This may include interaction with individuals and small groups of students in a range of different activities.
To assist schools in providing a safe environment and a positive educational climate, volunteers are asked to comply with the Code of Conduct for Volunteers. This code of conduct has been formulated to clarify the type of conduct that is expected of volunteers when participating in programs and activities in ACT Government schools.
• Observe similar standards of behaviour and ethical conduct to that required of staff. For example you are expected to act within the law, be honest and fair, respect other people (including students), and work to the best standard of your ability.
• Appreciate that teachers have a special duty of care for students, that can not be delegated or transferred to others. Appreciate also that the principal is the spokesperson for the school.
• Appreciate that students have rights and aspirations. Treat students with dignity and respect.
• Observe confidentiality in respect of all information gained through your participation as a volunteer. All information held by schools should be handled with care. Some information is especially sensitive. Sensitive and/or personal information requires additional caution in the way it is treated. For example, volunteers should not discuss nor disclose personal information about students, staff or students’ parents/carers to others.
• Accept and follow directions from the principal/supervisor and seek guidance through clarification where you may be uncertain of tasks or requirements. You may need to familiarise yourself with the department’s policies and guidelines on particular issues.
• Observe safe work practices which avoid unnecessary risks, apply reasonable instructions given by supervisors and report to the supervising staff and school administration any hazard or hazardous practice in the workplace.
• Report any problems as they arise to your supervisor including incidents, injury or property damage.
• Avoid waste or extravagance and make proper use of the resources of the school/department.