There are many opportunities available for parents who want to support the school in maintaining a flexible, durable and effective learning environment. Volunteering can have positive benefits for your child. They may enjoy school more and you are assisting to make the school a great place for them to be.
Parent Representative Network (PRN)
The Parent Representative Network (PRN) is a group of volunteer parents from our school. The PRN will form a link between the classroom and the parents of the class. Ideally, each class will have their own 'Rep'.
School Community Council
The Community Council is at the heart of the Community and provides the opportunity for members of the School, Parish and Archdiocesan Communities to support the mission of Catholic education in St Michael’s. Working with the Parish Priest, Principal and Staff, Council Members provide leadership to the School Community. The Community Council has a decision-making role in certain policy areas and an advisory role in others. The policies of the School are always set within the wider mission of Catholic Education. In the area where it has responsibility for the development and monitoring of policy, the Council operates within the policy and procedures determined by the Catholic Education Commission (CEC) and the Catholic Education Office (CEO). Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm.
We gather each morning at 8.50 in the courtyard to pray and start our day.
These are conducted several times a year to make improvements to the grounds and facilities at the school. As all students benefit from the improvement to grounds and facilities all parents are encouraged to attend.
Parent helpers are always welcome at St Michaels. This can take the form of listening to students read; participating in craft activities; providing help during excursions and camps; assisting in sports activities, including the coaching and management of school sporting teams; and assisting with the Sacramental programs by hosting or guiding home nights and attending retreat days. We are always looking for ways to include the talents of our wider community in our curriculum to enrich the learning of our students, so if you have skills or experiences you can share please contact your child's teacher.
The Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 (the WWVP Act) commenced on 8 November 2012. It aims to reduce the risk of harm or neglect to vulnerable people in the ACT.
The WWVP Act requires those who work or volunteer with vulnerable people to have a background check and be registered.
The premise of background checking is that the past behaviour of an individual can provide an indication of the possible future behaviour of that individual. Examples or patterns of abusive or inappropriate behaviour can sometimes be evident in information available for assessment, which includes an individual’s criminal record.
The ACT Government considers that the creation of a checking system with appropriate safeguards for people who work with, or who want to work with vulnerable people is consistent with section 28 of the Human Rights Act 2004.
To apply for a WWVP registration card follow these three easy steps.
- Complete a WWVP application for registration (Online)
- Attend an Access Canberra Service Centre located at Belconnen, Gungahlin, Tuggeranong or Woden to provide proof of your identity (refer below) and have your photo taken.
- Receive your WWVP registration card by post after Access Canberra has assessed your application.