Parent Participation Scheme
The Parent Participation Scheme (PPS) is a parent initiative endorsed by the School Council and College. It is one way of deepening the involvement and commitment, the sharing and caring that is so valued in the School community. It assists the school by sharing the workload with a commitment of time. Other independent schools have a similar system operating successfully.
1. Each family pledges a minimum of twenty hours per family per year, or five hours per term.
2. For those who are unable to fulfill their twenty hour commitment, a monetary contribution of $200 per year or $10 per hour for the uncompleted component will be invoiced at the end of the school year.
3. It is the responsibility of each parent to ensure that hours are registered during the year.
4. The invoice sent at the end of Term 4 is not reversible.
5. Single parent families and parents with their children in sessional kindergarten may have his/her family’s contribution halved i.e. 10 hours per year instead of 20 or $100 per year instead of $200.
6. Where partners are separated but both are engaged in the care of children enrolled in our school, each parent contributes 10 hours or $100.
7. Many families do, and will continue to make significant contributions well beyond the minimum 20-hour family commitment.
What Will This Mean to Our School and Parents?
As our school expands, so do costs and the workload. Much of the work done at our school is carried out on a voluntary basis. This includes some maintenance jobs, some gardening, building/playground projects, extra cleaning, extra Admin work, fundraising, craft work, sewing jobs, library work, Open Day and other events, as well as meetings held by Council, P and F, various sub-committees etc… Opportunities exist through a range of activities to spend time helping our school, thus creating a strong and dedicated community so important to the wellbeing of our school. The workload will be shared amongst families so that the same people don’t have to help over and over again. Working for our school is very rewarding. It gives us the opportunity to meet other parents, thereby building connections and a community spirit. It also demonstrates to our children how much we care about their school and value their education.
Jobs that Do Qualify Towards Your Committment
ALL COORDINATORS EG anyone taking on the coordination for:
- Spring Fair (burgers, children’s activities, tea and coffee stall, white elephant stall, ice-cream stall etc (10 hours maximum)
- Soup Roster – organizing the rosters, bread, contact person (3 hours maximum)
- PPS – contact person, collating hours
- Class Representatives
- Help raise funds by assisting the various fund raising activities eg: sausage sizzles at selected venues
- Attend busy bees
- Become a Council or P and F member
- Join the marketing committee
- Attend to gardening, cleaning
- Assist with stitching or preparing craft work for the children (kindy)
Jobs loosely fall into the ‘interest’ categories as stated on the registration form completed at the time of enrolment. Choose a task that you enjoy. Try to make time for Busy Bees as they are very important for the preparation of each term.
Not all activities qualify as hours committed so please check with the office if you are uncertain.
Jobs That Do Not Qualify Towards Your Committment
- Soup roster (attending on your rostered day)
- Spring Fair (attending on the day)
- Annual school events and celebrations – Maundy Thursday, Michaelmas, Easter, Winter Festival, Spring Festival
How will this system operate?
A register is maintained and updated on a regular basis to record hours worked by family members throughout the year. Help given to our school is regarded as family commitment therefore qualifies with the parent participation
PPS forms are distributed early each year and it is each family’s responsibility to complete the form and return to the office with the hours completed, be they the full amount or less before the end of the year. A date for return of forms will be announced in the newsletter in Term 4.
Once you have been invoiced the amount will not be reversed, therefore it is an extremely important responsibility to mark down your hours on your Parent Participation Scheme page and hand in to the office at the end of each term. Hours are collated and those hours not worked are invoiced at the end of the year. Hours invoiced will not be reversed.