Parents

St Joseph's values and the assistance that parents give to our students and staff. Parental support with particular activities is requested through the school newsletter or through direct communication with your child's teacher or relevant coordinator. You are encouraged to become involved in this way with the education of your child and their peers.

Please do not hesitate in contacting the staff of St Joseph's at any time to discuss any concerns or issues you may have regarding your child's education or welfare. Alternative support that can provide assistance with parenting concerns includes:

The School Board

"The primary right of parents to educate their children must be upheld in all forms of collaboration between parents, teachers and school authorities, and particularly in forms of participation designed to give citizens a voice in the functioning of schools and in the formulation and implementation of educational policies.” - Pontifical Council on the Family

CHARTER OF THE RIGHTS OF THE FAMILY

The Governance structure of a school, in accordance with the authority entrusted to it by the Archbishop, is to assist the school to fulfil its mission in accordance with the Code of Canon Law, Archdiocesan directives and guidelines and policies of the Catholic Education Commission and the Catholic Education Office.

School Boards and School Community Councils provide the opportunity for members of the school, parish and Archdiocesan communities to support the mission of Catholic education in the school. Working with the Principal, Parish Priest and staff, the members of the Council or the Board and its committees provide leadership to the wider school community.

The six main areas that the School Board focus on include:

1. Enrolments and growth

2. Financial

3. Catholic Identity and Faith

4. Academic Programs

5. Physical Resources

6. Leadership

Parents & Friends Association

Mission

The Parents and Friends Association, with the authority entrusted to it by the Archbishop, is to assist the school fulfil its mission in accordance with the Code of Canon Law, Archdiocesan Synod directives, and guidelines and policies of the Catholic Education Commission and the Catholic Education Office.

Role

The Parents and Friends Association has a key role in developing the community of parents, students and staff.

Functions

The Parents and Friends Association is the key parent group in the school. It provides a forum for parents to:

  • provide input on parent priorities and suggest ideas about Catholic schooling.
  • work closely with the Principal and staff.
  • support the School Board and its policies.
  • raise money for resources.
  • recommend to the Board the level of P & F levy, if such exists.
  • collaborate with the School Board in determining the priorities for the disbursement of P & F funds.
  • provide student services e.g. canteen.
  • provide support for school programs e.g. Gross Motor Program, working bees.
  • provide opportunities for social interaction and for parents to form supportive networks.
  • appoint member(s) to the School Board.

Membership

Membership is open to all parents/guardians of students of the school and other individuals who support the school and accept the functions and rules of the Association.

The Principal and the Parish Priest are ex officio members of the Parents and Friends Association and its committees.

School Staff

The Association shall not exercise any authority over the teaching staff or any matter relating to the control or management of the school.

School staff may become members of the Association.

The Principal may nominate another staff member to represent him/her on committees.