Parent Involvement

Advisory Council

The Fr John Therry School Advisory Council is a forum that consults, listens and seeks feedback and wisdom from the local school and parish communities so that these communities work together to achieve common goals. It provides feedback, support and advice to the school Principal in relation to broader areas of challenge for the school community.

The Council will advise the Principal on the following and other relevant areas of school governance:

  • Finance
  • Enrolment
  • Promotion
  • Facilities
  • Annual Plan

Members are selected by the Principal with 4 to 5 meetings scheduled for the year. Membership for 2 years comprises of 4 parents and the Principal.

Parents & Friends Association

The Parents and Friends Association is a parent body that recognises and values the role that parents play in the education of their children, and aims to strengthen the partnership between family, school, parish and the wider community for the benefit of all our children's overall development and learning.

The Association endeavours to do this by reaching out to all associated with the school to build a friendly and welcoming community which seeks to involve all its members, provide a parental perspective to assist the Principal in decision making and raise funds to provide resources and opportunities for the school. The Association is governed by a constitution that has been ratified by its members and supported by the Principal.

The Association meets once a term and is represented by elected members who are responsible for its management. The executive comprises of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. All parents and carers of pupils attending the school and staff of the school who are interested in furthering the aim of the Association are members.

Balmain Art & Craft Show Committee

The Balmain Art & Craft Show Committee is a sub-committee of the Parents & Friends Association who organize and run our main fundraiser each year the 'Balmain Art & Craft Show' or 'BACS' for short.

The committee meets regularly throughout the year comprising of many teams that have specific responsibilities for each aspect of the event. The Balmain Art & Craft Show is held on the first weekend in November and makes a significant contribution to the funds raised by the Association for the school to provide teaching and learning resources for students.

Class Parents

At the start of each year parents are able to nominate for the role of class parent. If selected they are responsible for coordinating parents to assist the Principal, Class or Grade teachers and the Parents & Friends Association on a range of activities and events. The Class Parent organises social activities that allow parents and students to get to know each other both in and out of the school context.