For Parents


Parents Advisory Council


In 2020 St Francis Xavier will operate a Parents’ Advisory Council.  Representative parents from each grade are invited to be part of the Council after a period of nomination.  Other members of the council include the Parish Priest, the Principal, Assistant Principal and the Family Educator.  The Council meets once per term and each councillor is invited to serve for a period of two years.  


The focus of the Advisory Council is to:

  • work in partnership with the Parish Priest and School Leadership in all matters related to the promotion of a cohesive school community and to serve the needs of our students.

  • provide a link between parents and school leadership

  • to raise funds as deemed appropriate to provide facilities, services, equipment and activities for the educational development of children within the school.


The roles of the councillors are two-fold: to be a link between the parent body and school leadership for the grade they represent and to take on the responsibility for one fundraising/community venture each year.  Fundraising can be for a charitable cause or for school purposes (eg the Year 6 graduation). Fundraising events include such things as the School Disco, mufti days etc. School community ventures include events such as Mothers’ Day morning tea, Fathers’ Day breakfast and a social justice awareness sleep-out evening.  The calendar of events will be decided at the first Parents’ Advisory Council meeting in February. The Parents’ Advisory Council undertake to work under agreed terms of engagement for a positive, meaningful experience for all members.


PARENT VOLUNTEERS


St Francis Xavier Primary regularly invites parents and carers to be a part of their child’s learning here at school, and we celebrate and appreciate the support of our parent community.

Under the guidelines developed by Sydney Catholic Schools all parent volunteers must attend an induction workshop that focuses on Child Safe Schools and Workplace Health and Safety.   Volunteers will be expected to sign a document attesting that they understand their legal obligations in this context and the school’s expectations regarding student interaction and privacy. This will include parents and carers who volunteer to assist in the classroom, in the canteen, on excursions or at school events.


Two workshops will be conducted in Week 2 of Term 1: one during the day and one in the evening to support the attendance of working parents.  A training workshop will also be offered in Term 3. Parents are required to attend this session each year. 


At this point, parents and carers volunteering in schools are not required to have a Working With Children Check.


WORKING TOGETHER


As part of your enrolment package you should have received a copy of the Sydney Catholic Schools Resolving Complaints Policy, “Working Together”.  This document reinforces that we, as a Catholic School, strive to be a community of faith, hope and love, where communication takes place in an environment of openness, mutual respect, and in the interests of all students. We encourage parents with concerns or questions to always meet with their child’s teacher in the first instance in order to address matters and intervene promptly. Apart from scheduled interview times, parents are welcome to make an appointment to see their child’s teacher at any time, as long as this is mutually agreed.  Parents are also most welcome to meet with the Principal or Assistant Principal.