St. Joseph's School recognises the vital role which parents have to play in the education of their children and encourage their co-operation and involvement. Parental support is strongly encouraged in all areas of the curriculum.
Confidentiality regarding students and their needs is an important aspect of class involvement.
As a community which cares for the welfare of all its members, St Joseph’s is committed to the ongoing safety of the children and adults who live, work and learn in our school environment. In order to most effectively do this, we need to have a shared understanding with paid and volunteer staff at our school of suitable and unsuitable behaviours. A process needs to be in place to support members of the community when starting to work with our school community.
To ensure this program is proactive rather than reactive it is important that we implement sound preventive practices into all aspects of life in our school. It will require a culture of communion involving all members of the community in being aware, gathering information and passing it on through the correct processes to ensure the removal or reduction of any incidents where possible before they become problematic.
At St Joseph’s we are blessed with many who support our learning initiatives. Due to a legislative requirement, it is now mandatory that all volunteers (including parents of students) as well as staff undergo student protection training. Brisbane Catholic Education has developed a training package to help facilitate this process. This package is for people not employed by Brisbane Catholic Education, rather people who would like to work in our school in a volunteer capacity.
This package includes:
As a volunteer, you are required to read the handbook and sign the appropriate pages, and return the following forms to the office before volunteer capacity will commence:
Your name will then be added to a central volunteer register at St Joseph’s. Hence, you only need to participate in this process once regardless of the various volunteer activities you may engage in.
Before continuing in your volunteer capacity, you must comply with the legislative requirement. Please ensure you download the Student Protection Training Package mentioned above or request one to be sent home to you on paper.
Another change of practice resulting from this legislation, is that all volunteers must sign in and out of the front office when working in the school. A sign in/out book is located in the front foyer of the Office, along with volunteer labels. Please remember to sign in via the Office before moving to other areas of the school.
Non-Parent Volunteers (this includes grandparents of school students)
In addition to the above, all non-parent volunteers at our school must also undergo employment screening and receive a Positive Notice Blue Card for Volunteers. This positive notice is now an essential requirement, under the Queensland Legislation, before volunteering can occur for you within our school.
In conclusion please remember to return the following items to the School Office at your earliest convenience.
Student Protection Handbook (Training Manual)
Volunteer Code of Conduct
Volunteer Suitability Declaration
Blue Card Information - necessary for all non-parent volunteers (including grandparents)
Volunteer Register sheet
Student Protection Processes