VOLUNTEERING AT ST MARGARET’S
St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School acknowledges the important work that volunteers carry out within our school environment. Assistance, whether it is as a volunteer in the classroom, tuckshop, excursions, P&F activities or sporting carnivals, enhances the quality of your child’s teaching and learning experience.
Training of volunteers is now mandatory in Queensland under the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000. Most of these training expectations are in relation to Child Protection and exist for the good of all students in our care.
All volunteers must be trained in Student Protection and Safety Protocols before they can lend their skills and services within the school community. All parents, grandparents and friends who undertake the training will sign the appropriate documentation and agree to our Volunteer Code of Conduct, Engagement Policy and Procedures and be officially registered as a volunteer at St Margaret’s. If you are a non-parent volunteer (for example step-parents, grandparents or friend), you must also hold apositive notice Blue Card.
There are some very specific expectations on schools in relation to volunteers who work in the school.
All volunteers at St Margaret’s, including parents, must complete the necessary training by following these steps:
All volunteers must read the Volunteer Code of Conduct, Engagement Policy and Procedures document:
Volunteer Code of Conduct, Engagement Policy and Procedures
All volunteers must be registered with the school. This is done by completing the online Volunteer Register. By completing the online register, you are stating that you have read, understood and accept the information provided and that you understand your reporting responsibilities as a volunteer. The school will record your name on the school's Volunteer Register.
All volunteers are required to complete the Volunteer Register form before commencing their volunteering engagement. Once you have commenced the form you cannot save or leave the page, it must be completed in its entirety. The questionnaire should only take approximately 10 minutes to complete. You are only required to complete this once per year.
Click here to access the Volunteer Register
Once registered as a volunteer, every time you visit St Margaret’s to work as a volunteer, you must report to either the junior or senior reception to record your name, time of arrival/departure and indicate that you are a registered volunteer within the school.
NON-PARENT VOLUNTEERS (THIS INCLUDES GRANDPARENTS OF SCHOOL STUDENTS):
All non-parent volunteers (for example, step-parents, grandparents and friends) must undergo employment screening and receive a positive notice Blue Card for Volunteers. The positive notice is an essential requirement, under the Queensland Legislation, before volunteering can occur for you within our school.
For volunteers to apply for a Blue Card, go to www.bluecard.qld.gov.au to download the relevant Application Form for Volunteers (processed free of charge).
If you are a non-parent volunteer, you must also record your Blue Card number and its expiry date.
Please be aware that all names of registered volunteers will be made available to interested parties of St Margaret's.
For more information please contact:
Karen Gorrie – Deputy Principal on firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Drysdale – Head of Primary School on email@example.com
Leah Saul – Business Manager SSA on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are no longer volunteering at the school please email email@example.com and you will be removed from the register.