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Parent Engagement

At St John the Apostle we know that parent engagement has an impact on the educational outcomes children experience. We want to make parent engagement as easy as possible and support parents and carers in being connected with their child's learning and school.

Our communication and reporting strategies help parents to be engaged in their children's learning. Parents can also be engegd through involvement in the life of the school. Some of those ways include:


Community Council

The Community Council is made up of elected parents, parish and staff members. We have an active Community Council who take a keen interest in forward planning for the whole of the St John's community. The role of the Community Council is to work closely with the Principal to support the mission of Catholic Education at St John the Apostle. It provides particular support in the development of the Catholic ethos, pastoral care, financial matters, strategic planning and the promotion of the school in the local community.

It has a major role to play as a parent forum, in developing the community of parents, students and staff, and in fundraising for resources to support the school in its work with students. The Community Council takes this role seriously and seeks input through the year from the general parent community to help inform its decisions.

Our 2017 Community Council consists of:

Chairperson Veronica Sammons
Deputy Chair Natalie Nicholson
Treasurer Romina Fonhof
Secretary Heather Rattenbury
Principal Matthew Garton
Executive Representative Anthony Ganley
Parish Representatives Marian England, Fr Gerard McCormick msc
Staff Representative     Tiffeney Ronneberg
Parent Representatives

Megan Talip, Kath Baird, Fuafolua Tuipeatua, Kerrie Politi, Leilah Ayton, Craig Neiberding, Crystal Darmody, Myfanwy Manning, Louise Dickinson, Amanda Hogg, Carly Bonny, Debra Slack

The Community Council operates according to the St John the Apostle Community Council Constitution. The Constitution is currently under review and is expected to be finalised in May 2017.

Parent Volunteers

Parent help and assistance is always welcome!

  • Regular assistance in the classroom is organised by teachers if required and there are a variety of possible options from working with small literacy groups to assisting in Art or Physical Education classes. The students particularly enjoy when parents are able to share any very specialised knowledge or skills with students.

  • Some parents feel more comfortable to volunteer assistance in the school Library or Tuckshop.

  • Occasional assistance at events or excursions are organised by the staff members coordinating the event.

  • All volunteers wishing to assist in the classrooms, canteen, carnivals, must complete a Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) form. Without this approval, you will be unable to assist in any way from November 1 2013. Please show registration card to the front office so that a copy can be taken.

  • School Fete

  • We know that many parents are not able to assist the school on a regular basis.

  • The school fete (in 2017 called the Multicultural Carnivale) is held in Term 1 each year and an opportunity for parents to assist in creating a wonderful community event as well as raise funds to support their children and the school.

  • We welcome assistance from all family members to help make this a special event.
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