All families at St Mary Magdalen's School have the opportunity to be involved in the life of the community through participation in various ways including:
Parent and Teacher Meetings to discuss learning growth
Parents have the opportunity to meet with teachers each term at St Mary Magdalen's School to discuss your child's learning.
During first term, you are invited to share with your child's new teacher in a conversation style meeting so we can get to know your family.
Following meetings in term 2, 3 and 4 are three way dialogue/conversation where your child is able to share their learning with you and the teacher shares feedback on your child's progress. You are invited to ask questions and provide feedback during these meetings.
Should you wish to make a time to talk with your child's teacher at other times, we welcome you to organise an appropriate time by making an appointment.
Parents and carers are welcome to volunteer throughout the year for events, to assist on special days or to assist teachers with various activities.
Classroom helpers are welcome also and will be provided with designated tasks to carry out while assisting the teacher and students. Keep your eye out for a notice in our newsletter calling for volunteers at the beginning of the year.
All volunteers need to have a Working With Children Card and present it to the office for recording.
To apply for a WWC, go to https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
Parents and Friends
At St Mary Magdalen’s School, we understand that you as parents are the first educators of your children. One of our commitments, is to social responsibility and to building strong partnerships with parents and carers. One of the ways that relationships between school and home grows is when you are provided opportunities to become involved in the events and activities of the school community.
The Parents and Friends (P&F) is a group of volunteer parents or carers from our school community who provide many opportunities to be involved. Events can have a social focus and also be a fundraising opportunity. Any funds raised provide additional opportunities or equipment for the students.
Some examples of items that have been purchased from funds raised by the P&F include extra technology devices, sports equipment, or playground equipment.
All parents are welcomed to join the Parents and Friends Committee. The P&F sets a calendar of events at the beginning of the year and you are welcomed to attend all of these events or to help organise them.
In 2021 we moved to a new model where parents communicate online. We look forward to many opportunities for parent participation throughout the remainder of this year.
School Advisory Council
At St Mary Magdalen’s School, partnerships with parents form the basis for successful student learning. One key way parents can support the education of their child is to become involved through participation in the School Advisory Council (SAC).
The governance of each Catholic Primary School in Melbourne comes under the newly formed company: Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools. The Executive Director appoints a Principal to manage and lead the school at the local level on a day to day basis.
The Parish Priest remains the Spiritual Leader of the local Parish and has a pastoral relationship with the school.
The SAC assists the Principal as an advisory body on matters of policies and procedures. The Council provides a parent perspective on many issues that affect the long-term strategic improvement of the school.
The SAC meets twice a term, on the Tuesday of Weeks 3 and 8.
2021 Chairperson: Dr Michael Newman
2021 Secretary: Mr Danny Giummarra
Support for families
The Men's Club
Throughout the year there are many opportunities to attend events at the school to enable us to continue to strengthen support for our learning community. Once a month on a Friday evening we have a Men's Club to support the special men in the lives of our children to support each other. Watch our video below to learn more about how you can be involved in the Men's Club.
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