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St. Pius X High School

Parental Involvement

 

The challenge of secondary schooling today is an exciting one and requires a truly co-operative relationship between parents, students and staff.  Good communication, honesty, trust and mutual respect are essential qualities of that relationship.  We look forward with confidence and excitement to working with you in the years ahead.
 
How can parents help?  By being that constant, gentle presence asking your child (children) how they are going, what they are doing, getting them organised, getting them to try their best.  Have they read the marking criteria for that task?  Have they answered it all?  Is the 3 line answer to that homework question sufficient?  Perhaps ten would be better?  You need to show that all-important interest in what they are doing.  They will tell you that they don’t need you there.  That’s teenager talk.  They need you there from Year 7 to Year 12, perhaps even more than they needed you in Primary School.
 
Volunteer work here at the school is another great way of being involved, so that you feel you are a part of this school, that this is your school, that you have a part to play.  Can you help with canteen, sport, dances, curriculum, excursions, or other aspects of life here at Pius.
 
For reasons of Child Protection, in order to become a volunteer you need to read the information regarding volunteers available on the Child Protection page of the school website and follow the directions provided there.
 
Information on volunteering is also available on the CSO website at: http://www.mn.catholic.edu.au/parents-community/volunteers.

Canteen
The Canteen is an essential service the school provides for students.  It also contibutes greatly to school funds.  However, the Canteen can only operate with the assistance of parents.  If you would like to help (even for an hour) please contact the school on 49 571032.  Volunteers are always desperately needed.
 
Dances
School Dances are an important part of the culture of the school and raise much needed funds for the school.  They are held at the school usually once per term.  Students love the opportunity to attend our School Dances.  These Dances are only possible, however, with the assistance of parents.  Parents are needed to staff the Bag Room, the Canteen and to help with security outside the Dance Hall.  Teachers supervise inside the Dance Hall.  Security Guards are also hired to assist with security both inside and outside the Dance Hall.  Your son/daughter will doubtless tell you they do not want you to be at the Dance.  If all parents listen to that sort of talk, the Dances cannot occur.  We need parental assistance.  You can assure your son/daughter that you will not be present inside the Dance Hall.
 
Parents and Friends Association (P&F)
Our P&F is a small but very active group.  The P&F provides parents with an opportunity to hear up to date news about the school, to discuss and have input into issues that arise and into projects that are proposed and enables parents to play an active role in fundraising and support of the school.
 
Meetings are usually held in Room 602, the Archive & Meeting Room on Level 6, on the second Tuesday night of each month starting at 7.00pm.  Please come along.   
 
 
Generation Next

Generation next is an initiative featuring a national seminar series and supporting resources aimed at protecting and enhancing the wellbeing of our children and teenagers. Dr Ramesh Manocha has developed Generation Next in close consultation with leading experts to help address the rising tide of mental, social and emotional challenges affecting young people in our increasingly complex world. Generation Next provides parents, carers, teachers and anyone who cares about the future of Australia’s young people with accurate information and reliable advice on how to deal with these unprecedented challenges. Issues such as drugs, alcohol, sex, cybersafety, bullying, mental health and many more are dealt with.

 
Have a look at the Generation Next website:
 
 

 

Watch the 6 minute introductory video on the Overview page. Well worth a look.