Parent Participation at APS

At Avondale Primary, we believe that the education of our students is a partnership between home and school and parents are encouraged to actively participate in their child's education.


The implementation of the school's philosophy to develop each student is enhanced by an active and supportive community. 

All parent helpers are required to sign in at the school office and abide by our Child Safety Code of Conduct. Avondale Primary School now requires all volunteers/ parent helpers apply for a volunteer Working With Children Check (WWC) and attend a school run induction session. These are held once per term. Click here for more information on how to appy for a Working With Children Check. Department guidelines and policy are available using the following link:

Suitability Checks for School Volunteers and Visitors DET

Areas of Participation

Parents are encouraged to participate in a wide range of areas including:

  • School Council & Subcommittees
  • School Canteen
  • Classroom support
  • Library assistance
  • Reading Programs
  • Sporting Programs
  • Working Bees
  • Concert Preparation
  • Book Club


Education Committee
The Education Sub-committee plays a very important role in advising Council on policy development and the evaluation of educational programs. Parents are welcome to seek membership or visit meetings of the sub-committee.


Teachers report regularly to the committee on the implementation of Literacy and Numeracy programs and consult the committee regarding curriculum initiatives. This is a very valuable way for interested parents to gain detailed knowledge of curriculum goals and program evaluation. The committee meets at an agreed time every month before reporting to school council.


Fundraising Committee
The Fundraising Committee is a group of enthusiastic and caring parents committed to involving the whole school community in the continual advancement of the quality of students’ education.


It aims to raise monies to purchase facilities which enhance the school’s facilities and educational programs. The committee meets monthly at a time convenient to members.


Its ability to be successful and effective is directly related to the amount of support it receives from the parent community. Everyone is welcome.


Canteen Committee
The Canteen Committee meets each term to oversee the running of the canteen and then reports to school council.


School Council

2018 President - Mrs Isabelle Sawtell


School Councils are constituted as legal bodies under State Legislation and represent the Crown. The School Council is a representative body of elected parent and teacher members who provide the governance for the school’s policies, financial and curriculum operations.


Avondale School Council currently comprises eight parents, two elected staff, the Principal as an ex officio voting member and one co-opted member. The Council also has the power to co-opt up to two members from time to time if it wishes to use their particular expertise or have a specific interest group represented.


Council members are elected for a two-year term, with half the positions becoming vacant each year, thus allowing for continuity of membership. Parent members must have a child attending the school. Parents are encouraged to stand for Council at election time.


Parents and members of the wider community are most welcome to contact any member of the council to discuss any matters of concern or interest.


Council meets a minimum of eight times a year, currently on the third Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm in the staff room. Members of the school community are most welcome to attend as observer.