Killarney Heights Public School

Bringing Excellence in Education Within a Unique Bilingual Setting

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Class Parents

One way of being involved with the school and more specifically with your child’s class, is to be a class parent. Class parents provide an important service to the teachers, students and parents of a class, helping to ensure that communication lines are open and that help in the form of extra hands, administrative support or ideas – can be rallied when needed. It is a role that can be shared, so even if you are not at school every day for drop-off or pick up you can team up with another parent who is.

What does a class parent do? (This list is not exhaustive, and each class differs in range/amount of assistance needed)

  • Collating and keeping up to date the parent contact list for the class.
  • Distributing, mainly by email, information from the school, teachers and P&C to the parents. Note that official communications to the school are distributed directly via SchoolZine, and class parents are not expected to rehash official school communications.

Please note the following important information:

  • Privacy is vitally important when communicating to other parents. When emailing please BCC the class parent email list to avoid people viewing/using other people’s email addresses.
  • Only email class contact lists to other parents. Please do not print and make hard copies of the contact list.
  • Organising class get-togethers a few times a year – among parents and children.
  • Coordinating volunteers and resources for school functions, performances and fundraisers.
  • Organising gifts or expressions of appreciation for teachers on behalf of parents and students.

Time dedicated to the role: ranges from 30 mins per month to six hours per month, depending on the year and whether job sharing or not

What are the benefits of being a class parent?

  • Children enjoy having parents involved with the class.
  • Teachers appreciate having parents involved with the class.
  • You get to know other children and their parents, forming friendships.
  • You enjoy the satisfaction of teamwork.
  • You are an integral parent of the school community, by assisting the school and our children.

Tips from current class parents and teachers:

  • If you are willing to help, approachable, efficient and reliable then your class needs you!
  • Better if you can share the role between two class parents.
  • If you find you don’t have time to organise a coffee morning or money collections for example, co-opt other willing parents to help on a one off basis.
  • Only do what you can realistically fit in to your life – whatever you can do as a class parent will be appreciated.