Volunteer Information and Expectations
Volunteers are an integral part of our school. Your participation in the work of the school is greatly appreciated and valued. The welfare of our students is our highest priority, and we want to do everything possible to ensure your involvement is a rewarding experience. Please complete the following form and the relevant Role Description if you wish to volunteer at Rose Park Primary School (paper copies are available from the front office).
The following introductory information is provided to ensure that we exercise our responsibility for the safety of our students, and strengthen our partnership with you. Volunteers who have close contact with students, e.g. sports coaches, and those who assist in classes, at camps or similar activities, will receive training and extra information where necessary. Please click the links below for induction information.
Schools must maintain accurate volunteer management records. Administrative staff need to know who is in the school at any one time, especially in case of emergencies. You are required to ‘check in’ at the front office or with your supervising teacher, and ‘check out’ on your departure.
Confidentiality and Privacy
Schools must comply with Information Privacy Principles regarding the use and release of information. All volunteers must abide by the Code of Ethics for South Australian Public Sector.
Any personal information (including names, addresses, telephone numbers, circumstances or situations of any nature) about students, staff and volunteers that you become aware of during your volunteer work must not be shared, unless it is required by law eg it is relevant for reporting alleged child abuse. Refer all requests for access to files and records to the supervising teacher. Please refrain from making any comment about the use of individual teaching methodologies or student behaviours management methods.
Remember that you are acting as a role model to students who observe you. Your language and topics of conversation should be above reproach.
We expect students to treat you with respect and courtesy at all times. If students behave inappropriately, you should tell them that the behaviour is offensive or inappropriate. If the behaviour persists, please seek help from the supervising staff member or senior staff.
Being Alone with Students
You should be within sight of a member of staff when working alone with an individual student. Do not shut or lock a door so that you are in a room alone with a student. You will not be required to mind a class in the absence of a teacher.
Where a volunteer assists with transport of students, the site leader will need to sight a current driver’s licence, insurance (including compulsory third party bodily injury) and that the vehicle is registered. Also ensure that groups of students rather than individuals travel with a volunteer, and parental consent has been obtained.
Please use the staff toilets, and do not enter toilets allocated for student use. You will not be required to assist with the toileting of students, nor with sickroom activities.
Please refrain from physical contact of students unless there is a genuine emergency. If a student is injured or ill, please advise the supervising teacher or front office as soon as possible. Our first aid officer or other staff member will provide first aid/comfort to an injured or distressed student, and contact parents if necessary.
How to Become a Volunteer
To become a volunteer at Rose Park Primary School, you will need to;
- Complete a Volunteer Application form. Volunteers will be contacted by a member of staff.
- Undergo a Working With Children Check (WWCC) and complete Responding to Abuse & Neglect – Education & Care (RAN-EC) training.
- Attend an induction session with a member of the school leadership team.
- Sign a Volunteer Agreement and Role Description.
The induction sessions are held each term. Volunteers must participate in the induction training prior to commencing formal volunteer work.
The Volunteers Protection Act 2001 protects volunteers from being sued for an act or mission done or made in good faith and without recklessness while carrying our volunteer duties. The department manages claims for out-of-pocket expenses arising from personal injury sustained by volunteers in schools. Further information is available from the principal.
Work Health & Safety (WHS)
The school is responsible for providing a safe working environment. You are asked to take reasonable responsibility for your own health and safety, and avoid the possibility of an accident or injury while you are at the school. Special care is needed when lifting heavy objects. Do not be involved in any activity which is likely to put you, a student or anyone else at risk. Please familiarise yourself with emergency procedures for evacuation, and report all injuries and accidents occurring whilst at the school, to the office staff as soon as possible.
Management of Hazards
A hazard is anything that that has the potential to harm people, property or the environment. There are many different types of hazards in school environments that need to be effectively controlled to prevent injury. If you become aware of a hazard immediate notify a member of senior staff.
For more information on volunteering in schools, please go to the Department for Education – Volunteers page.