Parents

Malvern Central School has a proud tradition of strong Parent, Carer and Community engagement. MCS works hard to role model student, parent and community collaboration both in and out of the classroom, and often encompasses both at the same time!  Parents and Carers are welcomed in any number of ways at MCS – as in class helpers, on excursions, as members of Council and Parents’ Club, and as fundraisers, advisors and contributors.

Parents’ Club

At Malvern Central School we have a strong history of parent involvement with the wider school community. This creates a strong school community of students, staff, parents, carers and families.

The Parents’ Club organises fund raising and social events for students, parents and families. In addition we support school programs and act as a forum for parents and families. All parents are welcomed and encouraged to join our meetings and become involved in activities during the school year.

Our objectives are to:

  • Build a supportive school community that incorporates students, staff and families.
  • Undertake fundraising activities that provide additional financial support to the school’s educational programs and help foster an optimal learning environment.
  • Act as a forum to raise parent/ family feedback and suggestions.

Being involved in the Parents’ Club provides a fun and rewarding way to make friends, get involved with the wider school community and to really make a difference while getting to know other families, teachers and staff.

The Parents’ Club is made up of volunteers from the families of our students. All parents and carers are part of the Parents’ Club and we encourage all to participate in meetings or activities as it suits them throughout the year.

 

The Parents’ Club has a core committee group who oversee the implementation of the Parents’ Club events and activities and who attend all meetings. There are six key roles that form the Committee and these are listed below. The committee is renewed every two years and committee roles are open to all parent/ carer volunteers at the first meeting of the Parents’ Club in February (on a biannual basis).

Your 2017 Parents’ Club Committee Members:

Co-Presidents
Rosemary Perri
Jane McLean

Secretary
Louise Bayliss

Treasurer
Melinda Chaponnel

Class Representative Coordinators
Miranda Barber
Julie Sugden

Fundraising & Social Events Co-ordinator
Rachel Dunn

Communications & Newsletter sub-committee member
Linda Kemp

Email: mcsparentsclub@gmail.com

The MCS-PC helps facilitate communication to the school community by:

 

  • Establishing the MCS Year Level Contact List – Every year the MCS-PC coordinates a School Contact List which provides a directory of the families in your class and year level. Forms are distributed at the start of the school year. Participation is voluntary.
  • Contributing to the fortnightly school newsletter – MSC-PC has a newsletter page to provide you with information about what we are planning, how things have progressed and what events are coming up during the year.
  • Establishing Class Representatives – All classes at MCS have parent/ carer Class Representatives (Class Reps) to provide a point of communication between parents in each class and the Classroom Teacher or MSC-PC. Class Reps are volunteers from the parent/ carer community and usually there is one Class Rep per class. In addition to assisting with communication, Class Reps also organise a couple of social “get togethers” for parents each term.
All parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend and contribute ideas and opinions to the Parents’ Club meetings. We meet monthly during school terms. Meeting dates and venue are published in the fortnightly school newsletter. Attending the meetings helps to keep you informed and is also an opportunity to provide feedback and participate in upcoming activities.

School Council

School Councils play a key role in Victorian government schools, and being a member of council is a rewarding and challenging experience. Acting as a team, council supports the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.  The Malvern Central School Council contributes to the broad direction and vision of the school; participates in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan; approves the annual budget and monitors expenditure; develops, reviews and updates school policies; helps to raise funds for school-related purposes; and helps maintain the school grounds and buildings.

Our School Council meets twice per term and comprises 8 parents, 2 community members, 4 staff and the Principal as Executive Officer who together:

 

Our Current Membership:

President: Kate Brown
Vice President: Marc Morgan
Treasurer: Martin Ho
Maria Flanigan
Cameron Munro
Phil Davies
David Bath
Amanda Smith

Approved a Co-opted Position: Rosemary Perri (representing Parents’ Club)

DET Membership:

Vicki Phyland (Executive Officer)
Grant Durham
Nigel Mouncer
Stephanie Pollard

Roles & Responsibilities

  • establish the broad direction and vision for the school
  • develop, review and update the policies of the school including student engagement and dress code
  • raise funds for school related purposes
  • regulate and facilitate the after-hours use of our school
  • exercise general oversight of the buildings and grounds ensuring they are kept in good order and condition
  • ensure all money coming into the hands of the council is properly expended
  • ensure they take account of the views expressed by the school community for the purpose of making decisions in the best interests of the school and our students
  • ensure the annual report and school’s strategic plan is published and available to the school community
  • stimulate interest in the school in the wider community.

The School Council configuration for the purpose of fulfilling our Constituting Order of 15 members is : 8 Parent Category members, 5 DET Category members, 2 Community member (1 co-opted Parents’ Club representative).

2017 Meeting Schedule

 

Term 1

 

22 February

22 March

Term 2

26 April

17 May

21 June

Term 3

26 July

23 August

20 September

Term 4

25 October

22 November

TBC December

 

School Council meetings are convened on the fourth Wednesday from 7:30pm – 9:00pm of each month except when it falls during a term break. Parents and carers are welcome to attend meetings as observers, unless a meeting has been declared closed by the Council

We encourage parents/carers to become members of School Council and its sub-committees. By attending these meetings, parents/carers can actively participate in continuing growth and strength of Malvern Central School.

I would like to thank the parent members of our school community who have nominated to be on School Council. This is a commitment to not only their own child/ren but to all students enrolled at MCS.

Source: Department of Education and Early Childhood Development:

www.education.vic.gov.au/management/governance/schoolcouncils/role.htm

As with Council meetings, parents and carers are welcome to attend sub-committee meetings.

 

The Sub-Committees of School Council are:

Finance
Convener: Martin Ho
Maria Flanigan
Vicki Phyland
Sandy Suckling
Grant Durham

Buildings and Grounds
Convener: Phil Davies
Nigel Mouncer
Cameron Munro

Policy
Convener: Amanda Smith
David Bath
Grant Durham
Marc Morgan

The Finance & Administration Sub-Committee has the role of:

  • Supporting the Principal and Business Manager in the financial management of the school, to maximize benefits to current and future students
  • Reviewing the monthly receipts, payments, bank statements, program budget reports and other financial reports
  • Planning the budget for subsequent year – making recommendations to School Council
  • Providing input into the development of school strategic goals
  • Ensuring our resources are targeted at meeting the goals of the Strategic Plan
  • Ensuring funding and resources are allocated towards school maintenance and capital development projects
  • Review of Policy & Procedures as necessary
  • To advise School Council as appropriate

The committee consists of The Principal, Assistant Principal, Business Manager, School Council members and interested parents.

New members are welcome – financial expertise is handy but not a requirement.

Meetings are conducted on a Wednesday at 6.30pm in the Principal’s Office.

The Buildings and Grounds Sub-Committee has responsibility for:

  • Maintaining and improving the schools buildings and grounds
  • Planning for the future development of the school buildings and grounds
  • Conducting regular safety audits of the school buildings, grounds and playground equipment. Organizing appropriate corrective actions with timings aligned to the hazard levels.

The committee consists of the mixture of enthusiastic MCS staff and community members.

New members are most definitely welcome – technical and trade skills and prior expertise are always welcome but not a requirement.

Committee meeting twice per term, Wednesday evening at 7:00pm

The Policy and Planning Sub Committee has the role of:

  • Providing input into the connections between the school’s strategic goals and the school’s curriculum and programs
  • The plan, implement and action school policy and procedure development and review.
  • Parent education opportunities and needs

Committee meeting twice per term, Wednesday evening at 7:30pm

Acceptable Use of Digital Resources Policy
Digital resources are essential tools for providing students with an enriched learning environment. Malvern Central School actively supports access by students and staff to the widest variety of information resources, but acknowledge these resources must be used responsibly.
Acceptable Use of Digital Resources Policy

Alcohol at School Events Policy
This policy applies to all adults attending community events associated with the School and indicates when alcohol may be served (on school premises, at school functions off the school premises, during school hours and during school camps and excursions) and defines what behaviour is acceptable behaviour.
Alcohol at School Events Policy

Anaphylaxis Management Policy
Anaphylaxis Management provides, as far as practicable, a well-­informed, safe and supportive environment in which anaphylactic students can participate equally in all aspects of schooling.
Anaphylaxis Management Policy 2014

Anti-Bullying Policy
Every member of the Malvern Central School community has the right to feel safe from bullying at school (this includes digital learning environments). Malvern Central School promotes positive behaviours that encourage respect, compassion and cooperation. Malvern Central School strongly discourages anti-social behaviour.
Anti-Bullying Policy 2012

Asthma Management Policy
To provide parents/carers and staff with processes and protocols in regard to the management of students with asthma at school and while in the care of staff.
MCS Asthma Policy

Child Safety Standards Policy
Malvern Central School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children. This policy approach reflects the Victorian Government’s child safe standards which are the compulsory minimum standards for all Victorian schools, to ensure that they are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect.
2016 Child Safety Standards policy

Duty of Care Policy
Whenever a student–teacher relationship exists, the teacher has a special duty of care. This is defined as: a teacher is to take such measures as are reasonable in all circumstances to protect students from risks of harm that the teacher should reasonably have foreseen.
Duty of Care Policy

English Policy 2014
The English domain is an essential component of the Discipline based Learning Strand of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards. Active and effective participation in Australian society depends on the ability to speak, listen, read, view and write with confidence, purpose and enjoyment.
English Policy 2014

First Aid Management Policy
To provide staff with procedures and protocols in first aid management of students.
First Aid Management Policy

Head Lice 2014
Head Lice Management supports and provides consistent and practical advice on the management of head lice in partnership with parents/carers.
Head Lice Management Policy 2014

Hire of School Facilities Policy
This policy is to outline the procedures for hiring facilities at MCS through agreement outside of normal school hours for appropriate purposes.
Hire and Licence of School Facilities Policy

Home School communication Policy
Success in the education of children depends, at least in part, on the involvement of their parents/caregivers.Therefore, good communication between members of the school community is essential to promote the common goal of the education and development of the students. The school aims to include parents/care givers in its operations and relies on this support for many school activities.
Home School Communication Policy

Homework Policy
Homework is an opportunity for parents/carers to participate in their child’s education. Homework complements and reinforces classroom learning, and fosters good lifelong study habits. Regular homework allows students to develop individual organisational skills without the structure of the classroom.
Homework Policy 2010

Mathematics Policy
The Mathematics domain is an essential component of the Discipline-based Learning Strand of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards. To function confidently in society, now and in the future, individuals need to effectively utilise mathematical language, skills and understanding.
Mathematics Policy 2014

Medication Management Policy
To provide staff and parents/carers of MCS with processes and protocols in regard to the management of medication required to be administered and stored at school.
Medication Management Policy

Parent Payments Policy
The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 ensures the provision of free instruction in the standard curriculum program (i.e. eight key learning areas), and empowers school councils to charge for goods and services used in the course of instruction and to raise funds.
Parent Payments Policy

Privacy Policy
This policy applies to members of school staff and the school council at Malvern Central School (the School) who are required by law to protect the personal and health information the School collects and holds.  This policy will be made available on request.
Privacy Policy

School Uniform Policy
A uniform dress code reinforces in students a pride in their own appearance, instils recognition of themselves as an integral part of the Malvern Central School community. Students are expected to dress in complete school uniform in a way that reflects a sense of pride in their school and themselves. It provides means of identification and helps to ensure safety of our students, in the schoolyard and in transit to and from the school.
School Uniform Policy

Smoke Free Policy 2015
On 1 July 2009 the Minister for Education exercised the power under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 to prohibit smoking in all government schools.
Smoke Free Policy

Sponsorship Policy
This policy is to outline to the wider school community that participation in advertising and sponsorship will not generate pressure on children, families or schools to purchase particular goods or services, subscribe to particular beliefs or attitudes or pursue particular courses of action.
Sponsorship Policy

Student Engagement Policy
A positive school culture that is fair and respectful to all is a fundamental element in promoting student engagement.
Student Engagement Policy

Sunsmart Policy 2016
To provide students, staff and parents/carers of Malvern Central School with better sun-protection knowledge and behaviours.
Sunsmart Policy

Sustainability Policy
The Sustainability Policy promotes an environmentally conscious school community that engages in a range of sustainable practices.
Sustainability Policy

Transporting Students Policy 2015
This policy aims to ensure Malvern Central School provides safe travel for students within current Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) guidelines.
Transporting Students Policy 2015

Video/Film/Computer Games Use Policy
This policy governs the use of video, film and computer games by Malvern Central School.
Video Film Computer Games Policy 2010

Visitors Policy 2015
Malvern Central School provides an open and friendly learning environment, which values and encourages visitors to the school. At the same time, Malvern Central School recognises its duty of care to ensure a safe environment for all students and staff. Malvern Central School recognises its responsibility to protect and preserve our resources against theft, vandalism and misuse. The policy acknowledges the contractual arrangements with the City of Stonnington to enable access to the playground outside of school hours on the Spring Road campus.
Visitors Policy 2015

Volunteer Policy 2015
The success of many activities for Malvern Central School students, inclusive of the Classroom Helpers program, excursions and school camps, is dependent upon the assistance of volunteer parents and carers. The interests and abilities of volunteers add significantly to the human resources available to our school, therefore providing our students with a wider range of interactions, opportunities and experiences for students
Volunteer Policy 2015 v2

Working with children Check (WWCC)
The success of many activities for Malvern Central School students, especially excursions and school camps, is dependent upon the assistance of volunteer parents and carers. The Working with Children (WCC) Check is an initiative of the Victorian State Government to protect children in Victoria. It is a mandatory checking system for people who work or volunteer in child-related work. The WWC Check helps protect children from sexual or physical harm, by checking a person’s criminal history for serious sexual, serious violence or serious drug offences and findings from professional disciplinary bodies.
Working with Children Check Policy

Term Dates

2017

Term 1: 30 January (school teachers start) to 31 March *
Term 2: 18 April to 30 June
Term 3: 17 July to 22 September
Term 4: 9 October to 22 December

2018

Term 1: 29 January (school teachers start) to 29 March *
Term 2: 16 April to 29 June
Term 3: 16 July to 21 September
Term 4: 8 October to 21 December

* The first day of Term 1 is a student-free day in all government schools to allow for appropriate planning to take place for the arrival of students. Each year government schools are provided with four student-free days for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting purposes. The remaining three student-free days are determined by each individual school, so contact your school for details.

Student Free Days | 2017

Each year government schools are provided with four student-free days for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting purposes.

Term 1: Monday 30 January
Term 1: Tuesday 31 January
Term 2: Monday 24 April
Term 3: Monday 17th July

Parent Payments

Each year, Malvern Central School asks for payments for Essential Education Items – these include learning resources such as classroom texts, work books, student stationary, ICT resources, devices and support, art materials, sports equipment and maintenance. These parent payments are vital to our students, and ensure the adequate resourcing of our classrooms. Once made, our parents and carers are not required to provide additional items throughout the year.

Parents are also asked to make a payment for the “User Pays” component of our curriculum and programs. These include student excursions, In-school activities, sports carnivals, Year Books and Camps. These experiences and programs make a significant contribution to the depth and diversity of the educational opportunities at Malvern Central School.

Financial Assistance is available, subject to the Victorian Government Guidelines: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/parents/financial/Pages/families.aspx

Working with Children Check

Under the Working with Children Act 2005 (the Act), only people who engage in paid or voluntary child-related work need a WWC Check and some of these people will qualify for an exemption.

You can apply online via www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au .

Student Uniform

The accompanying storyboard reflect the line item changes, show both the new lines and the respective groupings in the school for which certain items apply ie whole school, Foundation to Year 4 and Year 5 – 6.

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Junior School

Middle School

Camp Australia

Out of School Care

The Out of School Care Program operates each school day.

The Before School Care Program starts at 7.30 am and continues through until 8.45 am.

The After School Care Program starts at 3.30 pm and runs until 6.00 pm. The program is housed in The Pavilion on the Park Street site.

The Out of School Care Program is outsourced to Camp Australia though Malvern Central School has strong input into the management and content of the program. Charges for both programs are available on the Camp Australia website.

Supervision is also available on Pupil Free Days, however, bookings are essential.

Contact Details:
Phone: 1300 105 343 or 9822 9871