Margaret Hendry School welcomes participation from parents, carers and the wider community.

Volunteering at school creates authentic opportunities for families to be involved in their student's everyday school life. Parental involvement has been shown to enhance children’s wellbeing and sense of belonging. Your presence links their home and school lives in a holistic approach that increases engagement.

All families are encouraged to give two volunteer hours per term.

If you are keen to get involved or have a skill you would like to share please email margarethendry@ed.act.edu.au.

Families are very welcome at our school and are invited to participate in school activities, attend gatherings and other school events. Families can be a part of:

  • P&C meetings
  • School Board
  • Reading in the classrooms.
  • Art and craft in the classrooms
  • In class helper – sharpening pencils, helping with class administration tasks etc
  • Excursion support
  • Breakfast Club
  • Kitchen Garden
  • Making resources for the school
  • Disco nights – help to oversee or on the drinks counter
  • School sports events – athletics carnival, cross country, swimming carnival
  • Special interests or talents you can share with the school

In the classroom families can help with reading, writing, numeracy, arts and inquiry activities or by sharing a particular interest or expertise with staff and children. Workshops to help parents and volunteers who wish to assist with reading, writing and numeracy in classrooms are held throughout the year. We aim to have all volunteers who assist in our classrooms participate in the induction and information workshops to ensure a consistent approach in the support provided to children.

Working with vulnerable people and volunteering in the school

Any person who has contact with children in certain circumstances must register with Access Canberra and be issued a Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) registration card. Volunteers who regularly work with children in classrooms and other school activities need to be registered (regularly is determined as more than seven times in a 12 month period). Further information can be found on the Education Directorate's website.

Every Volunteer at Margaret Hendry School is required to complete a Volunteer Nomination form and Confidentiality Undertaking form (pdf, 92kb) available from the front office and provide their Working with Vulnerable People registration card for sighting and copying by the front office staff.

All volunteers must enter in the Administration building, sign in the 'registered' visitors book on every visit to the school. You will receive a visitors lanyard upon signing in. This must be worn while you are in the school. When you leave the school please remember to sign out and return your badge.