Easy Ways to Help Our School

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.

In the neighbourhoods 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 neighbourhoods are held throughout the year. We aim to have all volunteers who assist in our neighbourhoods participate in the induction and information workshops to ensure a consistent approach in the support provided to children.

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

Want to help out? Whether it’s time, expertise, donated goods or $$ we appreciate whatever you can offer.

We could also use

Anyone is welcome for breakfast. We ask that children wash their own dishes, and that families consider helping out or donate every now and then in return.

You can drop these items in at the office or the community hub in the mornings. Thanks in advance!

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 neighbourhoods 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 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.