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Volunteering

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It was a group of dedicated community volunteers that first lobbied for and built the Buderim Provisional School in 1875. Today it is still volunteers that help our school to grow and prosper, and allow our students to ‘strive to achieve’. Volunteers are the backbones of this school, working silently in the background to keep things ticking. They run the tuckshop, fundraise for improvements and support our teaching staff.

We ask each family to consider one opportunity through the year in which they can participate and lend a hand, whether it be a working bee, school disco or something else entirely. It’s a great way to be involved in our school and also meet likeminded parents and community members.

Below are some examples of regular volunteering opportunities that exist in our school. We thank you for any assistance you can provide.

Tuckshop

The tuckshop relies heavily on volunteers and anyone is welcome. Parents, grandprents aand community members are encouraged to get in touch with us to join our roster. The more volunteers we have the more baking and food preparation can be done onsite. No experience is needed and we welcome any time you can give, whether it be once a fortnight or month, if only for a few hours. Volunteering is a great way to meet other parents and become part of the BMSS community and at the same time be inspired by the healthy food that is prepared onsite. We need help from 8:30am until 1:45pm. Duties include serving students, filling lunch bags, making sanwiches or baking muffins. Contact Roz, our Tuckshop Manager tuckshop@bmsspandc.org to add your name to the roster or for more information. You are assured of a very warm welcome!

Library

Buderim Mountain State School students love to read, meaning the library is a hive of activity. Our librarian is always on the lookout for help from parents or community members to cover and catalogue books or help prepare special events. To get involved contact June Wensley.

Classroom helpers

Each of our year levels endeavour to run one incursion or excursion per term, and parental assistance is vital to their success. Teachers also appreciate the support to run reading groups and help out with more involved classroom activities. To discuss opportunities or register your interest, please contact your child’s classroom teacher directly.

BMSS Kitchen Garden

The BMSS Kitchen meets every Friday to work on the Kitchen Gardens. The gardens require a team of volunteers, young and old, to maintain the garden including compost, worm farms and our own native bees. For more information visit BMSS Kitchen Garden on Facebook.

P&C

Our P&C plays an essential role in our school community, and is dedicated to providing students with the best possible learning environment. To become involved simply attend one of the P&C meetings held in our staffroom at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday and 1:30pm on the 7th Monday of each term. Once you have attended your first meeting you are eligible to vote in future meetings. For more information about the P&C contact secretary@bmsspandc.org

Student mentor

Chappy Dave, our school chaplain, works with volunteer community members and teams them up with students who could benefit from having an external role model in their lives. We find the mentorship program to be rewarding and fulfilling to both the mentor and the student, and can often create a friendship that lasts well into the future. To find out more about this opportunity, contact David Larkin on (07) 5477 2777.

Community Kitchen

Our community kitchen is inclusive to all who wish to volunteer their time and skills and offers an opportunity for new members of the school community to connect whilst giving to families experiencing an urgent situation and fostering kindness.

Aside from volunteering, we gratefully receive food donations of 'dry' ingredients such as rice, pasta, olive oil, passata (tomato cooking sauce) and coconut cream, and conscientiously work to minimise waste.  Cash donations are appreciatively accepted from both private and corporate members of our community partners and allow us to purchase quality, fresh and organic ingredients close to 'cook up' dates when our volunteer kitchen hands and cooks go to work in preparing delicious, nourishing meals.

To get involved talk to Chappy Dave on (07) 5477 2777.

Working Bee

The first Sunday of every term a group of dedicated parents, grandparents and community members meet to maintain the school gardens. Bring the kids and any gardening equipment you have. Morning Tea is provided and we meet at 8am in the undercover area near the hall. For more information contact Kylie kbren35@eq.edu.au

Discos

The P&C run 2 discos a year in Term 1 and Term 4 and volunteers are essential for these to go ahead. Duties could include serving food, collecting money on entry or selling lollies. Fun is guaranteed and it's great to watch the kids have such a fun time! You only need to volunteer for your child's time (an hour).

Religious Instruction

Religious instruction (RI) is offered at the school and takes place during the afternoon sessions each week with different days allocated to different year levels.

 

As part of our Cooperative arrangement, we have faith groups who provide volunteers to teach the program, including Church of Christ, Goodlife, Baptist, Anglican, Global Connections, Faith Community, Hillsong and Uniting. The Religious Instruction program covers the Christian Education Publications and Burst Christian Resources Curriculum and is offered in Years 1-6.

 

Parents of child/ren participating in these programs will be advised if a faith group requires funds to cover the expense of materials used in RI.

 

Students are allocated to RI based on information provided by parents on the completed Application for Student Enrolment unless other written instructions have been provided to the school.

 

Note: This information remains operational unless the parent informs the school otherwise in writing.

Students who are not participating in RI will be provided with other instruction in a separate supervised location. Other instruction must relate to part of a subject area already covered in class and may include, but is not restricted to:

  • personal research and/or assignments
  • revision of class work such as creative writing or literacy and/or numeracy     activities which could include online programs currently accessed by the students of that school (i.e. Mathletics, Reading Eggs)
  • wider reading such as independent reading appropriate to the student

Parents will be advised of any changes to the RI and other instruction programs to ensure they are able to make an informed decision on their child’s participation.

 
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Last reviewed 06 November 2019
Last updated 06 November 2019