Here at The Heights School, we are privileged to enjoy widespread support from the community. Many of our additional school services and programmes are supported by the time, expertise and generosity of our volunteers. One of the key elements in students achieving success and wellbeing at school is the active participation of parents and caregivers.
Being involved in your child’s school sends a clear message that education is important to you.
Studies confirm that parent involvement makes an enormous impact on students’ academic achievement, attendance and attitude. The benefits, however, are not limited to our students. Volunteers also gain valuable experience, discover potential new career paths and develop new skills and friendships along the way.
Volunteers are welcome to provide extra assistance in a wide range of areas suited to their interests, skills and time restraints.
We understand the pressures of everyday living and want you to be involved as much or as little as you choose.
We are grateful for our outstanding volunteers. Their contributions make a tremendous difference to our students and it also provides a wonderful platform for parents and caregivers to connect.
Volunteers are an integral part of The Heights School
Some of the ways you can connect:
One of the simplest ways to support the school is to invest in your own child’s class. If you think this is for you, please complete The Heights School Online Volunteer Application Form.
Once we have received your form we will email you information to assist you in receiving you Responding to Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care Training (RAN-EC) Certificate. This certification for volunteers can be arranged through the school and is free of charge.
If you would like to contribute in programmes and activities outside of your child’s class, the school will also initiate a ‘child related’ background screening through the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (this is in addition to your Volunteer Application Form and RAN-EC training). To request the school begin this process on your behalf, please complete our online DCSI Clearance Form.
Once you have obtained (or if you already hold) a current DCSI Child Related Screening and RAN-EC Certification for volunteers, please forward these documents to the schools Community Liaison Officer who will contact you for an Induction session.
Some of the areas you can volunteer are:
Without the generous assistance of many parents and caregivers the number of sporting teams we have would be severely restricted and the variety of sports we are able to participate in would be greatly reduced.
Parents help with coaching, managing teams, transport, umpiring, scoring and supporting their children in their chosen sport.
We welcome parent/caregiver help in classrooms from Pre School to Year 12.
Parents help with Reading, Maths, Language, cooking, craft, as well as accompanying the school on excursions. Parents are most welcome and encouraged at Assemblies and class performances.
The staff in the library/resource centre always appreciates help, where parents can assist with book maintenance, borrowing/returning and general procedures.
The covering of new books used in classrooms is a task undertaken by groups of parents each year.
- Support Student Learning in classroom activities
- Attend camps and excursions
- Support fundraising projects within the school
- Serve on our Governing Council
- Assist our grounds and maintenance crew
- Serve refreshments to students on immunisation days
- Host students from overseas on a short term homestay
- Be a part of our Lego League program
- Spend time in our observatory
- Join the Pedal Prix team
- Help out in the Resource Centre with resource maintenance
- Facilitate in the daily distribution and return of laptops to our secondary students
- Assist in the Uniform Shop
- Volunteer with staff in the Stephanie Alexander Garden
- Help children with cooking skills in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen
- Coach a sporting team
- Join with us to cater for students and families at school events
- Be a part of the Chess Club
- Support the design of costumes and props for our Drama and Wakakirri Students
International Exchange Student Program
As part of our commitment to building international connections The Heights School often hosts student and teacher groups from overseas and organises exchanges for students from The Heights to sister schools.
Part of this program is Homestay accommodation. Providing accommodation to an international school student (short term 10 days) affords many unique opportunities, including the chance to learn about another culture, build life-long international friendship networks, learn another language, and try authentic international dishes…..to name a few.
We are always looking for families to be part of this program. Financial support is available.