Parent groups

Parents have a particularly important role to play in the educating community, since it is to them that primary and natural responsibility for their children's education belongs. (Congregation for Catholic Education 1997)

Parents and friends associations

Most schools have a parents’ association, often called the Parents and Friends Association or a Parents Auxiliary. These groups offer an opportunity for parents to gather and become involved in the life of the school. These groups take many forms and provide support for the school in areas such as:

  • social functions
  • maintenance of grounds, buildings and equipment
  • fundraising for particular needs in the school
  • voluntary support for educational programs.

Parent groups can also assist in fostering the intellectual, cultural, social and spiritual interests of their members, and provide opportunities for the development of community spirit among the staff, parents, parish and wider community.

School Boards

Parish–school education boards

Parish–school education boards, or school advisory boards/councils, are established in most Catholic schools. These boards bring together the parish priest, principal and parents in a spirit of collaboration to realise the school’s vision and achieve its educational aims.

More details about the work of the board, its procedures and processes are available from each school.

School/College boards

College boards are established in most Catholic secondary colleges. College boards bring together priests, members of religious orders, principals and parents and friends of the college in a spirit of collaboration to realise the college’s vision and achieve its educational aims. The boards are established under various governance models and vary in responsibility and function, from advisory boards, incorporated boards or boards of management. Membership is defined in the board constitution.

Procedures and processes for parent representation on college boards are available through the principal’s office in each secondary college.

Victorian Catholic Schools Parent Body (VCSPB)

The Victorian Catholic Schools Parent Body (VCSPB) was established in October 2005. Its role is to:

  • provide a forum to represent parents in Victorian Catholic schools
  • promote parents as partners in education with the school, the Church and the community
  • promote the principles of Catholic education in collaboration with the diocesan Bishops
  • promote Catholic schools as schools of first choice for Catholic families.

The VCSPB provides an avenue for parents to participate at diocesan, state and national levels, advocates for Catholic school communities, and represents parents of students in Catholic schools through their school boards or parent associations.

Each diocese has a representative on the VCSPB who ensures that school boards are informed about state issues.

For more information, visit the VCSPB website: