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 at your child’s school.
‘In schools… families have a most important place and role. Catholic schools appreciate their value, and promote their participation in the school, where they can assume various forms of co-responsibility’.
(Congregation for Catholic Education 2013)
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:
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.
Catholic schools and Catholic Education Offices are committed to developing and maintaining opportunities for parent and community participation in the education of their children.
Catholic School Parents Victoria (CSPV)
Catholic School Parents Victoria officially began in 2007 and continues to provide opportunities for Catholic school parent perspective to be at the forefront of education across Victoria.
CSPV consists of volunteer parents of children in Catholic schools who meet four times a year as regional representatives to consult on five key areas of advocacy in education:
- Child safety and wellbeing
- Parent Engagement
- Catholic Identity
- Catholic school funding
CSPV role is to:
- provide a forum to represent parent perspective 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 and Directors
- promote Catholic schools as schools of first choice for Catholic families.
CSPV provides an avenue for parents to participate at diocesan, state and national levels, advocates for Catholic school communities and education in the Catholic tradition, and represents parents of students in Catholic schools through their school boards or parent groups within Catholic schools. CSPV aims to have up to two representatives from each diocese who endeavour to ensure that all Catholic school parents are informed about system and state issues.