School Councils and P and C

  • Educate yourself! Be aware of what is going on in a school for example, extra-curricular activities, assemblies or sports days etc.
  • Awareness of a school’s timetable is helpful. Information can be found on school websites or call the school administration for information about the school cohort.
  • Find out what the school’s priorities are; read the school's online profile [Schools Online] and annual report to find out what learning areas or special programs they are targeting.
  • Be charming and patient, especially when dealing with the school’s administration staff. They are your first point of contact key in finding and getting teacher’s direct contact details.
  • P&C’s can be useful when extra funds are required for an excursion or activities. Some schools have very active and financial
  • P&C’s. Address promotional material to them for consideration for funding additional school activity. It’s quite often the case that P&C groups are on the lookout for 'value add' experiences for students.
  • School Councils are made up of school staff and parent representatives who make decisions on policy and school plans.
  • Student Services can be invaluable. Find out if your targeted school has this service and forward your information to the head of student services (or manager). These managers have a high degree of student/teacher contact and should be another contact in your communication database.
  • Independent Public Schools have more flexibility in governance.
  • Contact Catholic Education and Independent Schools through their respective organisations.