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Volunteering

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at Montville State School.  Our school relies on many people to support our programs throughout the year.  For these programs to succeed the volunteer body is one of the most important groups within our school.

Montville State School aims to outline your role and responsibilities as a volunteer at Montville State School.  Please contact the office to express your interest.

There are many areas that volunteers are able to help out within the school setting.  Some of these (but not limited to) include:

 

  • Garden (Kitchen Garden Program and Permaculture Garden)
  • Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Uniform Shop
  • Music
  • Public speaking
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
  • Technology
  • Tuckshop

 

Your commitment to us

In order to achieve great results in all the above areas, we need people who are not only enthusiastic about making a difference, but are also able to make a genuine commitment.  It is highly desirable that volunteers commit to the same class each week and consider volunteering for at least one term or semester.  This allows your relationship with the students to develop and it also makes it easier for you to be comfortable with your environment.  It also helps with planning! Volunteers are welcome to stay for a whole day, just one class or session.  It is school practice to undertake a Working With Children Check, and is essential requirement of Education Queensland policy.

 

What you can expect from us

Recognition, we know that the success of the school and programs lies in the continual support from our volunteers.

Support from teachers, staff and P&C. 

A thoroughly rewarding experience, in a healthy, safe and friendly working environment, full of people wanting to participate in the joy  of seeing young people grow and develop.

 

Some useful tips for volunteers

Continuity. it is highly desirable that as a volunteer you commit to the same class each week.  It allows your relationship with the students to develop and it also makes it easier for you to be comfortable with your environment.

Punctuality. Arrive at the agreed time before the class starts to be briefed by the teacher, staff or P&C member running the event.  Please ensure you let the school know in good time if you are unable to attend or will be late for a session.

Firm and kind instruction. Your role is one of facilitator, rather than leader.  Set a good example.  Everyone is here to learn and to have fun.  Volunteers are not expected to be the disciplinarians, so seek intervention from a teacher or staff member if the firm-but-kind approach doesn’t seem to be working.

Hands off.  Encourage all the students in the group to participate and share the load.  Demonstrate and supervise, but don’t do all the work.  Ask the children how they might do something first, then show them if necessary. Don’t tell them straight away.