ST ANTHONY'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
Families at St Anthony’s are encouraged to fully participate in the life of the school. Parental involvement brings a diversity of skills to the school community, offers parents insight into school philosophies and allows teachers and parents to work in partnership to provide the best possible learning environment for students.
We are fortunate to have a committed parent group who are united in working to continually enhance all aspects of the school. Our community activities involve parents, grandparents, parish and the local community.
Out of Hours School Care
The accredited external provider, Youth Leadership Victoria, provides Out of Hours School Care for families on our school campus. This program operates each weekday from 7:00am – 8:40 am and 3:30 – 6:00 pm. Please contact the school for further details. Parents are required to complete an enrolment form and book children into the service using the booking book located in the School Office.
Parents & Friends
The Parents and Friends' Association (PFA) enables all parents, school staff and interested people to participate in supporting the School. The PFA aims to encourage social interaction between all parents in a Christian atmosphere and make the school enjoyable and rewarding for our children to attend. We take pride in our multi-cultural membership and we stress that involvement is invited from all parents.
Fundraising plays a vital role for the PFA and some of the ways in which parents help raise funds is by assisting at the St. Anthony’s Fair (run every two years), raffles, Mother's Day and Father's Day Stalls, and other social events which are enjoyable occasions.
Parents are welcome to help in the classroom and are invited to attend special training sessions. These programs and times are determined by the individual teachers. All volunteers must have a current Working With Children Check and are required to read and sign our Code of Conduct.
Some of the community activities are as follows:
Parent class liaison officers
Family sacramental program and information evenings.
Beginning and end-of-year family barbecues.
Whole school community celebrations of Book Week, St. Anthony’s Feast Day, Athletics Day, Arts' Soiree, Cultural Day
Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day Breakfasts
School Fair every two years
Excursions to local facilities such as the library, swimming pool and athletics track.
Close links with local kindergartens
Weekly playgroup for toddlers in the Parish centre
Second Hand Uniform shop
Fortnightly school assemblies
Out of School Hours Care programme through Youth Leadership Victoria
The School Advisory Team (SAT)
The School Advisory Team (SAT) is an advisory team made up of the Parish Priest, Fr Gregory Pritchard, the School Principal, a staff representative, PFA Representative and elected parents of the school. The team meets each term and discusses issues which relate to the running and the planning of the school. While decisions relating to the running of the school are the concern of the Principal and Fr Gregory Pritchard, the SAT plays an important advisory role which will often support the decision-making process.
The SAT enhances communication and accountability, and plays a key role in keeping parish, staff and families 'on the same page'. Reports from the Chairperson of the SAT are sent home to families at least once per term to inform families of the outcomes of the meetings and decisions made in support of the school.