The Catholic Schools Office values the significant contribution volunteers make to all our schools. Volunteers bring a rich and diverse mixture of culture, life experience and expertise from their communities.

They complement and enhance the student-centred care provided by our staff. Our volunteers enrich the quality of life for our students and their families and are in turn, enriched by their experiences.

To be a Catholic school volunteer you must be 18 years of age or older and have completed your schooling. You must be of good character.

To learn more about volunteering in a Catholic School, including child protection concerns and the Volunteer Code of Conduct, please download the Volunteer Induction Handbook, which has been produced by the Catholic Schools Office of Maitland-Newcastle and the Federation of Parents & Friends Association, Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

Registered volunteers may be actively involved in school activities where children are present.  This may include (but is not limited to):

  • classroom learning activities (e.g. Reading Groups, Art Activities, Maths Groups);
  • excursion support;
  • working at events organised by the Parents and Friends Association;
  • school canteen;
  • specific working bees;
  • assisting with transport of students to representative events;
  • specific request for administration support from a staff member (e.g. book covering);
  • specific request from a staff member to assist at sporting events.

Volunteer Induction sessions are held at the beginning of each year and during the Kindergarten Orientation period. Prospective volunteers are then required to undertake the volunteer induction process including the following:

  • Signed participation in the Volunteer Workshop or signed receipt of the Information Book
  • Volunteer Registration Form
  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • Photo Release Form
  • Working with Children Check

All volunteer documentation is kept in the school’s Active Volunteers Register.

The Working with Children Check and Identification Form is forwarded to Zimmerman Services so they can maintain a register of volunteers currently involved at St Patrick’s.