Parents are actively involved in our programs and the school community.
The Serpell Primary School Council comprises 15 members with 8 positions filled by parents, 4 by teachers and the Principal as Executive Officer. A Parent Association Representative and the immediate Past President of Council complete the Council as co-opted positions. Each year in March, there is an election for half of the positions, so that term of tenure is two years. Council meets on the third Monday of each month at 7.30pm in the staffroom and parents are welcome to attend as visitors. Council is responsible for policy development, finance, facilities and the selection of the Principal.
The Parent Association is an enthusiastic and hard working group in the school. It is responsible for all fund raising and supporting the social network of the school community. It plays a major role in facilitating close links between parents, students, staff and the community. The Parent Association runs many successful sub-groups that contribute to the vibrant life of the school. These include: school banking, scholastic book club, second hand uniform and fund raising events. Meetings are held on a Friday morning once a month in the Staff Room and all parents are most welcome to attend.
Parents Supporting Intellectual Potential
This energetic group is specifically formed to support parents in identifying gifts and talents in their children and to assist in helping them achieve their very best. The group organises speakers, games nights, workshops and works with the school leading teacher in Gifted and Talented Education.
Serpell highly values the contribution that parents make to the school. The Early Years team leader runs training courses for parents in the teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy. Following graduation, parents are able to work in their child's class as a small group facilitator. The benefits for parents include an enhanced understanding of the learning process, skills to assist students at school and at home and an understanding of how their child works at school. It is also a wonderful experience for children to see how well school and home connect.