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Information for Parents

School Association

This group has a very strong management role in the school’s broad goals and operation. Members are elected annually and the School Association is made up of parents, community members, staff, students and the Principal. These people are the parents’ contact with policy, planning and decisions made in the school. If you have a query these people can assist you.
If you have any questions on matters you would like raised through the Association, please feel free to contact one of our representatives through the School Office on 6395 0100.

Parents and Friends Association

Is an informal subcommittee of the School Association who meet regularly to support the school community, provide financial support for the school and social support for families. The Parents and Friends Association (P&F) welcomes input, ideas and opinions from all members of the school community.
The group works to support the school from Kindergarten to Year 12 both with resources and enthusiasm. It is a purpose of the P&F to enhance the sense of community within the school.

Volunteers and Parent Participation

Our school operates with the support of a range of volunteers who assist in many types of activities across the school. Canteen and classroom help, and assistance in our library are just some of the ways in which parents and community members can support our school. If you are able to help out, even on an occasional basis please speak with your child’s teacher.

  • Parent participation within classrooms and the school community is widely encouraged.
  • See your child’s teacher to discuss ways in which you can take part.
  • A Volunteers Guidelines and Agreement form is available from the office along with the Department of Education Visitors and Volunteers policy.

All volunteers, contractors and other visitors must have a Working with Vulnerable People registration.

Working with Vulnerable People Registration

All volunteers, contractors and other visitors are required to have a current Registration for Working with Vulnerable People. You will need to complete the application on the Department of Justice website. Click here for the Department of Justice website.

  • Print out the “application receipt” or record the reference number.
  • Take the “application receipt” to a Service Tasmania for photo, identity confirmation and payment.

Canteen Support

The school canteen is run by the school with direction from the Canteen Committee, which is comprised of parent representatives and school personnel. The Canteen Manager is employed by the school to oversee the day to day running of the canteen. The manager has a Certificate of Food Safe Training and works to see that the food is produced hygienically.

In order for the canteen to operate, we rely on parents’ support. Students need to order lunches to be delivered to the classroom. Parents are encouraged to support the canteen by volunteering to work on the canteen roster. This may be an infrequent visit, or a regular commitment.

Working in the canteen is an interesting way to experience a different facet of school life. Parents can be involved in the preparation and planning of food, and during recess and lunch times serve at the counter, selling food and drinks. Those people who are not comfortable serving and/or handling money are welcome to just help out with food preparation and clean up - discuss this with our canteen manager. Children of all ages take great delight in visiting their parent at the canteen to request some special snack!

The Canteen Manager, welcomes new faces into the kitchen and is very adept at demonstrating and guiding parents in the art of catering for lots of hungry children.

Respectful Schools

Positive Behaviour Support Guidelines – Our Approach to Discipline

Our educational focus is on developing every person’s capacity to learn, question and challenge themselves to pursue deep levels of learning.

Students are supported by strong student-teacher-parent relationships based on listening, dialogue, openness and respect. We have high but fair expectations of positive student behaviour.
(from Lilydale District School Vision)


Expectations of positive behaviour are based on our 3 school rules:

Be Respectful

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For example, wear your school uniform, be punctual to class and use appropriate language towards others at all times, be positive and inclusive of others and appreciative of differences.

Be a Learner

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For example, believe in yourself, listen carefully to instructions, ask for help, be prepared for classes, be on task, allow others to learn.

Be Safe

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For example, walk bikes through school grounds, take extreme care with equipment and materials, walk around classrooms, keep pathways clear, avoid harmful play. In general, the principle of ‘hands off’ is useful in helping students to learn about socially acceptable behaviour. This is encouraged, though there are times when it is appropriate for students to touch each other.

Our School has developed a detailed plan in relation to supporting student behaviours. We are using Positive Behaviour Support and Restorative Practice as the key pillars of our approach to creating a respectful and supportive school.

Most concerns regarding inappropriate student behaviour are managed by the teacher in the first instance and are not repeated. Should the behaviour become a pattern, then the Sector Leader would support the teacher and parents would be contacted. In some instances, the Assistant Principal and/or Principal support the student, their family and teacher, to resolve the situation and move forward in a positive manner.