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Be a part of our College Community

There are many ways parents, family members and carers can become involved at St Joseph's College, from our wonderful Canteen Volunteers who help with serving and preparing lunches, to our parents who lend us a hand at College events, perhaps cook a spare meal for our Care Group or inspire future generations by helping our Careers Centre. The Men's Association is a great way for dads or male carers to get involved with working bees - followed by a BBQ!

Volunteering is also a great way to make some new connections with fellow parents and have some fun! If you think you could share some of your time or experience with us - we would love to hear from you.

  • Become a member of our fantastic Parents & Friends, or even just helping them out at some events
  • Cook up a meal from time to time to help our Care Group provide meals to needy families
  • Join the 'weekend warriors' for working bees with our Mens Association
  • Help with history in our Heritage Centre
  • Help serve over 1000 of our hungry boys in the Edmund Rice Campus Canteen
  • Lend a hand on immunisation days
  • Be a "roadie" for our College music department and bands
  • Be inspirational in our Careers Centre, host some work experience or share your own experiences in Careers week

Volunteer Opportunities Include:

Parents & Friends Association

Contact: Natasha Solczaniuk – Events & Community Engagement Coordinator – Ph: 5226 8122 [email protected]

As parents and carers, you are automatically part of the P&F.  Meetings are held once per month and are attended by either the Principal or Deputies who present the school report regarding new initiatives and programs.  We provide social activities for the boys as well as being a huge support for major fundraising events and College functions.  We invite you to come along to a meeting to find out more!  All are welcome and refreshments and snacks are provided. Can’t make it to meetings? Our Parents & Friends also welcome volunteers who wish to help out at College events.

Care Group

Contact: Adele Watt – Principal’s PA – Ph: 5226 8119 [email protected]

Our Care Group provides meals for our families who are experiencing difficulty either through illness, bereavement or other circumstances. Care group members on occasion provide a meal which will then later be delivered to needy families. We ask all the College community to feel welcome to contact us should you be experiencing ill health or any difficulty.

Mens Association

Contact: Pierre Belluzzo – Grounds Manager – Ph: 5226 8128 [email protected]

The Mens Association working bees are a great opportunity for fathers to become involved in College life. The group contributes to the maintenance and beautification of College grounds and buildings along with other hands-on roles at the College. A team of volunteers work on a roster one Sunday per month from 9:00am -11:00am, followed by a BBQ and refreshments. This group develops friendships between fathers, in some cases grandfathers of students, as well as past students of the College. A great opportunity to meet some of the men of SJC, lend a hand and become involved.

Heritage Centre

Contact: Susan Belluzzo – Archivist – Ph: 5226 8272  [email protected]

The Heritage Centre is the repository for the College’s Heritage Collection. We welcome volunteers with an interest in the College history. Volunteers help with sorting and setting up displays.

Canteen

Contact: Danni Thompson – Canteen Manager Ph: 5226 8138

[email protected]sjc.vic.edu.au or Karen Sherman [email protected]

Our canteen relies on our volunteers to help serve over 1500 hungry boys! Volunteers are placed on a roster and come along once per month from 10:30am - 1:30pm to help with the preparation and serving of student lunches. You will have the opportunity to get to know one another and have fun, with many catch-ups between recess and lunch. Alternatively, any time you are able to give is very much appreciated. 

First Aid / Immunisation Support

Contact: Bernie Carthew – Office Manager Ph: 5226 8113 [email protected]

Parents with first aid / medical experience can volunteer to help supervise students on immunisation days or to provide first aid support.

Band Support

Contact: Laura Martin – Music Support – Ph: 5226 8156 [email protected]

Each year the College Bands perform at a variety of events, parents can lend some general support by helping out at performances or with fundraising. As you can imagine, transporting band members and instruments is quite the mission - join the band volunteers to help out with musical events at SJC!

Visiting Student Overseas Homestay

Contact: Adele Watt – Principals PA - Ph: 5226 8119 [email protected]

During the year there may be the opportunity to host a student for 3-5 days approximately. A great cultural experience!

Careers Centre Assistance

Contact: Karen Shum 5226 8143 [email protected]

You can help out by providing a work experience opportunity for senior students who are keen to spend a week in different workplaces or you may wish to talk to the students during careers week about your own career journey and share your own working experiences.

Further information

If you would like to know more about the areas above please contact the person listed. By expressing an interest in Volunteering you will be placed on the appropriate notification list so we can keep in contact with you about your areas of interest.

Kristen Gleeson - Director of Community and Development

5226 8120 [email protected]

Join us as a Volunteer in 2021

Interested in lending a hand? We would love to hear from you, we welcome all volunteers who have helped out in the past as well as any new volunteers wanting to give something a try.

We understand that sometimes circumstances change and you are welcome at any time to let us know if you cannot make it to a volunteer opportunity.

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Why do I need a Working With Children Check?

All volunteers who are working at the College at any time, must have a current Working With Children Check. This is for the wellbeing of all of our students. If you don't have one, you can apply for one online for free as a volunteer. You will need to bring your card with you when you arrive as a volunteer. http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/home/applications/

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A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address that you provided.

We understand that sometimes circumstances change and you are welcome at any time to let us know if you cannot make it to a volunteer opportunity.

Working with Children Check

As of 2020, all volunteers who are working at the College at any time, must have a current Working With Children Check. This is for the wellbeing of all of our students. If you have an existing WWCC card for your work this can also be used to volunteer, if you do not have a current WWCC then you can apply for one for free:
http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/home/applications/

Applying for Working With Children Check

Watch the video on how to apply for your Working With Children Check card. Cards will be required to be carried at all times when volunteering at the College.