At St Peter’s we strive to be an outward facing school. We provide opportunities for students to engage with the wider community both within the school and further into the wider community.
The term ‘outward facing school’ invites school communities to ‘look out’ beyond the school gate and recognise their larger role in the community. Through engagement in authentic partnerships with families and the community, the outward facing school can explore learning in all its possibilities and make a contribution to the entire community’s capacity to learn (Goodfellow, 2008; Leithwood, Harris & Strauss, 2010).
Some ways in which students engage with the community are:
- Visits to local nursing home
- Partnership with local kinder
- Working with St Monica’s College
- Participation in community events including Sorry Day events and Whittlesea Festival
- Partnerships with local organisations including Darebin Creek Management Committee, City of Whittlesea and other local schools
- Participation in Kids Teaching Kids program including workshop presentations at their annual conference
We provide opportunities for families and community members to support our school including:
- Parents helping in classrooms and Resource Centre
- Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
- Education Board
- Parents’ Association
- Working Bees
- Attending assemblies and liturgies
(All parents involved in the classroom or on an excursion require a Working With Children Check)
Work Placements and Experience
All work placement/experience requests are made in writing to St Peter’s School and endorsed by the school/university the applicant attends. We are obligated by recent government Child Safe regulations to follow this procedure. In responding to written requests the school needs to consider the number of requests and organisation of the school. Our response to ex students is to experience other school situations rather than their own primary school to gain a wider perspective of education. As you can appreciate we have a large number of requests for work experience and need to follow government regulations and school processes to ensure the wellbeing of all in our community.