Parents and Friends

Parents and Friends Group

If you would like to be part of a Parents and Friends Group at the College, please email principal@portside.sa.edu.au to register your interest.

Parent Involvement

  • Parent involvement in the College is encouraged.
  • Parents are encouraged to see the HR Manager or administration staff to complete the volunteer induction process.
  • This process needs to be followed for any type of involvement, including volunteering at a fundraiser, reading in class, going on excursions and coaching College sporting teams.

Community Involvement Opportunities

  • Many College programs and activities would not be possible without volunteers.  These programs and activities include excursions, sport coaching, classroom reading and the English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) program.
  • There are also a range of other opportunities for community volunteers to get involved.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Parents, guardians and grandparents of students in the College are invited to apply to volunteer in the College. Volunteer applications pass through a screening process. 
  • Anyone wanting to be involved in a voluntary capacity need to following new requirements as set by the Education Department, all volunteers (no matter what their capacity) will require a Working with Children Check as from July 1, 2019 when the SA Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act comes into effect.  It will become an offence for an organisation to engage a person in a work or volunteer role with children and young people without this check.
  • All Department of Human Services (DHS) screening for volunteers working with children and vulnerable people, formerly called a DCSI check are now free (previously $59.40).  The College commences the application process for a volunteer screening check through the Screening Unit’s online application portal, which is then completed by the individual applicant. 
  • Successful applicants will be required to attend a site induction (covering topics such as College procedures, Duty of Care responsibilities and Work Health Safety) and training specific to the area of volunteer work.  The induction needs to be completed prior to the commencement of volunteering.  They will also complete a ‘Volunteer Declaration’.
  • Volunteers are required to supply a current Department of Human Services Working with Children screening (formerly DCSI Working with Children check) every 3 years.
  • All volunteers are required to sign in and out at Administration and to wear identification provided by the College whilst on site.

Related Policies and Links

Department of Human Services – Working with Children

DC026 Volunteer Policy