Parents and members of the community are always welcome to volunteer in the school. Volunteers must have a current Working with Children’s Card or Ochre Card which can be applied for online through SAFE NT at a cost of $7.00. School volunteers assist staff in the following ways:
- School library-covering new books, processing new resources
- Classroom assistance
- Class excursions
- School camps
- Parent Reading Army
- Cultural Events
- Fundraising events
Volunteer Application Form
Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer with Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School. Our volunteers are integral to the Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School experience for our students and they provide an important link to the community. We welcome your inquiry about volunteering and hope you will find the experience rewarding.
1. Application form
The Child Safe Standards require schools to gather, verify and record a person’s history of work involving children. Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School takes child safety very seriously and for this reason, potential volunteers are required to list their entire work history, including any volunteer work, involving children.
If you would like to submit your interest for a volunteer role within our school, please complete the application form and return it to us. The form can be found on Safe NT’s website; https://forms.pfes.nt.gov.au/safent/
It is school practice for all potential volunteers to be interviewed prior to commencing any voluntary work. The interview is an informal discussion aimed at assessing the suitability of the person for the volunteer position, particularly child-connected work, It is also an opportunity for the potential volunteer to ask questions about the position and the school in general.
Potential volunteers should bring proof of personal identity to the interview.
3. Referee checks
Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School takes child safety very seriously and for that reason we make it a practice to conduct referee checks for potential volunteers to assess their suitability to work with children. The referee check is a discussion between the school and the nominated referee for the purpose of addressing the person’s suitability for volunteer work and for engaging in child-connected work.
4. Pre-engagement Checks
All volunteers at Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School are required to apply for an Ochre Card. If you do not already have a current Ochre Card, you will be required to obtain this prior to commencing volunteer work and present the WWCC card to the school as soon as practicable.
Volunteers are provided with an induction to the workplace as a supportive way of introducing them to the school. The induction process is an opportunity to communicate the school’s ethos, policies and procedures to the new volunteer while introducing them to their role and work area.