Gleneagles seeks to form a strong partnership between the school and home. Our school is proud of the strong history of parent involvement in all facets of school life. We are grateful for the input parents, from many diverse backgrounds, have had in the development of the College. Here are just some of the ways parents have become involved in life at Gleneagles!
Parents are active and important members of the College School Council. They have input into the development of polices and the overall management of the school. Elections are held annually for parent members and are advertised in the newsletter at the appropriate time. Please click on the GSC Council tab for more information.
The Gleneagles PFA connects Parents into the School Community. This is a great way of gaining insight into school life and making sense of who’s who and what’s happening without being in the classroom. Your association with the school will be different from primary school, but is just as important – valuing your skills, ideas or simply your thoughts. Friendships are formed and great projects are conceived and carried through. Being connected flows onto our children and others too. We could all be involved somehow. Imagine that! Everyone’s invited. Come and see. We meet once a month and as needed, about 7.00pm.
Gleneagles is fortunate to have been successful in obtaining a grant from the Migrant Resource Centre for tutors to work with our students after school. On the strength of this, our program has continued to grow and now sees an average of 100 students attending Homework club each week! Staff and parents volunteer their time to assist and tutor students from Year 7-12 at Homework Club on Thursday from 3pm. Parents don’t need any formal qualifications – just a willingness and interest in supporting young people with their studies. They’ll also need to hold a current Working with Children card.
Many parents volunteer their time at the library, covering books, cataloguing, simple data entry and any number of tasks they feel comfortable doing. It is a very friendly and supportive environment that welcomes all parents.
Some of our parents have used this as a way of practising their English so it has been useful for both parties. Other parents have come in regularly to listen to students read. Please contact Lynne Moller if you would like to find out more about being a helper in the library.
Many parents who have an interest in sport have volunteered their time to train or transport students to different sporting events.
For further information about any of these opportunities please contact the College.
The 2011 Year 7 Transitions Camp to Golden Valley Lodge in Flinders, Victoria is, and will continue to be, one of my favourite memories of Gleneagles. I went to the camp barely knowing anyone but by the time we got home I knew a lot of people, many of whom had become my friends. All the activities were fun to do and be a part of. I conquered my fear of heights and free-falling on the giant swing and the Flying Fox, a zip line which runs down the side of a mountain. I had so much fun at the camp I asked the teachers if I could stay longer because I didn’t want to leave, but unfortunately, it was time to go. I now have a group of friends who I love and trust and know they will be my life-long friends. The beginning of my Gleneagles journey started with a good memory.