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Volunteering at Woodleigh

At Woodleigh School we believe that the safety of children is dependent on the existence of a child safe culture within our school community. We have developed work systems, practices, policies and procedures designed to create a child safe culture.

Woodleigh School recognises the value of volunteers in contributing to the school community by giving their time and sharing their skills and expertise with others. Volunteers may have a wide range of interests, skills and abilities that are able to complement our programs, thus giving a wider range of interactions and experiences to our students. 

At Woodleigh School, we have categorised volunteers as either Direct Contact Volunteers, Indirect Contact Volunteers or Extended Direct Contact Volunteers. The distinction between the types of volunteer activities is important as it determines the level of screening, induction and supervision that is required to be undertaken by the school. 

Direct Contact Volunteers are those volunteers that are involved in providing support, guidance and supervision directly to students and could potentially have direct unsupervised contact with students during the normal course of providing the volunteer service. Examples of Direct Contact Volunteer activities may include volunteers involved in assisting in learning activities.

Indirect Contact Volunteers are those volunteers who are involved in providing support and services whilst not directly assisting a specific group of students. Indirect Contact Volunteers are not responsible for supervising students and would not have “unsupervised” contact with students during the normal course of providing the volunteer service.  Examples of Indirect Contact Volunteer activities may include assisting with school functions or fundraising barbeques.

Extended Direct Contact Volunteers are those volunteers that are involved in providing support, guidance and supervision directly to students and could potentially have regular direct unsupervised contact with students during the normal course of providing the volunteer service over an extended period. Examples of Extended Direct Contact Volunteer activities may include volunteers involved in school camps or coaching sporting teams.

To support our Volunteers, we have developed a Woodleigh Volunteer Handbook to provide as much relevant information as possible to assist parents and friends volunteering at Woodleigh. We also require our Direct Contact Volunteers and Extended Direct Contact Volunteers to read our Volunteer Code of Conduct and sign a copy of the school’s Volunteer Agreement.

The new Volunteering documents are accessible at each campus and the Volunteer Management Policy is located on the school’s website. If you have any questions or concerns about Volunteering at Woodleigh, please contact the Heads of Campus – David Burton (Senior Campus), Rod Davies (Minimbah Campus) or Vivienne Wearne (Penbank Campus).

Camille Savage
Human Resource Manager