Saint Columbkille Partnership School strongly believes that for a child's optimal education, there must be a trusting, collaborative and working relationship between the home and the school. The school must find every means to get to know families and families must do everything possible to fully engage with the school in the shared enterprise of education and formation of the child.
Saint Columbkille Partnership School believes family involvement and volunteering increases student achievement, behavior and self esteem. The school benefits from your talent, time and effort and you, the parent, provide a very important community service for your children and their peers. The Family Service Program recognizes families that participate in school events and activities through volunteerism. Families that complete 25 Family Service Hours or more will receive $300 credit per family towards the following year’s tuition.
During the year there are numerous volunteer opportunities for families to fulfill their Family Service. Volunteer opportunities include Christmas at St. Cols, Restaurant Fundraisers, Pre/Post BC Race to Educate Party, Book Fair, Holiday Lunches, the Multicultural Pot Luck, and Field Day. All positions are filled on a first come, first serve basis.
Some people are unable to work the day of the events, such as the Christmas at St. Cols, but some events require preparations where volunteers are needed. Some pre-event tasks include picking up miscellaneous items, shopping, copying, distributing flyers, cutting and stapling raffle tickets and stuffing envelopes, among others.
Additionally, there are six committees comprised of parents/guardians that work with members of the school administration to support the mission of the school:
Parent Advisory Committee
The Parent Advisory Committee serves as an umbrella organization for home and school engagement. This committee works with the school administration and the various parent committees and serves as a sounding board for the strategic interests of the school. Membership for this committee is drawn from the various committees and includes two parents from each division, a Board of Trustee member who is a parent, a teacher, and members of the administration. It is anticipated that this committee will hold four meetings per year.
Administrative Liaison: Dr. William Gartside
Community Building Committee
The mission of the Community Building Committee is to instill a sense of community by promoting a mutual support and friendship among parents though social programs. Committee members work with the school administration to provide enrichment programs to promote the “whole child.” The committee also works with the school to organize social events such as the Bazaar, Restaurant Fundraisers, Pre/Post BC Race to Educate Party, Book Fair, Holiday Lunches, the Multicultural Pot Luck, Field Day and Significant Elder Day. Some of the above listed activities, while social in nature, provide funding to support the work of the committee. Monthly meetings will take place to plan events.
Administrative Liaison: Katie Lamothe
Parent Chairs: Julie Kenny and Jen Lynch
Parent Ambassador Committee
The mission of the Parent Ambassador Committee is to foster and build relationships with the greater community and in particular with prospective families. Committee members will engage in outreach activities, speak at venues to market the school, help organize and execute Open Houses, establish a relationship with local parishes, mentor new families, and plan events for parents. This committee will have bi-monthly meetings.
Administrative Liaisons: Rachel Rumely, Erica Rego
Room Parent Committee
The mission of the Room Parent Committee is to support teachers with activities that take place in and out of the classroom. Committee members will work with teachers to engage parents for volunteer work. Duties for this committee include: monthly emails to parents, organizing the class gift for teachers, coordinating class parties and other events, such as Teacher Appreciation Day. This committee will meet as a whole three times during the year.
Administrative Liaison: Katie Lamothe
The mission of the Hospitality Committee is to provide support at school functions. Duties include setting up and providing refreshments for meetings such as the Morning Coffee with the Head of School, monthly masses and special event celebrations. This committee will have an organizational meeting at the beginning of the school year and individual members will volunteer for the various school functions held during the course of the year.
Administrative Liaison: Carol Cashman
Parent Chair: Christy Moore
The mission of the Development Committee is to support the school in its institutional advancement. Specifically, members of this committee will work under the guidance of the Director for Institutional Advancement to assist with fundraising initiatives for the school, such as The BC Race to Educate and the Parent Appeal. They will also help the school to identify potential corporate and other sponsors. There will be approximately four meetings per year and sub-committees will be formed from this group to work on various projects.
Administrative Liaison: Kate Ward
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Parents/Guardians can volunteer in other ways during the year, including:
- Lunch and Recess Monitors
- Field trip chaperones
- For special event volunteers, e.g., parent assemblies
- Assisting the school with communications
- Assisting the school with maintenance
- Overseeing School Rewards Programs (Box Tops, Amazon Smile, Stop & Shop)
- Basketball Program