Our Community Teams
How parents and carers contribute to the school community
Families are encouraged to volunteer at BIS and all their contributions are valued whether big or small – from weeding in the garden to managing a team of other parents to get a project off the ground!
Over the years, as one-parent working families have become less common and as parent time has been spread over many tasks and commitments, the opportunity for parents to offer as much time as the original founders did has passed.
We understand work commitments impact the capacity of parents to volunteer at BIS, so we have a range of ways families can contribute.
The tasks BIS requires volunteers for vary. Some are time-dependent tasks involving commitment to a roster, and other jobs are one-off, and each term families commit one adult to attend a three-hour working bee. Should you find your family unable to commit to any of the volunteer jobs, you contribute to the community by paying the Volunteer Fee. This fee covers the hiring of people to complete jobs that need to be done (mowing, laminating, painting).
Taking on these tasks is a big commitment so many parents still choose to pay the Fee, thereby freeing up some finances for projects and paying for professionals to complete some jobs. Even if you pay the fee we hope that you will still volunteer, just without the stress of knowing that the job you are taking on is essential as these volunteering roles are more about creative project-based tasks.