Volunteering at our school
Have you ever thought of becoming a volunteer at our school - if so, it is a Legislative requirement under the Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Act 2013 for all volunteers in schools to hold a RWVP and applications can be processed by applying online via the Department of Justice website.
A National Police Check is totally different to Registration to Work with Vulnerable People (RWVP), you don’t need a Police Check to work in schools - but you do need a RWVP.
Why I do what I do - and did!
I commenced paid employment in 1963 and apart from three years studying during the nineties, retired in 2017 after 50 or so years of working with adults and children. Although I 'fell' into my employment opportunities, I have realised that most of my life I have endeavoured to bring about change in the lives of people. This was not done because I knew better but because change through teaching and self-learning is the most powerful self-improvement and community development tool.
I believe that if we always do what we always did we will always get what we always got!
Seeing change and helping to effect change, motivates me. My life's work has been driven by this!
And I love fresh thinking and bold ideas!
As a consequence, when I 'retired' in 2017, I knew that I would need to find some other purpose. Golf and bowls and fishing were not going to occupy my time. In 2016 I encountered Big Picture thinking and knew that I would like to be part of something which operated outside of the box and provided students, who exhibited different behaviours and attitudes, the opportunity to fit in to a culture of self-directed learning.
Now in my second year of volunteering at Big Picture School, I feel that I can continue to contribute to effecting change in the lives of people. I appreciate the way in which staff members have valued my presence and facilitated opportunities to be part of something pioneering.
You are probably going to have to ask me to leave when I am past my use by date!
‘Bob’s Bikes’ has completed another successful year. This community service program focuses on renovating donated bikes and then selling them on Gumtree. This year we have raised in excess of $2,500.
The money raised has all been donated to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and has been used to support refugees in places like Syria and the Rohingya Emergency Appeal.
The following students: Ashton Leahy, Logan Stacey, Oliver Smith-Jones, Tommy Beams, Ella Ferrall, Harry Massey and Jaymz Gelston, have made a significant contribution to this program.
We would also like to recognise the support given to this program by Troy Reilly from Sprung Bike Shop. His willing assistance is greatly appreciated.