Step 1. Expression of Interest
Calls for Expression of Interest opens at the start of each semester.
Note: Based on classroom and administrative needs, we will only invite a limited number of people for an informal interview. For those who have not been selected for an informal interview, we will keep your application on file and invite you to apply again in future terms.
Step 2. Attend an informal interview (for external applicants)
Informal interviews for volunteers are typically at the beginning of the semester.
The interview will last no more than 15 minutes, and is simply an opportunity for the school to meet you, understand your motivation for volunteering and assess whether our partnership with you will be mutually beneficial and match the current needs of the school. We will also check with you your availabilities and ability to commit to a regular time.
Step 3. Complete volunteer induction
If you were successful in being offered an opportunity to volunteer, we will send you a link to our online Volunteer Induction Handbook, which must be read before you attend the face-to-face induction onsite.
The face-to-face induction is usually run in Weeks 2-3 of the school term you start volunteering, and is run by a representative of the Volunteer Management Sub-Committee (of the School Council).
Step 4. Begin volunteering!
Once you have completed the volunteer induction, your may start volunteering!
During the semester, there may be Community of Practice events (for volunteers only), staff social events, and community events that you will be able to event. These are optional but we hope these will help to enrich your volunteering experience at Abbotsford Primary School.
Step 5. Re-Apply (if required)
Towards the end of the semester, a representative of the Volunteer Management Sub-Committee will check with you your intentions to continue volunteering in the new semester and your availabilities. This information will then be matched against the classroom and administrative needs identified for the following semester.
Where a continued partnership is possible, the school usually prefers the stability and will roll you over onto the next semester. Nonetheless, in the case where current classroom or administrative needs have changed, support is no longer required, or new volunteering opportunities have arisen, you may be asked to re-apply.
Step 6. Certificate of Service
At the end of each year, Abbotsford Primary School issues a Certificate of Service to recognise the contribution of all our volunteers.
If you require this certificate earlier in the year, you are welcome to request it from the Principal.