As a parent or carer, you are an important part of our school community. We offer a range of services to support you and your family.
Counselling for families
The school counsellor can assist when families undergo a trauma or big change. Contact us to make an appointment. For information in community languages, see school counselling service.
Outside of the education system, free telephone counselling services are available to support families who may be going through a difficult time.
- Lifeline – 24-hour telephone counselling service. 13 11 14.
- Mensline Australia – 24-hour telephone counselling service for men. 1300 789 978.
- Parent line – 24-hour advice and information service. 1300 1300 52.
Interpreting and translations
We will help you communicate with our school. If you’d like an interpreter for a school meeting, let us know and we will arrange one, if available.
If you don’t speak or understand English well and want to contact us, call TIS National on 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language. The operator will call the school and get an interpreter to help. This service is free.
For more information, listen in your language.
Visit the department’s translated documents section for important information that’s relevant for your child’s education in many languages.
Parents and Citizens’ Association (P&C)
Our Parents and Citizens’ Association (P&C) is made up of parents and carers, teachers and community members. The P&C meets regularly to contribute to decision-making, developing policies and management plans as well as fundraising.
Parent Involvement / Assistance
Villawood East P.S. is a community school i.e. we consider your child's education to stem from a strong partnership between school and home.
Community Involvement and Participation are not just impressive terms used at VEPS but reflect a genuine desire to include parents in all areas of school life.
The P and C Association meet at the school on the first Monday of every month and all parents are welcome to attend the meetings.
We have a Community Liaison Officer (CLO) who works within the school community two days a week. Parent meetings, or workshops are held every Wednesday and include such activities as improving computer skills, craft making, food handling and a whole range of activities requested by parents.
With many changes happening in our schools, it is vital that parents take every opportunity to participate in their child's education.
It is an acknowledged fact that the children of involved parents do perceivably better and are able to make the most of their education with the support and encouragement of their parents.
Parent's Rights and ResponsibilitiesParents' rights-to be informed about the progress of your children:
- to be informed about School happenings
- to express your views in an appropriate manner
- to be listened to and reasonable requests acted upon
- to participate in the corporate decisions affecting the school
- to visit the school
Parents' responsibilities-to assist the teachers in educating your children:
- to ensure that your children arrive at school punctually, clean, tidy and appropriately dressed in uniform.
- to ensure that your children will have adequate food for recess and lunch each day
- to respond appropriately to notes and communication from the school.
- to inform the school of any matters affecting your child.
- to work with the school to solve problems regarding your child.