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School community and volunteering

You can get involved at your child's school—it will help you keep up-to-date with what is going on at the school, and help build positive relationships between you and the school community.

Volunteering at school

Volunteers are always welcome to help with:

  • tuckshop
  • excursions
  • reading support in the classroom
  • sport—coaching, umpiring or helping out at carnivals
  • parent associations
  • fetes and other school events.

Contact the school for further information or to register your interest.

Find school contact details in the schools directory or by phoning 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Blue card

The blue card is a system for monitoring a person's suitability for working with children. Volunteers at schools must hold a blue card before starting, unless they are parents of a child at the school.

Parent associations

Most state schools will have a Parents and Citizens (P&C) Association. Non-state schools will have a Parents and Friends (P&F) Association.

All schools rely on their community to help with decision making in areas like uniforms and behaviour, and to help with funding and supporting school organisations.

Learn more about parent associations and how to get involved.

School councils

Many schools have a school council that plays a more formal role in setting the future direction of the school. Parents are represented on every school council and are elected every 2 years.

See the School Council Handbook for more information.

Schools in the community

State Education Week

During State Education Week state schools across Queensland open their doors to the community to showcase their achievements.

Performances and extra-curricular activities

Many schools hold public performances for their music and drama students. Keep up to date through school newsletters and websites.

Contact your school for further information.

Find school contact details in the schools directory or by phoning 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

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Keep up to date

Read your school newsletters, and check your school website for local news and events. You can also subscribe to education newsletters such as:

QSchools smartphone app

QSchools app
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Download the QSchools app to find Queensland schools, and stay up-to-date with school news, events, newsletters and announcements.


If you have a concern about your child's education or a related issue, you can make a complaint.

Contact your school if you want to make a complaint about your school’s P&C.

Find school contact details in the schools directory or by phoning 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

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Last updated
13 January 2015

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