— BE INVOLVED
MECS is blessed with an active community of parents and grandparents that love to volunteer and be involved in school life. The Friends of MECS group contributes to the life of MECS in many ways, and is not primarily a fundraising group. We currently have a number of parent run volunteer groups/activities. Currently we run Fair Trade and ‘Locally Made’ Mother’s Day and Father’s Day stalls and we have our regular ‘Cook Off’ days where volunteers spend a day cooking meals to fill our Community Freezer so that we are prepared and able to assist people in our community when they are sick or struggling.
Being involved in Friends of MECS activities is an excellent way to get to know other parents, and feel part of the community. If you would like to know more or get involved, please contact our Community Relations Officer, Jenny Taylor, via the main office.
MECS is owned and operated by both past and present parents and staff, who join together to form the MECS Association.
Founded in the mid-1960s, the MECS Association has governed the school through a parent-governance model. This means that passionate parents oversee the direction of MECS, ensuring that the major governance decisions are made in line with the school’s vision and mission.
The Association elects Board members to govern on their behalf. Board members maintain and generate bible-based, best-practice governance policies to sustain and grow the school’s vision. The Board is also responsible for appointing Executive Leadership roles at the school: the positions of Principal, Administration Manager and Assistant Principals.
For the ongoing success of MECS, it is vital that the school maintains a strong and committed Association, who will help the school prosper and continue to provide Christ- centred education. The Association has an informal meeting twice a year to receive updates about the school. Christian parents who are passionate about MECS and Christian education are invited to contact our Community Relations Officer, Jenny Taylor, about Association membership.
(Email [email protected] or phone 9738 6000.)
A great way to get to know other school families is to participate in the school’s Working Bees. All families are required to be represented at Working Bees throughoutthe year (minimum 5 hours annually, per family). A formis completed at the beginning of the year to indicate your preferred Working Bee date/s closer to your chosendate, you will be sent the job list for you to indicate your preference for particular tasks. The task list is finalised by the Property Manager and communicated out to familiesjust before the Working Bee. If a family does not attend the minimum requirement for Working Bees, a fee of $150 will be added to the family account in lieu of non attendance.
Volunteering is a wonderful way for parents to get to know know their child’s classmates, other parents and staff Volunteers at school, as well as excursions and camps, must have a current Working With Children Check (WWCC). This can be easily obtained by application at the Working With Children Check website. Volunteers must provide their WWCC card to the office. If MECS is listed as a volunteer organisation on the WWCC application, the school will receive updates everytime the card is renewed.
On top of having a current Working with Children Check, parent volunteers are also required to read through the school’s Child Safety Policy and sign off that they will adhere to the principles and requirements outlined in the policy.