Community Involvement

parents and extended family

When parents, caregivers and extended family members become involved in school life it has benefits for children, families and the school. Benefits for children include a greater connection to school and learning, while parents’ contributions of ideas, time and energy create a vibrant community and a thriving school that is more than the sum of its parts.

We invite parents to become involved in the PIVS learning community as well as in social activities and the practical functioning of the school. Below are a range of ways in which parents can get involved.


Opportunities to Engage in the Learning Community

  • Come to a working bee.

  • Offer your skills or suggest a topic for a Personal Learning Project (PLPs are electives).

  • Utilise your networks to propose and create opportunities for children to go ‘Out ‘n’ About’ to interesting places.

  • Be a helper at a Mentor-led PLP.

  • Make a time to chat with your child’s Mentors after school.

  • Visit the classrooms before or after school to look at the wall displays.

  • Ask your child to show you their contract and explain the associated activities.

  • Volunteer in the kitchen or garden or help with watering gardens during the long Summer break.

  • Assist with one on one reading.

  • Come to Beach Day, our last day of the school year together, held at Erehwon Point at the Cowes Foreshore.


Opportunities for Social Connection

  • Bring younger siblings to the PIVS playgroup held on Wednesday mornings at PIVS.

  • Come along to whole school gatherings - FAMP, Community Dinners, Graduation.

We are committed to developing a wide range of opportunities that match the skills and interests of our parents. We are open to suggestions if you have ideas that aren’t mentioned above. Talk with a Mentor or email


members of the broader community

We welcome involvement from members of the wider community that have interests and skills to share with the students at PIVS. Some examples of ways in which community members have been involved with PIVS in the past include reciprocal student and visitor events with the Bass Coast Planned Activity Group, a billycart PLP run in conjunction with the Phillip Island Mens Shed, members of the Cowes Chess Club mentoring interested students, visiting professionals such a pasty chef taking a cake decorating PLP, construction of worm farms with representatives of the Cowes Community Garden, visits from the Boomerang Bags group to make bags with students, visits from local indigenous elders to hold Deep Listening Circles, and do collaborative art for the Shearwater (now Biyadin) Festival.

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We are open to suggestions from community members about ways to connect with the school. Please get in touch via email (


Working with Children Checks

As part of the Child Safe Standards Framework for all Victorian schools, PIVS has a policy that details how we manage Working with Children (WWC) checks for all staff, contractors and volunteers.  As many parents/family members of students volunteer at school, we have some scenarios where a WWC check is required. Volunteer WWC checks are free, valid for five years and if you already have an employee WWC they are acceptable for a volunteer role. More information can be found about this in our PIVS Parent Handbook. If you have any queries or would like assistance in completing an application, please contact the school either in person, or by phone 59 568 568 or email