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Volunteering

It was a group of dedicated community volunteers that first lobbied for and built the Buderim Provisional School in 1875. Today it is still volunteers that help our school to grow and prosper, and allow our students to ‘strive to achieve’. Volunteers are the backbones of this school, working silently in the background to keep things ticking. They run the tuckshop, fundraise for improvements and support our teaching staff.
We ask each family to consider one opportunity through the year in which they can participate and lend a hand, whether it be a working bee, school disco or something else entirely. It’s a great way to be involved in our school and also meet likeminded parents and community members.
Below are some examples of regular volunteering opportunities that exist in our school. We thank you for any assistance you can provide.
Tuckshop:
The tuckshop relies heavily on volunteer help from parents. We require two volunteers per day and also need people to be on our ‘emergency’ roster. The emergency roster is used when regular volunteers are unable to attend. We ask volunteers to help for one day a month from 8:45am – 1:45pm. Lunch is provided the day you help out and it’s a great way to meet new families.
If you can help in some way, please give us a phone call: (07) 5477 2743 or drop in and put your name on the roster.
Library:
Buderim Mountain State School students love to read, meaning the library is a hive of activity. Our librarian is always on the lookout for help from parents or community members to cover and catalogue books or help prepare special events. To get involved contact June Wensley.
Classroom helpers:
Each of our year levels endeavour to run one incursion or excursion per term, and parental assistance is vital to their success. Teachers also appreciate the support to run reading groups and help out with more involved classroom activities. To discuss opportunities or register your interest, please contact your child’s classroom teacher directly.
Gardening Club:
An initiative of our P&C group, the Gardening Club aims to identify and improve different areas of the school gardens through volunteer participation in working bees. The gardening club recently created our Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden, which has been a source of education and enjoyment to all students. To get involved, please contact our P&C Operations Manager, Tammy Devine on (07) 5477 2777.
P&C:
Our P&C plays an essential role in our school community, and is dedicated to providing students with the best possible learning environment. To become involved simply attend one of the P&C meetings held in our staffroom at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday and 1:30pm on the 7th Monday of each term. Once you have attended your first meeting you are eligible to vote in future meetings. For more information about the P&C contact our P&C Operations Manager, Tammy Devine on (07) 5477 2777.
Student mentor:
Chappy Dave, our school chaplain, works with volunteer community members and teams them up with students who could benefit from having an external role model in their lives. We find the mentorship program to be rewarding and fulfilling to both the mentor and the student, and can often create a friendship that lasts well into the future. To find out more about this opportunity, contact David Larkin on (07) 5477 2777.
Community Kitchen:
Our community kitchen is inclusive to all who wish to volunteer their time and skills and offers an opportunity for new members of the school community to connect whilst giving to families experiencing an urgent situation and fostering kindness.
Aside from volunteering, we gratefully receive food donations of 'dry' ingredients such as rice, pasta, olive oil, passata (tomato cooking sauce) and coconut cream, and conscientiously work to minimise waste.  Cash donations are appreciatively accepted from both private and corporate members of our community partners and allow us to purchase quality, fresh and organic ingredients close to 'cook up' dates when our volunteer kitchen hands and cooks go to work in preparing delicious, nourishing meals.
To get involved talk to Chappy Dave or contact Pam Van Der Kooy on (07) 5477 2777.