SPACE (Springvale parents and carers enterprise group)
It’s all about parents/carers organising events in school to support school activities and aims
What is SPACE?
SPACE is our own version of a PTA/Friends Association, however we don’t run things by committee or formal meetings. Every time we decide to run an event or help support a school activity, we ask parents/carers for help, then get together to get things done. We have been running like this for a couple of years and we find there are different events that people are able, or prefer, to get involved with. We want to encourage new parents/carers to contribute and so welcome anyone to come along.
As I have a job, I am unable to do anything during school hours. How can I get involved with SPACE?
It is appreciated that there are many working parents/carers who find it difficult to get into school during the day. However, if you are keen to get involved then your contribution is welcomed in any way you are able. For example, by telephone, emailing, leaving messages at the school office, etc. Please let school know your situation and you will be kept up to date with what is happening. SPACE has its own notice board where information will be displayed.
I don’t like meetings or committees. I don’t think the SPACE group is for me.
SPACE will not be a committee and there are no plans to have lots of long, sit down meetings. Parents/carers can come along and be involved as much or as little as they want, depending on how they feel and what they would like to get out of being involved. If you have a particular skill or expertise you think would be valuable please let school know.
I’m a bit uncomfortable coming into school. If I come to a meeting will I feel left out?
Everyone is welcomed to SPACE. Springvale school might be new to you, you might not have been in a school since you left yourself and/or you might be uncertain of what happens in school. If you’d feel happier bringing a friend or a relative with you that’s absolutely fine. The hope is that new people feel they would like to get involved.
What if I sign up to getting involved early on then change my mind nearer the time?
No-one is expected to commit to getting involved in everything. An outline calendar of events SPACE gives everyone an idea of the sorts of things that might be coming up over the next school year. If you like the look of one of these and think you’d like to get involved, let school know. But this is not a definite commitment from you.