Barkers Vale Public School

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Parents, carers and the community

As a parent or carer, you are an important part of our school community. We offer a range of services to support you and your family.

Parents and Citizens’ Association (P&C)

Our Parents and Citizens’ Association (P&C) is made up of parents and carers, teachers and community members. The P&C meets regularly to contribute to decision-making, developing policies and management plans as well as fundraising.

Counselling for families

The school counsellor can assist when families undergo a trauma or big change. Contact us to make an appointment. For information in community languages, see school counselling service.

Outside of the education system, free telephone counselling services are available to support families who may be going through a difficult time.

  • Lifeline – 24-hour telephone counselling service. 13 11 14.
  • Mensline Australia – 24-hour telephone counselling service for men. 1300 789 978.
  • Parent line – an advice and information service. 1300 1300 52.

Interpreting and translations

We will help you communicate with our school. If you’d like an interpreter for a school meeting, let us know and we will arrange one, if available.

If you don’t speak or understand English well and want to contact us, call TIS National on 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language. The operator will call the school and get an interpreter to help. This service is free.

For more information, listen in your language.

Visit the department’s translated documents section for important information that’s relevant for your child’s education in many languages.

Barkers Vale P&C

Our parents & citizens' association (P&C) brings the school community together. Parents, teachers and community members can help meet the needs of the school community and contribute to decisions about the school.

The P&C also raises funds that help finance improvements to our school and provide additional resources.

"Being involved with your P&C is a great way to make a positive contribution to the school & community."

If you have a (realistic) idea or initiative that you feel would be of benefit to the school, you can contact our school Principal, Kath Johnston via the school's contact details and work out how your ideas could fit in with the school's current program.

If you have seen an item on the agenda for our next meeting and would like to share your opinion, you are welcome to attend the meeting or, email our P&C at

New members are always welcome...

  • Meetings are held once a month on a Wednesday at 4:30pm, the date varies to suit members needs.
  • it costs $1 (ouch!) to become a voting member of the P&C.
  • Meeting dates and times are posted in the school newsletter.

The P&C also has an information handbook that is publicly available at the school office.