have fun getting to know
other RJ parents
At RJ, our desire is for our students to have a strong sense of belonging to the RJ community, to discover the joys of service, and to succeed in all facets of life. Similarly, this year we have introduced volunteer Year Group Parent Ambassadors who are willing to cultivate this sense of belonging in the parent community, who are willing to serve with their time and talents, and to help our RJ community to succeed in a wider sense.
A Year Group Parent Ambassador is selected from each class (in Pre-K and Primary) and two from each Year Group (Secondary) to moderate Year Group based Facebook pages and to assist RJ in building community within the Year Groups. This new role has the capacity to develop into something more and we are thrilled to work with the Ambassadors in this pioneering period to see what opportunities may arise during the year.
This role includes moderating the Facebook posts of other parents in the relevant Year Group and Campus based Facebook group. Ambassadors are not expected to answer all the parent questions. The Facebook groups are intended to be a place where all parents can help each other. Ambassadors will primarily be checking posts for tone and appropriateness before approving.
As a Christian school, we would like Facebook questions and comments to be encouraging and helpful. Moreover, we are hopeful that, over time, parents will become more familiar with each other and friendships will grow within the Year Group as families progress through the various stages at RJ.
Current parents of RJ can join their relevant closed Facebook group. (Please note the groups are not open to the wider community e.g. grandparents.)
In addition to the Parent Ambassador program, we will be providing "RJ Community Connect" events once a Term at each Campus.
These events will typically include refreshments and an opportunity for parents to casually chat with each other and other members of the RJ Executive. Parents will be asked to pre-register (for catering) and when registering they may suggest any topics they would like the Principal to address. During the night, the Principal will provide an update the parents on school matters as well as the topics of interest and may share a small devotional and prayer. The events will conclude by 8:00pm.
Another fun way to get to know other parents is to volunteer to assist in the classroom (e.g. Primary reading) or to assist in certain School excursions or fund raising activities (e.g. School Fete). Parents or grandparents who want to volunteer for student-related activities must provide a Volunteer Working With Children Check clearance and have read the Volunteer Handbook. (Refer Volunteers Section).