As Community Liaison Leader it is my role to build strong relationships / partnerships within both the St Mary’s school community and the wider Lancefield/Romsey and surrounding community. It is about making connections with the community in order to provide our students with a broader range of experiences from community groups coming into the school and our students experiencing community life outside of school. The role includes working with student groups.
Part of this role includes initiating and running events throughout the school year which will involve our school and the wider community.
Walk to School Month (a VicHealth initiative), St Mary’s Feast Day, National Ride 2 School Day, National Day Against Bullying, Mother’s & Father’s Day Breakfasts, Grandparents Day and Day for Daniel.
Another aspect of the role is building partnerships with local community groups. We now have strong partnerships with the following groups - Deep Creek Landcare Group, Lancefield & Romsey Neighbourhood Houses, Country Women’s Association, Lancefield Mens Shed, Lancefield Historical Society, both Lancefield Golf & Cricket Clubs, Lancefield Mercury & the Romsey Rag. We continually strive to build further partnerships with our local community groups.
It is important to keep everyone informed of what is happening in regards to school community so I publish Community News in the schools fortnightly newsletter and monthly in the Lancefield Mercury & Romsey Rag. I also regularly contact the local newspapers to let them know of events and activities happening at the school.
Mini Vinnies: a group of students who get together to help those in need within their school or wider community. Mini Vinnies introduces students to social justice issues, to the St Vincent de Paul Society and to living faith through action. I assist the students in running fundraisers and awareness campaigns for those in need. Community organisations that we have assisted in the past include Caritas, MacKillop Family Services and Refugee Groups.
Beginning in 2019, the Mini Vinnies now work with Feed it Forward, a generosity food movement connecting community one meal at a time. This initiative is run through the Lancefield & Romsey Neighbourhood houses and includes monthly lunches held at either Lancefield or Romsey where the students serve and interact with the patrons.
This year we have taken up the challenge to reduce single use plastic in our school with the assistance of Plastic Oceans Australasia. We have a group of students (the POA Constrictors) from Years 3-6 who are part of this Challenge Group working together to improve our environment through building awareness within our school and implementing changes.