Parents and Friends' Association

The Parents and Friends’ Association (P&F) is the volunteer hub of the Mount Lilydale Mercy College community. The P&F is run by volunteers, who generously donate their time to running a number of events each year within the College community. These events vary in the commitment required by volunteers, as well as the responsibilities that come with each activity.

The aim of the P&F is to serve the College Community, and enrich the educational experiences available to students at our College. Through much of the volunteer work done by the P&F, funds are raised, and ultimately donated back into the College, by purchasing items that the students will have access to as part of the available learning and co-curricular opportunities at the College. In recent years, the P&F have purchased instruments for the music department; funded the building of the student IT hub; and purchased sustainably built benches for a number of outside student sitting areas on the College grounds. 

The P&F have regular evening meetings held at the College, and all volunteers are invited to attend. The meetings are an excellent opportunity to discuss upcoming events, as well as ways in which the association can ultimately enrich the learning experience of the students at the College. There is no ongoing commitment to attend the meetings, nor is there an obligation to volunteer in any events if attending. 

The P&F are responsible for hosting a number of one day, short events at the College. These events include:
Special Persons Day
Open Day
Athletics Day
Tournament of Minds
Mercy Day
Year 7 Orientation day
Taste of MLMC

The P&F are also responsible for running a number of large events / committee’s within the College. These events include:

The Debutante Ball Committee
The Debutante Ball Committee is responsible for organising the upcoming Debutante Balls. The committee is a joint effort between P&F and College Staff. Preparation for the Balls begin in August of the previous year, and the Balls take place usually in April or May of the following year. 

The second hand Uniform Shop
The Second Hand Uniform Shop is run by volunteers, and is an alternative to purchasing brand new uniforms. The shop sells donated items, as well as selling items on behalf of families who have offered items on consignment. The shop is open once a fortnight, with the exception of busier times of the year where it may be open more frequently to account for a change in seasonal uniform or new enrollments at the College.

The Organisation Skills Program
The Organisation Skills Program is a volunteer led program which aims to assist students with developing their organisational skills and ultimately, empowering them to feel confident and comfortable in how to approach their work load. 
The program involves volunteers going into (mainly junior) classes during a time pre-arranged with the classroom teacher, to work on a range of skills. Such skills include: locker organisation; using the homework diary effectively; developing skills in preparing for assessments and exams; keeping folders and satchels tidy; and developing an efficient and effective approach to study. 

Other volunteering opportunities
There are a number of individuals who volunteer at the College outside of the P&F. These volunteering roles include, but are not limited to: 
Assistance with the Young farmers club / maintenance of the College farm
Assistance in particular classes (ie. Food Technology)
Assistance with College Play / Musical
Working with the counselling team to assist students
Attending excursions / incursions
Working in the College canteens

How to get involved
If you have any questions regarding volunteering at the College, please get in contact with Emily Cerra (Registrar - Community Engagement) via email at ecerra@mlmc.vic.edu.au or by phone on 9237 1320.