Five Dock Public School

Respect, participate, belong, achieve

Telephone02 9713 7044

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.

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 – 24-hour 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.

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.

The Five Dock Public School Parents and Citizens Association meets on the second Wednesday of each month (during school term) in the library, from 7:30pm. All members of the school community are welcome to attend meetings and to be involved in the work of the P&C.

The P&C's primary function is to support the school through fundraising activities. The P&C also operates the school's Uniform Shop and OOSH Program (Outside of School Hours Care).

There are many opportunities for parents and carers to be involved at Five Dock Public School, through helping in the classroom or the uniform shop, at community events or by coming along to Parents and Citizens Association (P&C) meetings.

The P&C at FDPS is the oldest in Australia, with a strong and cooperative relationship with principal and staff. It organises school community events and fundraising events such as the Moonlight Cinema Night, the School Disco, and Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day stalls. The funds raised through these events go directly to support the school's needs - in recent years it has helped pay for all classrooms to be equipped with interactive whiteboards, has upgraded literacy resources across the school and has fully funded the oval renovation.