Community Involvement

Involvement & Volunteering

A feature of our school is the high level of parental involvement. It is wonderful having so many parents attend the Childrens’ Assembly, helping in the classroom or on excursions. Community events such as Parents as Partners Nights,  Undokai Japanese Sports Night and Christmas Concert are well attended. One of the strengths of our school is the amount of support the students receive from classroom volunteers, predominantly in their English and Japanese literacy blocks.

Parent Volunteers Information 

Please find below the information distributed to our Parent Volunteers at our Information Session.

Communication & Engagement

To outline the best point of contact for various concerns we have created a communication chart.

To outline the communication methods the school is committed to providing to the members of our school community  School Council has created a Communication and Engagement Matrix.


Community Consultation

From time to time over the year there is a need to consult on various functions across the school.

Please see the Community Involvement (including consultation and communication) Policy.

School Council

Congratulations and thank you to our 2024-2025 School Councillors.
President: Dennis Moschoyiannis
Vice President: Peter Tran
Treasurer: Mia Voltan
Secretary: Gillian Penfold


Ben Chapple
Sofia Oresti
Subu Nagesh
Travis McKay

Staff Representatives:

Ruth Biddle (Principal)
Naomi Mori-Hanazono (Assistant Principal)
Kiko Watanuki

School Councils play a key role in Victorian government schools. Participating as a school council member is a rewarding and challenging experience. The school council supports the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for all students.


Community Links

Members: Ruth Biddle, Naomi Mori-Hanazono, Kiko Watanuki, Sofia Oresti, Members of Watashi Mo


  • Watashi Mo events/schedule
  • Box Hill Festival
  • 2024 Japan Trip planning/ 2023 experience for Year 6 students
  • Potential Sponsorship
  • Monitoring Team Kids
  • Looking at social media and a communications plan
  • Working bees
  • 70th Birthday Celebrations


Education & Future Directions

Members: Ruth Biddle, Dennis Moschoyiannis, Ben Chapple, Peter Tran, Travis McKay, Subu Nagesh


  • Providing advocacy for the school (e.g., funding and building development) by communicating with State politicians and the City of Monash)
  • Future Planning and reviewing our Lighthouse Vision
  • Looking at school policy documentation
  • Sustainability


Members: Dr Rosella Dossi, Ruth Biddle, Mia Voltan (Treasurer) & Natalie Kerassitis


  • School revenue & expenditure
  • Voluntary Contributions
  • Budgets
  • DET Finance Policies & procedures
  • Grants


Watashi Mo

Huntingdale Primary School has its own Parents Group called ‘Watashi Mo’.

Watashi Mo literally means ‘Count Me In’ in Japanese.

Watashi Mo aims to:

  • Organise fun events for students
  • Support school events e.g. selling icy poles at Nihongo Sports Night
  • Organise fundraising events e.g. Easter and Christmas Raffles
  • Support information and welcome events e.g. K-F parent info night
  • Communicate with the school community e.g. Newsletters, Operoo
  • Develop friendships and work together with other parents interested in supporting the school.

No matter your expertise, we would love you to join! Any contribution you can make is appreciated, no matter how big or small! You can help with one event or many, and don’t need to come to meetings to be able to contribute.

Watashi Mo meets monthly and is open to all parents/guardians of Huntingdale students.

Meetings are usually held on a monthly basis via rotating between face to face and Zoom meetings.

For more information you can Email:

Does your company offer Employee Grants?

Do you work for a large company such as NAB, Toyota or Telstra?

Many large companies provide employee grants throughout the year for your choice of non-profit organisation. We have projects lined up ready for funding, we can even write the grant application for you!

Let us know and we can help raise funds for the kids!

Know of a business that would donate prizes?

Do you own or work for a business that might like to donate prizes for raffles or events? We are happy to advertise the business at the event as a gesture of thanks!

Please get in contact with us!

Working Bees

Working Bees at HPS have operated successfully over a number of years because of the time and expertise generously donated by volunteers like you!

Working Bees involve families coming together to complete projects that enhance the environment in which our children can learn, play and grow.

In addition to improvement projects, Working Bees also include regular tasks to keep the school tidy, such as painting, weeding, sweeping and raking back tan bark under playground equipment.

It’s a great opportunity for families and children to meet in a different social setting, as well as contributing to improvements and care of the school. Each Working Bee finishes with a BBQ, to thank our lovely volunteers!