DNMK is a not-for-profit ‘incorporated association’ managed by an elected committee of parent volunteers. We are a strongly community-driven service and cannot operate without volunteers. All parents of children enrolled at the kindergarten are expected to become involved and contribute to the kinder. You may nominate to join the committee or a sub-committees by emailing Gina or attending the DNMK annual general meeting. The AGM is held in February of each year.
General committee meetings are held at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of every month between February and December. All parents are welcome to attend.
The committee is made up of the following roles:
- Executive committee (president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary)
- General committee members
- Human resources
- Grants and submissions
- Policies and procedures
- Working bee coordinator
- Historical records
There are also sub-committees, including:
- Events, social and fundraising
- ELVES (Early Learning & Vision for Environmental Sustainability)
Events, social and fundraising sub-committee
The kinder’s fundraising assists with maintenance of the facilities, purchase and replacement of equipment including books and the playgrounds, and extracurricular activities such as music programs.
A series of fundraising and social activities are held throughout the year, culminating in a major event, which has historically been a sell-out trivia night, plus the Spring Fair extravaganza. Help is appreciated at any time of the year, and you’re not required to sign up to the committee to lend a hand.
The kindergarten is very fortunate to receive fantastic support for fundraising efforts through donations of goods and services from local businesses.
DNMK has a strong focus on educating the children about environmental issues, and the ELVES (Early Learning & Vision for Environmental Sustainability), which started in 2007, are there to help support the teaching staff and take on projects to make the kinder as environmentally sustainable as possible.
Some of the initiatives of the ELVES have included:
- Installing water tanks through a funding grant, which supply water for the garden and are used to flush the toilet
- Installing water pumps and a trickle stream
- Introducing a composting and worm farm system
- Organising an independent environmental audit on the kinder, with excellent results
- Implementing a waste-free lunch policy
- Using environmentally friendly cleaning products
- Creating a ‘green library’ consisting of books the teachers can read with the children to support the practice of a more environmentally friendly way of life at an age-appropriate level.
We also welcomed four ‘Melba Bears’ into our community on World Environment Day in 2012 and she has been a strong presence at the kinder ever since. Melba loves to learn ways to look after the environment. The children each have the opportunity to bring a Melba Bear home for a week during the year.