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or contractors. Workout in advance who willbe respon-
sible for any contractual arrangements with suppliers
and entertainers. The school council, rather than a par-
ents club or individual parents, is the appropriate legal
entity to enter into agreements on behalf of the school.
A statutory indemnity is available to council mem-
bers so that members are indemnified for anything done
by them in good faith when exercising their powers.
Individual parents, regardless of whether they are act-
ing on behalf of the school, assume a personal risk if
they enter into contracts directly with suppliers for the
purpose of the fête, and will not have protection from
such a statutory indemnity.
It's important that all promotional material advertis-
ing the event is factually correct in every way. A program
guide is also useful, as it shows what stalls, rides and
entertainment will occur on the day of the fête. The
guide will be a useful checklist during the organisation
phase. If your advertising material shows a third party
trademark, check that you are permitted to use it.
Every school owes a duty of care to persons invited to
the school, and that duty extends to people attending
fêtes, which in all likelihood will include students and
their families, volunteers and members of the commu-
The principal and school council can be held liable for
any injury occurring on school premises. As to whether
a school has adequately fulfilled its duty of care, in the
unfortunate event of an injury, will depend on particular
circumstances, including the likelihood of the injury, the
age and ability of the person entering the premises, and
the burden upon the occupier in eliminating the danger
which caused the injury.
First aid arrangements need to be in place. St John's
Ambulance is a useful start.
In relation to assigning responsibilities to students,
remember that many will need supervision. Children
should not handle money unless under supervision, and
arrangements should be put in place du ring fête day
for money to be regularly collected from stalls. Often
a ticket system for rides and entertainment is used to
minimise the exchange of money on fête day. An all-day-
ride ticket is a useful way to minimise money exchanges.
Ensure that all money is collected and accounted for.
What about assigning responsibilities to volunteers?
As for school councils, laws exist to offer protection
to volunteers. In Victoria, for example, the Wrongs
Act 1958 can assist volunteers from liability in civil
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