Family support makes starting primary school easier and provides continuing reassurance that leads to a happier and more productive school life.
Your relationship with the school is a partnership and your family will be accepted as an important part of the school community.
A signed agreement commits schools to provide an educational service and obliges parents to observe procedures and policies designed to ensure the school community’s safety, and educational and social well-being of students.
Keeping in Touch
More schools now use email to keep in touch with parents. However, notes sent home to parents with the students are still important, particularly if they are permission slips that need to be signed. Ask your child if there is a note – checking school bags of younger children is a good idea.
Schools need to know why and when a student is unable to go to school so they can account for all students in their care. Many schools have a telephone message bank to save parents’ time. Students who are not well should stay at home because they will not be able to study and could infect others.
Parent information nights allow you get to know the school, meet teachers and other parents and learn about school programs. Parent-teacher interviews enable you to discuss your child’s progress and needs.
Demonstrate your Interest
Demonstrating your interest in your children’s subjects and activities encourages the student. Reading student reports will be valuable for you and your child and rewards the teacher who has the student’s interest at heart. Ask for more information if required.
Support at Home
Instil the homework habit by providing a quiet place and time for study with encouragement and help when needed. Young people need to learn how to plan and prioritise tasks. Parents can help by scheduling home activities to take into account homework requirements.
Enjoy the School Community
Becoming involved in school activities demonstrates your support for, and interest in the school and offers social opportunities. Once it was helping to run the school canteen, but today parents’ and friends’ groups help to organise arts, sporting and other activities including welcoming new parents and assisting with open days. Parents, students and the school all benefit from working together.
Keep up with Education News
Busy parents often find it difficult to keep up with the news about education so visit our Parents Website for helpful advice – and sign-up for emails discussing current educational issues.