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Parent Engagment

Parent Engagement At St. Peter’s

At St. Peter’s School we understand the power of strong relationships between the school, the students and parents. By working together and forming a strong relationship we are able to support children to become the best they can be.

Parent engagement is more than parents coming in and doing things in the school. It is about supporting students in their learning, it is about helping adults fulfill their own potential and it is about building a community that supports all members and is a safe and happy environment for all.

In light of this we have designed a model for Parent Engagement, which we believe will help to create a community of learners who care for and support one another. It looks like this –

Supporting and Developing Parent Capacity in:

Student Learning – providing regular opportunities for parents to engage in discussion and learning around their child’s learning.

Parent Learning – Supporting parents in their own learning journeys so that we become a community of learners. Students come to see that we are all learning all of the time and are always working to better ourselves.

Building Community – Creating opportunities for the community to come together and enjoy the company of one another and provide a safe and supportive environment for all people in our school community.

In our endeavours to live this out we are committed to the following –

  • Always having parent engagement on the agenda at Community Circle and School Board meetings
  • Staff planning for opportunities to engage parents in student learning with each unit of work
  • Learning conversations which involve parents, students and staff in reflecting on and setting goals around student learning
  • Having a staff member dedicated to supporting parent engagement in our school
  • Being a friendly, welcoming environment where all members feel comfortable, supported and safe 

Parent Leadership and Family Engagement Strategy Sandhurst

St. Peter's Primary School, in accordance with the Diocese of Sandhurst, aims to invovle parents at a local and broader community level.  All schools in the Sandhurst Diocese work along the guidelines that the Catholic Education Office (CEO) of Sandhurst and the Sandhurst School Education Board (SSEB) have developed which they call the Parent Leadership and Family Engagement Strategy.

The SSEB Parent Leadership and Family Engagement Strategy grew out of a strong commitment of the Board, especially its Parent Leaders to increasing the engagement of parents in the education of their children in fulfilling the Church's mission to understand parents as the prime educators of their children. This commitment is informed and inspired by the research and practice of contemporary parent educators and leaders who affirm the importance of the following key elements:
* Parent Connectedness (the capacity of families to support their children's learning and their own)
* Community Links (engaging in mutually beneficial activities to include all as partnerss in raising local children and youth)
* Personalised Curriculum (connecting students to their learning)
* Community-based Enhanced Learning (engaging the disengaged)  (Otero et al, 2011, Hawker Brownlow)

 

Click below to follow the link to the 'Parents' section of the Sandhurst CEO website:

http://www.ceosand.catholic.edu.au/parents01/11-general/223-launch-1-march-2013.html