Authentic partnerships are actively promoted within the school community. The formation of a School Board, Parents’ and Friends’ Association and Parent Participation Programs will operate to facilitate the development of partnerships amongst parents/guardians, staff, parish members and wider community.
Participation and collaboration will be reflected in:
In enrolling their children at Mother Teresa’s School, the parents of our students have made a conscious choice to send their children to a school centred upon Jesus Christ, modelled on his teachings. The charism of Mother Teresa permeates the school, and her belief that a worthwhile life is one that is lived in the service of others, forms the basis of relationships between all stakeholders in Mother Teresa’s School.
We, as teachers, have an obligation, to work with the parents of our students, for the total development of those children. In order to do this, every encouragement should be afforded the parents with whom you are in contact, in all areas of the school curriculum.
These are held at the commencement of the school year. Teachers are free to hold these as:
(i) Individual meetings with parents
(ii) A class induction meeting, held at the one time so that all interested parents can attend.
(iii) An across the year/level induction meeting where all the teachers in the year level have some input, then class groups split for individual information sessions.
The purpose of these meetings includes:
(a) Acquainting parents with:
(i) The educational goals of the class
(ii) The year's Religious Education Program
(iii) Classroom procedures
(iv) Requirements in study, homework, assignments etc
(v) Pastoral Care and disciplinary procedures
(vi) Assessment and Reporting Procedures
(b) Answering parents’ queries.
These meetings are not for the discussion of individual children's progress.
These meetings are held towards the end of Term Two as individual reporting sessions in which a student's progress, profile and goals are discussed. The meetings provide an opportunity for the teacher, parents and students to look in depth at demonstrations of learning in order to discuss ways in which the student's progress may be planned for the remainder of the year.
It is recommended that teachers communicate with parents as the need arises. Parents wishing to talk to teachers during class time or immediately prior to, will be asked to seek a more suitable mutually agreeable time for further discussion.
In accordance with the obligations under the Privacy Act, staff may only discuss the behaviour of students with their respective parents/guardians.
At Mother Teresa’s the partnership shared by teachers and parents is highly valued. An increasing amount of what is being done in our school today requires parental involvement. We see this as a great assistance to our students, who at this age, fortunately love to have a parent or guardian doing something with them, or supporting them in some of their educational adventures.
To help us provide the best education for our children, parents are welcomed in the following ways: