We all share the common goal of educating children and at the heart of learning is the child’s wellbeing.
A student’s wellbeing is enhanced when the gap between home and school is minimal and all parties communicate, respect and cooperate with each other.
Each child is unique and teachers work extremely hard to learn about their students, to understand how they learn and what makes them motivated and engaged. When parents share information about their child’s interests, their health, family situation or just their daily routine it assists teachers to get to know their child and understand why they may be feeling a certain way, or why they are enthusiastic about a task or at times wanting or not wanting to come to school.
Working in a positive partnership, our communication is meaningful and we become grounded in a sense of belonging to our school and our Parish. We understand that there are parents who are unable to be active participants in the school setting during the day and we recognise the valuable contribution all parents can make through their support at home.
Ways to enhance a positive school relationship:
- Recognising that everyone can contribute in different ways.
- Listening and talking to one another.
- Making an effort to understand and trust a point of view.
- Having face to face meetings, when needed.
- Treating information with confidentiality and respecting a person’s privacy.
- Sharing information unique to your child.
- Attending school functions and allowing your child to participate in these extra curricula activities with their classmates.
- Showing support for the school by being happy and positive about your child’s education.
- Supporting learning at home.
- Valuing their education by ensuring their daily attendance at school.
- When a child is going to be absent, notifying the school of their absence.
Building partnerships and professional relationships with staff is an ongoing process and requires effort and commitment from each party.
Above all, it is worth remembering that children’s mental health and wellbeing benefits from a positive environment and a respectful partnership when we interact with each other.