A-Z Parent Information
Communicating with Parents
An important feature of the reporting process is parent/teacher nights. Interviews are conducted on an appointment basis for the convenience of both parents and teachers. An appointment sheet is sent to parents and it is expected that students will arrange appointments with teachers for their parents. Interviews are of ten minutes duration; those requiring a longer appointment may arrange this at a mutually convenient time.
While the difficulties of attending for some parents are understood, there is little doubt that the effectiveness of classroom learning is enhanced if teachers and parents have made personal contact. The school therefore urges all parents to attend parent/teacher nights. Parents who are unable to attend and who would like to make alternative arrangements should contact the appropriate teacher.
Parent/teacher nights are held each semester with precise dates being advertised in the Newsletter.
It is important that the school has current contact details for parents and guardians, especially up-to-date phone numbers, email addresses, and postal address.
Our school counsellor is able to support students at our school two days of every week. She is available to assist students, parents and teachers with issues that can affect students’ educational progress and adjustment. These issues include learning difficulties, student management, social skills, family relationships, grief and loss, personal development, conflict resolution and special education services. School counsellors work in a number of ways. They conduct psycho-educational assessments, individual and group counselling, run sessions with students on topics such as social skills and conflict resolution, collaborate with government and non-government agencies, conduct professional learning for school staff and parent education and discussion groups. Teachers are encouraged to talk over any concerns that they may have about a student directly with the school counsellor. School counsellors are also available to talk directly with parents about any concerns they may have about their children.