Communication and Parent-School Partnerships
The importance of parents and teachers
working together is strongly supported throughout the school. It is well
recognised that when parents express confidence in the school and are involved
with it in some way, the children are likely to be happier and more successful
at school. If children see their parents and teachers modelling productive
interactions, they will follow the example.
Clear communication is very important. Children, despite the best of intentions, can ‘mix-up’ a message in translation.
Many difficulties can be avoided and misconceptions resolved if parents contact
the school when confusion exists.
Contact with teachers is important,
however, teachers are not able to attend to telephone calls or meetings with
parents during learning time. Therefore a short note may be an effective way to
clarify issues with a teacher.
If a meeting is required with a teacher,
a time may be arranged through the school office. Any queries or complaints
about any aspect of our school’s functioning should be referred to the school
office as soon as possible. School staff will then arrange a time to resolve
'Meet and Greet' gatherings
are arranged early in the year to give parents and teachers a chance to get to know
each other. Parent-Teacher-Student Meetings are held at the end of Terms 1 and 3 and will be advertised online and in the newsletter. Report Cards are issued at the end of Terms 2 and 4 and parent are welcome to make appointments to speak to classroom teachers at this time.
Regular communications of classroom events will ensure that this
relationship is strengthened. Teachers will phone parents directly whenever
communication is needed. Parent information sessions about how best to support
teaching and learning will be advertised in LINKS (the school newsletter) and
scheduled according to the response.
A mobile App for the school to communicate directly to both
parents and students. It works through both smart phones and smart devices
(such as IPads and Android Tablets). To install the App type Bohlevale State
School in the search area and install. Make sure that you select 'OK' to accept
notifications. More information about installing the Skoolbag App can be found
through the school newsletter and Skoolbag APP will continue to remain an
important component of the information sharing between Bohlevale State School
and parents/carers. However, we believe a social media presence will enhance
our ability to communicate with parent/carers and the wider community.
There are also media consent forms that will need to
be signed by parents/carers. The Department of Education and Training requires
parent/carer consent to use a student’s image or name prior to ‘posting’ any
information regarding a student.
We encourage all parents and carers, as well as
friends of the Bohlevale community to ‘Like’ our Facebook page.