Connecting parents with each other through Home Classes
There is now much educational research suggesting that in a school this sense of belonging and personal connection, built on trust and respect, also promotes a “learning culture”. Our contributions and participation help us make a positive difference in the lives of us all, but especially our students.
Parents.Connect is a role where one, preferably two parents from each Home Class acts as a liaison person with the other parents in their son or daughter’s Home Class. Such a connection enables a greater sense of belonging among the parents, and in particular the parents in your child’s Home Class. Where two parents are involved, we would ideally have one who has a son, and the other who has a daughter in the class.
We’re wanting to nurture a combination of support and trust among the parents of the Home Class and Home Class teacher.
This role is somewhat different to similar ones in primary school, taking into consideration the different stage of development and maturity of adolescence. This role is NOT intended to take any responsibility away from students. It is to strengthen a relationship that we know from research can be important in our students’ learning.
Parents.Connect has a focus on connecting families socially and practically, such as:
- Engaging with parents from Home Class and Year level
- Responding to urgent family needs in practical ways
- Supporting new families joining the school community
Each year the Parents.Connect Leader and the School Leadership Team [SLT] will invite parents to volunteer as a Home Class Parent Liaison. If you are interested in this role please contact our Parents.Connect Leader at email@example.com
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