‘Community’ is a word we use a lot at Hillbrook. In fact one of our key beliefs is that people need to be part of a larger group and to feel they belong. There's 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’ where our contributions and participation helps us make positive differences in the lives of us all, but especially our students.
Parents.Connect is 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, informing parents about school matters such as P&F meetings, Education Advisory Committee [EAC] Parent Information Evenings, Business Week mentors, Work Experience placements and volunteering for things such as Sustainability Day. Such a connection enables a greater sense of belonging among the parents and, in particular, the parents in your child’s Home Class. The role is NOT intended to take any responsibility away from students. It is to strengthen a relationship that we know can be important in students’ learning.
Each year the Parents.Connect Coordinator and the School Leadership Team [SLT] will invite parents to volunteer as a parent liaison. The Parents.Connect Coordinator is a member of the P&F Executive and facilitates the sharing of information and activities to the parents who take on the Parents.Connect role.
For more information please contact the Parents.Connect Coordinators Michelle Hilderbrand and Susanna Derwin.