Parent Involvement

Parent/Guardian Involvement

Strathfieldsaye Primary School is an open school where parents are welcomed and encouraged to participate in day-to-day activities. The school is an integral part of the local community and feels that there are many people who have something to contribute, either in a classroom, or any other aspect of the school’s operation. If you would like to become involved in your child’s classroom, please speak to the class teacher. If you have an idea or suggestion which could benefit the children, the Principal or School Council representatives would be only too happy to discuss it with you.

Examples of activities in which you may be able to take an active role include:

  • Taking a small group of children in the daily two-hour Literacy Block
  • Listening to students read
  • Helping with excursions and camps
  • Assisting with Breakfast Club
  • Assisting with book making or book repair
  • Joining a School Council sub-committee
  • Offering to be included on the canteen or uniform roster
  • Contributing to grounds and facilities development
  • Helping with sporting teams and programs
  • Sharing special skills in a mentor program
  • Joining the committee of a fundraising event (eg. Fair, Kids Market)

Parents Club

The Parents Club consists of a group of school parents who wish to work together for the welfare and interests of all children at the school. All parents are automatically included as members of the Parent Club, however attendance at meetings is optional. All parents are welcome to attend meetings and participate in the School Council sub-committees. The Parents Club provides parents with the opportunity to meet and discuss educational and welfare issues affecting the children. This is an excellent way for new parents to become involved in the School community.

The broad aims of the Parents Club are to:

  • Provide teachers and pupils with additional aids and amenities to those provided by the Department of Education and Training
  • Co-operate with the School Council to promote the welfare of the school
  • Stimulate interest in the school.

The Parents Club believes that education is a community responsibility and that students, parents, teachers and administrators should be involved in the process of decision making. Fundraising activities provide the Parents Club with the relatively small amount of money it needs to meet its own commitments. The Parents Club provides hospitality in the form of morning/afternoon teas for visitors on various occasions, as well as overseeing the pastoral care role of collecting and delivering meals to school families suffering hardship, sickness etc.

There are numerous other tasks that the Parent Club undertakes to enrich the educational experiences for the children. The Parents Club manages the Uniform Shop where parents can order school uniforms. The Uniform Shop provides uniforms basically at cost as a service to parents. The Parents Club provides end of year Citizenship and Academic Achievement awards to Grade 6 children.

Meetings are held monthly during the school year.  Meeting dates are advised in the school newsletter or on Compass, our online communication portal.

Reports

Strathfieldsaye PS is working towards continuous reporting by putting tasks and work samples on the Compass online portal. Written reports, based on the Victorian Curriculum outcomes, are sent out mid-year and end of year.

Interviews

Goals Setting Interviews are held twice a year, usually early in Term 1 and mid-year.  Parents or staff may request an additional interview to discuss a child’s educational program at a mutually agreeable time throughout the year.

Classroom Support

Parents are encouraged to become involved in the School as a ‘Classroom Support Parent’.  Classroom Support Booklet

Parenting Ideas

As a parent at Strathfieldsaye primary School you are fortunate to have access to some fantastic reading. Each term you have access to Your FREE copy of the latest issue of Parentingideas Magazine. This term’s issue is a fabulous mix of up-to-date research and inspiration written by a team of parenting experts and expert parenting writers. Simply access the magazine by clicking here.

Parenting Ideas also offer a number of courses for parents and their current offering is – Parent Well with the Mood Meter Program.This program is the first in a series of online courses to teach parents how to develop emotional intelligence in their kids. We teach our children so many things, but one of the most important is how to recognise and manage their emotions. To find out more visit the parenting ideas website.