Hi, my name is Stephen Bevan and I am Principal at Madeley Primary School in Perth, Western Australia. Research shows that open and clear communication between home and school is important which is why I have created this blog. As Principal of Madeley Primary School I value your opinions and encourage your comments. Feel free to comment on any of the posts. Comments are moderated prior to going live on the blog.

I will endeavour to provide you with regular and informative posts about our school and its activities. I ask that your comments be constructive and positive with any concerns or complaints directed to me personally at school.

Madeley Primary School prides itself on the positive, open and friendly culture that has been established. Our core values of Curriculum, Community and Care are guiding principles that shape our school.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Getting involved in school

Picture of grandparents helping child readInvolvement in school by parents and carers helps children achieve the best possible learning outcomes. You can participate in school life, both formally and informally, through the Parents and Citizens Association, school council, helping in the classroom or volunteering.

Make a special effort to attend your child’s class assemblies, parent-teacher meetings, sports days, open days, musical and other activities. This will help them feel positive about school and be a happy, active participant. When you volunteer you show your child that you care about their school life.

Research shows that when parents are involved with their children’s schooling, it has a positive effect on the child’s performance.

If you are a working parent and feel you have limited time to help or be involved at school, talk to your child’s teacher(s) about ways you could help out. Involve your child in the activity.
Some ways you can support your school that don’t require a big time commitment are:
  • Volunteering to help out with an afternoon art lesson once a term.
  • Offering to do laundry roster once.
  • Coordinating a parent’s night out for your child’s class.
  • Offering to bring in a special cultural item or similar for news one morning.
  • Donating paper or other materials that would be useful in the classroom.
  • Collecting household boxes and packaging to donate to your school’s Kindergarten or Pre-primary classrooms.
  • Purchasing a book and donating it to your school’s library.
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