“Parental engagement is a powerful lever for raising achievement in schools. Where parents and teachers work together to improve learning, the gains in achievement are significant.” Harris & Goddall, 2007.
Family School Partnerships at St Peter’s
We recognise families as the first educators of their children and value the opportunity to partner in each child’s social, emotional and academic development. The school is focusing on a variety of approaches in order to enhance parent engagement and student learning outcomes. Some of these include:
- Storypark online learning journals, providing personalised and ongoing learning stories about your child
- A community radio station
- Student led cafe
- Developing parent’s capacity to engage in play and learning with children
- Enhancing parent groups including the School Board
- Providing parent information sessions
Family and Community Engagement Schools (FACES) Collective
St Peter’s is involved in a family engagement collective with four other schools in the local area. The collective is supported and partly funded by Catholic Education Melbourne and includes St Peter’s, St Mary’s Whittlesea, St Joseph’s Mernda, St Paul the Apostle Doreen and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Epping North. The collective provides the opportunity for schools to share best practice and learn from one another. Through the collective, parents are offered various opportunities such as parent sessions and seminars focusing on topics such as resilience, transitions, engaging in conversation with your child and confidence building.
This Family School Partnership statement is a declaration of intention, a way of bringing to life the purpose behind why we engage families and communities in children’s education.