Parent Teacher Communication


Please note that options for Parent Teacher Communication may vary due to COVID 19 circumstances and advice.  

It is well established that the more interested and involved a family is in the educational experience of their child the better the outcome for the child. Therefore we value the role of informed parent participation in our school community and provide a number of formal and informal avenues, which allow for the free flow of communication between home and school. 

Open parent communication is absolutely vital to ensure a quality education for your child. When respectful, proactive communication is established between home and school a child will truly be supported in reaching their learning potential

This communication not only relates to student progress, but encompasses information and feedback mechanisms on school wide developments and also skilling and learning opportunities for parents and caregivers to assist them in supporting their child's learning.

Quite often things crop up that are very important to inform the teachers on the day or a situation that needs clarification.  Prior to school starting (i.e. 8.35am) there is a small window to let the teacher know quick information but this is often a busy time particularly in the Prep/Year 1 classes.  A phone call, email or call into Administration to either provide the information or ask a teacher to phone back when convenient is advised.  A written note to the teacher is the old fashioned but often the most effective way.
Learning time is very precious and we ask this time to be uninterrupted by either face to face communication or phone calls being asked to be put through to the classroom.  In an emergency situation ring administration first and we will ensure the information goes directly where it is needed. We thank you for your understanding in these matters.
Every year parent representatives are nominated for each Family group. The primary role of the parent rep is that of facilitating communication specifically in relation to their class, primarily with the teachers and of course with the class parents.  An example of areas you could be involved with include:-
Café:-  email parents when their class is on roster duty
Strawbfest:-  liaise with class parents and help organise class stall and roster for the night
SAKG:-  organise parent help in the Kitchen and Garden
Excursions and Disco’s:-  help teachers with class excursions and organise parent help for Disco’s

Involving parents in their child’s education

There are a number of strategies used to involve parents in their child‘s education.

These include:

  • Open Door Policy to all classrooms
  • Class appointment times for parents to access when required.
  • Parent volunteers in classrooms
  • Parents and community members who provide specific expertise in school and with learning tasks
  • Inclusion in decision making at various levels through: P&C;P&C Subcommittees including Strawbfest and WOOSH (after school care)
  • Stephanie Alexander Kitchen/ Garden project volunteers
  • Communication is enhanced through these strategies. There are also written communication processes such as regular newsletters which are published in hardcopy and emailed to parents/carers

Learning Opportunities for Parents/Carers

Formal activities include:

  • Literacy courses designed to assist in reading development and improvement. These courses are presented twice a year in the both day and night sessions
  • Information sessions on Parenting, Emotional intelligence, Supporting Students with Special Needs, Role of play in learning, assessment and Reporting practices in early childhood.
  • Class parent nights

Informal activities include:

  • Task presentations by students. There is on average 90% Parent response to these presentations
  • Parent Teacher Nights
  • Community Education programs throughout the school year
  • Many visitors from both Australia and overseas come to observe the curriculum implementation and sustainability programs at Chevallum.
Last reviewed 10 September 2020
Last updated 10 September 2020