Parent volunteers and involvement
Research shows that parent involvement ranks as one of the most important factors in a child’s success at school. At SSC, we are committed to forging a strong link with our parents and the community. We always appreciate assistance in preparing classroom materials, reading to students, helping in the library or during lunch, supervising computer activities or on field trips, forming school clubs, assisting in drama productions and in community activities.
Parents are expected to co-operate with the staff to ensure self-transformation of inappropriate student behaviour. ‘Hands off’, ‘no put downs’, ‘no bullying’ are expected codes of behaviour.
Parent Class Representative
We would like parents to volunteer to be parent representative for each class. Parent representatives will help with the needs of the class by:
- collating a class list with students contact information so as all parents & carers can use this list for a variety of reasons e.g. play dates, birthday party invites or just car pooling.
- helping the teacher to attain volunteers & scheduling these volunteers to support the class reading & maths program
- to attain volunteers to help with excursions
- to organise class service projects
Class Contact List & Phone Tree
We distribute a class contact list for all parents within the class. The contact list enables parents to keep in touch with each other and organise social interactions for their children outside of college hours. It also provides an important phone tree during emergencies such as floods, whereby each parent contacts the parent in the list below them to advise of updates, such as whether the school is open during severe weather events.
Parent workshops and Information Sessions are also conducted to enhance the partnership of parents and the college.
Homework is issued on Monday of each week and returned on Friday except the first and last week of term. Children need guidance and support to develop good work and study habits from an early age. Monitoring your child’s homework is an important process in debriefing the child about the day’s activities and showing your interest. You can help your child with homework by:
- Providing a suitable place to study with proper lighting and ventilation and freedom from distractions such as TV, stereo, etc. Providing a quiet time in the household during homework and study time would be beneficial.
- Ensuring your child has a regular time for homework and study. Help your child develop the habit of studying at the same time each day as far as possible by preparing a schedule which includes time for recreation, chores, homework and studying.
- Monitoring your child’s homework. If homework is not done, the teacher may send home a letter, phone or ask the student to stay in during lunch for a short period of time to complete it.
- From Grades 4 to 6 some homework may form part of a student’s assessment for learning. Students are expected to complete these tasks on their own merits.
In addition, all children need practice in reading, and need to be read good stories to improve their language fluency.