Parent Participation in School Programs


How Can Parents Help?

Helping with class activities is a valuable way for parents to help in our school. From Kindergarten to Grade 6, parents can become directly involved as teacher's helpers, to supervise group activities such as art, sewing, cooking, carpentry, storytelling, reading, writing, outdoor activities, computer work and daily routines.

For Parent Help to be most effective, teachers need to know when parents are prepared to come so that a roster can be made and times confirmed with parents. When a helper is expected, the teacher plans for one or two extra activities, so we ask parents to try and notify the school early if they are unable to attend.

Signing in is now a department requirement. When supporting your child's classroom, please sign 'in' and 'out' the 'Volunteers Register' located in the front office.

In the past, parents who have been unable to participate in the roster system have been welcome to call in at their convenience, however because of certain classroom programs, library, music and physical education; this has sometimes proved unsatisfactory to parents, children and teachers. If unrostered parents find they are free and wish to become involved, please contact the school to see if a suitable time can be arranged.

We really enjoy having parents and carers help out by participating in class excursions. It is crucial that from this point, all adults who help, have a Working With Vulnerable People Registration (please see link below if you do not have a current registration). This will mean that adults who are working with our children are fine to accompany them on excursions. It will also provide parents who can't be there with peace of mind with regard to their children's supervision.

http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/working_with_children

Points for Parents Working in the School

Please remember:
  • A child can learn a lot from making mistakes, so mistakes should be treated as learning experiences.
  • Parents are the child's first teacher. A child learns best when parents, teachers and child work together.
  • There are stages at which each child can and will learn more easily. All children are working at levels at which they can cope and also have appropriate challenges.
  • Children like to talk. They like adults to talk with them and answer their questions fully, not just a 'yes' or 'no'.
  • Listen to children. Encourage them to talk to you about their experiences.

Please avoid:

  • Discussing other children's progress and behaviour with friends or neighbours.
  • Comparing classroom operation, as teachers approach their tasks as individuals.
  • Working with your child for long periods - work with other children or other groups of children for some of the time.
  • Interrupting your child if he/she is working with another adult.
  • Doing the tasks for the children

Please note: The entire school site is a "Smoke Free Zone"