News » How Parents CareLast updated 12:59 PM on 23 May 2016
At our school we are blessed with parents and carers who show they care a great deal about their children. The care shown ensures young people move forward in their development and takes many forms. Parents show they care by:
- Seeing children attend school each day lessons are offered – this ensures students avoid learning gaps, issues relating to confidence in learning and positive growth in their relationships with peers and adults in the school
- Seeing children attend with good nutrition – having a health body is based on good diet and exercise. Parents show they care by getting the balance right between healthy foods and occasional treats in the food consumed by children and ensuring children have a healthy breakfast with sufficient food on board to cover the morning's needs.
- Seeing children have adequate sleep – for younger students this can be 9 or 10 hours each night while for some older students may range from 7 to 9 hours. Ensuring children have adequate sleep involves making a calculation about the time the student needs to rise in the morning to see they arrive at school on time and counting back. This leads to a known bed time. Parents care by monitoring how their child is ‘travelling' as far as their sleep is concerned. This can involve having home routines where students must be home and in bed to ensure their next day can be a productive one.
- Seeing children attend school with school requirements – pens, pencils, books, uniform, etc (see the equipment list and specified uniform routinely included in the newsletter)
- Providing a caring and listening environment at home where students can talk over things that are on their mind. This can help students in their relationships and avoid risky behaviour during school years. There should also be a place where students can complete homework at home. It can often help to have your child explain the learning task they are undertaking as they work on their homework
- Talking with teachers about their child's progress at school. This can involve attendance at parent-teacher meetings but can also involve meetings booked through the office for mum/dad updates on their child's progress in learning and social development.
- Making decisions as the parent. Parents are just that, parents, and they occupy the key position of responsibility in raising a child. This will mean making a "parent's call" on decisions about the activities in which your child is involved, including, at times, who they mix with and when they are involved in particular activities. As students age, this can involve gradually allowing more responsibility for decisions by their child as they move toward adult life.
- Providing good role models. This can be in the form of eating healthy, being a reader and life long learner, discussing family, community and world events in a meaningful way, showing responsible social behaviour and demonstrating a sound work ethic.
- Financing the cost of life. In the school part of a child's life this can include participating in excursions, seeing visiting performances and having equipment for learning.
- There are many other ways in which parents show they care (including smiles, hugs and cuddles!). In today's newsletter I want to thank our parents for the way they work with staff in raising the children of our community. It is great to work with you and a key reason why so many of the students in our school are confident and achieve so well. Thanks to our mums, dads and carers!