Parents & Carers
2019 Term Dates
How To Support Your Child
As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher. When parents and families are involved in their children's schooling, the children do better and have better feelings about going to school. In fact, many studies show that what the family does is the most important factor to a child's school success. There are many ways that parents can support their children's learning at home and throughout the school year. Here are 10 ideas to get you started.
1. Meet your child's teacher. Once the College year starts there will be a parent/Teacher night. Make sure you go along to this meeting and introduce yourself to your child’s teacher. Let the teacher know you want to help your child learn. Make certain you have provided up-to-date emails and contact details so the teacher can contact you. Ensure that the teacher has all past reports and assessment (psychological, speech, occupational therapy etc.) on your child. This is very helpful and enables the teacher to immediately start individualizing your child’s education plan. If you have a concern and can't meet face-to-face, send the teacher a short note or set up a time to talk on the phone.
2. Get to know who's who. There are many people at the College who are there to help your child learn, grow socially and emotionally, and navigate the College environment. Make yourself known to these people early in the year.
3. Find out how your child is doing. You can help your child by showing that you are interested, helping your child get organized, providing the necessary materials, asking your child about daily assignments, monitoring work to make sure that it is completed, and praising all of your child's efforts.
If your child is struggling, especially when it comes to reading, ask what you can do to help. It's important to act early before your child gets too far behind. Be sure to review your child's report card each time it comes out.
4. Ensure your child is ready for the school day.
Ensure your child has nutritious food for breakfast and for school food breaks. Some children do not like eating when they first wake up. The College provides a basic but nutritious breakfast for all students from 8:00am – 8:30am. All children are expected to bring a piece of fruit to school every day for ‘Fruit Break’.
- General Hygiene and Uniform
Ensure your child/ren has a shower every day and has clean hair and teeth. We suggest secondary children wear a deodorant (spray deodorants are not permitted at the College).
We expect our students to take pride in their appearance and wear the College uniform correctly. Students must always have the correct uniform and it should be clean, ironed and in good repair. For information about the College please go to Uniform.
5. Make sure that your child gets homework done. Let your child know that you think education is important and that homework needs to be done regularly. You can help your child with homework by setting aside a special place to study, establishing a regular time for homework, and removing distractions such as the television and social phone calls during homework time.
6. Help your child prepare for tests. The College tries to keep testing to a minimum. However, each year some standardized testing is carried out. These tests play an important role in determining your child’s needs and whole school resource allocation. As a parent, there are several ways that you can support your child before and after taking a standardized test.
· Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast
Many teachers report that students who don't do well on tests haven't gotten enough sleep and haven't eaten breakfast on the morning of the test. Doing both things will ensure that your child is working at full capacity.
- Make sure your child is prepared
Regularly check to make sure your child always has the necessary materials for the school day. This includes pens, pencils, sharpeners, erasers and note books.
- Remain positive
Staying calm will help your child stay calm. If your child is stressed and anxious about a test or is likely to experience anxiety during the test, let the teacher know so accommodations can be made to reduce these feelings.
7. Volunteer at the College NB: All volunteers at the College must have a Working With Vulnerable Persons Card and sign and abide by the College Confidentiality Agreement.
Our teachers appreciate it when parents help at the College. There are many ways you can contribute. You can volunteer in your child's class or in the College generally.
- Be a parent helper on an excursion or activity.
- Serve on College Board or sub-committees.
- Help on special days such as the Colour Run, Cross Country Day, Athletics Day, Swimming Carnival Day and more …
- Help in the College Canteen or in the College Office
- Help with Breakfast Club
- Help with the College Community Garden
- Take or assist in a lunchtime activity or club
- Help build up the College Parent Resource Centre.
- Suggest other ways you can use your skills and talents to the benefit of the College and the students.
8. Be informed and be an advocate for your child
- Ask questions. If something concerns you about your child's learning or behaviour, ask the teacher about it and seek their advice. If you are concerned about happenings at the College talk to the teacher concerned or speak to the Principal if your concern is about a general issue.
9. Monitor your child's television, video game, and Internet use
- Insist that your child/ren play video games and access the internet in full view of you.
- Know your child’s passwords and regularly check the sites they are visiting.
- Read reviews about the sites your child/ren want to use or play before allowing them to access them.
- Use filters to block inappropriate sites.
- Allow limited time on electronic devices every day and only after homework and chores are done. Stop access to all electronic devices at least an hour before your child/ren goes to bed. Get in the habit a putting all devices away at a regular time each night.
- Teach your child/ren rules for using the internet safely.
For more information regarding Cyber Safety go to: https://www.esafety.gov.au/
10. Encourage your child to read. Helping your child become a reader is the single most important thing that you can do to help the child to succeed in school and in life. The importance of reading simply can't be overstated. Reading helps children in all school subjects. More important, it is the key to lifelong learning.
- Ways to Make Reading Enjoyable
- Pick the right books
- Making reading fun starts with selecting a book your child will enjoy reading. Ask your child what kinds of stories he or she likes reading best (Adventure? Fantasy?) Make a list of books in these categories and use it to help your child choose what he or she will read next.
- Read aloud
- Reading aloud with your child can add a bit more excitement to any book. Make the story more fun by using different voices for each character and an expressive voice for dramatic parts. You can also take turns reading aloud together, choosing a character you will each provide a voice for.
- Encourage all forms of reading
- Reading doesn’t always have to mean picking up a book. Magazines, graphic novels, and newspapers are other great reading materials that feel less like “work” to your child—but they still help your child practice and improve his or her reading skills.
- Choose books about his or her interests
- Reading something your child enjoys makes reading less of a chore and more of a fun activity he or she will want to do. Help your child choose books that are related to his or her interests—whether it’s sports, animals, dinosaurs, or something else.
- Create a reading space
- Make a reading area where your child can read and relax on his or her own. Add blankets, pillows, and a variety of books, and your child will have a reading corner where he or she can read a book whenever the urge to read hits.
- Make connections between books and life
- Make connections between what your child is reading and your child’s own experience. Read adventure books before you take a camping trip, dinosaur books before you visit a museum, and so on. This will help make reading (and learning) more exciting for your child.
- Let your child choose
- Let your child choose what book he or she wants to read. Giving him/ her a choice helps your child feel like he/she has more control, so your child will be more excited to sit down with the book he or she has chosen.
- Listen to audio books
- For children who find reading frustrating, audio books are a great alternative to help make reading more enjoyable—while still helping your child improve his or her comprehension skills.
- Start a series
- Book series are a great way to keep your child’s interest in reading high and eliminate the problem of figuring out what to read next. Another option is reading multiple, non-series books written by the same author.
- Have “reading hour”
- Each day, schedule reading time for your child to sit down and read a chapter of a book. During this time, talk to your child about what is happening in the book, what his or her favourite part was, and what he or she thinks will happen next.
- Take a trip to the library
- The library is a great resource where your child can find lots of books to read. Take advantage of the selection at your local library by letting your child pick choose a book (or two!) that catches his or her attention.
- Teach reading strategies
- Many children dislike reading simply because they don’t have the necessary reading skills. If your child avoids opening a book at all costs, talk to his or her teacher about strategies to help develop reading motivation. Once you have some tips to try, work with your child to build reading motivation together.
For information for helping your child to learn to read go to: