As parents and teachers, we share the responsibility for the education of the children in our care. Here are some responses/aspects that we could expect from one another:
- Communication is paramount. Make an appointment to discuss your concerns in depth. Incidental chats at shops or social evenings are never fruitful.
- Meet your commitments; return your correctly completed reply slips timeously.
- Check and sign homework books daily.
- Be careful not to negatively discuss the school or your child in front of him/her. It can cause mistrust in the school and affect self worth and confidence.
- Meet your financial requirements and if unable to do so, communicate this to the school so satisfactory arrangements can be made.
- If some kind of professional intervention is suggested, it’s in your child’s best interest. Calmly consider the teacher’s observations and explore their recommendations before making a decision.
- Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution. Gossiping about the school and the way things are done exacerbates the problem.
The School shall:
- Employ fully qualified teachers.
- Provide a safe, caring yet challenging learning environment to suit all learners –
stimulating, motivating and extending every child towards age-appropriate skills.
- Be respectful and fair in dealing with each child – helping each to reach his/her full potential.
- Inform parents of their child’s progress via interviews as well as written reports.
- Communicate with the parent if there is a concern about any aspect of their child’s progress.
- Communicate effectively and timeously to parents about any school events.
- Be professional at all times regarding dress code, speech, and behaviour.
Barbara Daniel, Principal
St Martin’s Pre-Primary School