The school and the family work to be mutually supportive of each other so that the child’s education can be effective.
TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More!
We, the teachers and staff of St. Joseph's Primary School, Macroom wish to work with the parents of our pupils and by means of Parent/Teacher Meetings and Parent/teacher communication in St. Joseph's Primary School, Macroom. The home is central to the development of the child and the nurturing of Christian values.
Parents are encouraged to:
· Develop close links with the school
· Collaborate with the school in developing the full potential of their children
· Share the responsibility of seeing that the school remains true to its ethos values and distinctive character.
· Become actively involved in the school/parent association
· Participate in policy and decision-making processes affecting them
· To avail of ongoing adult education programmes organised by the school.
STRUCTURES IN PLACE TO FACILITATE OPEN COMMUNICATION AND CONSULTATION WITH PARENTS:
· Open afternoon for parents of new Junior Infants – mid June
· Parent/teacher meetings one-to-one in November.
· Meeting re: religious services on Reconciliation, Penance, Communion and Confirmation
· Meetings with parents with children with special needs
· Consultation throughout the year
· Written communication
· School booklet informs parents about school matters
· Newsletter keep parents up to date with school events, holidays and school concerns
· Home work diary 1st – 6th class used to relay messages which are signed between parents and teachers
· Parents are invited to Family Masses, school concerts, national children’s choir
· Involvement of parents in the Religion Alive O programme section for parents
· Parents creativity for Art/Craft project.
· Helping with ICT projects.
PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS
The aims of Parent/Teacher meetings:
· to let parents know how their children are doing in school
· to inform teachers on how children are coping outside school
· to establish an ongoing relationship and communication with parents
· to help teachers/parents get to know the children better as individuals
· to help children realise that home and school are working together.
Informal Parent/Teacher Meetings:
Communication between parents and teachers is to be encouraged.
Arranging parent/teacher meetings within the school day while children are in school is difficult. However, parents are welcome to speak to the principal at any time. In case of prior appointments it would be wise to ring in advance.
Informal communication takes place early morning between teachers and parents while children are hanging up their coats. This informal chat is very important.
However, meetings with class teachers at class doors to discuss a child’s concern/progress is discouraged on a number of grounds:
1. A teacher cannot adequately supervise her class while at the same time speaking to a parent.
2. It is difficult to be discrete when so many children are standing close by.
3. 3. It can be embarrassing for a child when his/her parent is talking to the teacher at a classroom door.
Occasions occur where a parent needs to speak to a teacher urgently. Sometimes these meetings need to take place without prior notice. The principal will facilitate such meetings making every effort to ensure that the children in the class do not lose out on any of the teaching/learning time they are entitled to. When possible the principal will teach the class until the class teacher returns.
If parents wish to drop in lunch boxes, sports gear etc. this can be done through the secretary’s office as it is important to keep class interruptions down to a minimum.
Formal timetabled Parent Teacher meetings take place in November. However if a parent wishes to arrange a meeting at any stage during the year to discuss their child they may do so by prior appointment.