Effective communication between parents and teachers is vital to the development of a positive relationship, which is so important for the education of the children in our care.
There are a number of ways through which we endeavour to communicate in a formal manner with parents.
Parent / Teacher Chats
This is held early in Term 1 (usually Week 3) and provides an opportunity for parents to discuss the needs of their children with the classroom teacher.
If parents have a concern about something, they should first contact the class teacher. To make an appointment send a note directly to the teacher or alternatively parents can contact the school office and leave a message for the teacher. Please do not attempt to see a teacher for detailed discussions without first arranging a suitable time, particularly before school when children are lining up, or in the afternoon after school.
Parent/teacher interviews are arranged for all parents at midyear. At these interviews parents are given their child’s Semester 1 Report.
Plain English Reporting to Parents
Reports are sent home to parents at the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2. The information will relate the outcomes achieved at a given stage. All students will receive an A – E grading, except those in Kindergarten.
The following is information from the ‘Diocesan Directions to Primary Schools in relation to reporting students’ learning’. This information will give parents an understanding of the A – E reporting. If you have any questions about this reporting please make an appointment through the school office.
The following points present the Parramatta Diocesan position on plain English reporting.
- All schools will formally report in writing, twice each year, to parents regarding students’ learning achievement in all subjects, including Religious Education.
- Students’ Learning Reports (except those for Kindergarten) will report individual student learning achievement according to the A – E scale below:
A – Excellent Achievement
B – High Achievement
C – Sound Achievement
D – Basic Achievement
E – Elementary Achievement
- Students’ Learning Reports for students in Years 1, 2, 3, and 4 will not publish the performance of the individual students relative to the rest of the cohort. This information will be available to parents if requested.
- Students’ Learning Reports for students in Years 5 and 6 will publish the performance of the individual students relative to the rest of the cohort. That is, they will indicate the number of students in the cohort that have performed at each of the achievement levels.
- Kindergarten Learning Reports will maintain their current format. Their learning will be reported twice a year in writing.
- All Student Learning Reports are to be written in ‘plain English’, avoiding the use of jargon, so that they are understandable to parents.
- Student Learning Reports issued in the last term of the year must be available to parents at least seven (7) days before the last school day for students, in order to allow parents an opportunity to discuss the report with the school.
- Evidence in the form of achievement records and work samples indicating levels of achievement on various tasks, must be kept by schools to ensure accuracy across classes within a cohort, and to validate learning report results.
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