It has been a busy start to the year for all of our Year 10, 11 and 12 students. We have welcomed over 80 new students into our senior building and all are beginning to become accustomed to the gentle rhythm of the school day and the rigours and comforts of the senior curricula and facilities. The Senior Student Leadership team of College Captains, Vice Captains and House leaders has also been extremely busy setting up committees, buddy-style programs and planning for House events.
The Year 12 students have settled into their last year of College life, having returned from their City Retreat armed with clear goals, problem-solving skills, additional resources and new friendships to enable them to embrace all challenges and succeed in 2021!
As part of the planning and preparation phase of the school year, all sub-schools invite parents and friends to introductory and acquaintance evenings. These casual gatherings are one of the most enjoyable aspects of working in a school community, and for our College, reinforce the partnership of parents/caregivers and staff. We look forward to meeting with our families in the coming week, especially given the difficulties of spending time together in 2020.
During my own preparation I came across an article by Michael Grose on the importance of this parent/caregiver- teacher relationship and some suggestions on how to develop this relationship that provides the best outcomes for our students. Michael’s suggestions resonate with my own experience as a teacher and parent.
Know what your child’s teacher is trying to achieve
Like children, every teacher is different with their own specific expectations, goals and interests. Get to know your child’s teacher and gain an understanding of their approach and aspirations for your child’s class.
Keep your expectations reasonable and positive
If your expectations are too high your teacher may give up. Too low and they will meet them! The trick is to keep your aspirations for your child in line with their ability and their interests. Also be realistic about what your child’s school can deliver. Sometimes our expectations of schools are not in line with their capabilities or their roles.
Inform teachers of your child’s challenges and changes
Life’s not always smooth sailing for kids. Family circumstances can alter. Friends move away. Illness happens. These changes affect learning. Make sure you keep your child’s teacher up-to-date with significant changes or difficulties your child experiences, so he or she can accommodate their emotional and learning needs at school. (positive parenting)
I am hopeful that I may be able to touch base with all of our Senior School families, discussing post-school pathways, SACE and, most importantly, the wellbeing and positive mindset of our young adults.
Dean of Senior Students