On Tueusday, 7 October and Thursday, 9 October we have our first sessions of parent-teacher evenings for this academic year. Parent-teacher meetings are a regular feature in our school calendar and we sincerely encourage all parents to embrace these, as they play an integral role in a child’s education. The parent-teacher meetings often provide your first opportunity to have 10 to 15 minutes of uninterrupted time alone with your child's teacher. Whilst it may seem brief, this initial one-on-one meeting sets the stage for the rest of the year. As teachers and parents we can use these moments to establish a rapport and develop a common goal that focuses on helping your child have the best school experience possible. Parent-teacher meetings are an opportunity to establish better communication between parents and teachers. Since children are different at home and in school, parent-teacher meetings enable both the parent and the teacher to gain a better understanding of the child, enabling them to be more effective in helping them.
Parent-teacher meetings can help develop a successful partnership between parents and teachers; an important aspect of your child's academic and social achievement. It is in this particular forum where teachers will introduce parents to their teaching style, behaviour expectations and classroom policies. You can assist us as teachers at these meetings by using a few moments to describe your child's after school activities, family relationships or hobbies to help us better understand what makes them tick. Expressing your commitment to your child's education, such as explaining the way you ensure they complete homework assignments, helps clarify your intention to continue as an active member of this partnership.The main purpose for having these parent-teacher evenings is that it serves as an opportunity to refine your child’s individual learning plan and to make sure the roles of teacher, student and parents are clear, specific and designed to bring out the best in your child.
May I strongly encourage all parents to be part of the parent-teacher meetings. If you have not yet signed up, you still have an opportunity to do so. Please kindly contact your class teacher who will be more than happy to set up an appointment for you.
Head of the Early Years Centre