The Secondary School team is very pleased with the number of parents who took some time to attend the Parent-Teacher Meetings last week on Tuesday and Wednesday. The discussions were purposeful and the team is hopeful that learning will be further enhanced. Overall, 62% of the parents came. This is the break down per year group:
62% - Year 7
50% - Year 8
70% - Year 9
71% - Year 10
There is a wide range of educational research that show that children and teens do better in school when parents are involved in their academic lives. Attending Parent-Teacher Meetings is a way to be involved and help your child succeed. A Parent-Teacher Meeting is a great opportunity to:
- start or continue ongoing conversations with your child's teachers
- learn how to help your children do their best in school
- let your child know that what goes on in school will be shared at home
We would like to share with you what our Mathematics software, Mathletics, says about Parent-Teacher Meetings on their website:
‘As your child’s greatest teacher and role model, it’s vital that you (the parent) get involved in their schooling, rather than sitting back and letting the teacher handle it all. Your child needs to see the importance that you, as their parent, put on their education, though make sure this doesn’t translate as an emphasis on always having to come first or being top of the class.
While teachers are experts in teaching, you’re the expert on your child. You know what stimulates, bores and interests them, what they’re good at and what they struggle with. You know your child’s learning style and you also know if there are any other issues going on that might be affecting their learning at school. So ongoing communication with your child’s teacher is essential to make sure they can tailor their approach to your child while in class.
Parent-teacher interviews are a great opportunity to communicate with your child’s teacher and hear how your child is tracking academically and socially relative to their classmates. However, they are also a great way to discuss any troubles or questions you may have regarding your child. With many parent-teacher interviews coming up, it is important that you take the time to think about the things you would like to discuss with your child’s teacher – to ensure you make the most of your allocated time.’
We hope that your attendance percentages will improve further for our next round of Parent-Teacher Meetings, scheduled on 11 and 12 April 2017.