“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents.” Jane D. Hull.
Ensuring our students succeed both academically and socially is truly a collaborative effort that involves school, parents and the students themselves.
Showing your child the importance of attending school and arriving on time every day, not only helps your child settled quickly when starting school but helps them to keep and maintain friendships and enjoy the school environment. This will help your child to succeed academically and will ensure that they grow into resilient adults with a good work ethic.
Parents need to create good routines for mornings so that children can arrive punctually and are properly equipped. I’ve listed a few ideas below which will ensure that your child is receiving the correct messages about the importance of school life and attendance.
- Make time to encourage and show interest. Talk to your child about their day but remember, children can be tired immediately after school so the timing of this conversation is important. A short chat over a snack or later in the evening can produce a better result. Looking at class dojo will allow you target questions linked to particular learning, rather than ‘How was school?’.
- Read all school communications and talk to your child about forthcoming events and learning.
- Attend Parent/Teacher Consultations, workshops and presentations.
- Help out in school with any event or join the Friends of Compass parent team.
- Support your child in completing homework by creating a calm space for them to work and set specific times in the week when homework should be done.
- Share any academic or personal concerns your child may have with the class teacher.
- Avoid absence from school wherever possible. Try to make doctor and dental appointments out of school hours. Absence means your child will miss out on studies and your child will also learn that education is not the main priority within the family. This can have a lifelong effect.
- Ensure that you arrive at school before 7.15am so that your child recognises the importance of school life and punctuality.
Inadvertent messages are given daily to children which will have an impact on any child’s personal, social and academic development. We all need to play a part in ensuring that we are delivering the correct messages.
Year 3 rainforest café
As part of their IPC learning, the students in Year 3 hosted a ‘Rainforest café bake sale’ selling rainforest-themed treat to primary and secondary students, parents and many, many teachers! The students decided they wanted to put their efforts towards supporting a local charity, 2nd Chance Animal Rescue. Each class has ‘adopted’ a dog from the shelter, who will be cared for by the staff at the animal shelter. So we welcome Diesel, Mr. Darcy and Lucky to the Compass family! Huge credit to our Year 3 students, families and teachers for their hard work ensuring the bake sale was a roaring success!
Have wonderful week.
Jimmy Frawley, Head of Primary