How you can be involved
Getting involved in your school community
Your child will benefit greatly if you are actively involved in their education and if you are as informed as possible about the education system.
Being involved adds richness to your child’s school experience and sends a clear message that their education is important to you.
You can choose how you become involved, based on your own particular interests, availability and skills.
Here are some suggestions:
Talk with your child – ask ‘How was school today?’
Regularly read with your child at home.
Check your child’s homework every night and ask them questions about it.
Limit TV viewing on school nights.
Regularly discuss your child’s progress with their teacher.
Visit your child’s classroom.
Volunteer for parent help – you can help in the classroom with activities such as reading.
Volunteer to help out with school activities such as open days, working bees, school fairs and the canteen.
Read the school newsletter.
Join the school’s parent group.
Go along to a School Association meeting.
If they have one, check your school’s website regularly.
Attend school social occasions.
All government schools in Tasmania are required to have a School Association.
The Association provides parents, staff, students and other members of the community with a way to be involved in issues important to the school. School Associations help schools in a number of ways, such as participating in developing school policy, advising on school management and approving the budget.
When your child starts school, you are automatically a member of the School Association. School Association committees meet at least four times a year and all parents are welcome to attend. Elections are held each year to appoint committee members.
The committee is responsible for managing the work undertaken by the association. Information about meeting times and association contacts is available from your school.
Many schools also have groups specifically for parents and carers, such as a parents and friends group (sometimes called the P&F). This is a great way to meet other parents and find out how you can contribute to your school community.
A member of the parent group will also usually be on the School Association Committee, so that any issues raised can be brought to the attention of the School Association.
The Tasmanian State School Parents and Friends Inc (TASSP&F) is the peak body representing all Tasmanian government school parents. It publishes brochures on ways you can support your child at school, as well as a bimonthly newsletter, Parent Contact, which is available through affiliated schools and from the TASSP&F website.
Ask at your school or contact the Tasmanian State School Parents and Friends Inc on (03) 6234 9488 or: www.parentsandfriendstasmania.asn.au
Parent volunteers are an important part of school canteens and provide a great opportunity to get involved in your child’s school.
For more information and advice on running school canteens and school canteen accreditation, visit the Tasmanian School Canteen Association website: www.tascanteenassn.org.au.
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